October 13, 2009

Field Hockey Blanks Sacred Heart, 5-0

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) scored twice to lead Quinnipiac to a 5-0 win against Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 3-9 overall and 2-2 in the Northeast Conference while Sacred Heart drops to 1-12 overall and 0-3 in NEC play. The Bobcats have allowed one goal in their last three games, a 1-0 loss to Rider, while recording their second shutout in their last three games, including a 3-0 win against Siena on Oct. 4.

"Nothing feels better than a conference win," head coach Becca Kohli said. "It was good to get a complete team effort in that we met all of our goals. We determined - as a team - that we need to set goals, together, and then work together to get there. This was a great example of that."

Shea's two goals are a career-high, while Quinnipiac's win snaps a seven-game win streak by the Pioneers against the Bobcats. Quinnipiac's last win against Sacred Heart came on Oct. 31, 2003. The Bobcats' five goals tie the most by Quinnipiac against SHU, matching a 5-1 win on Sept. 20, 2000 and a 5-0 win in their first meeting all-time on Sept. 18, 1999. MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.) and Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) each logged two assists in the win. The duo is now tied for the team lead with five assists apiece. Shea and Liptak sit tied with nine points for the team lead while Shea's four goals lead the team.

Quinnipiac outshot Sacred Heart, 34-9 overall and 16-3 in shots-on-goal. The Bobcats doubled-up the Pioneers in the penalty corner category as well, 12-6 including nine in the second half.

"We did an outstanding job of keeping the ball inside the 25," Kohli said. "In doing so, we kept constant pressure on their defense, which is something we have struggled with so far. I'm proud of them."

The Bobcats used a three-goal first half to jump out to a comfortable lead heading into halftime. She picked up her first goal in the 13th minute of play. The forward carried the ball to the right side of the arc and fired a shot into the right side of the net for her third goal of the season. The goal was unassisted. The senior scored again in the first half, with just under three minutes to play on an assist from MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.). Liptak's assist was her second of the day after hooking up with senior captain Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.) for Quinnipiac's second goal of the game just under 18 minutes into the game.

Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) also had two assists in the Bobcats' win, both coming in the second half. At the 42:20 mark, freshman Kristin Englke (Medford, N.J.) scored her first career goal when Grady took control of the ball in front of the Pioneers cage and dropped a pass to Englke for the score. Grady then picked up her second of the assist of the game on a goal by Liz Marini (Canton, Mass.). Grady ripped a shot from the top of the attack zone off of a corner. Marini tipped it past Sacred Heart's Kim Stow in goal to give Quinnipiac a 5-0 lead.

Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) saw just one shot on goal in 54 minutes in net before being relieved by Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.). Lewis finished the day with two saves in just over 15 minutes for the combined shutout.

Quinnipiac struck two more times in the first half with goals from Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.) and Shea. In the 17 th minute of play, MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.) crossed a pass across the goalmouth to Hartnett who shot pass the goaltender into the right corner for the score. Shea notched her second of the half in the 32 nd minute of play. After receiving a pass from Liptak inside the arc, Shea tipped the ball over the head of the goaltender for the 3-0 lead.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 18 when it hosts Monmouth University in a Northeast Conference game scheduled for a 12 p.m. start at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats will be sponsoring a "Play For The Cure" game to benefit the Susan G. Komen fund for breast cancer awareness. Quinnipiac, in conjunction with the women's soccer team, Longstreth and Monmouth University will be running a bake sale with all proceeds going towards the cause.