Women's Lacrosse Begins NEC Play Saturday Against Bryant at 11 A.M.

Game #4
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-3, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (3-1)
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 11 a.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.

Saturday's Game
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team begins its Northeast Conference schedule Saturday when it plays host to Bryant at 11 a.m. The Bobcats are coming off a heartbreaking 14-12 loss to Fairfield on Thursday afternoon in the team's home opener. The two-goal loss dropped the Bobcats to 0-3 this season. Bryant comes into the contest first in the standings as the only team to win an NEC game this season, while just 1-4 overall.

Scouting the Bulldogs
Bryant's win against Central Connecticut on Mar. 6 was the first win of the season. It also marked the program's first win in NEC as this is its first season as a true member of the league. The 14-10 win against the Blue Devils in the first NEC game of the season helped the Bulldogs snap a three-game losing skid to start the year. Since defeating CCSU, Bryant fell to nonconference opponent Presbyterian, 13-11, on the road on Mar. 9. Lauren Sheridan leads the team with 12 goals, while Allison Faiola is second with 11. Both are tied for the team lead with 14 points, while Mary Green and her team-best eight assists rank third with 13 points.

The Bobcats are currently on a three-game losing streak to start the season. This marks the first time that Quinnipiac has lost three games in a row since the 2008 season when they won their first NEC Regular Season Championship and made the first of consecutive appearances in the league's title game.

Gibney's Goal
Sophomore Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored four times against the Stags. Three of her four goals came in the first half of play, while the fourth was part of a 3-0 run to start the second half. She also recorded two assists in the loss to tie her career high of six points.

Firsts For Two
Freshmen Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) each scored the first goals of their college careers against Fairfield. The goal by Guerrera just over the midway point of the first half was the first point of her career, while Allen had already recorded four assists before notching her first tally.

Split It In Half
After scoring four times in the loss to Brown, sophomore Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) scored twice against the Stags. Her first goal sparked a 5-0 Quinnipiac run midway through the first half before scoring her team's 12th and final goal with 10:28 left in the game.

Junior defender Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) scored her second goal of the season midway through the first. Her tally was the fifth of a 5-0 Bobcats' run and also marked the first time that Kelly has ever scored goals in consecutive games.

Formidable Fours
Gibney, Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and goalkeeper Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) all collected season and game highs with four ground balls each. The four ground balls were a new career high for Martello who now has new career marks in saves (13 at Brown) and ground balls in the last two games.

One and One is Two
For the first time this season, graduate student Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) scored a goal and picked up an assist in the same game. The program's single-season assist leader with 44 last season has just two through the first three games this year, with the second coming on a Matuszczak goal to start the second half. She also notched her third marker of the season with 14:20 remaining in the first half.­­