HAMDEN, Connecticut – The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team fell to intrastate foe Fairfield, 18-3, on Wednesday afternoon at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field Complex in Hamden. Quinnipiac finishes the 2015 season at 2-14 overall and 1-7 in MAAC play while the Stags will head into the MAAC Tournament with the No. 2 overall seed and 12-4 record overall and 7-1 in league action.
Going up against the MAAC's top defense and goalkeeper proved to be an immensely difficult challenge as the Stags continued their defensive dominance on Wednesday, holding Quinnipiac scoreless for the first 34:03 of play.
Fairfield tallied the first 12 goals of the game, heading into the halftime locker room with the 12-0 lead as the Stags' goalkeeper Chelsey Sidaras (three saves, no goals allowed) showed why she is the early favorite for MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year.
Quinnipiac picked up their first goal of the afternoon with a rocket shot from Devin Kelly (Miller Place, New York) as she scored on a nice feed inside from Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, New York) to make it 12-1 with 25:57 remaining.
After the Stags added four more goals, the Bobcats picked up two straight goals with the time winding down as Leah Walter (Londonderry, New Hampshire) entered the offensive zone and scored just her fourth goal of the season as the steady Bobcat defender showed great speed through midfield and finished off her tally in transition.
Ochwat finished off the QU scoring on the afternoon with her 40th goal of the season as the senior attack finished a free position attempt low and to the right of the FFD goalkeeper Caleigh O'Connor who entered in relief of Sidaras.
Freshman defender Kiera Kelly (West Islip, New York) was one of the bright spots for Quinnipiac in the game and throughout the season as she recorded a game-high five ground balls and two caused turnovers. For the season, Kelly led the team in both ground balls (41) and caused turnovers (19) as she becomes the first freshman in the 18-year history of the program to lead Quinnipiac in both statistical categories.
Quinnipiac's three goals all came in the second half off the sticks of Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, New York), Devin Kelly (Miller Place, New York) and Leah Walter (Londonderry, New Hampshire). Ochwat added the lone QU assist on the afternoon as the all-time leading scorer in Quinnipiac lacrosse history (men's or women's) finishes her career with 210 career points (157 goals, 58 assists) in 61 games.
The 2015 season finale also marked the final games in the careers of four more Bobcat seniors as Vicki Kuhn (East Hempstead, New Hampshire) finishes her career having played in all 63 possible games in her four years as a Bobcat. Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Massachusetts) started all 14 games she played in her senior season and finished with new career-highs in points, assists, shots and shots on goal. Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario), Quinnipiac's all-time leading scorer in women's ice hockey history, finishes her women's lacrosse career with 54 points in 26 games. Finally, Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, New York) finishes her career with the second-most saves (476) of any goalkeeper in program history.
Some key contributors on the day came from junior Sara McCullough (Brewster, Massachusetts) who tallied a career-high three caused turnovers and her classmate Walter who tallied a career-high three draw controls. Quinnipiac also saw a couple underclassmen in freshmen Kayla Murphy (five draw controls) and Caitlinn Riedell (two shots, two ground balls) who either matched or established new single-game career-highs in the contest.
Fairfield's offense was clicking on all cylinders as the Stags scored 18 times on 22 shots on goal throughout the 60 minutes of play. Fairfield's 18 goals came from 13 different players, led by Jenna Fuchs' hat trick. The Stags' goalkeeper combination of Sidaras and O'Connor came through with nine saves on 12 shots on goal throughout the afternoon.
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