Strong fourth quarter comeback leads Saints over Bobcats, winning 13-12


Photo: Alex Bayer

Zack Hochberg

Despite the beautiful weather, the Quinnipiac women’s lacrosse team suffered an ugly loss at the hand of the Siena Saints, losing 13-12.

The Bobcats started the game off on fire, taking a quick 4-0 lead after Sydney Skalstad, Emily Feeney, Desiree Kleberg and then Skalstad again all found the back of the net.

“It was probably the best quarter we’ve played all season,” Quinnipiac head coach Tanya Kotowicz said.

Siena rallied quickly, scoring three goals in three minutes to cut the Quinnipiac lead to one. The Bobcats got a goal at the end of the quarter after Kleberg scored her second goal of the game, pushing the Quinnipiac lead back up to two.

The Bobcats used the momentum from the first quarter to add on to their lead in the second.

Quinnipiac’s Sophie Spencer scored on a free-position shot, her 13th goal of the year, pushing the Bobcat lead to three.

After Siena responded with a goal of their own two minutes later, the Bobcats scored three consecutive goals to take a commanding 9-4 lead. 

Siena’s Nicole McNeely scored on a free-position shot to make it 9-5 right before halftime. 

The goalies stood tall in the third quarter, with both goalies combining for six saves and allowing just four goals. The Bobcats headed into the final frame with a two goal lead.

In the final quarter, the wheels completely fell off the bus for the Bobcats. 

After Siena and Quinnipiac traded goals in the first five minutes, the Saints dominated. 

Siena scored four straight goals to take the lead with 2:20 to go and then put the nail in the coffin two minutes later, both of which were scored by McNeely. 

The cheerful spirit of a beautiful Wednesday afternoon was quickly swept away by a dominant offensive display by the Saints. 

“We just weren’t putting the ball in the back of the net in the second half like we did in the first,” Kotowicz said.

A goal with two seconds left by Quinnipiac wasn’t enough, as the Bobcats fell to the Saints 13-12, dropping to 5-8 on the season and 1-4 in MAAC play. 

The Bobcats will be back in action on Saturday, April 16 when they head to Buffalo to take on Canisius.