Women’s lacrosse falls to Monmouth in 2OT

Nick Solari

If you told Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse attack Kyra Ochwat during her freshman season that she’d become the program’s leading scorer one day, she would have laughed at you in disbelief.

Four years later, that’s exactly what she did.

Ochwat had a team-high three goals to put her at 195 career points, surpassing Sarah Allen for the most in Bobcats history. Still, it wasn’t enough to propel Quinnipiac to its second win of the season, as it fell to Monmouth 11-10 in double overtime at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Wednesday.

“Honestly, [becoming the program’s leading scorer] would have felt much better with a win,” Ochwat said.

Quinnipiac led by as many as four goals in the first half of play, but allowed Monmouth to trim the lead to 6-5 at halftime. Ultimately, the Hawks would go on to take a 10-9 lead with 5:26 left before Ochwat broke the program record to send the game into overtime.

The senior spun a defender and put one into the back of the net to tie it 10-10.

“[Ochwat] has had a great career here,” Quinnipiac head coach Danie Caro said. “She’ll arguably go down as one of the best offensive players we’ve ever had to wear the Quinnipiac colors. She had a great game today; she’s been a good leader for us ever since she was a freshman. We expect nothing less from her.”

Quinnipiac would regain possession and have a chance to end the game in regulation, but Aileen Carey was unable to get a shot off.

“At that point we were trying to have a good final possession and take the last shot and win it in regulation,” Caro said. “I’ll give our attack a lot of credit, they held the ball for a long time and created a good scoring opportunity that we just didn’t capitalize on.”

Caro said after the game that she thought Monmouth had committed a foul on the play.

“There was a foul at the end that we thought didn’t get called, but we can’t do anything about that…”

Monmouth’s Olivia Higson scored a free-possession goal in double overtime to win it for the Hawks.

“I can’t be unhappy,” Caro said. “We played a great game, we just got a little unlucky at the end.”

Ochwat takes many positives from the loss, as well.

“I think it sets a standard of how we can play and how we should play, and we need to build on this moving forward,” she said. “There’s a lot of positives we can build on, that’s what we need to focus on.”

Kelly Babstock had two goals and three assists in the gamets for the Bobcats in the loss, while Kathleen DeVito chipped in with two goals and one assist.

Quinnipiac will travel to Manhattan on Saturday to take on the Jaspers at 11 a.m.

“Were looking to get a win on Saturday and build from there,” Caro said.”I think this a great game to build on. We played great, got a little unlucky at the end but I can’t ask for more.”

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