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Field hockey drops two on the road
The Quinnipiac field hockey team struggled during a two-game road trip at the University of Michigan’s Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich., this weekend where it was shut out in both games.
On Sunday the Bobcats couldn’t match the University of Michigan’s potent offense, as they lost in a 6-0 rout. Wolverine senior Alicia Mayer had a game-high two goals while Paige Laytos contributed with a game-high three assists.
The Bobcats faced an early deficit when Mayer struck for her first goal of the game nine minutes in to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Laytos assisted Mayer as she dodged by three Bobcat defenders and found Mayer who beat goalkeeper Nicole Lewis to the right post for the goal.
The game began to get out of hand for the Bobcats in the 28th minute when Laytos connected with Rachael Mack to the right of the goal, who beat Lewis to her left to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead.
The Wolverines snuck in another goal at the 34th minute to give themselves a 3-0 lead heading into halftime, taking the momentum away from the Bobcats.
In the second half, the Wolverines added three more goals, including another goal from Mayer in the 38th minute which gave them a 5-0 lead. Michigan finished the game by outshooting the Bobcats 30-6 and extended its winning streak to four games while the Bobcats dropped their second straight game.
On Friday the Bobcats fell to No. 19 University of Albany 3-0 in another non-conference game.
The Great Danes scored three goals from three different players and outshot the Bobcats 20-8. Daphne Voormolen broke a scoreless tie in the 36th minute by rebounding Christina Patrick’s shot off Bobcat defender Tina Watkins and putting it into the net for a 1-0 lead. That was all the offense the Great Danes needed.
Quinnipiac’s best chance to tie the game came in the 46th minute when Kaitlyn Notarianni fired a shot at Albany’s net, but defender Sarah Deane blocked the shot. Two minutes later, the Great Danes took the ball up the field and doubled their lead on a goal by Nina Walters. Walters’ unassisted goal came from the right side of the circle past Bobcat junior goalkeeper Nicole Lewis.
The Great Danes added another goal in the 61st minute by Suzy Clephane to extend their lead to 3-0 and secure the win. Goalkeepers Kristi Troch and Christine Hoffman combined for five saves and a shutout.
Lewis had seven saves for the Bobcats as she and the defense kept the team in the game in the first half, allowing just six shots on goal and keeping the game scoreless at halftime.
The Bobcats complete their three game road trip when they face the University of Maine on Friday at the University of Maine Field Hockey Complex in Orono, Maine.
Quinnipiac’s conference schedule begins Oct. 10 at Sacred Heart.