HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse senior midfielder Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.) was named the Northeast Conference Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week. This is the first time this season that Manzi, the reigning NEC Player of the Year, has been recognized by the conference and the second time in her career that she has been honored as the league's top defensive player after claiming the award last season. Manzi helped the Bobcats secure a share of the NEC Regular Season Championship for the second year in a row with her defensive efforts in wins against Brown, Wagner and Monmouth this past week.
Manzi marked two of the NEC's top offensive players in the Bobcats' wins against Wagner on Friday and Monmouth on Sunday, limiting them to one combined assist. She finished the weekend with seven ground balls, nine draw controls and six caused turnovers.
Against Wagner on Senior Day, Manzi had six draw controls and two caused turnovers to go along with four goals and five points as the Bobcats secured their sixth-straight NEC Tournament berth. The senior midfielder followed that with four ground balls and two more draw controls in Quinnipiac's first win in program history against Monmouth. The victory marked new program single-season records as the Bobcats posted 12 wins and ended the season by winning eight in a row.
Manzi ranks first on the team in draw controls (42), while second in ground balls (30) and third in caused turnovers. She also ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 38 points on 29 goals and nine assists and is the league leader with 15 free-position goals this season.
"It's great for Tiffany to be recognized for her defensive efforts," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "She is a complete player and oftentimes her offensive contributions overshadow what she does for us defensively. She is our best one-on-one defender and we've relied on her all year to shut down some of opponents' top scoring threats."
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart's Campus Field in the NEC Tournament Semifinals as the No. 2 seed. Quinnipiac will take on No. 3 Mount St. Mary's in a rematch of last season's semifinal, a 12-11 Bobcats' victory. The two teams met on April 5 of this season with Quinnipiac defeating the Mount 19-5 in Hamden.