Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-6, 3-2 NEC) vs. Siena College Saints (0-13, 0-5 NEC)
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 - 3 PM
Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex, Hamden, Conn.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-6, 3-2 NEC) at Bryant University Bulldogs (5-12, 2-3 NEC)
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 - 1 PM
Bryant Turf Complex, Smithfield, R.I.
Saints Come Marching In
The Quinnipiac field hockey team will play its final home game of the regular season when the Siena College Saints come to Hamden on Friday, Oct. 26. The Northeast Conference match-up is slated for a 3 p.m. start at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.
Susan G. Komen Play For The Cure
The Quinnipiac field hockey team will "Play For The Cure" when Siena visits on Friday, Oct. 26. The Bobcats will sponsor a raffle with proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Koman "Play For The Cure" fund to support breast cancer research.
The Bobcats close out the regular season on the road on Sunday, Oct. 28 when they head to Smithfield, R.I. to take on the Bryant University Bulldogs at 1 p.m.
Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Quinnipiac (3-2 NEC) sits in fourth place in the league standings, trailing first-place Saint Francis (Pa.) (5-0) as well as Rider (4-1) and Monmouth (4-1), who are tied for second. Robert Morris (2-3) and Bryant (2-3) trail the Bobcats, with Robert Morris set to face Saint Francis (Pa.) and Monmouth whle Bryant hosts Sacred Heart on Friday and Quinnipiac on Sunday. Quinnipiac's two NEC losses came against Monmouth (3-0, 10/12/12) and Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-1 on 10/21/12) while the Bobcats own the tiebreaker against Rider, after a 3-2 win on Oct. 14, as well as Robert Morris after a 4-1 win on Oct. 19. The 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament is set for Nov. 2-3 at the site of the highest seed.
2012 NEC Field Hockey Standingsincluding contests through 10/21/2012
|1.||Saint Francis (PA) *||5-0||1.000||11-4||.733||W6||5-0||4-4||2-0|
Scouting The Siena Saints
Siena comes to Hamden on Friday with a record of 0-13 overall and 0-5 in Northeast Conference play. The Saints' Cory dela Gorgendie currently leads the Saints in goals (3) and points (6) while Lindsey Yenter has scored twice this season. Jessica Smith, Michaela Sullivan and Katherine Bowie have all tallied a team-high two assists. In goal, Beth Meyers has logged a majority of the minutes, posting a .782 save percentage and a 3.36 goals-against average.
All-Time Against Siena
Quinnipiac is 16-1 all-time against Siena, including a 8-1 record in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac won the first three meetings between the two teams before Siena's only win in the series on Oct. 15, 2000, 2-1, in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac has won 13 straight, and have outscored the Saints, 40-5, in their last 11 meetings.
Scouting The Bryant Bulldogs
Bryant hosts Quinnipiac on Sunday, Oct. 28 for its final home game of the season, with Senior Day festivities scheduled for the Bulldogs. Bryant is currently 5-12 overall and 2-3 in the Northeast Conference, with its three losses coming in its last three games to Saint Francis (Pa.), Monmouth and Rider. The Bulldogs' Rosie Bird currently leads Bryant in goals (10) and points (21) while Kayleigh Ballantyne has totaled a team-high nine assists to go along with six goals for 21 points. In goal, Megan Hancock has played every minute of the season for the Bulldogs, posting a 5-12 record with a 2.69 GAA and a .736 save percentage.
All-Time Against Bryant
Quinnipiac and Bryant have faced each other three times since the Bulldogs joined the Northeast Conference in 2009, with Bryant owning a 2-1 edge. The home team has been the victor in all three contests, with Bryant winning the first two games of the all-time series in Smithfield, R.I. and the Bobcats winning last season in Hamden, 2-0.
***Break-Out Season Alert***
Quinnipiac has benefitted from a career year from junior Christa Romano. The third-year midfielder is currently second in the Bobcats' line-upu with a career-best five assists, while her four assists in NEC play rank third among all conference players. Romano had three assists last weekend alone, with two against Robert Morris before assisting on Quinnipiac's only goal against Saint Francis (Pa.). Romano's three-game point streak is also a career best.
Playing The Engle's
Junior Kristin Engelke has found the back of the cage five times this season, matching her career-high she set during the 2010 season. Engelke's 12 career goals rank 18th all-time.
Cole As Ice
Senior goalkeeper Nicole Lewis has emerged as one of the elite back-stops in the NEC, posting a 9-5 record with a conference-leading .804 save percentage and a 1.62 goals-against average, good for third in the league. Nationally, Lewis ranks sixth in save percentage, 19th in GAA and 25th in saves per game (6.43).
Cate In The Clutch
Senior Cate Colucci has proven to be a vital part of the Bobcats' defense this season, helping the team hold the opposition to just 1.81 goals per game, good for third in the NEC. Colucci also ranks fifth in the nation with four defensive saves.