March 20, 2013

Women's Lacrosse Open NEC Action Against Sacred Heart on Friday, March 22

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-5, 0-0 NEC) at
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (0-5, 0-0 CAA)

Date: Friday, March 22, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: QU Lacrosse Field – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Sacred Heart: 5-13
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
SHU Last Five: 0-5
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Conference Play Underway
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team (2-5, 0-0 NEC) is back in action on Friday afternoon as they open Northeast Conference play against intrastate foe Sacred Heart (0-5, 0-0 NEC). The matchup between the two programs will take place at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. with opening draw set for 3 p.m.

In Honor of Coach Quigley
Prior to Friday's game, the Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics will honor head coach Christina Quigley of the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse program, who died in a bus accident on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Both teams will be wearing crimson and gold ribbons on their shoelaces in honor Seton Hill and its tragic loss. Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart are two of many teams taking part in "Play 4 Seton Hill," a nation-wide campaign for this cause.

About Sacred Heart
Still looking for their first win of the season, the Pioneers of Sacred Heart are off to an 0-5 start through non-conference play. In their first five matches, Sacred Heart was defeated by Iona, Holy Cross, Fairfield, Yale and Massachusetts. Senior Emily Pepe leads Sacred Heart in scoring with nine goals and three assists thus far.  Junior Kelsey Russo follows Pepe with eight goals and has a team-best 13 draw controls this season.  In their last match against UMass, the Pioneers were defeated, 21-8, on their home turf. Pepe led the offense scoring with four goals while picking up an assist in the losing effort.

All-Time Against The Pioneers
Friday will mark the 19th meeting between the two programs with the Pioneers holding a commanding 13-5 advantage in the all-time series. In their last meeting, the Bobcats fell to the Pioneers, 10-9, on April 13, 2012. The Pioneers have been a thorn in the side of the Bobcats since their first meeting as they've fallen to Sacred Heart three seperate times (2010, 2009, 2008) in the NEC Championship.

Last Time Out
Junior Michaela Tinsley recorded her third hat trick of the season last Sunday, but the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team was defeated by Hofstra University, 12-8, at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hampstead, N.Y. Despite the loss, Quinnipiac featured six players in the scoring column. Tinsley collected her third, three-goal game of the season while five others added one for the Bobcats. Maria Blois and Phoebe Laplante each finished with a goal and a helper, with Kyra Ochwat and Lianne Toomey each chiming in with a goal apiece.

Stick It To Cancer Weekend
The women's lacrosse team had designated the weekend of April 5-7, 2013 as their 'Stick It To Cancer Weekend'. The team is participating in the Coaches vs. Cancer program to raise awareness and funding for the American Cancer Society through Quinnipiac's Positive Play program. The Bobcats have been collecting donations during playoff games at the TD Bank Center and donors have completed donor cards that will be used to form a "Wall of Hope" that will be displayed at the Bobcats' games against Long Island (April 5) and Wagner (April 7). Donations are also being collected online and at the entrance to the field on game days. Each player will be playing for a loved one affected by cancer during the Stick It To Cancer weekend.

Welcome to the Party
Two Bobcats picked up their first goals of the season against Fairfield on March 12. Freshman defender Dom Compito recorded her first career goal and point in just her second career game, while junior Phoebe LaPlante recorded career highs in goals and points by tallying two goals and an assist. She also picked up a draw control in the game.

Dynamic Duo
Sophomore Kyra Ochwat and junior Michaela Tinsley have filled the void left by Marissa Caroleo and Devon Gibney. Ochwat has played in five of the Bobcats seven games this year and has averaged three goals per game for a total of 16 goals and two assists along with 36 shots on goal. Tinsley on the other hand, has played in all seven games and has 14 goals and an assist with 30 shots on goal. Of the seven games, the junior has had three goals in three of the matches.

"Carey" On
Freshman Aileen Carey scored the game-tying goal on Saturday, March 9, against Vermont in the comeback win. The goal was the first of her career after missing two games due to an illness.

Comeback Kids
Quinnipiac's five-goal comeback against Vermont was the largest comeback in program history. After trailing 10-5 at the 21 minute mark, Quinnipiac scored seven of the game's final eight goals, capped off by Aileen Carey's game-tying goal with 25 seconds left, and then Maria Blois' hat-trick game winner to beat the buzzer.

Three's Company
Maria Blois, Sarah Allen, and Michaela Tinsley each recorded at least a point in the first four games of the season. The trio combined for 17 goals and 14 assists through the first four tilts.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethanybuckholz@quinnipiac.edu