Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-4, 2-0 NEC) vs.
Long Island University Blackbirds (1-7, 0-2 NEC)
Friday, March 26, 2010 - 3 p.m.
LIU Field - Brooklyn, N.Y.
After a one-game hiatus, the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team returns to Northeast Conference play Friday, Mar. 26 as it travels to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on Long Island University. The Bobcats are coming off a 10-goal victory, 19-9, Wednesday against Iona in the final contest of a five-game homestand. Entering Friday's matchup in Brooklyn, Quinnipiac is tied for the top spot in the NEC standings with a 2-0 overall mark. The team's win on Wednesday was the second in a row and the third this season.
Scouting the Blackbirds
Long Island began the season losing four straight games. Currently, the team is riding a three-game skid as it hosts the Bobcats. The Blackbirds have lost both games at LIU Field in 2010, both against nonconference opponents, St. Mary's (California) and Villanova. The only win of the season came against Liberty, 19-9, on a neutral site played in Jacksonville, Fla., on Mar. 14. The team began its NEC schedule with losses at Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.). Anna Kalata leads the team with 18 goals, while Christie Wienckowski's 16 points and team-leading seven assists have produced a LIU-best 23 points this season.
Sophomore Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) recorded a career-high eight points on five goals and three assists against the Gaels. Her three assists were also a new career high. Earlier this season, Caroleo scored seven goals against Bryant in a single game for her previous high in points.
The Top of Stat Charts
The Bobcats are currently the top team in the NEC in points per game (20.57), goals per game (13.71) and assists per game (6.86). Quinnipiac is also leading the conference in draw controls per game (13.86) and shooting percentage (.533). They are the only team in the league to shoot better than 50% this season.
The Bobcats are causing teams into a league-high 11.57 turnovers per game in 2010. Only Robert Morris has a better goals-against average in the NEC this year as Quinnipiac is holding teams to 11.0 per game, while the Colonials are allowing 10.57 a contest.
Latonick Records Seven Points
Graduate Student and team captain Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) matched her season high with four assists against Iona. She also scored three goals for seven points in the game. Latonick now has 83 career assists, ranking in the top 10 amongst active Division I players.
Hauser and Kelly Solid On Defense
Senior defender Brittany Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) picked up two ground balls and three draw controls, while causing two turnovers in the game. Junior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) collected two ground balls and also had two caused turnovers in the win.
Matuszczak Has Solid Stat Line
Junior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) scored a career-high three goals and had a career-high seven draw controls in the 19-9 win against Iona. Those seven draw controls matched the Bobcats' team high this season, set by Kelly at Brown on Mar. 7.