Women's Lacrosse Opens MAAC Play Against Manhattan On Saturday, March 29 At 1 PM

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Bobcats Open MAAC Play
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team will have their inaugural conference game as a member of the MAAC when they face the Manhattan Jaspers on Saturday, Mar. 29. After MAAC play ends the top four teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will battle in the MAAC Tournament at Canisius College on May 2nd and May 4th.

Scouting The Jaspers
Manhattan went 4-13 last season and 1-5 in the MAAC. Their lone MAAC win came against Siena. The last time Manhattan qualified for the conference tournament was in 2008-09. The Jaspers fell to Fairfield in the semifinals. Manhattan is off to a 2-6 start. The Jaspers feature five players with double digit points. Megan Yarusso leads the team with 12 goals so far on the season. 

Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team scored seven straight goals to take an 8-7 lead over Binghamton with two minutes remaining in the game, but fell 9-8 after Binghamton's Brianne Arthur scored her 28th and 29th goals of the season. Arthur scored off a free position with six seconds remaining to give the Bearcats a program best sixth win of the season.

Friends Of Jaclyn Day
On Sunday, April 6th the Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse Team will host Canisius College for Friends Of Jaclyn Day as part of a national fundraising initiative benefiting the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation in support of those diagnosed with pediatric brain tumors. To donate to Quinnipiac's page visit http://www.stayclassy.org/events/quinnipiac-womens-lacrosse-foj-day/e31402. Donations will be taken at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Field on April 6th as well.

In the fall, the women's lacrosse team held an adoption ceremony to welcome Cat Reed to the program. Reed has a Grade 4 Glioblastoma, an extremely rare brain tumor, and connected with the Bobcat family through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FoJ). FoJ was founded in 2005 by Denis and Lynda Murphy to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families by pairing them with college and high school athletic teams after their daughter Jaclyn was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. For more information on Cat Reed's adoption: http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/sports/wlax/2013-14/releases/201310048ojp0s

Did You Know?
Did you know that head coach Danie Caro began her heading coaching career at Manhattan College?  Caro started the program in 1996, led the Jaspers to seven wins in their first varsity season in 1997, and led them to seven wins in 1998 earning MAAC Coach of the Year honors.

Babstock Adds To The Attack
Women's Ice Hockey all-time leading scorer Kelly Babstock had a successful first weekend as a women's lacrosse player. Babstock added a goal and an assist against Bryant on Mar. 20. Babstock added her second career goal against Binghamton on Mar. 23.

Bobcats Complete The Comeback
Quinnipiac was able to complete the comeback as they scored six straight goals against Binghamton. The six goals was the most consecutive goals scored on the season. The Bobcats however were unable to stop the two-time America East Player of the Week Brianne Arthur as she scored two goals in the last two minutes to give the Bearcats a program best sixth win.  Kyra Ochwat was the leading scorer for Quinnipiac with seven points on five goals and two assists.

Ochwat & Tilts Tally Career Highs
In their game against Vermont on March 12th juniors Kyra Ochwat and Samantha Tilts chipped in with career highs. Ochwat tallied a career high seven points with five goals and two assists. Tilts made a career high 19 saves and stopped five free position shots for the Bobcats.

Hlesciak Chips In
Freshman Alexandra Hlesciak has already made an impact for Quinnipiac. Hlesciak has started in all four games and has tallied three goals and an assist. She also has nine draw controls and two ground balls through her first four games as a Bobcat.

Ochwat Joins The Century Club
With two goals against Albany junior Kyra Ochwat tallied her 100th career point. Through her career Ochwat has registered 75 goals and 25 assists.

A Career Day For Carey
Sophomore Aileen Carey was a major bright spot for Quinnipiac in their game at UConn. Carey chipped in with a career high four points and tallied her first career hat trick.

The Bobcats face an ambitious schedule in 2014 as they make their debut in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. "We are challenging the team to take the next step with our non-conference schedule. If we want to improve the program, we need to play better teams. The quality of our opponents like Connecticut, Yale, Albany, Hofstra and Vermont will really force our team to get better quickly to prepare for the MAAC season. We know we have a tough road ahead, but the team is excited for the challenge. They want to prove that we can compete on a bigger stage," said Head Coach Danie Caro.

Season Outlook
"We have a lot of potential this year, but only time will tell whether we are able to put the pieces together in a way that translates into wins for us. We have more depth than we've had in several seasons, and if we can remain healthy we should challenge for a spot in the conference tournament," stated Head Coach Danie Caro. Katy Delagi '08 joins the staff for her first season on the sidelines, and will work primarily with the attack unit. "Katy has done a very nice job connecting with the team, and her experience as a former player has earned her their respect. She is beginning to put her own stamp on our offensive play and I think our attack will really flourish under her guidance. I am very fortunate to have Brittany (Hauser '10) back on staff as well. We've made some changes to our defense this spring, and Brittany has been critical in getting that unit on the same page. She and Katy work really well together, and it's been fun to watch how they have developed since their playing days."

Back In The Net
Junior goalie Samantha Tilts will join the Bobcats in the net as the goalie for her third season in 2014.  The young goalkeeper has played in 27 of 32 games in her career. She started in all 16 games last season.  After playing significant minutes during her freshman campaign Tilts had an 11.94 goals against average and .457 save percentage.  Tilts finished out the season with back to back wins and will be pushed for playing time by sophomore Rachel Massicotte.  Massicotte played in four games last season. She posted a 17.63 gaa and a 31.1 save percentage in 105 plus minutes of play.

"We are fortunate to have two goalkeepers with experience returning this year." said head coach Danie Caro. "Junior Samantha Tilts is expected to start for us and will be backed up by sophomore Rachel Massicotte. Sam has gotten a significant amount of experience the past two seasons and has really worked on improving her communication skills. She has been directing the defense well in practice and we expect her to play a significant role in our team defense."

Quinnipiac will return some familiar faces on the defensive side this season. The Bobcats will return three seniors for their final season in Hamden. "Seniors Emily Samuelman and Kelsey Maroney have been mainstays of our defensive unit the past three seasons and will anchor the unit once again. They are joined by senior Phoebe Laplante and junior Vicki Kuhn, who will both see time on defense and in the midfield, "said Head Coach Danie Caro. Kuhn, who was an all-NEC defender a year ago, is the team's top shutdown defender, usually marking the opponent's top scorer.  "Emily, Kelsey, Phoebe and Vicki are very experienced and work well together. They are athletic, fast, and disciplined, and we expect them to put some pressure on the teams we face and force them to make plays." Freshmen Carly Knowles, Audrey Samuelman, and sophomores Sara McCullough and Trinity Scanlon, will see also quality time in the defensive end. "We are playing a more aggressive style of defense this year, and it requires us to be very fit and fast. That means more people will have the chance to contribute for us. We have some younger players that we expect to contribute immediately, and we look forward to watching them develop over the course of the season," Caro said.

The Bobcats have a deep bench in the midfield, highlighted by a trio of sophomores: Aileen Carey, Shana Maglio, and Leah Walter. "Those three are on the small side, but what they lack in size, they make up for in speed and intensity. I expect them to cause other teams some matchup problems this season," stated Head Coach Danie Caro. Junior Briana Fountain, who moved from attack to midfield last year, senior Alison Boudreau, and freshmen Danielle La Rocca and Alex Hlesciak, will also see time on the midfield. "Briana is really playing well right now. She is our most consistent midfielder. She isn't a flashy player, but she does a lot of the little things that can make a big difference in the outcome of games. Alex is expected to play a big role for us in the draw. She has good height, and is very fast, which should help us win critical possessions."

The Bobcats strength lies in the attacking unit, which features four veterans with significant experience in seniors Mickey Tinsley, Kearney Sneath, Kayla Fu, and junior Kyra Ochwat. "Kyra and Mickey are the two attackers likely to draw the attention of opposing defenses, but we expect them to be able to handle that pressure. I think Kearney and Kayla will be overlooked it bit, which means they will have the opportunity to step up. They aren't flashy players, but they possess the ball well and can finish in front of the net," said Head Coach Danie Caro. Ochwat is a returning all-NEC selection, and the Bobcats most decorated attacker. "Kyra has really matured as a player and she understands her role on the team. She is equally comfortable making a one on one move or feeding off her drive, which makes her difficult to defend." Tinsley was the team's second leading goal scorer behind Ochwat a year ago, and is expected to produce points again this year. "Mickey is a great shooter, but what makes her dangerous is her ability to lose her defender and get open at the right time. She anticipates plays and times her cuts well, and I think she will be a tough matchup for many of our opponents." Sophomore Katie DeVito and freshman Devin Kelly will challenge for playing time this season, and have done a good job learning the offensive system.

The Newcomers
Quinnipiac welcomes ten players for their first season in Hamden. The Bobcats have two newcomers on defense in freshman Carly Knowles (Garden City, N.Y.) and sophomore transfer Trinity Scanlon. Scanlon made one appearance and had a draw control at the University of New Hampshire last season.

The Bobcats add three midfielders in Danielle La Rocca (Voorhees, N.J.), Alexandra Hlesciak (Lumberton, N.J.), and Audrey Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.) Hlesciak was Team MVP her last two seasons at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. She has the second most goals in Burlington County history. Samuelman will join the team that features her older sister senior defender Emily Samuelman.

Quinnipiac will add five players to their attack in Devin Kelly (Miller Place, N. Y.), Samantha Grillo (Setauket, N.Y.) and Michele Merwin (North Haven, Conn.), Kelsey Mumford (Bow, N.H.), and Charlotte Morley (Ridgewood, N.J.) Kelly was in the top 5% of her high school class and was an Academic All-American in her senior year of high school.

Telling You The Facts
Junior Kyra Ochwat had 59 points (41 goals, 18 assists) in 16 games during her sophomore campaign. Ochwat was the highest goal scorer in the NEC at 2.93 goals per game. The junior surpassed her point total (39) in her freshman campaign after missing two games early in the season.

Oh Mickey You're So Fine!
Junior Michaela Tinsley was sensational for the Bobcats last year, recording hat tricks in 10 games - including six out of her last eight. Tinsley stood right behind Ochwat with 36 goals and five assists for 41 total points. The junior collected her 50th career goal against LIU Brooklyn on April 5. She was fifth in the NEC in scoring, averaging 2.25 goals per game.

Keep Calm and "Carey" On
Sophomore 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.  Carey was seventh on the team with seven goals. She also added three assists in her freshman campaign.

No Tilting Tilts
Junior goalkeeper Samantha Tilts continued to impact the Bobcats defensive unit last season.  In her sophomore season Tilts ranked second in the NEC in save percentage (.457) and was third in saves with 143.  Tilts also ranked eighth in the nation in saves.  Tilts finished out the season strong winning the team's final two games at St. Francis Pa and at Robert Morris. 

Senior Affair
Seven seniors will suit up for their last season on the turf this year, Kelsey Maroney, Kayla Fu, Michaela Tinsley, Phoebe Laplante, Emily Samuelman, Allison Boudreau, and Kearney Sneath. These seniors will look to capture the first MAAC championship for the women's lacrosse program.