Quinnipiac Defeats Monmouth to Stay Perfect in NEC

Monmouth scored the first two goals of the second half to bring the game's score to 9-4, however three straight from the Bobcats extended their lead to 12-4 with 14:20 remaining in the game. Monmouth finished the game by scoring three of the final four goals, giving the game its final score of 13-8.

The Bobcats look to continue their run of undefeated NEC play when they travel to face Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m.

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HAMDEN, Conn.- Monmouth (3-9, 2-2 NEC) could not keep pace with the offense of Quinnipiac (4-4, 4-0 NEC), the defending Northeast Conference champions, falling to the Bobcats, 13-8, on Sunday.

Bobcat freshman Kyra Ochwat had six goals, five of which came in the first half when the Bobcats posted a 9-2 advantage after the first 30 minutes of play. Despite outscoring the Bobcats in the second frame, the Hawks were unable to overcome the deficit, eventually losing by a five goal margin.

"I thought Quinnipiac fought harder than we did today," said MU coach Denise Wescott. "They beat us to the draw, they beat us to ground balls. Early we gave up too many fastbreaks and they took over. I was pleased that we did fight back and were able to get some second half goals."

Monmouth found itself in a seven-goal deficit to start the second half but got a pair of free position goals out of senior Sam Lillo (Short Hills, N.J./Milburn) and freshman Allison Stathius (Delran, N.J./Delran) to cut the Quinnipiac lead to five with 25 minutes remaining in regulation. The Bobcats answered with three straight, including one from reigning Northeast Conference Player of the Year Marissa Caroleo to extend their lead to 12-4 with 14:20 left. The Hawks launched a three-goal run of their own, with freshman Taylor King (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) getting on the board and Stathius scored back to back markers to cut the QU lead to five with four and a half minutes remaining. Quinnipiac's Lianne Toomey stopped the MU streak, Hawk senior Olivia Salata (Broomall, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) would end the scoring at 13-8 with a goal just before time expired.

Quinnipiac opened the first half with a 3-0 lead before Lillo got her first tally of the game with 19:44 left in the period. The teams traded goals to get the QU lead to 4-2 before the Bobcats launched a 5-0 run to close out the remaining 15 minutes of the frame and take a 9-2 lead into halftime.

Monmouth freshman goalie Katie Donohoe (Peterborough, Ontario/Holy Cross Secondary) made 11 saves in the contest as the Bobcats edged the Hawks in shots 29-23. QU netminder Noelle Martello had nine saves in goal. Quinnipiac held a decisive 15-7 advantage in draw controls but the rest of the stat sheet was mostly even.

Stathius paced the Hawks with three goals while Lillo had two. Defenders Sabrina Heskins (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) and Gianna D'Urso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) each had three caused turnovers in the contest. Ochwat's six goals led all scorers while Caraleo added two more.

Monmouth returns home to Kessler Field for its next game, a Thursday afternoon tilt with Central Connecticut State at 3:00 p.m.

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