Women's Lacrosse Travels To Play Mount St. Mary's On Thursday At 4 PM

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4, 6-1 Northeast Conference) vs.
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (6-9, 5-2 Northeast Conference)

Waldron Family Stadium - Emmitsburg, Md.

Final Regular Season Home Game
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (9-4, 6-1 NEC) travels to face Northeast Conference opponent Mount St. Mary's (6-9, 5-2 NEC) in Emmitsburg, Md. on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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

About Mount St. Mary's University
Mount St. Mary's is coming off a 16-8 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, Apr. 17. The Mountaineers were led by Jen Semler's six point outing (three goals, three assists) and Esther Rufolo's four goals and one assist. Alexis Salerno also contributed two goals and two assists in the win, halting the Mountaineers two-game losing streak. Brigid McTavish and Sarah Jane Leder combined to make 11 saves in net. Overall, Semler leads the team with 41 points (31 goals, 10 assists), while Rufolo (34 goals, three assist) and Nicole Price (29 goals, seven assist) rank second and third on the team in total points, respectively. McTavish has put together a .409 save percentage and an 11.13 goals against average on the season.

All-Time Against The Mountaineers
Thursday's game will be the 15th time the two teams play each other, with the all-time series deadlocked, 7-7. Since 2008, the Bobcats are 5-0 against the Mountaineers, including twice defeating Mount. St. Mary's in the NEC Semifinals in back-to-back seasons ('08 and '09). In their last meeting on April 3, 2010, Quinnipiac defeated Mount St. Mary's 13-5. On senior day at Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field, senior Katie Latonick tallied a team-high six points (one goal, five assists) to lead Quinnipiac to its fifth NEC victory of the season. Sophomore Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and freshman Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) each netted two goals and one assist in the victory, while senior Lindsay Banach and freshman Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) both contributed two goals apiece. Junior Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) made 11 saves in net for the Bobcats.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac defeated Long Island, 21-7, on Sunday, Apr. 17 in its final home game of the regular season. The Bobcats were led by a pair of six goal performers, junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and Gibney, as well as a seven assist outing by sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.). Gibney also grabbed a game-high four ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Caroleo and junior Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.) shared a team-high four draw controls. DeStefano and junior Noelle Martello (Westbury, Conn.) each played 30 minutes in net and combined to make 11 saves overall.

Another Milestone Reached
With six goals scored on Sunday against Long Island, Marissa Caroleo eclipsed 100 points in her career, becoming the third player to do so this season for the Bobcats. She finished the week with nine goals scored (the second time she has accomplished this feat) to increase her team-high goal total to 41. The six goals tied her season-high mark, as it was the third game this season she has recorded a double hat-trick in a game. She remains the NEC leader in goals per game (3.15) and is third in points per game (3.54).

Repeat Record Breaker
Sarah Allen had her head on a swivel last week, dishing out nine assists in both weekend games combined. Her second-consecutive nine assist week resulted from a career-high seven assist outing on Sunday against Long Island. Allen surpassed her previous career-high of six assists, which was set just 11 days earlier in a 13-12 overtime victory over Columbia. Allen's assist total is the most since Katie Latonick collected eight assists in a 14-9 victory over Bryant on April, 3, 2009. The sophomore currently leads both the team and all NEC players in assists (26) and assists per game (2.00). Since her six assists against Columbia, Allen has recorded an amazing 18 assists in just four games, averaging 4.5 assists per game during that time-span. The Glastonbury native has recorded at least one assist in eight-consecutive games.

Sitting Atop The Conference
With a combined 11 saves on 15 shots in both weekend games, Martello catapulted herself into first place among all NEC goalies in conference games, lowering her goals against average to 7.77 and increasing her save percentage to .554. As a defense overall, the Bobcats rank first among all NEC team in conference goals against average (8.29).

Gibney Finds Her Growl
Gibney put together another solid weekend for Quinnipiac, compiling seven goals, five ground balls, five draw controls and five caused turnovers over the weekend. She matched teammate Marissa Caroleo with a team-high six goals in Sunday's game against Long Island, marking the second time this season she has tallied six goals in a game. The Hopkinton native also added a team-high four ground balls and four caused turnovers, while also attaining three draw controls in the win. In Friday's game against Wagner, she contributed one goal, one ground ball, two draw controls and one caused turnover. Overall, the junior ranks first on the team in draw controls (33), tied for second in caused turnovers (15) and is tied for third in overall points (34).

Crushing Defense
Kelly had another strong week defensively for Quinnipiac, compiling five ground balls, five draw controls and six caused turnovers over the weekend. She also added her second goal of the season on Sunday against Long Island. On Friday against Wagner, Kelly earned two ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. She then collected three ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls on Sunday against Long Island. Kelly did well to shut down her opponents, limiting Wagner's Leea Sinay and Long Island's Katie Williams to a combined one point. Kelly is the team-leader in caused turnovers (18) and is second in ground balls (29).

Consistent Production
Senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) netted four goals and six assists in both weekend games. She scored two goals and three assists in each game, increasing her career-high numbers to 13 goals and 21 assists on the year, which is tied for third overall on the team in total points.

Next Time Out
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, Apr. 23 at 1 p.m. when it travels to play NEC opponent Monmouth in its final game of the regular season.