October 19, 2009

MacKenzie Liptak Named NEC Field Hockey Player Of The Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac senior MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.) was named the Northeast Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week after totaling a goal and two assists to lead Quinnipiac to back-to-back Northeast Conference wins against Sacred Heart and Monmouth.

Liptak led Quinnipiac with two assists against in-state rival Sacred Heart University on Tuesday, Oct. 13, setting up a pair of goals in the 18th and 33rd minute in a 5-0 win. The two assists in the game were not only a personal best for Liptak but it put her in a tie for the team lead with five assists for the year, also a personal best. Liptak then scored the Bobcats' first goal in a thrilling 2-1 overtime win against Monmouth University on Sunday, Oct. 18 as Quinnipiac jumped over the Hawks in the NEC standings into third place. For the year, Liptak has scored three times and assisted on five more goals for a team-high 11 points. Liptak led the Bobcats last season with eight goals and 17 assists.

Four different Bobcats scored in Quinnipiac's 5-0 win against Sacred Heart on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) scored twice in the win to push her team-leading goal total to four, also a career high. Kristen Engelke (Medford, N.J.), Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.) and Liz Marini (Canton, Mass.) also scored against the Pioneers, while Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) had two assists. Engelke's goal was her first of her career, while Hartnett and Marini each scored their third goals of the season. The last time Quinnipiac had four different players score in a game was Oct. 22, 2006 in a 6-0 win against Saint Francis (Pa.).

Quinnipiac has allowed just two goals in their last four games, outscoring opponents 10-2, with a record of 3-1. In 129 minutes in goal, Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) posted a 2-0 with a 0.54 goals-against average after allowing just one goal in either game. For the year, Grossman carries a 2.52 goals-against average with a .762 save percentage.

Quinnipiac will host Yale University on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. They will then travel to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant on Sunday, Oct. 25.