No. 2 Women's Lacrosse Matches Up Against No. 3 Monmouth In NEC Semifinals On Friday At 3:30 PM

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Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 3:30 p.m.
No. 2 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-7, 7-2 Northeast Conference) vs
No. 3 Monmouth University Hawks (7-10, 6-3 Northeast Conference) 

Campus Field – Fairfield, Conn. 

NEC Semifinals Matchup
The No. 2-seeded Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team (8-7, 7-2 NEC) will face the No. 3-seeded Monmouth Hawks (7-10, 6-3) in its Northeast Conference Semifinals matchup, on Friday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. at Campus Field in Fairfield, Conn. The 2012 Regular Season Co-Champion Bobcats make their ninth-consecutive NEC playoff appearance, and look to defend their 2011 NEC Title. 

Semifinals Game 1
The first Semifinals matchup of the day will see the No. 1-seeded Sacred Heart Pioneers (8-8, 7-2 NEC) against the No. 4-seeded Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (7-10, 6-3 NEC) at 1 p.m.

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Live stats and audio for Friday's game can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.  

Quinnipiac NEC Tournament History
 Yr.        Seed      Result             

 1998      #4          Lost in semifinal to UMBC
 2004      #3          Lost in semifinal to MON
 2005      #3          Lost in semifinal to MON
 2006      #3          Lost in semifinal to SHU
 2007      #4          Lost in semifinal to MSM
 2008      #1          Defeated MSM in semifinal
                                Lost in Final to SHU
 2009      #2          Defeated MSM in semifinal
                                Lost in Final to SHU
 2010      #2          Defeated Monmouth in semifinal
                                Lost in Final to SHU
2011      #1           Defeated Sacred Heart in semifinal
                                Defeated MSM in Final

 TOTALS: 9 appearances, 5-8 overall 

NEC Tournament Championship Game Results
 Year             Result                                                         

 1998              UMBC 12, Monmouth 11
 1999              UMBC 15, Monmouth 9
 2000              UMBC 13, Monmouth 12
 2001              Monmouth 14, UMBC 9
 2002              UMBC 15, Monmouth 5
 2003              UMBC 11, Mount St. Mary's 9
 2004              Mount St. Mary's 11, Monmouth 10
 2005              Mount St. Mary's 8, Monmouth 7(5 OT)
 2006              Monmouth 10, Sacred Heart 5
 2007              Monmouth 9, Mount St. Mary's 8
 2008              Sacred Heart 15, Quinnipiac 14
 2009              Sacred Heart 11, Quinnipiac 6
 2010              Sacred Heart 12, Quinnipiac 7
 2011              Quinnipiac 15, Mount St. Mary's 3

 

About Monmouth
Monmouth is coming off an 11-6 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Friday, April 20. The Hawks held the Mount to just one first-half goal, and ran away with the game by scoring seven second-half goals of their own to earn a spot in the NEC Tournament. On the afternoon, Alex Marino (three goals, two assists) and Olivia Salata (one goal, four assists) led the way with five points, while Sam Lillo also tabbed three goals for the Hawks. Goalie Katie Donohoe made five saves in goal in the victory.

Overall, the Hawks are led by Marino's 41 points (30 goals, 11 assists), followed by Lillo's 39 points (four goals, 39 assists) and Kaleigh Gibbons' 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists). Donohoe has compiled a .412 save percentage to go along with an 11.48 goals against average. 

All-Time Against The Hawks
Friday's game will be the 17th time the two sides face each other, as the Bobcats currently own a five-game winning streak in the series history. In their last meeting earlier this season on Sunday, April 1, Quinnipiac came away with a 13-8 win. Freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) finished with a career-high six goals to lead the Bobcats, while junior Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) dished out six assists. Senior goalie Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) made nine saves in net for Quinnipiac, which won its fourth-straight NEC game of the season. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac was handed its second NEC loss of the season on Sunday, April 22 against Bryant, falling to the Bulldogs, 8-6. The damp conditions slowed down the NEC's most prolific offense, as senior Devon Gibney (two goals, one assist) and Sarah Allen (three assists) led the team with three total points. Freshman Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.) stepped into goal under 10 minutes into the contest and proceeded to allow only three goals the remainder of the game, making a game-high seven saves along the way. 

On The Cusp
Three program-records are on the verge of being broken, as all are held by former Quinnipiac women's lacrosse great, Katie Latonick '10. Sarah Allen is just two points away from tying Latonick's single-season points record (70), and is just one assist away from tying her all-time assist total of 111.

Senior Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) currently sits in second place in program history with 172 career points, just three points away from Latonick's total of 175. 

First In The Nation
Allen, who leads the team with 68 points (four goals, 64 assists), is currently leading the NEC and NCAA with a 4.57 assists per game mark, while her raw total of 64 is also an NCAA-high. She is also the only NEC player ranked in the top-15 nationally for points per game, as her 4.86 mark ranks her ninth overall among all NCAA women's lacrosse players. 

Gibney Breaks Record
With a game-high seven draw controls on Friday against Central Connecticut, Devon Gibney became the program's all-time leader in career draw controls, with 148, breaking Tiffany Manzi's '09 total of 142. Gibney also broke her own program-record of 47 draw controls (set during the 2011 season), as she now has 54 on the season. She currently ranks second among NEC players in overall draw controls per game (3.86).

Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) once again played lock-down defense over the weekend as well, as she defended one of Central's top players on Friday, Betsy Vendel, and held her to just two points. On Sunday against Bryant, Gibney grabbed three points on two goals and one assist, while holding one of Bryant's top players (Mary Green) to zero points on the day. 

Finishing Strong
Freshman Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) finished the final weekend of the regular season with four total points against Central Connecticut and Bryant. On Friday against Central, she tallied three points on two goals and one assist during the team's 14-11 win, while on Sunday against Bryant, she tallied one goal during the team's 8-6 loss.

Thus far, Ochwat's rookie season ranks up there as one of the best in program history, as she is just three goals away from tying the all-time rookie record for single-season goals, 34, set by Marta Waldron in 1999. Ochwat (38 points) is also nearing the single-season points record for a rookie (44), again set by Waldron during that same 1999 season. 

On A Roll
Lianne Toomey joins Caroleo as the only other player on the team that has recorded at least one goal in every game of the season. Toomey, who added three points over the weekend, finishes the regular season with third overall on the team with 30 goals, as well as points (42).  

What A Run
Toomey's single-season goal (and point) streak of 15 is dwarfed in comparison to senior captain Caroleo, who has now tallied at least one point in 41-straight games. The streak stretches back to the 2010 season, when Caroleo netted four goals against Brown on March 7th.

Caroleo finishes the regular season as the team leader with 45 goals, and is second on the squad with 53 points. She ranks second on the team with 34 draw controls, fourth with 16 ground balls and is seventh with 12 caused turnovers. 

NEC Leaders
As a team, Quinnipiac finishes the regular season first among NEC teams in six in-conference statistics. The Bobcats are first in goals per game (12.33), assists per game (8.67), points per game (21.00), caused turnovers per game (10.89), save percentage (.536), and goals against average (7.89).

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu