April 14, 2011

Women's Lacrosse Hosts Final Regular Season Games Against Wagner And Long Island This Weekend

Friday, April 15, 2011 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-4, 4-1 Northeast Conference) vs.
Wagner College Seahawks (3-9, 2-3 Northeast Conference)

Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-4, 4-1 Northeast Conference) vs.
Long Island University Blackbirds (1-11, 1-4 Northeast Conference)

Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.

Final Regular Season Home Games
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (7-4, 4-1 NEC) hosts Northeast Conference opponents Wagner (3-9, 2-3 NEC) and Long Island (1-11, 1-4 NEC) in its final regular season home games on Friday, Apr. 15 and Sunday, Apr. 17. Friday's game against Wagner is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start while Sunday's game against Long Island will begin at 12 p.m. Prior to Sunday's game, Quinnipiac will have an on-field senior recognition ceremony.

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

Senior Day Sunday
Sunday's contest will be the final home game for seven Bobcats on the women's lacrosse team. Seniors Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.), Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.), Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.), Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Kelley McDonough (Mahopac, N.Y.), Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.), and Stephanie Tuorto (Kings Park, N.Y.) will be highlighted in pre-game ceremonies.

About Wagner College
Wagner is coming off its second NEC victory of the season, defeating Saint Francis (Pa.) in overtime, 12-11, on Sunday, Apr. 10. Freshman Sam Morin, who netted two goals in the game, scored the game-winning goal with 21 seconds remaining in overtime. Junior Carolyn Clark led the Seahawks with four goals on the afternoon, while sophomore Annie O'Connor netted three goals in the win. Freshman goalie Morgan Roach turned away 11 shots for Wagner. Overall, Clark leads the team with 25 points (21 goals, four assists), while Lauren Petrik (eight goals, 11 assists) and Sinay (12 goals, six assists) follow with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Roach has played the majority of minutes in the cage, and currently holds a .468 save percentage and a 12.63 goals against average on the season.

All-Time Against The Seahawks
Friday's game will be the 11th time the two sides face each, with Quinnipiac owning a commanding 8-2 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2010, Quinnipiac defeated Wagner 15-11. The Bobcats were led by sophomore Devon Gibney's (Hopkinton, Mass.) four goals and two assists, while senior Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) added six points on two goals and four assists. Senior Brittany Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) led the Bobcats with four ground balls and junior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) collected a team-high four draw controls. Junior Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) and sophomore Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) combined to make 11 saves in the cage for Quinnipiac.

About Long Island University
Long Island is coming off a 19-8 loss to Robert Morris on Sunday, Apr. 10. Senior Sara LaNoir led the squad with three points on two goals and an assist, while senior Jenna Schauder and Caitlin Farrell each netted two goals for the Blackbirds. Junior Jacqueline Simonian grabbed a team-high five ground balls and freshman Kimberly Kovar led the squad with three draw controls. Simonian and freshman Gina Haber split time in net and made a combined six saves for Long Island. On the season overall, Annie Kalata leads the team with 25 points (23 goals, two assists), while Katie Williams (17 goals, five assists) and LaNoir (14 goals, two assists) rank second and third on the team with 22 and 16 points, respectively. Simonian has played the majority of minutes in net, and holds a .353 save percentage and a 15.63 goals against average on the year.

All-Time Against The Blackbirds
Sunday's game will be the ninth time the two sides face each other, with Quinnipiac leading the all-time series, 8-0. In their last meeting on Friday, Mar. 26, 2010, Quinnipiac defeated Long Island, 23-9. The Bobcats were led by Gibney, who compiled a game-high six goals and four draw controls. Junior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) added four points on three goals and one assist. DeStefano and Martello combined for 11 saves in net for the Bobcats.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac fell to Bryant, 11-9, on Sunday, Apr. 10 for its first NEC loss of the season. The Bobcats jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and headed into the locker rooms leading, 5-3. Bryant then scored seven of the next nine goals to take a 10-7 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the contest. Quinnipiac was unable to complete the comeback, and lost its first game in over a month's time. Senior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) scored four goals in the game, while freshman Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) added four points on a goal and three assists. Junior Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made 10 saves in net for Quinnipiac.

On A Roll
Senior Laura Iannotti (Rocky Point, N.Y.) continued her ferocious attack on the opposition last week, scoring seven goals in both games combined. She netted three goals against Columbia on Wednesday, Apr. 6 and added a career-high four goals on Sunday, Apr. 10 against Bryant. She is currently in the midst of a career-high 12-game point streak (dating back to last season) and has scored three or more goals in four straight games.

Assisting To The Top
Sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) collected nine assists in the week, including a six assist outing on Wednesday, Apr. 6 against Columbia. The six assists in the first half set a program record for most assists in a half. The last Quinnipiac player to record six assists or more in a game was Katie Latonick, who recorded eight assists on April, 3 2009 against Bryant. Allen leads the team with 17 assists and has 22 points overall. She currently ranks third overall in the NEC with 1.55 assists per game.

Defensive Minded
Despite the loss against Bryant, Quinnipiac remains one of the stingiest defenses in the NEC. The Bobcats' 9.00 goals against average in NEC action has the team ranked third best. Overall, Quinnipiac holds a 11.77 goals against average in all games combined.

Top Threat
Junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) collected four goals, five ground balls, eight draw controls and three caused turnovers during the week. She netted two goals and grabbed a team-high four draw controls on Wednesday, Apr. 6 against Columbia. Caroleo led the team in ground balls (four), draw controls (four) and caused turnovers (two) on Sunday, Apr. 10 against Bryant. She currently ranks first among all NEC players with a 2.91 goals per game average. Her 3.56 points per game has her ranked fourth overall in the NEC.

Martello's Cage
Junior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made double digit saves for the third consecutive game on Sunday against Bryant. Her .477 save percentage is good for fourth in the NEC, while her 10.85 goals against average has her ranked third in the league.

Triple Digit Success
Senior Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) eclipsed 100 career points on Wednesday, Apr. 6 in a 13-12 overtime victory over Columbia. The senior collected two goals and an assist in the game to give her 64 goals and 37 assists in her career. She is currently second on the team in points with 33 (21 goals, 12 assists), is third on the team in caused turnovers (11), and is fifth in draw controls (17).

97, 98, 99...
Senior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) is just one ground ball away from eclipsing 100 for her career. She is the active team leader in ground balls, and is second on the squad with 2.18 ground balls this season.

Next Time Out
Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, Apr. 21 when it travels to Emmitsburg, Md. to face NEC opponent Mount St. Mary's at 4 p.m.