Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-1, 1-0 NEC) vs.
Sacred Heart university Pioneers (1-5, 0-0 NEC)
Sunday, March, 22, 2009 2 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team hosts Sacred Heart Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., in a rematch of last season's Northeast Conference Championship Game. The Bobcats are coming off a 17-7 win against Detroit on Friday and are the only team in the conference with a winning record this season. The Bobcats enter the game on a three-game winning streak and boast a 4-1 overall mark. Quinnipiac is currently first in the NEC standings as it is 1-0 in league play, while three games over .500.
Scouting the Pioneers
Sacred Heart is the defending conference champion, having defeated the Bobcats in last season's NEC Championship Game, 15-14, on a late game-winning goal. This season, the Pioneers are 1-5 overall and have lost their last four games. Most recently they fell to Fairfield, 16-11, on Mar. 17. Sunday's game marks the first conference game of the season for Sacred Heart. The team is led by senior Amanda Williams' 16 goals and 21 points, while goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner has started every game this season and posts a 12.35 goals-against average and a .504 save percentage.
Hear It Now, See It Now
Sunday's game can be heard on WQAQ's live webstream. Justin Cohen will handle the play-by-play duties, while Corey Hersch 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.
The 17 goals against Detroit were the most in a game by the Bobcats this season. Senior co-captain Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) led the way, scoring three goals and two assists for five points in the game. Sophomore Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) added a career-high three goals and an assist for four points in the win.
Day of Firsts
Quinnipiac saw 11 different members of the team score a goal, including three players scoring their first goals of the 2009 season in the game. Juniors Brittany Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Vennard (Albany, N.Y.) each netted their first goals of the season, while freshman Jane Moldovan (Shoreham, N.Y.) scored her first-career goal with three seconds remaining in the game. Moldovan also collected her first-career assist.
She Started It
Senior Meghan Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) recorded a career-high four draw controls against the Titans on Friday afternoon. She had recorded her previous high of three on four separate occasions, but eclipsed that mark against Detroit.
Sophomore Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) set new career highs in draw controls and caused turnovers Friday. She matched her high of four draw controls, set last season against CCSU, and set a new mark with two caused turnovers in the team's fourth win of the season.
Sophomore Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist for two points against Detroit. She also added two ground balls, two caused turnovers and was 1-for-1 on free-position shots in the game. Skipper has scored in three-straight games and has multiple points in back-to-back contests.
Senior defender Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) picked up a season-high six ground balls in Friday's win. She also had a game-high four caused turnovers, while registering a draw control in the Bobcats' 10-goal victory.
Consistency Pays Off
Seniors Tiffany Manzi (Feeding Hills, Mass.) and Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) contributed in reduced minutes against Detroit. Manzi scored her lone goal of the game on a free-position shot midway through the second half and matched her season high of four ground balls in the game. Last week's NEC Player of the Week Fiore netted two first-half goals and an assist for three points. Fiore now has a team-best 17 goals and 21 points this season.
Helping Out All The Time
Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) picked up another two assists on Friday. It marked the second consecutive and third overall game this season that she has registered two helpers. She leads the team with seven assists this season, while adding two goals for nine points.