Bobcats and Leopards
The Quinnipiac field hockey team will travel to Easton, Pa. on Sunday, Oct. 2 to take on Lafayette College in a non-conference game set for 1 p.m. at Metzgar Fields Athletics Complex. The Bobcats head into the weekend match-up with a record of 6-3 while Lafayette is 3-5.
After their game at Lafayette, Quinnipiac will head to Providence, R.I. to face Brown on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. returning home on Oct. 7 to host Robert Morris for their 2011 Northeast Conference opener.
All-Time Against Lafayette
Quinnipiac is 1-3 all-time against Lafayette, dating back to the first match-up between the two teams on Sept. 9, 2007. Lafayette won the first three games in the series before the Bobcats got their first win all-time against the Leopards, 3-1, last season in Hamden, Conn.
Scouting The Leopards
Lafayette is currently 3-5 on the season and have traded wins and losses in each of its last six games. The Leopards will travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to face Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 1 before heading back to Easton, Pa. to host Quinnipiac on Sunday. Carolyn Carbrey has scored a team-high four goals for eight points while Deanna DiCroce and Aimee Smith have both scored three times. Maria Machalick leads Lafayette with four assists while Mara Kish carries a 1.87 goals against average in the cage for the Leopards.
Back-stopping The Bobcats
Last week, goalkeeper Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) was 1-1 with a .895 save percentage, stopping 34 of 38 shots on goal, with a 2.56 goals-against average after allowing four goals in 140:46 minutes in the cage this week. Against Columbia, she stopped 14 of 15 shots on goal in a 3-1 win against Columbia. Against nationally-ranked Maine, Lewis turned back 20 of the 23 shots on goal by one of the nation's top-scoring offenses. For the year, Lewis leads the Northeast Conference in save percentage (.779) while ranking second in saves (88) and saves per game (9.78).
Last week, Kaitlyn Notarianni led the Bobcats with two goals and an assist for a five-point week. Notarianni scored once in the Bobcats' 3-1 non-conference win against Columbia, and also assisted on the first of Jess Rusin's two goals. Against nationally-ranked #11 Maine, Notarianni broke a 0-0 tie with her fifth goal of the season to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead in the second half. Notarianni's goal against the Black Bears was her 18th of her career, moving her into a tie for 8th place all-time with currently teammate Kim Cunniff. She also moved ahead of Cunniff and current volunteer assistant Jaime Cassesse in career points with 44.
Jess Rusin's (Garwood, N.J.) two goals against Columbia proved to be the difference in the Bobcats' 3-1 win on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Through Quinnipiac's first nine games, Rusin has seven goals and one assist for 15 points – passing her freshman total of four goals and one assist.
Hitting Our Stride
Quinnipiac's six non-conference wins this season ties its Division I record for victories against teams outside of the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats won six non-conference games in 2003.
Put Her On The Board!
Ashley Gradwell (Fogelsville, Pa.) scored her first career goal against Maine when she picked up a rebound off of Maine's goalie and poked the ball between her pads to tie the game against the nationally-ranked Black Bears and send it to overtime.