QU Women's Lacrosse Falls to Siena, 14-9, on Senior Day

QU Women's Lacrosse Falls to Siena, 14-9, on Senior Day

HAMDEN, Connecticut – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team built a four-goal lead in the first half but couldn't hold on as Siena surged past the Bobcats, 14-9, from the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Saturday afternoon. Quinnipiac drops to 2-13 (1-6 MAAC) on the season, falling outside of playoff contention, while the Saints improve to 9-7 (4-3 MAAC) and are now guaranteed of a spot in the upcoming MAAC Tournament.

The Bobcats honored five senior class members – Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Massachusetts), Vicki Kuhn (East Hampstead, New Hampshire), Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, New York) and Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, New York) – in Senior Day festivities before the start of the match.

Each senior had their moments on the field on Saturday as Ochwat registered a game-high five points (four goals, one assist), extending her all-time scoring record in Quinnipiac lacrosse history (men's or women's) now to 213 career points (156 goals, 57 assists). Babstock added three points (one goal, two assists), Fountain picked up three ground balls, Kuhn totaled two draw controls and two ground balls and Tilts posted 12 saves on 26 shots with three ground balls.

Quinnipiac's senior class certainly wasn't affected by the early game emotions as the Bobcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead after less than eight minutes of play. Danielle La Rocca (Voorhees, New Jersey) started the scoring run as she finished off a great feed in-transition from Babstock. The next goal was a beauty as Ochwat took the draw control and spotted Babstock wide open in the middle of the field. The finish was an easy one for Babstock as she beat the Siena goalie one-on-one with a shot low and to the right of the keeper.

Kathleen DeVito (Glastonbury, Connecticut) got into the early scoring spree as she scored a couple goals including one on a free position attempt, good enough for her 27th goal of the season, which made it 4-0 Bobcats just 7:11 into the game.

Siena, a quality opponent for the Bobcats who came in winners of two straight coming in, took a wise timeout after the fourth QU goal that seemed to stymie the momentum and flip control into the hands of the road team.

All the work Tilts had done in the early going – five straight saves to start the game – eventually caught up to her as Siena continued to pepper the senior goalkeeper with shots and went on a 7-1 run throughout the first half to build a 7-5 lead before Ochwat closed out the first half scoring with a goal to make it 7-6 heading into halftime.

With shots already favoring Siena, 19-11, after the first half of play, Quinnipiac needed to regain possession but the Saints only grew more dominant as the game went on. Siena won 9-of-11 draw control opportunities in the second half which translated into a 17-5 advantage in shots throughout the final 30 minutes of play.

Even with the lopsided advantage in the shots category, Quinnipiac showed some resolve as they responded to two Siena goals to start the second stanza with a pair of their own from Ochwat first and then DeVito following.

DeVito's 29th goal of the season made it just a one-goal deficit for Quinnipiac with 16:31 remaining but Siena answered with a momentum crushing goal just 22 seconds later that helped lead into a 5-1 run for the Saints to close out the game with the 14-9 victory.

Quinnipiac finished the game ahead of Siena in ground balls, 25-24, while also playing even with the Saints in caused turnovers, 8-8. Kiera Kelly (West Islip, New York) continued her impressive rookie campaign with five ground balls and two caused turnovers. With now just one game remaining in 2015, Kelly is now ever closer to becoming the first QU freshman to lead the Bobcats in ground balls (36) and caused turnovers (17).

Another freshman Morgan Meehan (Jenkintown, Pennsylvania) posted a solid line with four ground balls and one caused turnover. Leah Walter (Londonderry, New Hampshire) added two ground balls and one caused turnover for Quinnipiac.

Siena was led by three players who each tallied three goals – Shannon O'Connor, Cara McQuillan and Lauren Smith. Smith was a force on draw controls as she finished with five while Briana Sirianni finished with two goals, four draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Quinnipiac finishes the 2015 season at home on Wednesday, April 22 with a game against interstate foe Fairfield. First draw is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu