Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4, 8-0 NEC) vs.
Columbia University Lions (4-6, 0-5 IVY)Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field- Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team plays its final regular season home game of the year against nonconference opponent Columbia Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Bobcats are currently riding an eight-game winning streak after a weekend sweep of Robert Morris and Saint Francis (PA). The Bobcats' clinched a playoff spot for the seventh consecutive season with the win against the Colonials on Friday. Quinnipiac sits tied atop the Northeast Conference standings with an 8-0 mark in league games in 2010.
Columbia comes to Quinnipiac with a 4-6 overall mark. This season, the Lions are winless in five Ivy League games, including a loss to Brown, 14-12, in the team's last game at home on Saturday. Currently the Lions are on a three-game skid and have lost four of their last five games. Brittany Shannon leads the team with 32 goals and 38 points this season, while Kacie Johnson has a team-high 14 assists. Karlee Blank has every minute in goal this season for the Lions, posting a goals-against average of 12.74 and a save percentage of .420.
Wednesday's game can be heard on the WQAQ web stream. Matthias Gausz will provide play-by-play, while Corey Hersch will add color commentary. Fans can also follow the game using live stats provided by quinnipiacbobcats.com. Both can be accessed by clicking the appropriate links above.
After three-straight games away from Hamden, the Bobcats return home to face the Lions in the final regular season home contest of 2010. If Quinnipiac defeats Sacred Heart on Saturday, they will host this season's NEC Tournament with the No. 1 seed. The Bobcats are 5-2 at home this year, including 4-0 in conference play.
Team captain Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) was named the NEC Co-Player of the Week Monday afternoon after her three performances against Wagner, Robert Morris and Saint Francis. Latonick scored seven goals and added nine assists for 16 points to earn her second career Player of the Week honor from the conference after also earning the award last season.
Junior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Mass.) matched her career high with four goals on Sunday against the Red Flash. The last time that she scored four goals in a game was just over a year ago on April 9, 2009 at Saint Francis. Her five points against the Red Flash on Sunday were one shy of her career high of six, also set against the Red Flash last season.
Junior defender Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) recorded her first career assist at Saint Francis. Assisting on Laura Iannotti's (Rocky Point, N.Y.) goal seven and a half minutes into the second half, Kelly also earned her first two-point game of her career on a goal with six seconds left in the game. She also added a career-high five caused turnovers to go along with five ground balls and three draw controls.
In her first season as a starter, junior Lexi DeStefano (Brookfield, Conn.) has posted an 8-0 record. All eight wins have come against NEC opponents as she has been one of the biggest reasons for the Bobcats' success this season. DeStefano is second in the NEC in goals-against average (6.88) in league games, while third in save percentage (.563).