HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Danie Caro has announced that graduate student Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) will serve as team captain for the 2010 season. Latonick finished the 2009 campaign as the team's second-leading scorer with 54 points after setting a single-season record for assists with 44. She was named to the 2009 Northeast Conference All-Tournament team after racking up nine points on one goal and eight assists in two games against Mount St. Mary's and Sacred Heart. Her nine points helped the Bobcats reach the NEC Championship Game for the second straight season.
"Katie is an excellent choice to lead the team. She has the respect of her teammates and the coaching staff, and brings both experience and maturity to the position," Caro said. "It has been extremely rewarding to watch Katie's development, as a lacrosse player, a student, and as a person, over the past four years. She has evolved into an ideal student-athlete and is a great role model for our younger players. I think Katie will do a great job as captain, and she will have a solid group of returning players to help her lead the team."
Seniors Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Brittany Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.), along with juniors Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) and Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) will all join Latonick to form the core leadership group for the 2010 Quinnipiac squad.
"Lyndsey (Banach), Brittany (Hauser), Lexi (DeStefano), and Lauren (Matuszczak) are all players their teammates see as leaders, and the coaching staff does too," added Caro. "Together, the five of them will be expected to not only lead the team on the field, but to help set the tone for the entire program by working closely with the coaching staff."
The Bobcats return 19 players from last year's squad, which captured the program's second Regular-Season NEC Championship. The 2009 Bobcats set school records for wins (13) and winning percentage (.813), while also posting the highest winning percentage in NEC history.
The Bobcats will begin the 2010 season on February 26 against Fairfield at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Field.