October 29, 2010

Field Hockey Travels to Bryant On Friday, Hosts Siena For Senior Day On Sunday

Friday, October 29, 2010 - 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University at Bryant University
at Bryant Turf Complex - Smithfield, R.I.

Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University vs. Siena College
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn.

Big Weekend
The Quinnipiac University field hockey team (7-8, 3-2 NEC) will travel to Smithfield, R.I. on Friday, Oct. 29 to take on Bryant University (6-11, 3-2 NEC) at 7 p.m. The Bobcats then host Siena (2-14, 0-5 NEC) on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. for Senior Day as Quinnipiac honors Amanda DeLouise, Tina Watkins, Katie Van Nostrand and MacKenzie Liptak as they play their final games at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field.

Playoff Picture
Quinnipiac will clinch a playoff berth for the Northeast Conference Tournament with a win against Bryant or Siena this weekend.

Scouting Bryant
Bryant is currently 6-11 overall and 3-2 in the Northeast Conference, tied with the Bobcats for fourth place. The Bulldogs are coming off back-to-back losses to Rider (3-0) and Monmouth (1-0). Prior to that, Bryant had won six of its previous seven games. Courtney Landi leads Bryant with 15 points, including a team-high seven goals. Elise Boissoneau sits behind Landi with 12 points on five goals and two assists. Katherine Andrusin leads the team with three assists. In goal, Jennifer Gullotti has logged all1,189 minutes in goal for Bryant and boasts a 3.42 goals-against average and a .690 save percentage.

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Last season's game on Oct. 25, a 2-0 Bryant win, was the first meeting between the two teams.

Scouting Siena
Siena is currently 2-14 and 0-5 in the Northeast Conference, and are coming off four straight losses. Olivia Whelly and Liza Heimerle are tied for the team lead with two goals while Whelly also boasts one assist for a team-high five points.

All-Time Against The Saints
Quinnipiac has defeated Siena in 14 of the 15 meetings between the two teams since 1999. After winning the first three meetings, Siena won their first, and only, game against Quinnipiac in Hamden on Oct. 15, 2000. Since then, Quinnipiac has won 11 straight. All-time, the Bobcats have outscored the Saints, 55-9, and has allowed just one goal in their last seven meetings. Quinnipiac is 7-1 in eight games in Hamden, Conn.

Big Mac
MacKenzie Liptak (Sr., F, Schuylerville, N.Y./Schuylerville Central) led Quinnipiac to a 2-0 record last week as the Bobcats knocked off Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-0, on Friday, Oct. 22 before taking down Robert Morris, 3-1, on Sunday, Oct. 24, Liptak scored the game-winning goals in both games. She opened the scoring against Saint Francis on Friday, before giving the Bobcats the go-ahead goal in their win against Robert Morris.

Moving Up The Charts
Liptak's goal against Robert Morris moved her into 12th place in career goals at Quinnipiac and 10th all-time in points.

Getting The Right Engel(ke)
Kristen Engelke (Medford, N.J.) had a goal and an assist in the Bobcats 3-1 win against Robert Morris. Engelke now sits in third place among Quinnipiac's leaders with 12 points on five goals and two assists.

Notable Notes
Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) moved into second place on the roster with five goals and three assists for 13 points. Notarianni scored her fifth goal of the season in Quinnipiac's 3-1 win against Robert Morris.

Putting Points Up
Kim Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) had an assist against Robert Morris, giving her a team-high 14 points on six goals and two assists.

Cage Fighter
Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) had a banner week, posting a 2-0-0 record with a .800 save percentage after stopping four of five shots on goal this weekend. In allowing one goal over 140 minutes, Lewis also posted a 0.50 goals-against average. For the year, she is 7-5-0 with a 1.96 GAA and a .740 save percentage.

Bobcats In NEC Play
Quinnipiac is 5-2-0 in its last seven games.

Comback Kids
Six of Quinnipiac's seven wins have come after the opposing team scored first.

Shut-Down D
In two games last weekend, Quinnipiac allowed two shots and no goals in the second half of either game.

Among The Elite
Quinnipiac currently boasts nine players who have scored a goal this season, second only to Rider among the NEC ranks.