October 28, 2011

Field Hockey Hosts Sacred Heart On Friday, Oct. 28 With NEC Tournament Spot On The Line

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 - 3:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac University (10-7, 4-2 NEC) vs. Sacred Heart University (6-11, 3-3 NEC)
Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn.

Complete Game Notes In PDF Format 

Final Homestand
Quinnipiac will host Sacred Heart University in its final home game of the 2011 season on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats enter the game with a record of 10-7 overall and 4-2 in the NEC while Sacred Heart is 6-11 overall and 3-3 and NEC play.

It All Comes Down To This
A Quinnipiac win on Friday would clinch the third seed in the upcoming NEC Tournament (Nov. 4-5) to be hosted by top-seed Rider University. A Quinnipiac loss, and a loss by Saint Francis (Pa.) to Rider, would put Sacred Heart into the 3rd spot and Quinnipiac into the 4th. If Saint Francis (Pa.) defeats Rider, and Quinnipiac loses to Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart would take the 3rd spot and Saint Francis (Pa.) would grab the 4th spot.

All-Time Against Sacred Heart
Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart have squared-off 21 times in their 13-year history, including four times in the NEC Tournament. Quinnipiac has won 12 of those 21 match-ups, including the last two. The Bobcats are also 5-2 all-time on their home field against the Pioneers, with their last loss in Hamden coming in 2007. 

Scouting The Pioneers
Sacred Heart is currently 6-11 overall and 3-3 in the NEC with wins in their last two NEC games, 3-2 against Bryant and 4-0 against Siena. Lindsay Kasten leads the team in goals (5) while Kate Boyd leads in points (4-6-14). Sarah Bergman has picked up a team-high seven assists for the year. In goal, Kim Stow is 6-10-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and .734 save percentage.

Top Rookie
Danielle Allan was named the NEC Co-Rookie of the Week on Monday, Oct. 23. Allan was second in the line-up and first among all Quinnipiac freshmen with two goals and four points in the Bobcats two wins this weekend. Allan scored her fourth goal of the year in the Bobcats' 6-1 romp of Siena before putting Quinnipiac on the board with her fifth goal of the season against Bryant in a 2-0 win. Allan was also named Rookie of the Week on Aug. 29. 

BIG Week
Megan McCreedy totaled four assists in a pair of wins against Siena (6-1) and Bryant (2-0) last weekend. McCreedy had three on Friday against Siena to tie Jamie Cassesse for the program's single-season record (12) and Julie Smith for the career record (24). 

Record Breaker
McCreedy broke both records on Sunday in the Bobcats' 2-0 win against Bryant. McCreedy, a two-time All-Northeast Conference selection, is enjoying a banner year with career-highs in goals (2), assists (13) and points (17).

Kate The Great
Kaitlyn Notarianni became the 7th player in program history to reach the 50-point mark for her career. Notarianni trailed Cunniff heading into Friday afternoon's 6-1 win against Siena, 49-48, but scored Quinnipiac's third goal of the game to hit the half-century mark before her teammate. 

20-10
Notarianni also became just the fourth player in Quinnipiac history to record 20 goals and 10 assists for her career. 

Kimmy's Career Year
Kimberly Cunniff hit two milestones this weekend. She became the 8th player in program history to reach the 50-point mark for her career and the third player in program history to reach 30 points in a season. Her 13 goals for the year are also the second most in program history. Cunniff led Quinnipiac with three goals, scoring twice against Siena before scoring one goal and assisting on another against Bryant. Cunniff's 24 career goals also ranked 4th all-time.

Shut-Down 'Keeper
Goalkeeper Nicole Lewis allowed just one goal in a pair of NEC wins last weekend. Lewis stopped 13 of 14 shots on the cage from Siena in a 6-1 win before posting her second shutout of the season in a 2-0 blanking of Bryant. Lewis had three saves in the Sunday win as she becomes Quinnipiac's first goalie since Jenna Grossman in 2006 to win 10 games in a season.

Contact: Ken Sweeten, kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu