Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-2, 1-1 NEC) vs.
Long Island University Blackbirds (2-6, 1-2 NEC)
Sunday, March 29, 2009 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team hosts the Long Island Blackbirds on Sunday, Mar. 29. The Bobcats enter the game with a 4-2 overall record and are 1-1 in Northeast Conference play after falling to Sacred Heart, 9-8, in their last game on Mar. 22. Senior Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week after anchoring the team's defense in the weekend split with Detroit and Sacred Heart.
Scouting the Blackbirds
Long Island enters the game having lost its most recent game to Sacred Heart, 14-10, on Friday in Fairfield. The Blackbirds' Christie Wienckowski scored three goals in the loss, while Claire Ranney and Annie Kalata each added two. This season, five members of the team have double-digit goal scoring totals with Wienckowski leading the way with 15 tallies. Amber Meek and Jaqueline Simonian have split time in goal this season for Long Island. Meek posts a better goals-against average (13.40), while Simonian has a better save percentage (.401). The team is 2-6 overall and 1-2 in NEC play.
Hear It Now, See It Now
Sunday's game can be heard on WQAQ's live webstream. Corey Hersch will handle the play-by-play duties, while Andrew Gau will add color analysis. The game can also be seen on the Bobcat Channel's live videostream. Both can be activated by clicking the appropriate links above.
Three Times The Tallies
Senior co-captain Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) scored three goals against Sacred Heart. It was the third consecutive game that Valentine scored three goals in a contest. She is currently second on the team with 11 goals this season.
Coffey's NEC Defensive Player of the Week award was the first individual accolade of her career. She posted 10 ground balls and eight caused turnovers in the weekend split. She is first in the NEC in caused turnovers per game (2.17) and second in ground balls per game (3.0) this season.
Freshman Chips In
Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) added two goals against the Pioneers. This season, Caroleo has seven goals and has scored in all but one game.
Get That Outta Here
It wasn't just Coffey that forced the Sacred Heart offense in making numerous miscues. Junior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) matched her career high of three caused turnovers in the game, while also adding a ground ball. Caroleo and Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) also added multiple caused turnovers in the game as each caused two.
The Bobcats have committed nearly half the fouls of their opponents this season. Quinnipiac has committed 75 fouls, while its opposition has committed 144 fouls against the Bobcats. That has led to Quinnipiac taking 26 more free-position shots this year (49 to 23) and are the least penalized team in the league (12.5 fouls per game).
Quinnipiac outshot the Pioneers 28-19 in the game, including by a 20-9 margin in the first half. Freshmen Caroleo and Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) each led the way for the Bobcats with six shots apiece. Valentine finished with five in the game. Quinnipiac is averaging 27.5 shots per game this season.