Alexandria Quast responded to postseason pressure the way she’s responded to most everything else in her collegiate career.
By thriving in it.
The Dragons star had eight goals and eight assists, and became the Division II all-time points leader in the process.
But most importantly to Quast and her teammates, the Dragons continued their season, beating Wheeling Jesuit 22-5 and advancing to Friday’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals against Lake Erie.
That game will be played at Grand Valley State.
With her 16 points Tuesday night, Quast surpassed LIU Post’s Jackie Sileo to become the all-time Division II points leader, with 392 in her career.
Sileo, though, is still active, and will play again Thursday, so its likely Quast won’t have the record long.
Not that it appeared to matter much to the TU senior, who said she cried before the game, knowing it would be her final contest at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
“Going into this game was so emotional to me,” Quast said. “I was a wreck … I knew I had 15 (points) to tie it, but that wasn’t even going through my head today. Going through my head was, ‘we gotta get this win.'”
Tiffin did, scoring four early goals and never relinquishing the advantage. The Dragons led 9-3 at the half, then outscored the Cardinals 13-2 after the break.
While Quast was the Dragons’ leading scorer, Emily Roussel also came up big, with five goals and three assists for eight points.
“She just definitely turned it on today,” Tiffin coach Erica Brown said. “I could tell during warmups that she wanted it. She was able to to finish her shots today.”
Katelyn Hill had four goals for TU (9-8).
Jessica Bombard had four saves in goal for the Dragons.
“I definitely was very nervous coming into the game,” Bombard said. “We already beat (Wheeling Jesuit) one time, but you never know what they’re gonna be like coming back. It’s win or go home type of situation. I was nervous, but I was ready to play.”
Jessie Tufnell scored all five of the Cardinals’ goals. They ended their season at 5-13.
So now it’s on to Grand Rapids, Mich., and the GLIAC semifinals Friday against the Storm, who beat Tiffin 15-9 April 21.
“Coming out defensively, we need to pressure the ball against Lake Erie,” Brown said. “We just need to be OK with holding the ball, passing the ball, not forcing things in.”