Women’s Lacrosse Advances to the Championship Game
By TJ Buzzeo
April 25, 2008
HAMDEN — Earlier today the Quinnipiac’s women’s lacrosse team beat Mount St. Mary’s 12-11 to advance to the NEC Championship. The slim victory marks the first playoff win for the Bobcats in their NEC history.
The Mount came out red hot to start the game and took an early 7-2 lead in the first half. Then Head Coach Danie Caro called a timeout and got her team’s act together. The Bobcats came out of the timeout and scored the last four goals of the half cutting the deficit to one.
Junior, Midfielder Katelyn Catanese and sophomore, Attack Ashley “AJ” Johnson scored six of the seven goals for Mount St. Mary’s. Catanese put four in the back of the net while Johnson added two.
Junior, Attack Ashley Valentine was able to keep the Bobcats in the game with both of her goals on free position shots.
Mount St. Mary’s came out of the break strong with a goal in the first 33 seconds of the half. That would be the only goal for the Mount for about 15 minutes as Quinnipiac would go on a tear, scoring five unanswered goals to take a 11-8 lead. The three goal lead would not last long as Johnson would pick up her fourth goal of the game followed by a goal by senior, Midfielder Rebecca Douglass, who scored her first goal of the game cutting the lead to one. Quinnipiac would score the 12th and deciding goal when sophomore, Attack Katie Latonick put one in the back of the net.
Douglass added the final goal of the game, but it was all for naught because sophomore, Goalie Hannah Nelson was able to shut out the Mount for the last 2:52 of the game.
Five Bobcats had multiple point games led by Valentine’s hat trick and sophomore, Attack Kelly Bruneau added two goals and an assist. Junior, Midfielder and recently named NEC Player of the Year Tiffany Manzi added a couple of goals. Freshmen, Lauren Matuszczak had a goal an assist in the victory. Senior, attack Katy Delagi and Latonick each added two goals also.
Although Nelson started off slow giving up seven goals in the first 24:26 minutes of the game. After that the 2008 NEC Defensive Player of the Year and only gave up four goals in the last 37:34 of the game and gave her team a chance to comeback and win the game.
Junior, Midfielder Meghan Latonick said, “We had to dig from deep inside ourselves,” when speaking about her team’s comeback.
Head Coach Danie Caro, the 2008 NEC Head Coach of the Year, spoke about her team’s first ever playoff win saying, “It felt good, but it wasn’t the prettiest win.”
In the Bobcats previous five playoff appearances they had lost in the first round each time. This year the Bobcats are the one seed and broke their playoff losing streak, which included a loss to the Mount last year in the first round when the seeds were reversed.
The Bobcats will play the championship game against Sacred Heart, who defeated Monmouth 12-11 later on Friday. The game will take place at 12 p.m. on Sunday at the Turf Complex, and can be heard on the Bobcats Sports Network presented by WQAQ.