April 21, 2011

Quinnipiac Defeats Women's Lacrosse 11-8 To Set Up Must-Win Regular Season Finale

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Quinnipiac scored six of the final eight goals to come from behind to defeat Mount St. Mary's 11-8 in Northeast Conference (NEC) women's lacrosse action on Thursday.

Jen Semler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) paced the Mount (6-10, 5-3 NEC) with two goals and two assists while Nicole Price (White Hall, Md./North Harford) and Kaitlyn Larrimore (Pylesville, Md./North Harford) each had a hat trick. Brigid McTavish (Mount Airy, Md./South Carroll)  made eight saves in the loss.

The Mountaineers go into the regular season finale against Sacred Heart in a must-win situation. Mount St. Mary's and Sacred Heart both will come into the match 5-3 in league play with the winner assured of a spot in the upcoming NEC Tournament. Mount St. Mary's would be eliminated with a loss, but the Pioneers could still advance with a loss on Saturday if Monmouth falls to Quinnipiac.

Lauren Matuszak fueled the Bobcats (10-4, 7-1 NEC) with three goals and three assists. Devon Gibney added two goals and two assists while Christine Sinnigen added two tallies. Noelle Martello turned away nine shots in the winning effort.

The two teams battled back and forth for the first 40 minutes before Quinnipiac rattled off four straight to take the lead and go on for its sixth-straight win against the Mountaineers.

After Price converted a free-position attempt at 39:59 to hand Mount St. Mary's a 6-5 edge, the Bobcats scored the next four markers.

Matusczak tied the game off a feed from Sarah Allen at 40:52 before Lianne Toomey gave Quinnipiac the lead for good with an unassisted tally at 41:34. Sinnegen found the twine unassisted at 42:41 before Matusczak set up Toomey at 43:10 to cap the 4-0 run against give the Bobcats a 9-6 advantage.

The Mount answered with unassisted goals from Price (49:31) and Larrimore (51:32) to trim the margin to 9-8, but Jennifer Skipper found the twine off a feed from Matuszcak at 54:50 and Gibey sealed the victory with an unassisted tally at 57:34.

Quinnipiac jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Marissa Caroleo had a hand in the Bobcats' first two markers when she feed Matusczak at 4:40 and then scored herself off an Allen feeder at 13:21.

Mount St. Mary's answered with the next four goals to grab a 4-2 lead. Semler connected with Larrimore for back-to-back goals at 14:33 and 17:37 to knot the game at 2. Semler then scored on an 8-meter chance at 20:16 before Price found the twine unassisted at 22:21 for a two-goal margin.

Quinnipiac came back to score the next three goals, including two to end the first half in a 4-all standstill. Gibney connected with Sinnegen at 27:07 and Matusczak registered a free-position marker at 28:34 to send the game to halftime all square.

Matusczak then gave the Bobcats the lead early in the second half when she fed Gibney at 35:36.

The Mountaineers answered with two goals to grab a 6-5 edge. Semler scored unassisted at 38:32 and Price posted an 8-meter score at 39:59 to reclaim the advantage. Quinnipiac then rolled off four straight and six of the last eight goals to come away with the victory.

Aly Jost (Abington, Md./Bel Air) registered three draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball while Gabe Little (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) tallied three caused turnovers, two ground balls and a draw control. McTavish had a team-high five ground balls and Price recorded four ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover.

Mount St. Mary's will honor is seniors prior to the game against Sacred Heart on Saturday.