Women's Lacrosse Hosts Monmouth In NEC Showdown On Sunday, April 1 At 12 PM

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

QU Lacrosse Turf Field - Hamden, Conn. 

Bobcats vs Hawks
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team looks for its second consecutive weekend sweep when it hosts Northeast Conference opponent Monmouth on Sunday, April 1 at 12 p.m. at QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats defeated Mount St. Mary's, 12-10, their last time out on Friday, March 30, winning their third-straight NEC matchup of the season.

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

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. 

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. Caroleo currently leads the team with 28 goals on the season, while her 3.50 goals per game average is also best in the NEC. The senior sits in second place on the team and in the league in total points (with 34), trailing fellow teammate, junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) in both cases. 

Allen Hits Triple Digits
Junior Sarah Allen joined Caroleo on the momentous afternoon with a personal milestone of her own, reaching 100 career total points on Caroleo's record breaking 126th goal. Allen's five assists was a team-high on the day, as she currently leads the team with 38 points and 35 assists on the year. Overall, Allen has 20 goals and 81 assists in her career, trailing only Katie Latonick's program-best 111 career helpers, set in 2010. 

About Monmouth
Monmouth is coming off a 9-7 victory over Sacred Heart on Friday, March 30. Freshman Allison Stathius came up big for the Hawks, netting two goals in the final 14 minutes of play (including the game-winner with 6:30 left to play in the game) to give Monmouth its second NEC victory of the season. Sam Savona and and Sam Lillo each scored two goals as well, while Katie Donohoe made five saves in goal for the Hawks. 

Prior to Friday's game, Monmouth the Hawks were 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 25 points on 22 goals and three assists, followed by Lillo's 19 points (17 goals, two assists) and Gibbons' 16 points (seven goals, nine assists). Donohoe has compiled a 12.64 goals against average to go along with a .396 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. 

Season Schedule
Following Sunday's game 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