Women's Lacrosse Hosts Fairfield In Non-Conference Showdown On Sunday At 12 PM

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Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-5, 6-1 Northeast Conference) vs
Fairfield University Stags (9-3, 4-0 MAAC) 

QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn. 

Nutmeg State Matchups
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (7-5, 6-1 NEC) hosts non-conference opponent Fairfield (9-3, 4-0 MAAC) on Sunday at 12 p.m. at QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn.

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

Bobcats Host Youth Clinic
Following Sunday's game, the Bobcats will host a youth clinic for the North Haven girls lacrosse program. 

About Fairfield
The Stags are coming off a 14-4 win over Manhattan on Wednesday, April 11. Melanie Rasso (four goals) and Caitlin Townsend (three goals) led the charge for the Stags, which won their season-high fourth-straight victory of the season. Prior to Wednesday's game, Fairfield was coming off a 12-11 overtime victory against Canisius on Saturday, April 7. Amanda Best earned a team-high five points on three goals and two assists, which included the game-winning goal in the overtime frame. Courtney Chmil and Jenna Slowey each recorded two goals as well, while Katie Keenan made six saves in net.

On the season, the Stags are led by Melanie Raso's (20 goals, 10 assists) 30 points, followed by Chloe Mangan's 26 points (23 goals, three assists) and Amanda Best's 22 points (15 goals, seven assists). Chmil is the team leader in ground balls (36) and caused turnovers (17), while Raso leads the team with 32 draw controls. Kennan has accumulated a 8.36 goals against average and a .522 save percentage. 

All-Time Against The Stags
Sunday's game will be the third time the two sides matchup against each other, as Fairfield holds a 2-0 all-time series lead. During last season's game on Friday, Feb. 25, the Stags came away with a 17-11 win in what marked the Bobcats season-opening contest. On the day, junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) finished with a game-high six goals, as senior Laura Iannotti added three points for Quinnipiac on two goals and an assist. Senior Lexi DeStefano and junior Noelle Martello combined to make six saves in goal for the Bobcats, who were unable to recover from a 13-3 halftime deficit (despite outscoring Fairfield eight to four in the final 30 minutes of action). 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac lost its first NEC game of the season on Friday, April 13, falling to Sacred Heart, 10-9. The game was a back-and-forth battle throughout, as neither side took a lead larger than two goals. Junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) tallied a team-high three goals, while junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) dished a game-high four assists. Senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made seven saves in goal for the Bobcats, who saw their season-high six-game win streak come to a halt. 

Allen Tops 100
With four more assists on Friday against Sacred Heart, Sarah Allen became just the second player in program history to top the 100-assist mark. She now stands at 102 assists, behind only Katie Latonick's ('10) career total of 111. Allen, who currently leads the team with 59 points (three goals, 56 assists), is currently leading the NEC and NCAA with a 4.67 assists per game mark, while her raw total of 56 is also an NCAA-high. 

Co-Defensive Player Of The Week
Senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) had one of the best weekends of her career, compiling an incredible 4.34 goals against average and a .692 save percentage in games against Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris. On Thursday against Saint Francis, Martello allowed only three goals in 50:36 minutes of action, turning away a game-high nine shots. She followed up that performance by allowing only 5 goals on 14 shots in 60 minutes of action on Saturday against Robert Morris. Entering the weekend, Martello was the NEC leader in both goals against average (5.69) and save percentage (.594). 

Gibney Gets Gritty
In a weekend marked by defensive excellence by the Bobcats, senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) stood out as one of the leaders with her tenacity and aggressive play in both games. She finished the weekend with nine total ground balls, three draw controls and four caused turnovers, and held both Saint Francis' (Pa.) and Robert Morris' offensive stars in check for the entire respective games.  On Thursday's game against Saint Francis (Pa.) Gibney not only marked, but completely shut down the Red Flash's second leading scorer, Samantha Barton, who finished with zero points in the contest. Gibney was also ferocious in the middle of the field, as she collected two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers during the 14-4 win.

On Saturday's game against Robert Morris, Gibney once again eliminated the opposition's top scorer, Talia Waskowicz, who finished with zero points despite leading the team this year with 29. Gibney earned a game-high seven ground balls to go along with one draw control and two caused turnovers, and was the emotional leader in the Bobcats closest victory of the season (winning 6-5). 

Rookie Rattles Opposition
Freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) continued her impressive rookie season with another five points over the weekend against Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris. On Thursday against the Red Flash, Ochwat matched senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) with a game-high three points, collecting two goals and an assist in the team's 14-4 win. She followed that performance with a two-goal effort during the team's 6-5 win over Robert Morris on Saturday, as she once against matched Caroleo with a team-high two goals. Overall, Ochwat leads all freshman on the team with 33 points (27 goals, six assists), and is fourth overall on the squad in total points. 

Allen Shatters Records
Junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) dished out seven more assists on Thursday, April 5 against Saint Francis, breaking the program's all-time single-season assist record (previously 44, held by Katie Latonick), to increase her season total to 48 at the time (NCAA-best).

In Sunday's game against Robert Morris, Allen assisted on four more Quinnipiac goals to give her a season total of 52, breaking the NEC's all-time assist record of 51 set by Robert Morris' Ashley Levering in 2009.

With nearly five assists a game, Allen is on pace to break the all-time NCAA record for assists per game in a season which is currently held by Brown's Lauren Becker, who accumulated a 4.17 assists per game mark in set in 1986. 

Defense Shines
The Bobcats allowed a season-low four goals on Thursday against the Red Flash. The Bobcats have held five of its first seven NEC opponents to single digit goal totals, as the squad's 7.43 goals against average is best in the league. 

NCAA Nation Takes Notice
Entering the weekend, the Bobcats' NEC-high 10.91 caused turnovers a game currently ranked the squad fifth overall among all NCAA Division I teams. Junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) leads the team with 15 caused turnovers on the season, followed by sophomore Kelsey Maroney (West Granby, Conn.) and Gibney's 13 caused turnovers, and junior Kiera Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.) and senior Kim Davis' (Darien, Conn.) 12.

Coming Up Next
Following this weekend's games Quinnipiac hosts Central Connecticut on Friday, Apr. 20 at 4 p.m. and Bryant on Sunday, Apr. 22 at 12 p.m. in its final two regular season games of the season.

Contact: Ross Bennett; rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu