Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-2, 5-1 NEC) vs.
Brown University Bears (6-5, 2-2 IVY)
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 4:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team hosts Brown on Tuesday afternoon in the final non-conference game of the season. The Bobcats are currently riding a five-game win streak after dispatching Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris during a two-game road trip through Western Pennsylvania this weekend. Quinnipiac's 5-1 Northeast Conference record has the Bobcats in second place in the league standings, while its 9-2 overall mark is the best in the NEC.
Scouting the Bears
Brown enters the game having lost its most recent game to No. 20 Cornell, 12-9, on Saturday afternoon. The Bears have played four opponents also on the Bobcats' schedule, posting a 4-0 mark against Sacred Heart, Harvard, UConn and Bryant this season. The team is led by Kaitlyn Caro's 23 goals and 27 points this season with Kaela McGilloway in second with 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points. Molly McCarthy leads the team with 13 assists this season, while adding one goal for 14 points. Isabel Harvey has started in nine games for the Bears, posting a 5-4 mark and a save percentage of .369.
Hear It Now
Tuesday's game can be heard live on the WQAQ webstream. Live stats will also be available. Both can be activated by clicking the appropriate links above.
Thriller In Moon Township
The Bobcats played in their first overtime game in more than three years on Saturday against Robert Morris, winning 12-11. Senior Nicole Fiore's (Monroe, Conn.) game-winning goal with two second remaining in double overtime lifted the Bobcats to their fifth win in NEC play this season. The Bobcats trailed 5-1 and 7-4 in the first half before clawing their way back into the game for the victory.
Last week's NEC Co-Rookie of the Week Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) was a perfect 4-for-4 on free-position shots against Robert Morris. She also was 1-for-1 against Saint Francis two days earlier. Gibney scored five goals against the Colonials on Saturday and netted seven in the weekend.
Saves The Day
Senior goalkeeper Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) made 13 saves in earning the win against the Colonials. The win was her fourth of the season. The 13 saves were one shy of her season high of 14 set in her last appearance, a 19-5 victory against Mount St. Mary's.
It's the Little Things That Matter
After leading the team in points as a junior, Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.) has taken on a different role this season. Second on the team in ground balls (23) and first in draw controls (33), Manzi's transition game helped the team to two wins this weekend. The senior midfield had 10 draw controls, including six at Robert Morris, while also adding three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the weekend sweep.
Same Name, Same Results
Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) helped the Bobcats to two NEC wins on the road this weekend. The senior midfielder netted three goals in each game, while adding four assists on the weekend. The six-point performance against Saint Francis (Pa.) was a season high and done with limited touches in the second half. She also played solid defensively, causing four turnovers and collecting three ground balls in the two games
Fiore Finds the Net
Fiore scored eight points this weekend, including the double-overtime game winner Saturday. She scored three times in each game, while adding two assists against Saint Francis (Pa.) in the Bobcats' largest offensive outburst of the season, 24-9.
Eight Is Enough, But Nine Is Better
Last week's NEC Co-Player of the Week Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) picked up right where she left off, recording eight assists on the weekend. The junior midfielder had four assists in each game, including setting up Fiore for the game-winning goal against the Colonials with two seconds remaining. She also had a goal against the Red Flash on Thursday for nine points in the road trip.
Off The Bench
Sophomore midfielder Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) came off the bench and added four draw controls and three ground balls against Robert Morris, while also causing one turnover. She also had three draw controls and two ground balls at Saint Francis.