Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-4, 5-0 NEC) vs.
Wagner College Seahawks (3-8, 2-3 NEC)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 4 p.m.
Wagner College Stadium - Staten Island, N.Y.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team begins a three-game road trip against Northeast Conference opponent Wagner on Wednesday, April 7 at 4 p.m. The Bobcats enter the game with a perfect 5-0 mark in NEC play this season and currently are on a five-game winning streak. Wins against Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's over the weekend has Quinnipiac unbeaten more than halfway through its conference schedule in 2010. Wagner is on the outside looking in at the NEC Tournament picture, sitting tied for fifth with a 2-3 conference record.
The Seahawks' 2-3 record has them in a four-way tie for fifth in the league standings. After dropping its first three NEC games this season, Wagner rattled off consecutive conference wins this past weekend at Central Connecticut and Bryant. The Seahawks began the season with a one-goal win, 12-11, at home against Bucknell before dropping eight straight contests. Carolyn Clark leads the team in scoring this season with 24 points. Of those 24 points, none have come via the assist, scoring all of her points on goals. Teri Noll is tied with Clark with 24 points, but with the aid of eight assists to go along with her 16 goals. Alex Johnston has started all 11 games this season, posting a goals-against average of 12.00 and a save percentage of .457.
Junior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) was named the Northeast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week Monday afternoon. This is the second time this season that Kelly has been honored with the conference's weekly award for her play at the defensive end of the field. She shares the award this week with Sacred Heart goalkeeper Chelsea Wagner.
Graduate student and team captain Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) scored six points on one goal and a season-high five assists against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. Her five assists were a personal, team and conference season high in 2010. She is just six assists away from 100 in her career, posting the second most career assists amongst active Division I players with 94.
Senior Day Pair
Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) celebrated her Senior Day with a season-high two goals and two points. The senior midfield scored her first goal less than two minutes into the game as part of a 4-0 run to start the contest. She would go on to add her second goal as the fifth of a 5-0 Quinnipiac run midway through the first half.
Pair For this Duo
Junior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and sophomore Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) each scored twice in the win over the Mount. Gibney is now third in the league with 28 goals, while Iannotti's six this season are three times more than her previous season high of two. She had just two goals in each of her first two campaigns with the Bobcats.
Despite only scoring 21 goals over the weekend, the Bobcats remain the top offensive team in the NEC. Leading the league in goals per game (14.00), assists per game (7.10) and points per game (21.10), Quinnipiac is also atop the stat charts in draw controls this season, averaging 13.80 per contest.
a "D" to Match
The Bobcats' defense ranks in the top four of the league in save percentage (.470), goals-against average (9.80) and caused turnovers (10.60). Junior goalkeeper Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) played all 120 minutes of action over the weekend for the first time in her college career, picking up the win and turning aside 18 shots in the process.