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Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse comeback attempt falls short again

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Video by: Jonathan Banks

 

Article By: Shane Dennehy

For the second consecutive contest, the Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse team struggled to find any success on offense in the first half.

Marist goalie Delaney Galvin had a game-high 14 saves, as the Red Foxes beat the Bobcats 8-7 on Saturday afternoon. The loss marks Quinnipiac’s second in a row.

The Bobcats were held scoreless in the first half of their game against Iona on Wednesday, and it looked like they were going to be held scoreless in the first half once again. That was  until Allison Kuhn scored her twentieth goal of the season with four seconds left.

Kuhn is enjoying the start to MAAC play, as she has scored in five straight games including a pair of four goal games and a hat-trick this afternoon. Kuhn’s last second goal featured a cut to the front of the net and a feed from Loren Antonacci on the doorstep as the Bobcats went into the halftime break with some momentum.

“I just said heads up and we gotta keep going,” Quinnipiac head coach Tanya Kotowicz said. “Lets change our mindset, change our play, and its 0-0 and they did that.”

At one point in the second half, Brianna Fitzgerald attempted to pass the ball to Ashley Bobinski but her shot did not reach her as it landed just in front of her.

Quinnipiac did not do a good job of taking care of the ball as it turned the ball over 14 times in the first 20 minutes, but the Bobcats took care of the ball in the second half as they started their comeback attempt.

Fitzgerald scored only 12 goals last season during her freshman campaign, but this season she has emerged as a consistent goal scoring threat from the midfield. With her goal today Fitzgerald has now scored in five straight games, including a hat-trick against Manhattan.

“She’s so much fun to coach,” Kotowicz said. “She goes hard. She’s focused and she’ll go all out. She’ll give you 100 percent and you can start to see it in her play.”

The Bobcats have combined to score one goal in the first half of the past two games as they look to find a way to play a full sixty minutes of lacrosse.

“We’re trying to figure that out,” Kotowicz said. “We are definitely trying different ways from the coaching staff point but also the mental discipline was missing in our game and we have to work on that this week.”

Although the Bobcats have been lacking in mental discipline in the first halves of the past two games, they have shown a lot of it in the second half of the past two games.

Kuhn scored her third goal of the game with 58 seconds to pull the Bobcats within one. Yet unfortunately for the Bobcats, they were unable to win the ensuing draw control, and that ended their hope of winning against one of the top teams in the conference.

The Bobcats will now make the short trip to in state rival Fairfield on Wednesday, as they look to get their second win in the MAAC. The Bobcats and Stags will have the opening draw at 3 p.m.

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