HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team defeated Northeast Conference opponent Wagner, 16-6, on Friday afternoon at Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. Senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) tallied a game high five points, while senior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) led all attackers with four goals. With the win, Quinnipiac improves its overall record to 8-4 and its NEC record to 5-1, while Wagner falls to 3-10 overall and 2-4 in NEC action.
"We were very pleased with the team's effort and execution today, especially late in the first half and into the start of the second half," said head coach Danie Caro. "The team executed our game plan and maintained their intensity, and that's exactly what we asked them to do."
Following Sinnigen and Iannotti's lead was junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and sophomore Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.), who each scored three goals in the contest. Sophomore Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists in the contest, while senior Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.) scored a goal and one assist. Sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) added to her team-high assist total with two helpers on the afternoon, while senior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.), junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and freshman Emily Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.), who scored her first-career goal, each contributed one point in the contest.
"Laura had a strong outing today," said Caro. "She's been a goal scorer all season for us, but today she was a factor on draw controls and in transition, and even played defense at times. I was happy to see Christine Sinnigen have a big day on offense. She was very patient on attack and made the most of her opportunities."
The Bobcats defense was led by junior Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) who collected a team-high three ground balls in the victory. Senior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.), who recorded her 100th career ground ball in the contest, caused a team-high three turnovers and matched both Matuszczak and Iannotti as the team-leader in draw controls, with three.
"Kaitlyn had another dominating day for us on defense, and we were excited to see Kiera Carey return to full-strength after being limited by an early season ankle injury," said Caro.
Junior Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) and senior Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) had identical outings in net for Quinnipiac, as each made four saves in 30 minutes of action.
"We received a solid effort from both goalkeepers today," said Caro. "Not only did they make saves, but their communication was critical, and they both did a nice job initiating transition for us."
Sam Morin scored a team-high three goals for the Seahawks, who also received goals from Lauren Petrik, Melanie Garces and Carolyn Clark on the afternoon. Morgan Roach and Marcela Hernandez, who each played one half for Wagner in net, made a combined nine saves in the game.
Quinnipiac built a comfortable 5-0 lead to start the game, receiving two goals from Iannotti and one goal from Caroleo, Toomey, and Sinnigen. Wagner responded by netting two straight tallies to bring the score to 5-2 with 17:03 remaining in the first half. Iannotti then netted her third goal of the game, however a goal from Wagner with 8:23 remaining in the first half made the score 6-3.
The Bobcats proceeded to score five straight goals to extend its lead to 11-3 heading into halftime. Quinnipiac refused to allow Wagner back into the game and began the second half the same as the first, netting five straight goals to push its lead to 16-3 with 16:48 remaining in the game. Wagner scored the final three goals of the contest to bring the game to its final score, 16-6.Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Apr. 17 when its hosts NEC opponent Long Island in its final regular season home game.