October 25, 2006

Bobcats Edge Bulldogs 2-1

Oct. 25, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Jennifer Kinchla's goal with 12:30 remaining in the second half lifted Quinnipiac to a 2-1 victory over Yale on a cold and windy night at Johnson Field Wednesday. Kinchla's goal came after senior back Emily Palilonis had tied the game up with a penalty corner goal earlier in the second half.

The Bobcats (9-8) jumped out in front on a Lauren Kuchmak goal at 13:28 of the first half. Quinnipiac goalkeeper Jenna Grossman made five of her nine saves for the night in that period and the Bobcats went into halftime up 1-0.

Palilonis' goal, assisted by senior midfielder Heather Orrico, came 1:38 into the second half and seemed to energize the Bulldogs. Yale senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (five saves) stacked the pads to deny Megan Decesaris off a penalty corner with 25 minutes left to keep the game tied.

Kinchla's goal, assisted by Ann Marie Mangano, spoiled an otherwise solid performance by the Bulldogs (3-12), who adopted a more aggressive system for the game.

"Every single person on that field came out to play," said head coach Pam Stuper. "Stat-wise, we had as many opportunities to score as our opponent. Unfortunately, they capitalized and we didn't."

Three freshmen - midfielder/forward Katie Cantore, forward Ashley McCauley and back Julia Weiser - saw extensive playing time for the Bulldogs. McCauley earned her first start while Weiser made her second; Cantore has started 13 times.

"All three played well," Stuper said. "That keeps the future bright."

Cantore's work in the midfield along with that of Orrico and senior forward/midfielder Lindsay Collins generated the majority of Yale's attack, but the Bulldogs were unable to get the ball past Grossman for the equalizer. A Yale penalty corner after time had expired broke down and ended the final threat.

Yale returns to action against Columbia Saturday (Noon) at Johnson Field.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity