Field Hockey Downs St. Francis (Pa.) 3-0HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team defeated Saint Francis (Pa.) University, 3-0, in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. The win puts the Bobcats at 6-11 overall and 5-3 in the NEC while Saint Francis (Pa.) drops to 2-16 overall and 2-6 in conference play. The shutout was Quinnipiac's second straight following a 4-0 win against Robert Morris on Friday, Oct. 30. Quinnipiac has now won three of its last four Northeast Conference games heading into next Friday's Northeast Conference Tournament.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.), Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) and Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) all scored in the Bobcats win. Senior Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.)had a pair of assists on Notarianni and Grady's goals while Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) and Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) assisted on Cunniff's goal.
Quinnipiac's 4-0 win against Robert Morris on Friday, Oct. 30, clinched the third seed in the upcoming Northeast Conference Tournament. With Rider's win against Lock Haven on Sunday, Nov. 1, the Bobcats will face No. 2 Lock Haven at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.Y. on Friday, Nov. 6. The time for the semifinal game has not been announced. Monmouth defeated Siena on Sunday afternoon to clinch the fourth seed in the tournament and will play NEC Regular-Season champion Rider on Friday. The winners of those two games will face-off for the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship.
"This was an important win for our team," assistant coach Cheryl Torino said. "Winning on Friday and then again today was important heading into the Northeast Conference Tournament. Right now our defense is playing well and our offense has come on strong the last two games."
Notarianni scored her third goal of the season just under nine minutes into the game. Hartnett picked up her second assist of the year when she handled the pick from the top of the circle and hooked up with Notarianni in front of the goal. Notarianni was able to maneuver and slip a shot past Saint Francis' Katelyn Vitali to give Quinnipiac the early 1-0 lead.
Hartnett picked up her second assist of the day when she controlled the puck inside the 18 yard mark in front of the Saint Francis (Pa.) before she found Grady to the left of the goal. Grady blasted a shot from the left of the cage to give the Bobcats a two-goal lead midway through the second half.
"I think this was a big win for us," Grady said. "Winning this game and hopefully using the momentum from back-to-back wins heading into the Northeast Conference Tournament will be key for us."
Cunniff scored with less than a minute to play in the game when the Bobcats were awarded a corner. Shea handled the push-out and keyed on McCreedy at the top of the circle. Cunniff's direct shot beat Vitali to the lower right corner to give Quinnipiac its third goal of the game.
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