Women's Lacrosse Hosts Detroit Mercy On Friday At 2:30 PM

Game #5

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-1) vs.

University of Detroit Mercy Titans (2-4)

Friday, March 20, 2009 – 2:30 p.m.

Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.

Friday's Game

The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse returns to action after a one-week hiatus when it takes on Detroit Mercy Friday, Mar. 20 at 2:30 p.m. The Bobcats last played on Mar. 13 at Iona. Quinnipiac completed its second-half comeback with a Tiffany Manzi (Feeding Hills, Mass.) free-position goal with six seconds remaining in regulation to earn the 12-11 victory over the Gaels. The win gives the Bobcats a 3-1 overall mark this season and a two-game win streak heading into this weekend.

Scouting The Titans

Detroit Mercy comes into the game with the Bobcats having defeated Central Connecticut, 11-8, in its most recent game Wednesday night in New Britain, Conn. Anna Eidem and Emily Boissonneault each scored four goals in the win over the Blue Devils, while Kandice Bogatz scored two and Corina Mahorn netted one goal. The win was just the second for the Titans in the program's first year as they improve to 2-4. Boissonneault leads the team with 22 goals, while Eidem is second with 15. Brett Yenger earned the win against the Blue Devils and making 17 saves in the effort. The win snapped Detroit's four-game losing streak.

Hear It Now, See It Now

Friday's game can be heard on WQAQ's live webstream. Andrew Gau will handle the play-by-play duties, while Jeremy Schilling will add color analysis. The game can also be seen on the Bobcat Channel's live videostream. Both can be activated by clicking the appropriate links above.

Making A Name For Herself

Senior Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week for her performances in the Bobcats' two wins last week. Fiore scored four goals and added an assist against Central Connecticut, while netting four more against Iona three days later. She scored the game-tying goal with 1:38 remaining in the game and set up the game winner with just six seconds left in Quinnipiac's win over the Gaels.

Delayed Start

Junior assistant captain Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored her first two goals of the season at Iona. Banach scored the two goals five and a half minutes apart late in the second half, including tying the game, 10-10, with 3:02 left to play on a free-position shot.

One Month Later...

Senior co-captain Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) matched Fiore's game-high four points at Iona. Valentine scored three goals, while assisting on freshman Marissa Caroleo's (North Babylon, N.Y.) fourth of the season. Her first goal of the game gave the Bobcats a 2-1 lead early in the game, while her final goal tied the game at 9-9. She finished 2-for-2 on free positions in the game.

Late Goals

Fiore and Manzi scored the first two goals of the season for the Bobcats in the final two minutes of play. The goal from Fiore was the first under two minutes remaining in a game for the Bobcats this season, while Manzi's game winner came with six seconds to play on a free-position shot.

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner

Manzi became the third member of the Bobcats with a game-winning goal this season. Manzi joins sophomore Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Valentine as the Quinnipiac players to score game winners.

Where They Rank... Nationally

Fiore ranks in the top 100 in three national offensive statistical categories. The senior attacker is seventh in goals per game (3.75), while 17th in points per game (4.5) and 99th in total points (18). Junior Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) ranks 62nd in the country in assists per game with 1.25 a contest. Senior defender Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) is 41st nationally in caused turnovers this season, averaging 1.75 a game. Manzi is 27th in the nation in draw controls with three a game.