Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 - 6:30 PM
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-2) at
Columbia University Lions (2-3)
Columbia Field Hockey Venue - New York, N.Y.
New York State of Mind
The Quinnipiac field hockey team will travel to New York, N.Y. to take on Columbia University in a non-conference tilt slated for a 6:30 p.m. start. Quinnipiac is coming off a pair of dramatic victories - 3-2 against Lehigh and 4-3 against Harvard - last week and currently stand at 5-2 on the season. Colgate hosts the Bobcats with a record of 2-3 on the season.
All-Time Against Columbia
The Bobcats and the Lions have met six times over the last nine years, with Columbia winning four of those meetings. Quinnipiac won the first meeting between the two teams, at Columbia, 4-0 on Oct. 19, 2003. The next three match-ups went to overtime, with Columbia taking the first two, before the Bobcats defeated the Lions 2-1 in a shoot-out at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. on Sept. 2, 2007. Columbia has won the last two meetings.
Scouting The Lions
Columbia is currently 2-3 on the season after a season-opening 5-3 loss to Drexel on Sept. 1, before bouncing back to defeate La Salle, 4-2. After back-to-back road losses to Monmouth, 4-0, and Hofstra, 4-2, Columbia defeated Brown, 3-1, in its home opener on Sept. 16. Gabby Kozlowski leads Columbia with four goals, while Leti Freaney has tallied two goals and an assist on the season. In goal, Christi O'Hara ranks eighth among all Division I goalies with 8.60 saves per game. Kozlowski is tied for 33rd in the nation with her 0.80 goals-per-game average.
NEC Player of the Week
Senior Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week after figuring into five of Quinnipiac's seven goals in a pair of wins against Lehigh and Harvard. Cunniff had her first career hat trick, scoring all three goals in the Bobcats win against Lehigh, including the game-winner off a corner play with no time on the clock. Cunniff also scored one goal and assisted Megan McCreedy on her first goal of the season in Quinnipiac win against Harvard.
Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches
Quinnipiac, off to its best start in the program's Division I history, received votes for the first time this season in the 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
Last Week Was A Good Week
Quinnipiac won both of its games last week, edging both Patriot League member Lehigh and Ivy League foe Harvard on the QU Field Hockey Turf. The Bobcats, who are 4-0 at home, have won five of the first seven games of the 2011 season. Their only setbacks came on the road against nationally-ranked opponents – No. 6 Penn State and No. 14 Boston College.
Out Of Africa
Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) scored her first goal of the season in the Bobcats’ 4-3 thriller against Harvard on Sunday, and also picked up her team-leading sixth assist of the year. With 19 career assists, McCreedy is fourth all-time at Quinnipiac.
Watching The Clock
Amanda Danziger’s first goal of the season came with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation and broke a 3-3 tie to give the Bobcats a one-goal win over against Harvard on Sunday.
No Place Like Home
Quinnipiac is currently 4-0 at home this season, and holds a five-game win streak at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex, dating back to its 5-1 win against Siena on Oct. 31, 2010. Quinnipiac previously went undefeated at home during the 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons, spanning 16 games without a loss on their home field.