Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University at Monmouth University
So Sweet A Cat Field - West Long Branch, N.J.
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 - 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University at Rider University
Campus Turf Field - Lawrenceville, N.J.)
New Jersey Drive
The top four teams in the Northeast Conference converge on New Jersey this weekend when Monmouth and Sacred Heart host Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. The Bobcats will play at Monmouth on Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. before heading to Lawrenceville, N.J. to take on Rider on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. Quinnipiac, Rider and Monmouth are all 2-0 in the NEC, while Sacred Heart - who play at Rider on Friday and Monmouth on Sunday - are 1-1.
Megan McCreedy's assist on Kim Cunniff's game-winner on Friday, Oct. 7 gave her 22 for her career, moving her into third place in career assists at Quinnipiac. McCreedy needs two assists, and three to break, Courtney Ryan's ('03) record of 24 career assists. She also has a career-best nine assists for the year.
Making A Name For Herself
Jess Rusin, with two goals against Saint Francis (Pa.), became the first Quinnipiac player to reach the 10-goal mark in a season since 2006. Rusin also leads the team in multiple-goal games with three on the season.
Everyday I'm Hustlin'
Jess Rusin and Kim Cunniff, both with 21 points through Quinnipiac's first 13 games, give the Bobcats their first dual 20-point scorers since 2002, when Chelsea Osbrey and Danielle Avenoso completed the feat.
For just the second time in Quinnipiac's Division I history, Rusin, Cunniff and Kaitlyn Notarianni give the Bobcats' three 15-point scorers in back-to-back years.
Quinnipiac is currently 6-1 at home this season, the most wins on their home turf since 2002. The record for home wins in a season is seven by the 1999 team that posted a perfect 7-0 mark. Quinnipiac has two home dates remaining against Bryant (Oct. 23) and Sacred Heart (Oct. 28). In addition, the Bobcats are 2-0 in the NEC for the first time since 2005 when the
Bobcats won their first four NEC games.
All-Time Against Monmouth
Quinnipiac is 14-4 all-time against Monmouth, including wins in 11 of their previous 13 meetings. The Hawks got the better of the Bobcats in their last meeting, defeating Quinnipiac, 2-0, in Hamden. Quinnipiac is 7-2 all-time on Monmouth's home turf, and haven't lost in West Long Branch, N.J. since Sept. 24, 2004.
Scouting The Hawks
Monmouth is currently 10-4 overall and 2-0 in the Northeast Conference are are currently riding a four-game win streak that includes a 5-4 win against Siena and a 4-1 win against Bryant, last weekend. After opening the season with three losses in its first four games, Monmouth has posted a 9-1 record to date. The Hawks have a pair of 20-point scorers in Michelle Pieczynski, who leads the Hawks in goals (15) and points (34), as well as Patricia O'Dwyer, who has tallied seven goals and a team-best six assists for 20 points. In goal, Teresa Mathews has logged over 1,000 minutes across 14 games, posting a 10-4 record with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .731 save percentage.
All-Time Against Rider
The Bobcats and Broncs have met 21 times since their first game on Sept. 11, 1999, with Rider claiming 13 of those meetings. Quinnipiac is also 2-8 all-time at Rider's Campus Turf Field, with its last win in Lawrenceville coming on Nov. 2, 2003. Rider has won the last six meetings between the two teams.
Scouting The Broncs
Rider is 11-1 on the year, including a 2-0 mark against NEC schools. The Broncs only loss this season came at Hofstra on Sept. 11. Rider has won seven straight since then, while outscoring the opposition 35-3 in that span. The Broncs opened NEC play last weekend with an 8-0 win against Siena before defeating Bryant, 6-0. Rider carries four 20-point scorers, including three of the conference's top four scorers. Virginia Egusquiva leads the league with 12 goals and 11 assists for 35 points while Sandra Penas checks in with 13 goals and three assists for 29 points. Just behind Penas is Marlaine Schneider with eight goals and 12 assists on the season. Rebecca Lotito has a league-best six shutouts as Riders' keeper, with a 0.78 GAA.