Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-2) vs.
No. 14/11 University of Maine Black Bears (8-1)
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 - 2 PM
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac field hockey team hosts nationally ranked No. 11/14 Maine on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Complex. Quinnipiac is currently 6-2 on the season after winning three straight while Maine is 8-1, with wins in each of its last eight games. Maine is scheduled to play Lehigh on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex.
The Bobcats hit the road for a pair of non-conference match-ups at Lafayette on Oct. 2 and Brown on Oct. 4 before returning home on Oct. 7 to host Robert Morris for their 2011 Northeast Conference opener.
All-Time Against Maine
Quinnipiac and Maine have met nine times since their first meeting on Sept. 9, 2000, with Maine winning five of those contests. The Bobcats won the first match-up, 2-1, before losing the next three games to the Black Bears, two of which came in overtime. Quinnipiac responded with back-to-back wins in 2005 and 2006, but have lost two of the last three games against Maine. Quinnipiac is 2-1 at home against Maine all-time.
Scouting The Black Bears
Maine is currently 8-1 through its first nine games, with wins in eight straight, and are currently ranked 11th in the Women'sFieldHockey.com Poll and 14th in the NFHCA Top-20 Poll. Senior Kelly Newton broke Maine's all-time scoring record last week as she earned America East and ECAC Division I Player of the Week honors. Newton had three goals and four assists for 10 points last week whiling leading the team with six goals and 15 assists for 27 points. Stephanie Gardiner leads the Black Bears with 10 goals, in addition to three assists, for 23 points. In goal, Brittany Fleck has started six games and currently boasts a 1.66 goals-against average.
Sophomore Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored twice in the Bobcats' 3-1 win against Columbia on Wednesday. Rusin has now scored in back-to-back games and has two multi-goal games to her credit this season on her way to a career-best seven goals.
The Bobcats' six non-conference wins this season ties Quinnipiac's Division I record for victories against teams outside of the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats won six non-conference games in 2003.
Putting Up Points
Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) had a goal and an assist in the Bobcats' win against Columbia. Notarianni's goal was her fourth of the season, second to Rusin and Kimberly Cunniff's (Walpole, Mass.) seven. Notarianni's assist is her fifth of the year, a career-best and second to active assist leader Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa).
Double-Digit Saves For Lewis
Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) stopped 14 of Columbia's 15 shots on goal for her third double-digit save outing of the season. Lewis entered the game among the NCAA Division I leaders in save percentage and goals-against-average. She improves to 6-2-0 on the year with a .756 save percentage and a 3.36 GAA.
NEC Player of the Week
Senior Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week after figuring into five of Quinnipiac's seven goals in a pair of wins against Lehigh and Harvard. Cunniff had her first career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the Bobcats win against Lehigh, including the game-winner off a corner play with no time on the clock. Cunniff also scored one goal and assisted Megan McCreedy on her first goal of the season in Quinnipiac win against Harvard.
Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll
Quinnipiac, off to its best start in the program's Division I history, received votes for the first time this season in the 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
Last Week Was A Good Week
Quinnipiac won both of its games last week, edging both Patriot League member Lehigh and Ivy League foe Harvard on the QU Field Hockey Turf. The Bobcats, who are 4-0 at home, have won five of the first seven games of the 2011 season. Their only setbacks came on the road against nationally-ranked opponents – No. 6 Penn State and No. 14 Boston College.
Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) was credited with her first goal of the season against Harvard. It was McCreedy herself who brought it to the attention of Quinnipiac Sports Information that Brittany Gentile should have been credited with the goal after Gentile tipped it past the Harvard goalie. McCreedy now has a team-leading seven assists on the year.
Watching The Clock
Amanda Danziger's first goal of the season came with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation and broke a 3-3 tie to give the Bobcats a one-goal win over against Harvard on Sunday.
No Place Like Home
Quinnipiac is currently 4-0 at home this season, and holds a five-game win streak at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex, dating back to its 5-1 win against Siena on Oct. 31, 2010. Quinnipiac previously went undefeated at home during the 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons, spanning 16 games without a loss on their home field.