March 31, 2011

Women's Lacrosse Hosts Sacred Heart And Denver This Weekend

Friday, April 1, 2011 - 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-3, 3-0 Northeast Conference) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (2-7, 1-1 Northeast Conference)

Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 11 a.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-3, 3-0 Northeast Conference) vs.
University of Denver Pioneers (2-8, 1-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation)

Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Host Weekend Games
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (4-3, 3-0 NEC) hosts Northeast Conference opponent Sacred Heart (2-7, 1-1 NEC) and non-conference opponent Denver (2-8, 1-0 MPSF) this weekend at Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. Friday's game against Sacred Heart will begin at 3 p.m., while Sunday's game against Denver will begin at 11 a.m.

Live Stats
Live Stats for both weekend games can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links on the women's lacrosse schedule at quinnipiacbobcats.com.

About Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart is coming off its first NEC victory of the season with a 18-9 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, Mar. 27. Freshman Kelsey Russo (five goals, two assists) and sophomore Emily Pepe (three goals, four assists) led the scoring for the Pioneers with seven points apiece. Russo and senior Jessica Ingrilli shared the team-lead with six draw controls, while Pepe and freshman Samantha Villafranca each collected three ground balls. Meghan Pepe made seven saves in net for Sacred Heart en route to her second win of the season. Overall, Katie Kmiotek leads the team with 31 points (20 goals, 11 assists), while Pepe (12 goals, 13 assists) and Kaitlin Rochler (20 goals, four assists) rank second and third, respectively. Pepe holds a .342 save percentage and a 14.18 goals against average on the season

All-Time Against The Pioneers
Friday's game will be the 16th time the two sides face each other, as Sacred Heart owns the all-time lead with a 12-3 mark. The last meeting between the two teams came on April, 25, 2010 in the NEC Championship game, as Sacred Heart defeated Quinnipiac, 12-7. Senior Katie Latonick (two goals, one assist) led the team in scoring, while juniors Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each contributed two points in the game. Matuszczak led the team with four ground balls and four draw controls on the afternoon. Sophomore Noelle Martello and junior Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) combined to make four saves in the game.

About The University of Denver
Denver is coming off a 20-10 victory over Loyola on Sunday, Mar. 27. The Pioneers were led by sophomore Alex Befus, sophomore Kara Secora and freshman Jenn Etzel who each tallied two goals and an assist. Senior Lauren Benner turned away 11 shots in net for Denver. Overall, Secora leads the team with 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists), while Befus (16 goals, four assists) and Lauren Ciccomascolo (11 goals, six assists) respectively rank second and third on the team in total points. Benner and Ashley Harman have split time in net this season, as Benner holds a .429 save percentage and 10.19 goals against average compared to Harman's .333 save percentage and 13.75 goals against average.

All-Time Against The Pioneers
Sunday's game will be the first time the two sides face each other.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac won its fourth consecutive game of the season on Sunday, Mar. 27 in a 14-11 victory over Robert Morris. Junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) led the Bobcats offensively with six goals, while Matuszczak finished with two goals and one assist. Junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) collected a team-high five ground balls and five draw controls, while also scoring one goal and causing two turnovers. Junior Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made 12 saves in net for the Bobcats.

NEC Player of the Week
Gibney was named the NEC Player of the Week after having one of the best offensive weeks of the season for the Bobcats. She scored nine goals and two assists for a combined total of 11 points, and also collected five draw controls, caused two turnovers and scooped one ground ball during the weekend. On Friday, Mar. 25 against Saint Francis (Pa.), she scored three goals and two assists, while also attaining three draw controls. On Sunday, Mar. 27 against Robert Morris, the junior tied her career high with six goals scored. She also caused two turnovers and collected two draw controls and one ground ball. Gibney currently ranks first on the team with 21 draw controls, is tied for first with seven caused turnovers and is third on the team in overall points with 21 (15 goals, six assists). This marks the second time in Gibney's career that she has been named Player of the Week.

Caroleo Gets Defensive
Caroleo harnessed her defensive intensity this week by collecting a team-high six ground balls and seven draw controls, while also causing four turnovers. On Friday, Mar. 25 against Saint Francis (Pa.) she grabbed two draw controls and one ground ball, while also causing two turnovers. On Sunday, Mar. 27 against Robert Morris, she collected a team-high five ground balls and five draw controls, while also causing two turnovers. Caroleo held one of Robert Morris' top scorers, Colleen O'Donnell, to just one goal and one assist on the afternoon.

New Career-High
Sophomore Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) scored a career-high four goals on Friday, Mar. 25 against Saint Francis (Pa.). She also grabbed three ground balls in the victory. On Sunday, Mar. 27 against Robert Morris, Toomey added a goal and two assists, while also collecting one ground ball on the afternoon. She ranks sixth on the team overall with 11 points (nine goals, two assists).

Win Again With Sinnigen
Senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) matched Gibney's team high five point outing on Friday, Mar. 25 against Saint Francis (Pa.) by scoring two goals and three assists. She followed up that outing with a two assist affair on Sunday, Mar. 27 against Robert Morris. She collected one ground ball in each game.

Leading By Example
Senior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) extended her multipoint streak to six games, as she scored one goal and one assist on Friday, Mar. 25 against Saint Francis (Pa.) and two goals and one assist against Robert Morris on Sunday, Mar. 27. In both games she recorded one ground ball, one draw control and one caused turnover.

Noelle Plays So Well
Junior Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) turned away a combined 23 shots in two games over the weekend for a .523 save percentage. She stopped 11 of 21 shots on Friday, Mar. 25 against Saint Francis (Pa.) and 12 of 23 shots on Sunday, Mar. 27 against Robert Morris.

Next Time Out
Quinnipiac returns to action on Wednesday, Apr. 6 when it travels to New York, N.Y. to face Columbia.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for the latest schedule changes as well as the latest scores, news and highlights.