Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-0) at
Harvard University Crimson (1-1)
Saturday, March 7, 2009 4:00 p.m.
Cumnock Turf Cambridge, Mass.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team travels to Harvard in its first road game of the season on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Bobcats are coming off an 11-10 victory in their first game of the season against UConn on Thursday afternoon in Hamden. Senior Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) had six points in the win as she scored four goals and assisted on two others. It was the second consecutive year that Quinnipiac defeated its intra-state rivals from Storrs after going winless in the first eight meetings between the teams.
The Crimson began the season by defeating Holy Cross, 13-10, on Feb. 21. Harvard then fell to UMass in their home opener, 13-12, a week later. The team is led by sophomore Jess Halpern's nine goals and Kaitlin Martin's 10 points this season. Halpern scored six of her nine goals in the win against the Crusaders and followed that with three more against the Minutemen. Freshman Kerry Clark has started both games in goal for the Crimson this season, posting a goals-against average of 12.00 and a save percentage of .375. Harvard defeated the Bobcats last season, 13-10, in Hamden on Mar. 16.
Quinnipiac fell behind to the Huskies midway through the second half, 9-7. After heading into halftime tied, 5-5, UConn came out and scored four of first six goals in the second to take the two-goal lead. A 4-0 run sparked by Senior Tiffany Manzi (Feeding Hills, Mass.) helped the Bobcats take the lead and hold on for the win.
Welcome To The Show
Two freshmen members of the team added major contributions to the offensive play of Quinnipiac in the season-opening win. Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) each scored their first-career goals in the game. Gibney scored the second goal of the game and the Bobcats' 10th on a free-position shot midway through the second half. Caroleo netted her goal 2:53 into the second half. Both players scored their first goals on assists from Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.).
Head Coach Danie Caro split the goaltending duties in the win over UConn. Last season's Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year junior goalkeeper Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) turned away five shots in the opening half before giving way to freshman Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) in the second. Martello turned away four shots in her 30 minutes of action, including two key saves in the final minutes to preserve the victory.
Two Is Better Than One
Five members of the Bobcats recorded multiple points in the first game of the season. Fiore led the way with six, while Latonick had one goal and two assists for three points in the game. Manzi, Gibney and senior Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) all finished with two. Manzi had a goal and an assist, while Gibney and Valentine each finished with two goals each.
Sophomore defender Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) matched her career high of three draw controls in a game on Thursday. Manzi also finished the game with three draw controls, matching Kelly's game-high figure.
She Turned It Over For A Reason
The Bobcats caused 11 turnovers in the win. Valentine and senior defender Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) each had three in the game for game highs. Martello finished with two, including one as time expired to prevent the Huskies from scoring the tying goal. UConn only forced Quinnipiac into making eight turnovers.
That Explains It
Quinnipiac finished the game 4-of-7 on free-position shots in the game, including 3-of-4 in the second half. The Huskies were 0-for-1 in the game with their lone opportunity coming in the second half. UConn committed 25 fouls in the game to the Bobcats' 11.