HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team, in conjunction with the Quinnipiac Intramurals Department, raised over $500 at the Second Annual "Give Cancer the Boot!" fundraiser event on Sunday, May 1 at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field. The event featured a co-ed 4x4 soccer tournament where 14 teams participated. This year, proceeds were donated to TEAL, 'Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer - The Louisa McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation.'
"Sunday went well," said Quinnipiac women's soccer head coach Dave Clarke. "We increased the numbers from last year and raised a substantial sum of money for a good charity, T.E.A.L. It was a fun event and it was a great day out. We're looking forward to improving on it and building on it again next year."
A total of 14 teams came out to participate in the soccer tournament, including members of the women's soccer team, men's soccer, men's lacrosse and men's basketball programs. "I was extremely happy about the event and I thought it went really well," said Quinnipiac women's soccer student-athlete Ariel Mandell. "QUWS fulfilled a tremendous opportunity to take a relatively new non-profit organization and bring it to other people's attention outside of New York. The more people know about TEAL and its cause, the more support it will gain across the tri-state area and the country."
The teams were placed in four brackets and eventually Team Flamengo and Team Awesome made it through to meet in the final championship game. Team Flamengo took the 1-0 victory as women's soccer midfielder Kristina Del Mistro scored the game-winning goal. Members of the winning team also included Ryan Malki, Dipesh Khanal, Brett Mastropoll, Dennis Ampadu and women's soccer's Kemesha Woodfine.
Del Mistro was captain of the winning team and named tournament MVP by Coach Clarke. "Kristina deserves the MVP recognition for the quality of her performances throughout the day," said Clarke. "She was the best player on show and brought a touch of class and skill to the tournament."