Field Hockey Opens 2009 Season At Boston College On Friday, Sept. 4

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0) at Boston College Eagles (2-0)
Friday, September 4, 2009 - 4 p.m.
Newton Campus Turf Field - Chestnut Hill, Mass.

2009 Season Opener
Fresh off their its Northeast Conference Tournament appearance in three seasons, the Quinnipiac University field hockey team will open the season on Friday, Sept. 4 when it travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to take on Boston College in a non-conference match-up set for 4 p.m. The game will be the first on-field test for the Bobcats of the 2009 season, while Boston College stands at 2-0.

Scouting The Boston College Eagles
Boston College is currently 2-0 following wins against Vermont (3-0) and William & Mary (7-2). BC's Chelsey Feole and Kate Gillis lead the Eagles with two goals and an assist apiece, while Janna Anctil has also scored twice. Emily Kozniuk, Courtney Tavener and Catherine O'Brien all have two assists. In goal, Kristine Stigas is 2-0-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average after allowing two goals in 130:34 minutes in goal.

All-Time Against The Eagles
Quinnipiac is 0-5 all-time against Boston College, including three losses on the Eagles home turf. In five games, Boston College has outscored the Bobcats 18-1, with QU's only goal of the series coming on Aug. 31, 2007 in a 3-1 loss on the road.

2009 Northeast Conference Preseason Poll
Quinnipiac was selected to finish third of nine teams in the 2009 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Bobcats finished 5-13 overall in the 2008 season and 3-4 in conference play, good for fourth the NEC.

Veteran Field
The Bobcats return 18 players from last year's roster, including NEC Goaltender of the Year Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) as well as 2008 All-NEC First-Team selectees Katie Van Nostrand (Derry, N.H) and Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.). The three all-conference selections will serve as the team tri-captains for the 2009 season.

Cage Fighter
Senior goaltender Grossman added to her already impressive list of career accomplishments with her third consecutive all-conference honor and second major award of her career after winning the NEC Rookie of the Year honor in 2006.

Experienced Scorers
The Bobcats also bring back their top three scorers from last season in seniors Mackenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y), Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) and Hartnett.

Big Mac
Liptak led the Bobcats and ranked seventh in the NEC in goals with eight. In her break-out season, Quinnipiac was 3-3 in games in which she scored, including wins against Fairfield, Monmouth and Maine. Her best stretch of the season fell on Sept. 14-21 when she totaled five goals and an assist in three games. Of her eight goals, five were unassisted.

The Hart Foundation
Tri-captain Lauren Hartnett ranked second on the team in points (13) after registering five goals and three assists. All three totals were career-highs.

Making The Grade
Christine Grady scored five goals and dished out one assist in 2008. Grady has 10 goals and an assist for her two-year career. She currently sits in 17th place all-time at Quinnipiac with 10 goals.

Out Of Africa
Quinnipiac also returns its assist leader in junior Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) who dished out five helpers last season.

First Impressions
As a freshman last season, Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) led Quinnipiac with two game-winning goals. Notarianni went scoreless in her first eight career games before a two-goal explosion in Quinnipiac's 5-0 win against Siena on Oct. 19. She also scored the only goal in the Bobcats' next game, a 1-0 win against St. Francis (Pa.) on Oct. 24.

2008 Team Honors

Tara Thibeault Most Valuable Player Award
Megan Sciascia was given the program's top honor, the Tara Thibeault Most Valuable Player Award, after earning All-Northeast Conference Honors for the second consecutive season as she was named to the NEC Second Team. In 2008, Sciascia emerged as a dominant two-way player in the NEC as she totaled career highs in goals (2), assists (3) and points (7).

Best Offensive Player Award
Hartnett was award the Best Offensive Player award after she reached career highs in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14). In conference play, Hartnett led Quinnipiac in scoring against NEC teams after she finished the year with two goals and two assists for six points. Hartnett was one of three Quinnipiac field hockey players this year to earn NEC First Team honors.

Nina Walker Most Improved Player Award
Van Nostrand earned her first All-NEC honors, joining Hartnett on the conference's first team, after emerging as one of the NEC's top defensive players. This season, the Quinnipiac defense ranked among the conference leaders in fewest goals allowed and goals-against average due, in large part, to the increased role by Van Nostrand. For her efforts, she was given the Nina Walker Most Improved Player Award.

Zag Team Player Award
Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) was honored with the Zag Team Player Award, given to a Quinnipiac player whose ability to think outside-the-box on the field and also be an asset to her community. Shea was a solid contributor to the Bobcats' midfield as she started in 17 of Quinnipiac's 18 games.

Jill DiSanti Best Defensive Player Award
Brandy Longacre (Bethlehem, Pa.) earned the Jill DiSanti Best Defensive Player award after a break-out season that saw the senior defender log over 1200 minutes on the field while starting in all 18 games for Quinnipiac. Longacre was a driving force to the Bobcats' defense that ranked among the conference leaders.

Active Leaders

21 Christine Grady
20 Lauren Hartnett
18 MacKenzie Liptak
12 Megan McCreedy
5 Katie Van Nostrand
4 Bonnie Shea

10 Christine Grady
8 MacKenzie Liptak
6 Lauren Hartnett
3 Megan McCreedy
2 Bonnie Shea
2 Katie Van Nostrand
1 Megan Brady

8 Lauren Hartnett
6 Megan McCreedy
2 MacKenzie Liptak
1 Christine Grady
1 Maria Molonoski
1 Katie Van Nostrand