Bobcats end six game drought

Ryan Johanson

In the previous matchup against the Georgetown Hoyas, the Quinnipiac Bobcats lost in double overtime. This year the roles changed as the Bobcats took down the Hoyas 3-1 on Friday afternoon. The Bobcats improved to 5-9 on the year and 1-4 in conference play. The Hoyas fell to 3-12 and 0-5 in conference play. Quinnipiac also snapped their six-game losing streak with the win over the Hoyas. 

The defense played a huge role for the Bobcats in this game as the Hoyas could only muster six shots with only three on target while the Bobcats had 20 shots with 13 on target. Bobcats’ goalie Nina Santore was on her game stopping two of the three shots that came against her.

“Nina played unbelievable today, she came out with a huge two-on-one save in the third quarter that kept us in the game,” Lucia Pompeo said. “It’s awesome having her back there. She’s been playing great.” 

The Bobcats had seven penalty corners and converted on one after Pompeo was fouled in the circle with Stella Tegtmeier scoring after a set play with Eva Veldhorst and Micaela Grajales. 

For the Bobcats, Emilia Massarelli and Tegtmeier played a huge part in the Bobcats’ offense as they both had a goal. Massarelli also got the penalty stroke that Pompeo tucked away past Georgetown goalie Ciara Weets to put them up by one.

“She is an awesome goaltender so I was little but nervous when I stepped up there then I just had to dial in,” said Pompeo when asked how she was feeling when taking the penalty stroke.

Georgetown scored a goal within the first five minutes of the second quarter with a shot by Lily Jamison whose goal made the game tied when it hit halftime. 

“In the locker room we all decided we all needed to take a breath, we were all playing frantic in the second quarter, we then needed to settle,” Pompeo said. “We needed to do what we had to do to win this game which we did.”

The Bobcat’s next game will be on Sunday, Oct. 16th, on the road against Fairfield.

“We have been practicing for Fairfield with the certain drills that we have been doing in practice,” Coach Becca Main said. “We have been focusing on the three big teams UCONN, Liberty, and Old Dominion that you don’t have the ability to breathe and focus on the game on Sunday.” 

“We are mostly focusing on what we can do with playing as a team and a unit and not focusing on the other teams as much but who they have and what their strong parts are,” said Pompeo when talking about coming up on the end of the season.

When asked to describe the game in one word Coach Main said, “LFG was really what it was, we were saying it in all of our huddles, that is also all we have said with anything coming into today.” This showed with the physical play that the Bobcats showed in their runs, defense, and attack. 

After Fairfield, Quinnipiac will play its second straight road again against Villanova on Oct. 21st before coming home on the 23rd.