Women's Lacrosse Gears Up For Key NEC Matchups Against Central Connecticut And Bryant In Regular Season's Final Weekend

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Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-6, 6-1 Northeast Conference) vs
Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils (7-7, 5-2 Northeast Conference) 

Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-6, 6-1 Northeast Conference) vs
Bryant University Bulldogs (5-9, 4-3 Northeast Conference) 

QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn. 

Regular Season Finale Matchups
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (7-6, 6-1 NEC) hosts its final games of the regular season this upcoming weekend when NEC opponents Central Connecticut (7-7, 5-2 NEC) and Bryant (5-9, 4-3 NEC) come to town. Friday's game against the Blue Devils is set for a 4 p.m. start, while Sunday's game against the Bulldogs will begin at 12 p.m. 

Senior Day Sunday
Prior to Sunday's contest, Quinnipiac will honor its four seniors playing in the final games of their Quinnipiac careers. Seniors Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.), Kim Davis (Dairen, Conn.), Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.), and Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) will all be recognized with an on-field ceremony. 

Lend A Paw, Help Bobcats Donate!
At both weekend games, Quinnipiac will be accepting non-perishable food items for the benefit of two local support organizations. Friday's donations will benefit Saint Ann's Soup Kitchen in Hamden, Conn., while Sunday's proceeds will be donated to the Keefe Community Center Food Assistance Program, also in Hamden.   

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

About Central Connecticut
The Blue Devils are coming off their second-straight victory following a 16-10 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, April 15. Ashley Perkoski led the squad with a healthy seven point afternoon (four goals, three assists), followed by Meaghan McCurry's five-point outing (three goals, two assists) and Betsy Vendel's four-point affair (two goals, two assists). Erin Delancey turned away seven shots on the afternoon in goal. 

Overall, Perkoski leads the team with 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists), followed by Vendel's 44 points (24 goal, 20 assists). Delancey has accumulated a 9.56 goals against average to go along with her .490 save percentage on the year.

All-Time Against The Blue Devils
Friday's game will be the 13th time the two sides face each other, as Quinnipiac owns a perfect 12-0 all-time record against the Blue Devils. In their last meeting on March 20, 2011, the Bobcats defeated Central Connecticut, 14-8. Senior Lauren Matuszczak finished with a game-high six points on four goals and two assists, while fellow senior Christine Sinnigen added four points on two goals and two assists. Junior Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) and senior Lexi DeStefano combined to make five total saves in goal for Quinnipiac. 

About Bryant
Bryant is coming off a 9-6 loss to Robert Morris on Sunday, April 15. The Bulldogs were held to a season-low one goal in the first half of play, and were unable to make up that lost ground in the final 30 minutes. Lisa Vendel finished with a game-high three goals, as well as six ground balls for Bryant, while Lauren Filippone made six saves in goal. 

Overall, Bryant's offense is led by Lauren Sheridan (32 goals, six assists), as well as Haley Bloom's 37 points (31 goals and six assists). Filippone currently holds a 10.69 goals against average and a .507 save percentage on the year.

All-Time Against The Bulldogs
Sunday's game marks the fourth time the two sides will have faced each other, with Quinnipiac holding the edge with a 2-1 record. Bryant defeated Quinnipiac last season, 11-9, on April 10, 2011. Senior Laura Iannotti finished with a  team-high four goals and junior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) matched a game-high with four ground balls, but a second half push by the Bulldogs handed the Bobcats their only NEC loss of the season. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac was defeated by non-conference opponent Fairfield, 11-5, on Sunday, April 15. The Bobcats held their own in the first half, scoring three straight goals at one point to tighten the score to 5-4 with two minutes remaining in the half. However, after tallying the initial score in the second half of play, Fairfield proceeded to score the remaining five goals in the game to pull away for the victory. 

Junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) netted multiple goals for Quinnipiac, while Marissa Caroleo, freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and sophomore Kearney Sneath (Branford, Conn.) each scored one goal apiece. Freshman goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made six saves in goal for Quinnipiac.

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. Earlier this season, Allen broke the program's single-season assist mark (previously 44 set by Latonick in both 2009 and 2010), and currently sits in third-place all-time in program single-season points. 

Allen, who 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. She is also the only NEC player ranked in the top-25 nationally for points per game, as her 4.92 mark ranks her ninth overall among all NCAA women's lacrosse players.

Veteran Leadership
Senior Kim Davis (Darien, Conn.) earned a team-high four ground balls and added two caused turnovers during last week's action for the Bobcats. On Friday, April 13 against Sacred Heart, Davis caused one turnover and shut down one of the Pioneer's top offensive weapons (Kaitlin Rochler), who had zero points in the game. On Sunday against Fairfield, Davis remained active in a competitive battle, collecting a team-high four ground balls during the squad's 11-5 defeat. Davis currently ranks third on the team in ground balls (with 14) and is tied for third with 13 caused turnovers. 

Top Gun
Junior Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) was the offensive leader this past weekend for the Bobcats, as her five total points (all goals) was a team-high mark. On Friday, April 13 against Sacred Heart, Toomey finished with three goals during the team's 10-9 loss. On Sunday against Fairfield, Toomey once again finished with a team-high two goals during the squad's 11-5 loss. Overall, Toomey ranks third on the team in points (39), second in assists (11), and tied for second in goals (28). 

NEC Big 'Cats
Despite its loss against Sacred Heart on Friday, Quinnipiac remains statistically one of the top teams in the conference. The Bobcats lead the league in conference goals per game (13.00), assists per game (9.29), and points per game (22.29). 

The Bobcats hold third place among NEC teams with 12.57 draw controls per game, and remain the least penalized team in the conference with only 95 fouls for a 13.57 fouls per game mark.

On The Verge
Senior Devon Gibney is just two draw controls away from breaking Quinnipiac's all-time record of 142 (set by Tiffany Manzi in '09), and is only three away from breaking the program's single-season draw control record of 47, set by herself during the 2011 season. 

Contact: Ross Bennett; rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu