Women's Lacrosse Visits Saint Francis (Pa.) On Thursday, April 5 At 1 PM; At Robert Morris On Saturday, April 7 At 11 AM

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Thursday, April 5, 2012 @ 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-4, 4-0 Northeast Conference) vs
Saint Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (2-9, 0-3 Northeast Conference)

DeGol Field – Loretto, Pa. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ 11 a.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-4, 4-0 Northeast Conference) vs
Robert Morris University Colonials (4-7, 2-1 Northeast Conference)

Joe Walton Stadium – Moon Township, Pa. 

Western Pennsylvanian NEC Matchups
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (5-4, 4-0 NEC) takes its four-game winning streak on the road when it visits Saint Francis (Pa.) (2-9, 0-3 NEC) on Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. The Bobcats then remain on the western part of the Keystone State and travel to face Robert Morris (4-7, 2-1 NEC) on Saturday, April 7, set for an 11 a.m. start.

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

Scouting The Opposition
The two squads Quinnipiac is set to face squared off against each other last Saturday, March 31 as Robert Morris defeated St. Francis, 18-13. On the day, Kate Simmons, Danielle Conwell, Samantha Barton and Megan Ross each tallied three goals apiece for the Red Flash, but the Colonials 13 first-half goals were too much to overcome despite a Saint Francis second-half comeback attempt. The Colonials were led by Talia Waskowicz's seven-goal outing, as Kristin Yoviene led the squad with five ground balls. Conwell led Saint Francis with four ground balls, while Simmons finished with a team-high five draw controls. Colleen O'Donnell finished with a game-high six caused turnovers for the Colonials, as Kaitlin Pentz and Angelina Gasparo combined for just one save overall.

Overall, the Red Flash is led by Conwell's 48 points (33 goals, 15 assists), followed by Barton's 17 points on 15 goals and two assists. Caitlin Flyn has compiled a 15.13 goals against average to go along with a .429 save percentage on the season.

The Colonials' points leader is Waskowicz, who has 29 points on 26 goals and three assists thus far on the season. Courtney Sicinski and MacKenzie Lawler each have 21 points for Robert Morris, while O'Donnell has scooped a team-high 34 ground balls. Pentz has a combined save percentage of .346 and a goals against average of 12.55. 

All-Time Against The Red Flash
Thursday will be the 11th time the two sides will face each other, as Quinnipiac owns a perfect 10-0 all-time series lead. In their most recent meeting on March 25, 2011, the Bobcats won the contest handily, downing the Red Flash, 17-10. Sophomore Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) netted a team-high four goals, while junior Devon Gibney tallied three goals of her own for Quinnipiac. Junior goaltender Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made a game-high 11 saves. 

All-Time Against The Colonials
Saturday will be the eighth time the two sides face each other, as Quinnipiac holds a 7-0 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on March 27, 2011, the Bobcats came away with a 14-11 win. Devon Gibney continued her impressive weekend, matching a career-high six goals in the contests, and sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) dished a game-high three assists. Martello made 12 save in the victory for her second personal victory of the weekend. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac moved to 4-0 in NEC action after another perfect 2-0 weekend in league play. On Friday, March 30 against Mount St. Mary's, Quinnipiac held off the Mountaineers for the 12-10 win. Sarah Allen led the team in total points, with five assists, while freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) each netted a team-high three goals. Senior Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) caused a team-high three turnovers on defense, as fellow senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) won four draw controls on the afternoon. Martello and freshman Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) split time in net and turned away five and two shots, respectively.

The Bobcats then handily defeated Monmouth, 13-8, the following Sunday, April 1. Quinnipiac jumped out the early lead and retained a 9-2 halftime lead, as Ochwat netted five of her career-high six goals in the first 30 minutes of action. Allen once again led the way with six assists, while Gibney finished with team-highs in ground balls (four) and caused turnovers (three). Toomey finished with a career-high six draw controls and Martello made nine saves in goal overall. 

Back-To-Back Player of the Week Honors
Sarah Allen earned her second-consecutive Co-Player of the Week honors, as was announced by the NEC on Monday, April 3. Allen continued her tear of assists, tallying 11 more during the weekend in games against Mount St. Mary's and Monmouth. On Friday against Mount St. Mary's, Allen surpassed the 100 career point total with a game-high five assists, helping the team to a 12-10 win. She then followed up the outing with a game-high six assists on Sunday, April 1 against Monmouth during the team's 13-8 victory. Allen currently leads the NEC (as well as all of the NCAA) with 41 assists and 44 points and remains the nation's leader with 4.56 assists per game. 

Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month
Allen's tremendous month was also noticed by the athletic department as a whole, as she took home her first-ever Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month honors of her career. Allen totaled 38 points on 35 assists and three goals. She matched her career-high in assists (seven) on two separate occasions (March 12 and March 25) and earned a career-high in points (eight) on that same March 25th day against LIU. She collected five assists or more in five of the team's seven games during the month, and has now put together an NCAA-high 4.56 assists per game (as well as a raw-assist total of 41). Her 41 assists and 4.56 assists per game have her on pace to break both program-records, as both are held by Katie Latonick '10. Allen is also currently 7th in all of the NCAA with 4.89 points per game. 

Third Time's A Charm
Kyra Ochwat notched her second-consecutive, and third overall, NEC Rookie of the Week honor, as announced on Monday, April 2. Ochwat finished with nine goals over the weekend, which included a career-high six goals against Monmouth on Sunday, April 1. On Friday, March 30 against Mount St. Mary's, the freshman netted three goals (matching the team-high mark). Overall, Ochwat ranks fourth overall on the team with 26 points, while her 21 goals is second best. She is also currently eighth overall in the NEC in goals per game, with a 2.33 mark. 

Caroleo Cracks The Record Books
With three more goals added to her resume on Friday, March 30 against Mount St. Mary's, senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) became the program's all-time goal scoring leader, with 126 career tallies, passing former record holder Marta Waldron who set the record in 2002. After another two goals on Sunday against Monmouth, Caroleo now leads the team with 30 goals on the season, while her 3.33 goals per game average is also best in the NEC. The senior sits in second place on the team in total points (with 36), while her 4.00 points per game is fourth best among NEC players. 

Allen Hits Triple Digits
In just her 43rd career game, Sarah Allen surpassed the 100 career-point total for Quinnipiac, joining Caroleo and Gibney as the only other active 100-point getters on the squad. Allen earned her 100th career assist on Caroleo's record breaking 126th career goal on Friday against Mount St. Mary's during the team's 12-10 win. In her career overall, Allen has 20 goals and 87 assists in her career, trailing only Katie Latonick's program-best 111 career helpers, set in 2010. 

Control The Draw, Control The Game
The Bobcats prolific offense is helped by their ability to win the draw, as the 15.00 draw controls per game leads the NEC. Gibney leads the team with 40 draw controls, while Caroleo (20), Toomey (19) and junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) (16) are the Bobcats with double-digit draw control totals. 

Reliable D
Quinnipiac's 8.25 goals against average in NEC action is second best, however its 10.75 caused turnovers is tops in league play. The Bobcats are also one of the most disciplined teams in the league, as their 16.00 fouls per game mark is the lowest in the league.

Season Schedule
Following this weekend's games Quinnipiac visits Sacred Heart on Friday, Apr. 13 at 4 p.m. The Bobcats then 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