Quinnipiac University Bobcats (11-2, 6-1 NEC) at
Monmouth University Hawks (7-9, 5-2 NEC)
Sunday, April 19, 2009 1 p.m.
West Long Branch, N.J.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team plays in its final regular-season game of the year Sunday at Monmouth in West Long Branch, N.J. The Bobcats clinched their sixth-straight berth in the Northeast Conference Tournament with their 18-13 victory against Wagner on Friday. The win was the 11th of the season, setting a new program single-season mark. The five-goal win also tied the mark set last season with its seventh-straight win.
The Hawks enter the game having clinched its 12th-straight NEC Tournament appearance with a 21-13 win at Long Island on Friday afternoon. Megan Brennan leads Monmouth in both goals (40) and points (53) this season. Ali Pollock is second on the team with 39 points on 17 goals and 22 points. Goalkeeper Monica Johnson has started in 15 games this season, posting a goals-against average of 9.86 and a .495 save percentage.
The Bobcats paid tribute to seven seniors playing in their final home on Friday prior to the game against Wagner. Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) made her final game count, recording career highs of six goals and seven points. Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.) matched her season highs with four goals and five points. Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) scored three goals and added three assists in the game.
The Last Day Was A Day Of Firsts
Seniors Meghan Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) and Janelle Lopez (Chula Vista, Calif.) each scored their first goals of the season in the five-goal win against Wagner. Lopez also added an assist in the first half, before both scored their lone goals of 2009 in the second half.
Quinnipiac goalkeeper Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) led the Bobcats to the 11th win of the season by making nine saves. The win was her sixth of the season and the 23rd of her career, second in program history.
Leaders of the Pack
The Bobcats are the NEC leaders in offense (14.85 goals per game), defense (9.28 goals against per game), fewest turnovers per game (14.92) and caused turnovers per game (11.08). Quinnipiac's +5.5 scoring margin is also the best figure in the conference.
Valentine and senior defender Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) are the top two in the league in caused turnovers this season. Swapping places after Valentine caused two Wagner turnovers on Friday, she now ranks first in the NEC with 1.58 per game, while Coffey is second with 1.54.
Valentine's first goal against Wagner was the 100th of her career, joining Manzi has the only active members of the Bobcats with 100 career goals. Manzi now has 110 after scoring four times vs. Wagner. Fiore's three goals leave her one shy of the mark as she now has 99 in her time at Quinnipiac.