October 16, 2010

Field Hockey Hosts Monmouth On Sunday, Oct. 17 At 1 PM

Bobcats and Hawks
The Quinnipiac University field hockey team will host Northeast Conference first-place foe Monmouth University on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats are coming off a 1-0 loss to Rider, in overtime, and currently stand at 1-1 in NEC play and 5-7 overall. Monmouth is 2-0 in the NEC and 10-3 overall.

Scouting Monmouth
Monmouth is currently 10-3 overall with a 2-0 mark in NEC play after win against Saint Francis, 3-1 on Oct. 10, and Sacred Heart, 1-0 on Oct. 15. Monmouth is currently second in the league in goals (39) and goals per game (3.25), as well as goals-against average (1.91). Kimmy Baligian leads the Hawks with 11 goals and 22 points, while Alex Carroll checks in with nine goals and three assists for 21 points. In all, Monmouth carries six players with double-digit point totals thus far, while eight different players have scored for the Hawks. Meredith Violi leads Monmouth with six assists while Melissa Katz has played every minute in goal for the Hawks, posting a 10-3-0 mark with a 1.77 goals-against average and a .723 save percentage.

All-Time Against The Hawks
Quinnipiac and Monmouth have met 17 times since Quinnipiac joined the Division I ranks. The Bobcats hold the advantage all-time, having won 14 of the 17 meetings. Quinnipiac has won five straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings. The Bobcats are 7-1 on their home field with wins in their last five meetings on Quinnipiac turf. The Bobcats and Hawks have met twice in the NEC Tournament, resulting in a 2-0 win in the NEC Semifinals in 2002 and a 1-0 win for QU in the 1999 NEC Tournament Championship.

Among The Elite
Quinnipiac currently boasts nine players who have scored a goal this season, second only to Rider among the NEC ranks.

Cage Fighter
Cage-minder Nicole Lewis stopped nine shots on goal against Rider, matching her career-high that she set against Michigan on Sept. 19.

Good Showing
Rider came to town on Friday with the Northeast Conference's top-scoring offense, averaging 3.67 goals per game. The Bobcats held the NEC's scoring elite to just one goal, breaking a streak of five straight multi-goal games and held Rider to just its third one-goal showing of the year.

Comeback Kids
Four of Quinnipiac's five wins this season, with the only exception being its Oct. 5 win against Brown, have come when the Bobcats trailed at some point in the game.