Women's Lacrosse Hosts NEC Opponents Mount St. Mary's And Monmouth This Weekend

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Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-4, 2-0 Northeast Conference) vs
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (3-7, 2-0 Northeast Conference) 

Sunday, April 1, 2012 @ 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-4, 2-0 Northeast Conference) vs
Monmouth University Hawks (2-8, 1-1 Northeast Conference)

QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn. 

Key NEC Weekend Matchups
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (3-4, 2-0 NEC) hosts NEC opponents Mount St. Mary's (3-7, 2-0 NEC) and Monmouth (2-8, 1-1 NEC) in matchups this weekend on Friday, March 30 and Sunday, April 1. Friday's game against the Mountaineers is set for a 3 p.m. start while Sunday's game against the Hawks will begin at 12 p.m.

Bobcats Support March Of Dimes
The women's lacrosse team will be participating in money raising efforts for the March Of Dimes foundation at its upcoming weekend games. The March Of Dimes foundation works towards improving babies health, as its mission states, "Every baby deserves someone in their corner. With your support the March of Dimes in Connecticut continues to fund award-winning research, education and programs to give all babies a healthy start!". Fans are encouraged to help the team by leaving donations in the well-marked boxes near the front gate at QU Lacrosse Turf Field.

Live stats for this weekend's games can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  

About Mount St. Mary's
The Mountaineers are coming off a 13-10 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, March 25. On the day, Kaitlyn Larrimore led the charge for the Mount, scoring a game-high four goals, while Esther Rufolo and Erin Seipp each collected three points on the afternoon as well. Brigid Mctavish made four saves in goal for the Mountaineers. Overall, Larrimore leads the team with 22 points on 20 goals and two assists, followed by Seipp's 16 points (11 goals, five assists) and Jen Selmer's 11 points (six goals, five assists). Mctavish has started every game for Mount St. Mary's and has accumulated a 13.33 goals against average to go along with a .386 save percentage on the season. 

All-Time Against The Mountaineers
Friday's game will be the 17th time the two sides face each other, as Quinnipiac holds a 9-7 all-time series lead. Quinnipiac won both meetings during the 2011 season, defeating the Mountaineers once in Emmitsburg, Md. on Thursday, April 21, 11-8, and most recently in the NEC Championship on Sunday, May 1, 15-3. The Bobcats played arguably the best game of the season on that day, holding Mount St. Mary's to a season-low three goals on the afternoon. Junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) netted six goals and added an assist (en route to Tournament Most Valuable Player honors), while fellow junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) contributed three goals and two assists as well. Junior goalie Noelle Martello made nine saves in goal for the Bobcats.

After Mount St. Mary's began the Championship game with an early goal to take the 1-0 lead, Quinnipiac rattled off 11 straight goals (stretching into the second half of play), to extend its lead to 11-1 with just over 17 minutes remaining in the game. The Mountaineers mustered their first goal in over 40 minutes of action, but Quinnipiac would finish the game by scoring four of the remaining five goals to take its first NEC Championship in program history. 

About Monmouth
The Hawks are coming off a 9-8 loss to Robert Morris on Sunday, March 25. The Colonials pulled off the comeback victory by scoring the final three goals of the contest, including the game-winner (scored by Talia Waskowicz) with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation. The Hawks were led offensively by Kaleigh Gibbons (two goals, two assists) and Sam Lillo (three goals), while Katie Donohoe made four saves in goal. Overall, the Hawks are led by Alex Marino's 22 points on 20 goals and two assists, followed by Lillo's 17 points (15 goals, two assists) and Gibbons' 16 points (seven goals, nine assists). Donohoe has compiled a 13.21 goals against average to go along with a .394 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Hawks
Sunday's game will be the 16th time the two sides face each other. Quinnipiac is currently on a four-game win streak against the Hawks, including its most recent 13-8 victory on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Juniors Marissa Caroleo (five goals) and Devon Gibney (two goals, two assists) were the offensive stars for the Bobcats, while junior goalie Noelle Martello made a game-high 13 saves to keep Monmouth to a single digit goal total.

Quinnipiac netted the first goal of the game, but the Hawks responded by potting the next two to take the 2-1 lead. Monmouth proceeded to retain the lead for most of the first half, before Quinnipiac went on to score the final four goals of the first half to take a 7-5 lead into halftime. Monmouth fought back with three of the first four goals of the second half to tie the score at eight apiece, however Quinnipiac clamped down defensively and disallowed a Monmouth goal for the final 20 minutes of action, while finishing the game on a five-goal run. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac began NEC play with two straight wins over the weekend, defeating Wagner, 19-8, and LIU, 18-7. Both senior Devon Gibney and sophomore Michaela Tinsley (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each scored a game-high four goals on Friday against Wagner, while junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) accumulated a game-high six points off one goal and five assists. Freshman Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made a game-high nine saves in goal for the Bobcats.

On Sunday against the Blackbirds, Allen rose to the occasion once again, garnering a new career-high in points (eight), on seven assists (matching her career-high) and one goal. Caroleo was the team-leader in goals scored for the third time this season, scoring six times in the game. Tilts and Martello split time in goal for Quinnipiac, making five saves apiece. 

Player Of The Week
Sarah Allen had one of the more remarkable weeks in recent program history this past week, compiling an incredible 19 points on 17 assists and two goals scored. She picked up five assists in games against Vermont (3/21) and Wagner (3/23), before matching her career-high (for the third time) with seven assists against LIU on Sunday, March 25. For her efforts, Allen was named NEC Co-Player of the Week for the first time in her career. She currently leads the team, the league and the nation in assists (30) and assists per game (4.29), while her 4.71 points per game and 33 total points are also tops among the team and all NEC players.

Allen has also made herself relevant within the Bobcats' program record book, as she currently sits in second place with 76 career helpers. Her 30 assists thus far also puts her on pace to crack the program's all-time single season assist mark of 44, set by Katie Latonick in both 2009 and 2010. 

Senior Stride
Co-captains Marissa Caroleo and Devon Gibney have been vital to the Bobcats this season on offense once again, as Caroleo sits in second on the squad with 30 points (25 goals, five assists) and Gibney is in fourth with 18 points (14 goals, four assists).The two are nearing both the program record in career goals and total points, as each currently has 149 career points. Caroleo is currently just two goals behind the all-time goals record of 125, set by Marta Waldron '02, while both athletes are 26 points the all-time record of 175 career points, set by Katie Latonick '10.

Caroleo's 3.57 goals per game mark currently ranks first in the league, while her 4.29 points per game ranks right behind Allen for second best among NEC players. Gibney's 2.00 goals per game currently has her tied for 10th among league players, while her 4.71 draw controls per game is second best in the league. 

Defense Comes Up Big
The defense returned to form last weekend for Quinnipiac during its first two NEC games of the year, as it allowed only 15 goals all weekend for a 7.5 goals per game mark (good for second in league play). Quinnipiac's combined save percentage of .571 is also second best after the first weekend of league play, while its 9.50 caused turnovers per game is tied for second.

Toomey's Tear
Lianne Toomey continued her impressive start to the season, netting four goals and three assists over the weekend against Wagner and LIU combined. She put together a goal and an assist on Friday against Wagner, before tallying five points on three goals and two assists the following Sunday against LIU. Toomey, who finished last season with a career high in points (33), is currently third on the team this season with 23 points on 15 goals and eight assists. 

Not Such A Rookie
Freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) put together another successful weekend for Quinnipiac in its opening NEC games, totaling eight points on four goals and four assists. She collected four points (three goals, one assist) against Wagner on Friday, and another four points (one goals, three assists) on Sunday against LIU. The freshman, who currently ranks first among all Quinnipiac rookies (fifth overall in points,) has 12 goals and five assists on the season thus far.

Season Schedule
Following this weekend's games Quinnipiac heads out on the road for a three-game stretch against Saint Francis (Thursday, Apr. 5 at 3 p.m.), Robert Morris (Saturday, Apr. 7 at 11 a.m.) and Sacred Heart (Friday, Apr. 13 at 4 p.m.).

The Bobcats finish the regular season with three-straight home contests against Fairfield on Sunday, Apr. 15 at 12 p.m., Central Connecticut on Friday, Apr. 20 at 4 p.m. and Bryant on Sunday, Apr. 22 at 12 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett; rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu