The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team travels to Providence, R.I., to take on the Brown University Bears Sunday afternoon at Stevenson Field at 1 p.m. The Bobcats are coming off a 16-8 loss in their season opener Wednesday at UConn. Junior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led Quinnipiac with three goals and four points in the first game of the season.
Scouting the Bears
Brown enters the game having split its first two contests, posting a 1-1 record. The one win was in its season opener against Northeast Conference opponent and Quinnipiac rival Sacred Heart, 14-6, on Feb. 27 in Providence. The Bears then went on the road to take on Boston University, losing, 9-5, on Mar. 3. Bethany Buzzell and Paris Waterman each lead the team with identical scoring lines of four goals and one assist for five points. Isabel Harvey has played all 120 minutes in goal for the Bears, posting a goals-against average of 7.50 with a save percentage of .464. The Bobcats defeated the Bears, 11-6, last season on April 14.
After scoring just four goals all of last season, Matuszczak scored three goals in the opening game of the 2010 season. The third-year Bobcat scored the first and last goals of the first half before netting her third with 5:32 remaining in the game. She also assisted on another to match her career high of four points.
Leader of the Pack
Captain Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) scored two goals in a game Wednesday against the Huskies for the first time since last season on April 5 in a 19-5 win over Mount St. Mary's. Scoring just nine goals last year, Latonick is on pace for 28 in 2010. She also has at least one point in 11 straight games dating back to last season.
Season Opening Sophomore
Sophomore Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) started the 2010 campaign right where she left off in 2009: scoring goals. Gibney found the back of the net twice against the Huskies, including completing Quinnipiac's only free-position shot of the game in the first half.
Jolly Good Show
Senior defender Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) had a team-high three ground balls on Wednesday. That figure matched her career high set twice before her latest three ground-ball performance.
Doing the Little Things
Last season's NEC Rookie of the Year Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) may not have found the score sheet with a goal or an assist, but she led the Bobcats with four draw controls against UConn. She also was the only other player besides Kelly to record multiple ground balls in the game, picking up two.
Junior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) scored once and assisted on another goal in the first game of the year. Quinnipiac's Most Improved Player of 2009 potted her first tally of the season 7:14 into the game to give her team the early 2-1 lead. She followed with an assist on the last Bobcats' goal of the half, making a quick pass to Matuszczak to set up the team's fourth tally.