August 27, 2010

Field Hockey Opens 2010 Season At Lehigh On Sunday, Aug. 29 At 1 PM

2010 Season Opener
Sunday, August 29, 2009 - 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University at Lehigh University
Ullrich Field - Bethlehem, Pa.

2010 Season Opener
The Quinnipiac University field hockey team opens the 2010 regular season with a non-conference tilt against Lehigh on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. at Ullrich Field in Bethlehem, Pa. Lehigh will face Northeast Conference foe Sacred Heart on Friday, Aug. 27 in Bethlehem, Pa. Live video and statistics are available courtesy of www.lehighsports.com.

Scouting The Lehigh University Mountain Hawks
Lehigh will open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 27 against Sacred Heart before hosting the Bobcats on Sunday, Aug. 29. Lehigh finished last season at 6-11, doubling their win total from the previous season. The Mountain Hawks also posted a 2-3 mark in conference play, advancing to the Patriot League Tournament for the fourth time in six years. The Mountain Hawks return six seniors, five of which are on defense, including goalkeepers Jessica Miller and Lilia Stefaniwsky, who will both see extending playing time in the cage. Lehigh was picked fourth, out of six teams, in the 2010 Patriot League Preseason Poll.

All-Time Against The Mountain Hawks
Sunday's non-conference game will be the first meeting all-time between the two teams.

2010 Northeast Conference Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac University field hockey team was picked to finish third, receiving one first-place vote, in the 2010 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats finished last season 5-3 in the NEC, clinching the third seed in the 2009 NEC Tournament.

Bouncing Back
Last season, Quinnipiac finished the year at 6-12 overall and 5-3 in the Northeast Conference, with wins in four of their final six games to clinch the third seed in the NEC Tournament.

That's A Solid Cast Of Players
The Bobcats return a solid core of All-Northeast Conference players in captains Katie Van Nostrand (Derry, N.H.) and Tina Watkins (Sweet Valley, Pa.) as well as MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.) and Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa). In addition, junior Amanda DeLouise (Cheshire, Conn.) has earned the starting spot in the cage for the Bobcats.

All-Northeast Conference
Megan McCreedy earned her second all-conference honor for her career in 2010. As a freshman in 2007, the White River, South Africa native was named to the All-NEC Second Team after totaling three goals and one assist during her first year with the Bobcats. In 2008, the sophomore midfielder had one goal and a team-high five assists. This season, McCreedy once again led the team in assists, passing out seven helpers while starting in all 17 regular-season games.

What's On Tap For September
The Bobcats play eight games in September, with their home-opener against Boston College serving as one of three on their home turf. Other home tilts include Colgate on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. and Lafayette on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. Non-conference opponents for September include Yale at Johnson Field in New Haven, Conn. on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m., Northeastern at Sweeney Field in Boston, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. and Maine on Friday, Sept. 24 in Orono, Me. at 7 p.m. In addition, the Bobcats will also play a pair of games on the University of Michigan's Phyllis Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. against Albany on Friday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. and Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 12 p.m.

Down The Stretch
Quinnipiac opens October with a non-conference match-up against Brown at home on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. The Bobcats then open Northeast Conference play on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Sacred Heart at 12 p.m. Quinnipiac will then host Rider on Friday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. and Monmouth on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. After a trip to Loretto, Pa. to play Saint Francis (Pa.) at DeGol field on Friday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m., Quinnipiac returns home on Sunday, Oct. 24 to host Robert Morris at 1 p.m. They then head back out onto the road on Friday, Oct. 29 against Bryant at 7 p.m. before closing their regular season against Siena on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.