By: Thomas Butto
The Bobcats kicked off their final two games at home this year looking to win both and surpass their win total of four wins last year. It looked like it was going to happen as Quinnipiac took the lead with ten minutes left in the game, but then the momentum started to change.
Lock Haven (14-3, 4-0) who have won the NEC Tournament in 2006 and 2007, were trailing as late as four minutes left. Then Amy Hordendorf put home a goal in the lower left corner of the cage to tie the game at two.
The Bobcats (4-9, 2-2) were aggressive and pressing the Bald Eagles the entire game until they took the lead. Then they were just trying to hang on and win.
“This loss is tough to digest,” said head coach Becca Kohli. “This was the best all around game we had all year.”
Quinnipiac’s first goal came on an unassisted goal by Katie Van Nostrand to tie the game at one. Then senior Megan Sciascia (Cheshire, Conn.) put Quinnipiac for the first time in the game off of Lauren Hartnett’s shot.
After that goal Lock Haven showed why they have won the NEC Tournament the last two years, when Blaire Wynne put in the knocked home the game winning goal with 6.7 seconds left off of an assist by Casey Hughes.
“That’s why they are the best in our conference,” said Kohli. “They never stop fighting and can score any time in the game.”
The next game for the Bobcats was the polar opposite as they played the Siena Saints (0-13, 0-4) on Senior Day. Quinnipiac never trailed as they beat Siena 5-0.
The Bobcats honored senior players Brittany Riggio (Deep River, Conn.), Lauren Kuchmak (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Megan Sciascia (Cheshire, Conn.) and senior athletic trainer Kim Leverone in a pre-game ceremony.
The Bobcats scored early and often as Kaitlyn Notarianni scored two goals within the first fifteen minutes of the game.
Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.) scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season in the game a minute apart from each other. She had three points on the game.
Megan Sciascia had two points in the game on two assists.