Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-2, 3-1 NEC) at
Saint Francis (Pa.) University Red Flash (1-7, 0-5 NEC)
Thursday, April 9, 2009 3 p.m.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team embarks on a two-game road trip to Pennsylvania this week after a five-game homestand. The first game pits the Bobcats against Saint Francis on Thursday afternoon in Loretto, Pa. Quinnipiac enters the game with a 7-2 overall record and a 3-1 mark in Northeast Conference play after defeating Mount St. Mary's, 19-5, Sunday afternoon in Hamden. The 14-goal win gave the Bobcats sole possession of fourth place in the league standings and was the first conference loss of the season for the Mount.
Scouting the Red Flash
Saint Francis enters the game winless in NEC play at 0-5, while 1-7 overall. The Red Flash's lone win this season came against Howard, 20-3, on Mar. 18. The team enters Thursday's game on a five-game losing streak with each loss coming to an NEC opponent. The most recent of those losses came to Sacred Heart on Sunday by a score of 16-3. Chelsea Kent and Kate Simmons lead the offensive attack for the Red Flash this season. Simmons has a team-high 19 goals, while Kent is the team's leading scorer with 26 points. Danielle Pokusa has played every minute in goal for Saint Francis this season, posting a .427 save percentage and a goals-against average of 16.12.
For the fourth-consecutive week the Bobcats were honored by the league office. Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) was named the NEC Co-Player of the Week, marking the first time in her career that she was recognized with an individual accolade from the league. Freshman Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) was named NEC Co-Rookie of the Week, making it two straight weeks a Quinnipiac player has claimed the award after Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) won the week before.
Nelson Nails Down Win
Goalkeeper Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) turned aside 14 shots in earning her third victory of the season on Sunday. The 14 saves were one shy of her career high of 15 set against Colgate last season. The senior goalkeeper recorded 10 second-half saves in preserving the lead and the win for Quinnipiac.
Gibney Gives Bobcats Boost
Gibney led the Bobcats with a career-high six points on Sunday. She netted a career-high four goals and added two assists to help Quinnipiac to its third conference win.
The Best Offense Is A Good Offense
The Bobcats are the NEC's leading team in goals per game this season. Quinnipiac is averaging 14.22 goals per contest with 128 in nine games played.
The Best Defense Is A Good Defense
With a goals-against average of 9.22, the Bobcats also boast the league's best defense. Quinnipiac has only allowed 83 goals this season, 31 fewer goals than the next closest team.
Margin Of Victory
By defeating the Mount by 14 goals on Sunday, the Bobcats' margin of victory improved to +5.0, tops in the NEC this season. Monmouth's +2.4 is the next closest figure in the league.
With two goals against the Mountaineers, Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.) has now scored in 18-consecutive games dating back to last season. The last time she was held without a goal or point came at Long Island on Mar. 28, 2008. She also has eight goals in her last three games against the Mount.
Senior Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) netted two goals against Mount St. Mary's. This season, Fiore has at least two goals in every game, including four games of four goals. She ranks second in the NEC this season with 2.89 goals per game.
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner
Sophomore Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) scored her 10th goal of the season midway through the first half on Sunday. The goal proved to be the game winner, making her the only member of the team with two game-winning goals this season. Those two winners rank her third in the NEC.
The 19th Was The First
Quinnipiac's 19th and final goal against the Mount came from sophomore defender Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.). The goal was the first of the season and fourth of Kelly's career.