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HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team scored 10 unanswered goals to pace the Bobcats to a 15-9 victory over Iona at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Field on Wednesday afternoon. Six different players scored for the Bobcats as the offense matched their season high of 15 goals. Quinnipiac moves to 2-2 in MAAC play while Iona falls to 0-4 in conference play.
"I'm really pleased with our team effort today. We got off to a shaky start, but this was the closest we've come to a 60 minute performance all season. We did a really good job sticking to the game plan and competing with a tough Iona squad," stated Head Coach Danie Caro.
Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) was the leading scorer for Quinnipiac as she registered her 16th career hat trick and her fifth of the season. Ochwat led the team with six points at the strength of five goals and an assist. "Kyra was solid again today. She really sets the tone for our offense and she managed the game well for us today. She has really matured as a player this year, and has remained effective despite drawing our opponent's top defender every game," said Caro.
Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.) registered her first career hat trick as the senior registered four goals on the afternoon "Kearney had one of the best games of her career today. Not only did she produce points for us, she continued to do all the little things we've asked her to do to support our transition game and be a stabilizing force in the offensive end," stated Caro.
Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.) chipped in with her second hat trick of the season. Along with the three goals Carey added three ground balls, a draw control, and a caused turnover. "It was nice to see Aileen step up for us today. She's capable of playing this well all the time, so we're hoping she will find some consistency down the stretch. We're going to need to get contributions from everyone as we make a push for a spot in the playoffs," said Caro.
Vicki Kuhn (East Hempstead, N.H.) finished with two assists, two ground balls, three draw controls, and a caused turnover on the afternoon. Leah Walter (Londonderry, N.H.) added her third career assist to go along with five ground balls, a draw control, and three caused turnovers. "Leah had one of her best games of the season and her stat line showed it. She put tremendous pressure on the Iona attackers and also did a great job in transition for us," said Caro.
The Gaels held the advantage to begin the game as they scored three goals in the first six minutes to take a 3-0 lead forcing a Quinnipiac timeout. The Bobcats remained unfazed as they cut the Iona lead to one in under five minutes.
Quinnipiac went on to score eight more goals over the next 19 minutes and took their largest lead of the half, 10-3. The Bobcats held advantages in nearly every statistical category in the half. The Bobcats held an 8-6 draw control advantage and 19-12 shots advantage. Both teams had eight ground balls in the half. Quinnipiac was 10-for-15 on first half clears while Iona was 6-for-7. The Bobcats were 1-for-2 on free position shots while the Gaels were 0-for-1 in the first half.
The Bobcats got on the board first in the second half as Carey added her second of the game pushing the Quinnipiac run to 11-0. Iona was able to cut the lead to six with 12:30 left, but that would be the closest that the Gaels would get.
Quinnipiac would face three Iona goalies in the game and were able to get 39 shots off. Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) played all 60 minutes for Quinnipiac as she upped her MAAC leading 10.12 saves per game with 13 saves on the afternoon. "Sam was great in net for us. Anytime your goalkeeper saves more the 50% of the shots you face, you have a great chance to win," stated Caro.
Quinnipiac will return to action for the final game this season at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Field on Sunday, April 13th as they take on Marist College at 12 PM. Prior to the game Kayla Fu, Phoebe Laplante, Emily Samuelman, Kearney Sneath, Kelsey Maroney, Allison Boudreau, and Michaela Tinsley will all be honored for Senior Day.
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