HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team clinched the fourth and final berth in the 2010 Northeast Conference Field Hockey Tournament with a 5-1 win against Siena. The Bobcats finish the regular season at 4-3 in conference play and 8-9 overall while Siena drops to 2-16 overall and 0-7 in NEC action.
"It's fantastic to know we are going to the NEC Championships and that we control our own destiny," head coach Becca Kohli said." To do so with all four of our seniors playing the way they did on Senior Day is just great. It also looks like women's soccer will also make the NEC Tournaemnt, clinching on the same day, and I think that's great. It really adds to the family atmosphere we have here at Quinnipiac."
Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) scored twice in the Bobcats' win, moving her into a tie for the team lead with seven goals for the year. Senior MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.) scored her fourth goal of the year, on Senior Day as well, while Kim Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) and Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) also added goals. Amanda DeLouise (Cheshire, Conn.) picked up the win in goal for the Bobcats after stopping two of Siena's three shots on goal.
Liptak's goal came just 6:20 into the first half to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Notarianni then scored at the 17:44 mark to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. Notarianni attacked the net and made an impressive move to beat Siena's Beth Meyers for the goal.
Notarianni scored her second goal of the game at the 37:44 mark with an assist credited to freshman Kristen Engelke (Medford, N.Y.). Cunniff's seventh goal of the year came in the 51st minute while Danziger's second goal of the year came in the 57th minute.
Siena's Sarah Szewczyk scored her first goal of the year on an assist from Lindsay Mayo with just under ten minutes to play in the game.
Quinnipiac clinches the No. 4 seed and will play No. 1 Rider in the first game of the NEC Tournament on Friday, Nov. 5 in Lawrence, N.J. Monmouth, No. 2, will face Bryant, No. 3, in the second game of the day, with the Championship Game slated for Saturday, Nov. 6.