Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-2, 4-1 NEC) at
Robert Morris University Colonials (7-6, 3-2 NEC)
Saturday, April 11, 2009 12 p.m.
Moon Township, Pa.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team plays the second game of its Western Pennsylvania road trip Saturday at noon in Moon Township, Pa., against Robert Morris. The Bobcats are coming off a 15-goal victory, 24-9, at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Thursday afternoon. Quinnipiac jumped up two spots in the Northeast Conference standings with the win, improving to 4-1 in conference play and 8-2 overall this season.
Scouting the Colonials
Robert Morris enters the game with a 3-2 mark in NEC play this season, while 7-6 overall. The Colonials have won their last two games by a combined score of 37-12. The team is led by Ashley Levering and her NEC-best 38 assists. Levering has eight goals for 46 total points, while Kara Blakely is third on the team in points with 37, but has a team-leading 32 goals. Erica Webb has been the goalkeeper of record for a majority of the season, posting a 6-6 record and a save percentage of .525.
Scoring In Bunches
Quinnipiac rattled off its longest scoring run of the season on Thursday against Saint Francis. The Bobcats put together a 14-0 run over a 23-minute span in the first half to put the game out of reach early. During that time, Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.), Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.), Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.), Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) all scored twice. Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) had a goal and two assists, while Katelyn Vennard (Albany, N.Y.) Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each had goals.
All Over The Board
Manzi scored a season-high four goals and matched her season high of five points in the win over the Red Flash. She also added two ground balls, four draw controls and one caused turnover in the game.
Sinnigen set a new career high with six points on Thursday. She scored all four of her goals and two assists in the first half.
Another Strong Showing
Latonick continued to build on her team-leading assist figures. Against the Red Flash, the junior attacker added four more helpers, bringing her season total to 27. She now ranks second on the team in points with 34.
Three And Three
Valentine matched Sinnigen with a game-high six points at Saint Francis. The senior midfielder scored three times and matched her career high with three assists. She also picked up three ground balls, two draw controls and caused two turnovers in the game.
Welcome To The Party
Sophomore Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) made her presence felt at the offensive end of the field in the second half. Iannotti netted her first two goals of the season, while adding a draw control, ground ball and two caused turnovers.
Senior Year Consistency
Fiore scored three times against the Red Flash. This season, she has scored at least three goals in six games, including four games of four goals. She leads the team in scoring with 40 points on 29 goals and 11 assists.
Getting Everyone Involved
The Bobcats recorded a season-best 15 assists as a team in the victory on Thursday. Eight players combined for the 15 helpers in the game with four members of the team recording multiple assists. The 39 total points was also Quinnipiac's best mark this season.