Field Hockey Heads To Ann Arbor, Mich. To Face #19 Albany and Michigan

Friday, September 17, 2010 - 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University vs. #19 University at Albany

Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University at University of Michigan
Phyllis Ocker Field - Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Bobcats In Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Quinnipiac field hockey team (2-3) will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. this weekend to play a pair of games against #19 Albany (3-1) and the University of Michigan (2-4). The Bobcats face nationally-ranked Albany on Friday, Sept. 17 and Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 19, with both games slated for a 1 p.m. start from Phyllis Ocker Field. Live stats are available for both games.

Scouting #19 Albany
The Great Danes of the University at Albany are currently ranked 19th in the 2010 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, down a spot after a loss to No. 4 UConn last week. Albany opened the season with three straight wins before its loss to the Huskies. Daphne Voormolen currently leads Albany with three goals in four games for a team-high six points, while four different Danes have registered one assist each for the team lead. In goal, Christine Hoffman has started all four games for Albany, but Kristi Troch has seen time in three of the four games, posting a 1.20 goals-against average.

All-Time Against Albany
Friday's game between Quinnipiac and Albany will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Scouting Michigan
Michigan is currently 2-4 overall and receiving votes in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. Michigan has won two straight to kick-off an 11-game homestand with wins against James Madison and Central Michigan, its 400th in program history. Rachael Mack currently leads the team in goals (3) and points (7) while Vanessa Sekhon has totaled three goals. Paige Laytos leads Michigan with three assists.In goal, Christi Barwick has seen the majority of the minutes in goal, posting 1-4 record with a 2.79 goals-against average. Haley Jones has played in two games, posting a 1-0 record with a 0.92 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage.

All-Time Against Michigan
Friday's game between Quinnipiac and Michigan will be the first meeting between the two teams.

It Stops At Three
Quinnipiac shook-off a three-game losing streak, including a 5-1 loss to Northeastern on Friday, Sept. 10, to come-from-behind and beat Colgate, 2-1, on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Tina Watkins (Sweet Valley, Pa.) led Quinnipiac with a goal and an assist to a 2-1 win against Colgate on Sunday, Sept. 12. Watkins scored the game-tying goal in the 53rd minute before setting up Kimberly Cunniff with the game-winner with just under 10 minutes to play in regulation.

Watkins Racking Up The Points
Watkins now has a goal and three assists on the year.

Season's First For Cunniff
The goal was the first of the year for Cunniff

Vanned In The U.S.A.
Katie Van Nostrand (Derry, N.H.) picked up her first assist of the year on Watkins' goal.

Notable Note
On Friday, Sept. 10, Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season as the Bobcats lost 5-1.

In The Nic Of Time
Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) picked up the "W" against Colgate on Sunday to improve to 2-1. Lewis turned back 2-of-3 for the game for the victory. On Friday, she came on just before the end of the half and logged the final 39:37 in goal for the Bobcats, stopping 4-of-6 in the no-decision. In 109:37 minutes for the week, Lewis stopped 6-of-9 shots for a .667 save percentage while allowing three goals for a 1.92 goals-against average.

Cutting Corners
Quinnipiac had given up double-digit corners in three of their first four games, with Boston College picking up nine corners in the fourth, before holding Colgate to just four corners in the Bobcats' win on Sunday.