Strong Second Half Lifts Quinnipiac Past Sacred Heart, 10-9

April 11, 2008

Final Stats

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (April 11, 2008) - Quinnipiac sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Nelson made two of her 10 saves with under 20 seconds to play to preserve a 10-9 win over Sacred Heart Friday afternoon pulling the two teams into a first place tie atop the Northeast Conference standings. The Pioneers held a 6-4 lead at the half but a 4-0 Bobcat run to start the second shifted the momentum to Quinnipiac en route to the comeback win. SHU saw their seven-game winning streak snapped in the loss as they move to 9-6 overall and 6-1 in the league.

The Pioneers (9-6, 6-1 NEC) controlled much of the play in the first half and took a 3-0 lead 17 minutes in, forcing the Bobcats (8-4, 6-1 NEC) to use a timeout. Junior Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, NY) opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 27:05. Juniors Meghan McCaffrey (Garden City, NY) and Amanda Williams (Monroe, CT) followed with unassisted goals of their own at 17:56 and 13:03.

Quinnipiac got on the board at 11:30 as Kelly Bruneau got on the board unassisted. SHU made it 4-1 at 10:51 on a senior Liz Ottey (Baltimore, MD) 8meter free position goal. The Bobcats sliced into the lead and pulled within 4-3 with two quick scores at 8:51 and 36 second later. Janelle Lopez hit on an 8meter free-position attempt and then after winning the ensuing draw, Tiffany Manzi scored the first of her three goals off a feed from Bruneau.

Senior Katie Salamone (Baltimore, MD) set up sophomore Carissa Hauser (East Northport, NY) at 7:27 and then after a QU goal at 1:15, she buried one of her own off the draw just 10 seconds later with Ottey assisting. The Pioneers carried a 6-4 lead into the break thank in most part to the play of sophomore goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, CO) who made seven saves over the first 30 minutes of action.

The Bobcats completely shifted the momentum in the second half thanks to a 4-0 run that started at 21:02 off the stick of Manzi. A Jennifer Skipper goal at 19:13 tied the game at 6-6 and Lauren Matuszczak gave QU their first lead at 16:59. Manzi buried her third just 14 seconds later and the Bobcats went up two, 8-6.

SHU's Hauser ended the run at 16:03 with a free-position goal but the Bobcats bounced the lead back to two at 10:47 on a Katie Latonick goal off a Bruneau feed, her second assist of the day. The Pioneers used back-to-back goals by McCaffrey, unassisted, and freshman Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY), 8meter free position, to tie the game at 9-9 with 8:53 to go.

Quinnipiac's Matuszczak put home what would prove to be the game-winner with 4:37 left, scoring from the 8meter position but the Bobcats had plenty of work left in order to secure the win. SHU tested Nelson with 1:37 left but she turned away a Salamone attempt and the Bobcats cleared and tried to run out the clock. An errant pass gave the Pioneers hope as they set up on offense with 44 seconds to play. Nelson made her first big save stopping senior Alyssa Harris (Kings Park, NY) at the 18 second mark. SHU got another chance with 11 seconds left as Williams was awarded a free position attempt. Nelson made the save of the day turning away her chance as Jamie Zeitler corralled the loose ball and the Bobcats ran out the remaining seconds for the win.

Both the Pioneers and Bobcats have one NEC game remaining on their schedules as Quinnipiac travels to Mount St. Mary's, who also has one loss at 4-1, on Sunday while Sacred Heart hosts Central Connecticut on Sunday, April 20th in the regular season finale. SHU will be back in action on Wednesday night at Holy Cross. Opening draw is at 7:00 pm.

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