Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-1, 0-0 NEC) at
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (0-4, 0-0 NEC)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3 p.m.
Arute Field New Britain, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team begins Northeast Conference play when it takes on Central Connecticut Tuesday afternoon in New Britain. The Bobcats are coming off a 15-10 loss to Harvard on Saturday afternoon, evening their season record at 1-1. The Blue Devils will also be playing their first conference game as they seeks their first win of the season (0-4). Senior Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) leads Quinnipiac this season with seven goals and nine points.
Scouting the Blue Devils
The Blue Devils are winless this season in four games, with their last loss coming on Sunday to Siena, 15-9. Senior goalkeeper Alice Lee recorded 20 saves in the loss and has played every minute in goal for the team this season, posting a 14.75 goals-against average and a .545 save percentage. Three members of the team scored two goals each in the loss to Siena. Senior Stephanie John, junior Lyndsey Mastandrea and freshman Ashley Perkoski all netted two goals in the fourth game of the season. John leads CCSU in scoring this season with 12 points on 11 goals and one assist.
Fiore On Fire
Fiore led the Bobcats in scoring for the second-straight game. The senior attacker scored three goals at Harvard on Saturday. Through two games, she has seven goals and two assists for nine points.
Freshmen Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) have made their mark on the Bobcats in their first two games with the team. Caroleo scored two goals at Harvard after netting the first of her career against UConn. Gibney scored twice in the opener and followed with a goal and an assist against the Crimson. Caroleo also added three ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover at Harvard.
Senior co-captains Tiffany Manzi (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) have each posted a two-goal game this season. After Valentine scored two against UConn, Manzi followed with a two-goal performance of her own at Harvard. Manzi now has four points after registering a goal and an assist in the first game.
Junior goalkeeper Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) has started both games for the Bobcats this season, but has split time with freshman Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.). Martello has played both second halves this season after Nelson has played the full 30 minutes in each of the two first haves.
Duo Of "Defenders"
Senior Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) is tied for the team lead this season with three caused turnovers. The defensive anchor is matched by Valentine's three from the midfield position. Both players recorded all six of their combined caused turnovers in the first game, with each forcing three against UConn.
Manzi and Caroleo each have four ground balls through two games for the Bobcats, good for a share of the team lead. Senior defender and assistant captain Meghan Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) follows closely behind with three this season, including two against Harvard.