Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-3) vs.
University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears (1-4)
Friday, March 19, 2010 - 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team plays host to the University of California-Berkeley on Friday, Mar. 19. The Bobcats and Golden Bears are set to meet at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field at 3 p.m. Friday's game marks just the second time that the two programs have met and the first since the 2008 season, when Cal won 14-8 at Memorial Stadium. Quinnipiac is coming off its first win of the season in its Northeast Conference opener against Bryant, 18-10, on Saturday.
Scouting the Golden Bears
California enters the game 1-4 overall this season. The lone win came against Davidson, 14-9, on Mar. 2. After falling to UC-Davis in its opener, the Golden Bears went on to post a 1-3 record in the four-game homestand that followed. Those three losses came against Ohio State, Notre Dame and five-time defending National Champion Northwestern. Alyse Kennedy and Allie Welsh each lead the team with 15 points. Kennedy has a team-high 11 goals, while Welsh has six assists this season to lead Cal.
Friday's game can be heard live on the WQAQ webstream. Alex Birsh will handle the play-by-play duties, while Miles Thorburn McQuiggan will add expert color commentary. Fans can also follow the game using live stats provided by quinnipiacbobcats.com. Both can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links above.
Gibney Garners Award
Sophomore Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) was named the NEC Player of the Week on Monday for her strong performances against Bryant and Fairfield last weekend. Gibney scored four goals in each game and finished with 11 points in the two games, while also adding 10 ground balls and seven caused turnovers during the two-game stretch.
To Be Outdone
Junior defender Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) was honored as the NEC Defensive Player of the Week. Her seven ground balls against Bryant are a team high this season. She scored her second goal of the season on Thursday and finished the weekend with four caused turnovers, four draw controls and eight ground balls. It was the first time Kelly was honored by the league with an individual award.
Seven Is Enough
Defending NEC Rookie of the Year sophomore Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) set a new career high with seven goals against Bryant. The second-year Bobcat potted four in the first half and finished with three more in the final 30 minutes of play. The seven goals are the most by any player in a game in the NEC this season.
After missing the first two games of the season with an injury, freshman Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) has emerged as one of the top young players in the conference. In just the second game of her career and the first against NEC competition, Guerrera scored three times and added assists on three more goals for six points against Bryant.
In Her Old Role
Leading the Bobcats with a program-record 44 assists last season, team captain Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) was off to a slow start this year. She had just two assists in the first three contests of 2010. Against Bryant, the fifth-year player went off for a conference-high four assists in the 10-goal win.
Sophomore starter Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made just two saves against the Bulldogs while earning the win. Junior Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) came in over the course of the final 23:26 and made five saves, including two against Bryant's top scorer on free-position attempts.