Bobcats with unusual win over Providence, win second straight game


Photo: Rob Rasmussen

Ryan Johanson

Providence has had the Bobcats’ number in their history together, having a record of 8-2 against the Bobcats dating back to 2014. This year the roles changed as the Bobcats took down Providence 4-2 in comeback fashion scoring four goals in the fourth quarter on Friday afternoon. 

The Bobcats improved to 7-11 on the year and 2-5 in conference play. The Friars fell to 5-12 and 2-5 in conference play. Quinnipiac continued its winning streak to two games with one game left in the season.  

 The game was a busy one for first-year goalie Cristina Torres as she had to make seven saves in the game. She did surrender two goals, one in the first quarter to Niamh Gowing her fourth goal of the year, and one to Bella Carrozza which was her second of the season that gave the Friars a 2-0 lead going into the break. 

“Cristina (Torres) is a high energy, high emotional dials in with the energy around her almost emphatic in the way that she functions,” said coach Becca Main. “She came out and did some things most goalkeepers can’t do. She is really confident. I love how she can keep the energy around her in a positive place when we were not playing well.”

“We needed to change the momentum and to settle down in our defensive end. We knew we had to change things we knew we knew how to do,” Lucia Pompeo said, referring to Main’s chat to the team going into the half.

 In the second half the Bobcats stepped up their defense as they only allowed the Friars to one shot in the whole half and they held the Friars to no penalty corners. 

 “We knew we needed to settle down and come back and make something happen, we had 0 defensive penalty corners. In the second half, we really settled down into our defensive half,” Pompeo said.

 Being down 2-0 for three quarters in this game the Bobcats scored four goals in the fourth quarter with goals from Stella Teigtmeier, Pompeo and Cameron Brower who got her first two collegiate goals. 

 “It looked like it was over for us with one quarter left and we were just not. That fourth quarter, they found their motivation, found their time and we flipped as a team. I am proud that we played sixty minutes today,” Main said.

 The Bobcats’ final game this season will be a non-conference matchup with Sacred Heart at home on Sunday, Oct. 30.

 With it being the last game of the Big East, when asked to describe their season in the Big East, Pompeo said, “I think we had a chance at the Big East this year, we did better than last year, I think if we could’ve squeezed out some of the games we could have been in the top four but there is always next year.” 

 “I’m really happy with a lot that we have done in the Big East, we just have to be more consistent, we are going to finish higher up in the standings then we have in a while. We competed in every game we gave amazing minutes against UCONN, and Temple, and an amazing half against Villanova, and of course the game today,” Main said.