Women's Lacrosse Opens NEC Play On The Road Against Wagner And LIU Brooklyn This Weekend

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Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-4, 0-0 Northeast Conference) vs
Wagner College Seahawks (5-3, 0-0 Northeast Conference) 

Wagner Field – Staten Island, N.Y.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 5 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-4, 0-0 Northeast Conference) vs
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (0-7, 0-0 Northeast Conference) 

LIU Field – Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Northeast Conference Opening Weekend
The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (1-4, 0-0 NEC) opens its 2012 Northeast Conference schedule this upcoming weekend when it travels to face Wagner (5-3, 0-0 NEC) on Friday, March 23 and LIU Brooklyn (0-7, 0-0 NEC) on Sunday, March 25. Friday's game against the Seahawks will begin at 3 p.m., while Sunday's game against the Blackbirds is set for a 5 p.m. start. 

Live stats for this weekend's games can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com

About Wagner
The Seahawks are coming off a 17-10 win over Presbyterian College on Sunday, March 18. On the afternoon, Wagner was led by sophomore Sam Morin's six goals, as well as senior Carolyn Clark's four scores. Senior Lauren Petrik earned a team-high two assists en route to her four-point outing, while freshman Shannon Sweeney made a game-high 16 saves in goal. Overall, Marin leads the team with 28 total points on 23 goals and five assists, followed by Clark's 26 points (24 goals, two assists) and Petrik's 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists). Sweeney has accumulated a 9.57 goals against average and a .511 save percentage in the cage for the Seahawks. 

All-Time Against The Seahawks
Friday's game will be the 12th time the two sides face each other, as the Bobcats own a commanding 9-2 all-time series lead. Quinnipiac has won nine-straight games against Wagner, including a 16-6 victory in their last meeting on April, 15, 2011. Seniors Christine Sinnigen (two goals, three assists) and Laura Iannotti (four goals) were the offensive heroes on the day, while juniors Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) and Lianne Toomey (Hicksville, N.Y.) also contributed with three goals apiece. Senior Lexi DeStefano and Junior Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) each played 30 minutes in goal for Quinnipiac and turned away four goals apiece. 

The Bobcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 10 minutes of action, and extended their lead to 11-3 by the halftime break. Quinnipiac continued to press the issue in the second half, netting the first five goals to extend its lead to 16-3 with just under 17 minutes remaining in the game. The Seahawks finished the game by scoring the last three goals, but by then the Bobcats already had the game in hand.

About LIU
The Blackbirds are coming off their seventh consecutive loss to begin the season, after falling to Fresno State, 17-12, on Saturday, March 17. Sophomore Ashley Delaney scored a team-high four goals, as sophomore Shakova Smith added three goals and an assist in defeat. Sophomore goalie Gina Haber made 15 saves for the Blackbirds. Overall, LIU is led by Smith's 22 points (20 goals, two assists), followed by Delaney's 15 points (14 goals, one assist). Haber has played the majority of time in goal and has a .386 save percentage and a 19.34 goals against average. 

All-Time Against The Blackbirds
Sunday's game will be the 10th time the two sides face each other, as Quinnipiac holds a perfect 9-0 record against LIU. In their only meeting last season on April, 17, 2011, Quinnipiac downed the Blackbirds, 21-7. Juniors Marissa Caroleo and Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) each netted six goals apiece for Quinnipiac, while sophomore Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) dished out a career-high seven assists in victory. DeStefano and Martello once again split time in net (30 minutes apiece), as the senior made four saves and the junior turned away seven shots during their respective times in goal. 

Quinnipiac dominated from the start, scoring seven of the first eight (and 12 of the first 15) goals of the game. After taking a 12-6 lead into halftime, the Bobcats continued its offensive assault, beginning the second half with five-straight scores. LIU scored only once in the second half, as Quinnipiac went ahead to score nine more times during the final 30 minutes of action.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac was defeated by non-conference opponent Vermont, 19-8, on Wednesday, March 21. The Bobcats received six goals from Caroleo and five assists from Allen, but a strong second half by Vermont thwarted Quinnipiac's comeback attempt. Freshman goalie Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) made a career-high 16 saves for Quinnipiac, dealing well with the heavy pressure applied by the Catamounts for most of the game. 

Vermont scored eight of the first 10 goals to take an 8-2 lead with 6:48 remaining in the first half, but Quinnipiac stormed back by scoring six of the next nine goals to cut the lead to 11-8 with just under 20 minutes to play in the contest. Vermont ended the game on a 7-1 run to pull away for the victory.

On The Ball Pressure
Quinnipiac remained extremely aggressive defensively on Wednesday, March 21 against Vermont, causing a game-high 17 caused turnovers. The Bobcats are first in the NEC with 11.40 caused turnovers per game, as junior Chelsea Guerrera (Wantagh, N.Y.) and sophomore Kelsey Maroney (West Granby, Conn.) are co-leaders of the team with eight caused turnovers. 

Maroney Steps Up
Kelsey Maroney had arguably the best game of her career on Wednesday, March 21 against Vermont, collecting a career-high (and team-high) four caused turnovers in the game. Maroney has stepped in and played a much greater role during her sophomore season, starting in three of the Bobcats' five games thus far. 

All-In On Allen
With five more assists added to her resume on Wednesday, March 21, Sarah Allen moved into third place all-time in program history with 64 career helpers. Allen leads the team with 18 assists on the season and remains in first among all NEC players with a 3.60 assists her game mark. Her 3.80 points per game ranks her fourth overall among league players. 

Captain Caroleo
Caroleo got back on track on Wednesday, March 21 against Vermont, scoring a game-high six goals. Caroleo jumped into second place all-time in goals scored in Bobcats' program history, as she currently has 115 career tallies. The senior is first on the team with 21 points (17 goals, four assists) and is first in the NEC in goals per game (3.40), third in points per game (4.20) and third in shots per game (6.20). 

Simply Offensive
The Bobcats' offense is off to a fast start this season, as its 10.80 goals per game ranks it third overall among NEC teams. Quinnipiac is second in the NEC in points per game (17.60), assists per game (6.80), draw controls per game (12.20) and shots per game (26.40). 

Rookie Of The Week
For the second time this season, freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) was named NEC Rookie of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday, March 19. Ochwat turned in another fantastic week by scoring five goals and one assist in three games. She picked up her second career hat trick with a three goal performance on March 18 during the team's 20-15 loss to Brown, scoring all three goals in the second half of play to keep the Bobcats within striking distance. Earlier in the week, Ochwat netted a go-ahead goal late in the first half against St. Mary's (Calif.) on March 12 during the team's 18-14 victory. She then scored a goal against Denver on March 15 during the team's 19-6 loss. Ochwat is currently tied for fifth on the team in total points (nine) and is first among all Bobcats freshman. 

Season Schedule
Following this weekend's games, Quinnipiac returns home to host Mount St. Mary's on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m. and Monmouth the following Sunday, Apr. 1 at 12 p.m.

Quinnipiac heads out on the road for a three-game stretch against Saint Francis (Thursday, Apr. 5 at 3 p.m.), Robert Morris (Saturday, Apr. 7 at 11 a.m.) and Sacred Heart (Friday, Apr. 13 at 4 p.m.).

The Bobcats finish the regular season with three-straight home contests against Fairfield on Sunday, Apr. 15 at 12 p.m., Central Connecticut on Friday, Apr. 20 at 4 p.m. and Bryant on Sunday, Apr. 22 at 12 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett; rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu