March 15, 2013

Women’s Lacrosse Visits Helen Street School

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse team visited Helen Street School in Hamden on Thursday, March 14, to help the third graders of Laura Iannotti's class celebrate the end of CMT testing. Iannotti, a Quinnipiac alum and four-time member of the women's lacrosse squad, invited the Bobcats to participate in an afternoon of ice cream sundaes and puzzles.

"Some of the community service stuff we participate in is really fun," said head coach Danie Caro. "But the opportunity to have fun while having a meaningful impact on the lives of young students in our community was amazing. I'm really proud of Laura for demonstrating such dedication to her students, and also really grateful that she chose to include her former teammates in the program so they could grow through the experience too."

Iannotti's class kicked off CMTs with "Dress like a Champion Day" on March 1, and her students wore Quinnipiac jerseys that the team had donated to the school last fall.

"The students worked so hard on the CMTs, said sophomore Keira Flaherty.  "it was great to be able to reward them with ice cream sundaes to show them how proud we are of their efforts.

The women's lacrosse team has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the students at Helen Street School that started with Iannotti's hiring after graduating from Quinnipiac's MAT program. During the 20011-12 academic year, Iannotti taught a CMT preparation class that utilized women's lacrosse players as after school tutors.

 "It was so gratifying to see how proud the students were of themselves for completing their CMTs," said senior Emily Mason.

This past fall, Iannotti reached out to the Bobcats once again, when she realized the students at Helen Street School didn't have any equipment for recess play. The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team organized numerous donations of sporting equipment from multiple teams within the Athletic Department.

 "It was great to see how excited the students were to wear our old uniforms while taking their CMTs," said junior Mickey Tinsley, one of the team's Positive Play captains. "Hopefully they performed like Champions on the tests!"

Earlier this winter, the Bobcats visited Helen Street again to complete a winter reading project with Iannotti's class. "My students really look up to the women's lacrosse players, so I thought it would be great to reward them for their hard work by inviting the team back to celebrate the successful conclusion to CMTs this week," explained Iannotti. "The Bobcats are great role models for my class, and I think getting to interact with elementary school children really connects the team to the community and helps them understand the impact they can have."

The women's lacrosse team is currently 2-3 in non-conference play and will face Brown on the road on Friday, March 15 at 4 p.m. The Bobcats return home on Friday, March 22, to open conference play against instate rival Sacred Heart at 3 p.m. on the QU Lacrosse field in Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse Schedule is available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu