Women’s Lacrosse Prepares for Weekend on the Road

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-7, 3-2 NEC) at
Monmouth University Hawks (7-6, 5-0 NEC)
Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Kessler Field - West Long Branch, N.J.
Series vs. Monmouth: 5-12
Quinnipiac Last Five: 3-2
Monmouth Last Five: 5-0
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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-7, 3-2 NEC) at
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (4-9, 3-2 NEC)
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Waldron Family Stadium-Emmitsburg, Md.
Series vs. Mount: 10-7
Quinnipiac Last Five: 3-2
Mount Last Five: 3-2
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Bobcats Gear Up For Important Weekend
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team (5-7, 3-2 NEC) returns to NEC action this weekend on Friday, April 12th and Sunday, April 14th. On Friday, the Bobcats take on the Monmouth University Hawks (7-6, 5-0 NEC), with opening draw scheduled for 3 p.m. on Kessler Field. On Sunday, the Bobcats head to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on the Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary's (4-9, 3-2 NEC) for an NEC clash beginning at 12 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium on the MSM Campus.

Scouting Monmouth
Monmouth is off to a solid start as they enter NEC action this weekend with a perfect 5-0 record. The Hawks, who are 7-6 overall, recently took down the Red Flash of Saint Francis (5-8) and Robert Morris (14-3) in last week's action. For Monmouth, senior Cassie Campasano led the way with seven goals between the two games. Junior Kaleigh Gibbons leads the offensive unit this season with 43 points coming off of 22 goals and 21 assists. Against the Red Flash, Gibbons collected a career high of seven points off of four assists and three goals. Freshman Mariel Pierce leads the team this year with 25 goals in her rookie campaign. Between the pipes for the Hawks is sophomore Kate Dohonoe who ranks second in the NEC in goals against average (9.66).  The net minder also ranks fifth in save percentage (.416).

All-Time Against The Hawks
Friday's game will be the 18th time the two sides face each other. The Bobcats are 4-1 in their last five meetings against Monmouth, but are just 5-12 against the Hawks overall. Their last meeting came in the post season last year on April 27, 2012, where the Hawks came away with the, 9-4, win over the Bobcats to advance on to the NEC Championship.

Scouting Mount St. Mary's
The Mountaineers gear-up for a weekend hosting two Connecticut foes this weekend.  Prior to opening draw on Sunday, April 14, Mount St. Mary's will take on the visiting Sacred Heart Pioneers on Friday afternoon.  The Mountaineers are off to a 4-9 start overall and tied for third place in the NEC along with the Bobcats with a mark of 3-2 this season.  Last weekend, the Mount split a pair of games on the road in Pennsylvania as they defeated the Red Flash of Saint Francis, 11-5, (4/5) then fell to the Robert Morris Colonials 14-9, two days later (4/7). Leading the offense for the Mountaineers is sophomore Erin Seipp (24 points and 17 goals), senior Kaitlyn Larrimore (23 points, 16 goals) and junior Lindsay Diaz (21 points, 18 goals). Junior Gabe Little leads the Mountaineers defense this year with 39 ground balls which is good enough for fifth in the NEC.  Little has also accumulated caused turnovers for Mount's defensive unit.  The goalkeeper for Mount St. Mary's is Sarah Jane Leder who has seen action in all of the Mountaineers 13 games, and ranks third in the NEC in save percentage (.441).

All-Time Against The Mountaineers
Friday's game will be the 18th time the two sides face each other, as Quinnipiac holds a 10-7 all-time series lead. The Bobcats added another win last season as they took on the Mount at home on March 30, 2012, defeating the Mountaineers, 12-10. In the outing, senior Marissa Caroleo became the program's all-time leader in career goals scored, surpassing Marta Waldron's (2002) total of 125 tallies. Junior Sarah Allen also achieved a personal milestone, as she earned her 100th career point. Caroleo had three goals on the afternoon while Allen tallied five assists.

Last Time Out
Over the weekend the Bobcats came away with back to back wins over LIU Brooklyn (4/5) and Wagner (4/7).  Against LIU, senior Sarah Allen led the offensive unit with nine points off of four goals and five assists to climb Quinnipiac back to the .500 mark in the NEC (2-2). The Bobcats put together its best offensive showing to date with season-highs in goals (20 and assists (17). Kyra Ochwat matched a career-high with six points on four goals and two assists, while Lianne Toomey (three goals, two assists) and Phoebe Laplante (two goals, three assists) each had five points. Laplante's effort marked a career best for the junior midfielder. 

Against the Seahawks, the Bobcats outscored Wagner, 13-7. Allen once again led the offensive unit capturing the school record of 176 career points with a goal and three assists on the afternoon.  Senior Lianne Toomey led the Bobcats' offense with five points in the game, grabbing four goals and an assist in the triumph. Joining Allen with four point-efforts were Michaela Tinsley and Kyra Ochwat who combined for five goals and three assists on the day. Kayla Fu scored a pair of goals for the first multi-goal game of her career, while Aileen Carey added one.

Telling You The Facts
Sophomore Kyra Ochwat collected back-to-back career highs of six points on three goals and three assists against CCSU (3/30) and on four goals and two assists against NEC opponent LIU Brooklyn (4/5). The scoring outburst from Ochwat now gives her 39 points (28 goals, 11 assists) in her sophomore campaign as she jumps up to the highest goal scorer in the NEC at 2.8 goals per game. The sophomore has already matched her season total last year of 39 points in her freshman campaign after missing two games earlier in the season.

Oh Mickey You're So Fine!
Junior Michaela Tinsley has been sensational for the Bobcats this year, recording hat tricks in eight games - including five out of her last six. Tinsley stands right behind Ochwat with 27 goals and two assist for 29 total points. The junior collected her 50th career goal against LIU Brooklyn on April 5. She is fifth in the NEC in scoring, averaging 2.25 goals per game.

Accolades for Allen
Senior Sarah Allen has 30 assists and 15 goals for a total of 45 points on the season. Her 30 assists are good enough for first place in the NEC, tallying 2.5 assists per game.  In the game against Wagner (4/7), the senior collected her 176th career point, breaking the previous record of 175 career points held by Quinnipiac Alum Katie Latonick '10.  She now has 36 goals and 140 assists for her career.

Toomey Hits 100
Senior Lianne Toomey hit her 100th career point in the game against Iona on March 6, 2013.  The point was made in the deciding seconds of overtime against the Gaels as Toomey found the back of the net for the second time on the day. Toomey has 21 goals this season and 93 for her career.

Goals by Guerrera
Senior midfielder Chelsea Guerrera has five goals and three assist for eight points this year. The veteran has had 34 goals for the Bobcats in her tenure at Quinnipiac and has accumulated 52 career points.  Guerrera also leads the team with 37 draw controls this season.

Focus on Fu
Junior Kayla Fu recorded her first multi-scoring game with two goals against Wagner on Sunday April 7.  This year Fu tallied her first career goal in the match against UConn on Saturday, March 2. The attacker has seen increased playing time this season and has four goals and four assists so far this season.  

Not Once, But Twice
Nerves certainly don't influence freshman Maria Blois late in the game, evidenced by two game-winning goals in the waning seconds this year.  Blois scored with 5.2 seconds left to lift the Bobcats over Vermont, 12-11, on March 9, and then five games later netted the game-winner against Bryant (3/28) with 10 ticks left for a 16-15 win over the Bulldogs. The rookie has seen action in every game thus far, compiling eight goals and eight assists for 16 points – which included her first collegiate goal against UConn on March 2.

Controlling the Field
Senior Chelsea Guerrera and junior Phoebe Laplante have combined for a total of 68 draw controls so far this season.  The two have accounted for 48% of the team's total draw controls this season.  Guerrera leads the team with 37 draw controls as Laplante follows with 31.

Keep Calm and "Carey" On
Freshman Aileen Carey scored the game-tying goal on Saturday, March 9, against Vermont in the comeback win. The goal was the first of her career after missing two games due to an illness.  Against Bryant on Thursday, March 28, the freshman netted the game-tying goal against the Bulldogs with a little over two minutes left in regulation before the Bobcats were able to pull off the win.  The freshman now has six goal and eight points in her freshman campaign.

No Tilting Tilts
Sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Tilts continues to impact the Bobcats defensive unit this year.  Between the posts the sophomore ranks second in the NEC for her saves percentage of .462 and saves with 110.  The weekend against LIU Brooklyn 4/5 and Wagner 4/7 proved to be one of her best outings to date totaling a record of 24 saves and blocked 6-of-7 on free position shots against her opponents.

Stick It To Cancer Weekend
The team participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer program to raise awareness and funding for the American Cancer Society through Quinnipiac's Positive Play program. The Bobcats collected donations during playoff games at the TD Bank Center and donors have completed donor cards that will be used to form a "Wall of Hope" that was displayed at the Bobcats' games against Long Island (April 5) and Wagner (April 7). The Bobcats surpassed their goal of $5,000 raising $6,460.50 over the spring weekend.

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