Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-2, 2-1 NEC) vs.
Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers (4-8, 4-0 NEC)
Sunday, April 5, 2009 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team plays host to the Northeast Conference leading Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Bobcats are coming off a 14-9 win over Bryant on Friday in which junior Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) recorded a Quinnipiac single-game record for assists with eight. The Mountaineers and Bobcats met last season in the semifinals of the NEC Tournament with Quinnipiac winning 12-11. It was the first postseason victory in the program's history.
Scouting the Mount
Mount St. Mary's enters the game on a four-game NEC winning streak after beginning the season 0-8. On Friday afternoon, the Mountaineers defeated Central Connecticut, 17-8. Katelyn Cantanese and Ashley Johnson each scored four goals in the win, while Breana Waraksa had six assists and seven points. Catanese and Johnson are tied for the team lead with 26 goals apiece this season, while Catanese has one more point (32). Kathleen Rossetti is a close third with 29 points on 22 goals. Waraksa's six-assist performance gives her 19 this season and moves her into fourth on the team in scoring with 27 points. Brigid McTavish has been the goalkeeper of record in all but one game this year, posting a 4-7 mark with a save percentage of .439 in 12 games.
Hear It Now, See It Now
Friday's game can be heard on WQAQ's live webstream. Andrew Gau will handle the play-by-play duties, while Jeremy Schilling 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.
Latonick's nine-point performance is the third-highest point total ever by a Quinnipiac women's lacrosse player. Christy Smallman '05 is the only player to record more points in a game than Latonick. Smallman scored 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) against Vermont on Mar. 30, 2004 and 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) vs. Marist nine days earlier on Mar. 21, 2004.
Sunday's game marks the final contest in a five-game homestand for the Bobcats. In the first four games, Quinnipiac has posted a 3-1 record, with its lone defeat coming to Sacred Heart, 9-8, on Mar. 22.
Big Names, Big Numbers
Seniors Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) and Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) each scored four goals against the Bulldogs on Friday. Both recorded five points against LIU in the team's previous game as Valentine scored five goals, while Fiore scored twice and had three assists.
Right Off The Hop
Quinnipiac held an 18-7 advantage in draw controls over Bryant. Freshman Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and Valentine each had game highs with four in the win.
Fours Across The Board
Meghan Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) set new career high in ground balls and caused turnovers against Bryant. She picked up four ground balls off the turf, while causing the Bulldogs into committing four turnovers.
Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.) scored twice, recorded one assist for three points, had three shots on goal, picked up a ground ball and a draw control, finished 1-for-1 on free-position shots and had two caused turnovers against Bryant. She was the only member of the Bobcats to figure into each statistical category in the game.
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner
The Bobcats have six wins this season with six different players scoring game-winning goals. Fiore became the sixth member of the club for Quinnipiac this season when she scored the 10th-team goal 6:16 into the second half on a feed from Katie Latonick.