Women lose home-field for tourney, men fall to Holy Cross

Tim Pelrine

The Quinnipiac men’s and women’s lacrosse teams both fell short in their games Saturday. The men’s team lost 17-10 to Holy Cross in an away game in Worcester, Mass., while the women’s team fell to Sacred Heart, 9-5, in their final regular season game in Fairfield, Conn. Since Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac both entered Saturday’s game at 8-0, the Pioneers secured the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in the Northeast Conference Tournament this weekend.

Sophomore Devon Gibney had a strong performance in the loss to the Pioneers, scoring two goals on eight shots. The two goals brought her season total to 38, 13 goals ahead of the next best scorer on the team. Lauren Matuszczak, Laura Ionnotti, and Brittany Hauser each tallied a goal as well.

The team was plagued by fouls late in the game, dampening any chances to hang with the Pioneers. Quinnipiac committed 24 fouls in the game, 15 in the second half alone. Sacred Heart committed less than half with only 11 fouls in the game.

In the men’s game, the Bobcats struggled early against Holy Cross. Quinnipiac entered the second half trailing 10-1 and never staged a comeback against Holy Cross, who saw a strong offensive performance. Although they outshot their opponent 50-33, the Bobcats lost by seven goals. Junior attack Jack Oppenheimer registered three goals, extending his team-leading total to 20, and also added an assist. Colin McGeehin of Holy Cross scored five goals on six shots and gave the Bobcat defense trouble all game.

Holy Cross dominated the ground ball game, scooping up 49 to QU’s 28. The Crusaders also won 16 of the 30 faceoffs. The loss marks the team’s fourth in the past five games, and drops the Bobcats’ record to 5-5 on the season.

The men return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host Bellarmine, while the women will be heading back to Sacred Heart as the No. 2 seed in the NEC Tournament to face No. 3 Monmouth on Friday at 2:30 p.m.