BUFFALO, N.Y.- Despite the first goal of Jess Lavoie's (Berlin, Conn.) career, the Quinnipiac Bobcats fell to the Canisius Golden Griffins on Saturday night in Buffalo. Brittany Krause and Kathleen Lawver scored for Canisius in their 2-1 win. The Bobcats fall to 2-7-4 and 2-3-2 in the MAAC, while Canisius moves to 4-13-1 and 2-7 in the MAAC.
The first half was marked by two goals within two minutes of each other. In the 31st minute junior Jess Lavoie (Berlin,Conn) was set up in the box by sophomore Amanda Barroca (Bellmore,NY). Lavoie settled and put the ball in the back of the net for the first goal of her career. The assist was the second career assist for Barroca.
A little over two minutes later, Canisius got on the board. Jordan Bailey found Brittany Krause on a long through ball into the box. Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) came out to clear the ball in the box, but Krause got there first dribbled around her and would put it away for her second goal of the season and knotted the score at 1.
Jess Lavoie would put a shot on net less than a minute later, but Canisius keeper Megan Tock was able to get a handle on it for the save.
Canisius would have two more opportunities in the first half. In the 40th minute off a corner kick Maria Nelms put a shot on net but Natalia Grodzki was able to handle it for the save. With time winding down in the first Grodzki would stop a shot attempt from Brittany Krause, and the Bobcats and Golden Griffins would be knotted at one heading in to halftime.
In a half that saw 16 shots, both goalies would only allow one goal. Megan Tock would have four saves in the first half, while Natalia Grodzki had two saves. Canisius and Quinnipiac had a corner each in the first half as well.
In the second half, Canisius would come out attacking. In the 52nd minute, Kathleen Lawver was set up by defending All-MAAC First Team and 2012 Upper 90 Magazine's All WNY Offensive Player of the Year Briana Smith. Lawver was able to settle it and put it into the net for her first career goal.
The Bobcats would be looking for the game tying goal in the 84th minute when Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) would have a shot on goal, but Megan Tock remained unfazed and made her only save of the half.
The clock would run out in the half as Canisius would pick up their second MAAC win of the season. Megan Tock made five saves on the day in the win for Canisius, while Natalia Grodzki had four saves. Canisius also held a 3-2 corner advantage for the game.
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 23, when they host Manhattan. Start time is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.
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