Battled by Brown: Bobcats Lose 1-0 Against Brown as They Prepare for ECAC Playoffs


Photo: Aidan Sheedy

Rob Lyon

After a 4-1 victory over Yale less than twelve hours earlier, the Bobcats could not find the net against Brown losing 1-0 at the People’s United Center on Saturday afternoon, despite outshooting the Bears 36-13.  

In first period action, goalies Logan Angers of Quinnipiac and Kaley Doyle of Brown protected their respective nets. Strong efforts by Maya Labad, Maddy Samoskevich, and Olivia Mobley were not enough to score in the first period. The Bobcats led in shots 11-5 in the first period.  

The game’s first penalty came at 3:16 in the second period against Quinnipiac with a hooking call on Olivia Konigson. Brown took advantage and a power play goal was scored by center Maya Mangiafico at 4:54 in the second period.  

The Bobcats continued to put pressure on the net with 12 shots, but still came up empty. A penalty on Brown’s Meadow Carman for tripping late in the second period gave the Bobcats their first big opportunity to score. A missed shot by Lexie Adzija ended the power play and the second period. 

Quinnipiac came out strong in the third period working the net with 13 shots, but Doyle continued to put up a wall against the Bobcats.  

Samoskevich entered the penalty box at 9:27 in the third for body checking, but the Bobcats were able to kill Brown’s second power play attempt. 

After 18 straight Bobcat wins since 2009, the Brown Bears finally took the reins and won.  

At the conclusion of the game, Quinnipiac honored the team’s six seniors: Adzija, Zoe Boyd, Courtney Vorster, Angers, Katie Huntington, and Gabby Vitelli.  

During the celebrations, Adzija was announced the recipient of the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year award. This award is presented annually to an ECAC Hockey women’s player in honor of former Yale University student-athlete Mandi Schwartz (1988-2011). Schwartz passed away in April of 2011 from a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Adzija is the fourth Bobcat to win this esteemed honor, following Kenzie Lancaster in 2019.

She talked about what it meant to represent her team as the recipient of the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year award. 

“At first, I honestly didn’t think I would win it, but it’s just a really great honor because Mandi (Schwartz) was such a really great person and a great player and to win that award it’s a really great honor,” Adzija said.  

Bobcats coach Cass Turner talked about the class of 2022 and their impact on her team following the loss to Brown.  

“It’s just an amazing group of women and you saw our captain Liv (Konigson) just in tears instantly because they played with their whole heart you know, and they have done so much to grow our program particularly those fifth-year players and where we are now,” Turner said.

Adzija commended her graduating teammates, who she’s played with since day one.  

“This is the first year since I’ve been here where we’ve been in the top 10… and the first time since I’ve been here where we have home ice,” Adzija said. “So, it’s a great feeling just knowing that we’ve been a big part in shaping this program.”

The Bobcats sit in the fourth seed and will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 25 to open play in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals against fifth seed No. 10 Clarkson at the People’s United Center.