Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-2, 2-1 NEC) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (3-6)
Friday, April 3, 2009 4 p.m.
Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team hosts future Northeast Conference opponent Bryant on Friday at 4 p.m., at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bobcats enter the game having won their most recent game, 22-10, against Long Island on Sunday. Freshman Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) led the way, scoring six goals and recording one assist. The seven-point performance garnered Caroleo the NEC Rookie of the Week Award.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant enters the game with a 3-6 overall record and having won its most recent game, 12-8, over Central Connecticut on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs are led by Alison Faiola with 32 points on 19 goals. Delia Glover is the team's goal-scoring leader with 21 this season. Against the Blue Devils, Faiola netted three tallies and added two assists, while Lauren Albert also scored three times in the win. Jessica Bolton played all 60 minutes in goal for the Bulldogs against CCSU, picking up her second win of the season.
Hear It Now, See It Now
Friday'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.
Caroleo's Rookie of the Week honor marked the third-consecutive week that a member of the Bobcats was recognized by the NEC. Seniors Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) and Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) had previously been honored as the Player and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. Fiore was also named the Eli's Restaurant Group Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month for March.
Tiffany Manzi (Feeding Hills, Mass.) was named by Laxpower.com as one of the top senior midfielders in the nation. Last season's NEC Player of the Year currently ranks third on the team with 16 points on 12 goals and four assists. She is also first in the NEC in free-position goals per game (1.29), second in ground balls (2.71) and fourth in draw controls (3.0).
The Bobcats' 22 goals against Long Island were the most for the team since scoring 23 at Wagner Mar. 30, 2008. Five players scored five or more points in the win over the Blackbirds. Caroleo led the way with seven, while Fiore (2 goals, 3 assists), Manzi (3 goals, 2 assists), Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) (5 goals) and Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) (1 goal, 4 assists) all reached the five-point mark as well.
Friday's game will feature a familiar name for the opposition. Manzi will be taking on her younger sister Kayla Manzi for the first time in her career. The younger Manzi is a freshman defender for the Bulldogs and had made one start in the team's first five games of 2009.
Valentine finished with a team season-high 14 shots against Long Island. Of those 14 shots, 11 were on goal, another season high amongst Quinnipiac players. She matched a career high in goals in the contest, netting five.
She'll Keep Passing, If You Keep Scoring
Latonick dished out a season-high four assists versus the Blackbirds. The junior attacker picked up three helpers in the first half on goals from Caroleo, Manzi and Fiore, before finding sophomore Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) open at the top of the crease for her first goal of the season just over five minutes into the second half. The four assists in the game were a season high for the Bobcats.
It's The Little Things...
To go along with her three goals and two assists, Manzi also had six ground balls and a career-high eight draw controls. This season, she is the team leader in ground balls (19) and draw controls (21).