Monthly Archives: March 2008

Bobcats get barbequed at “Beat the Buckeyes Day”

Bobcats get barbequed at “Beat the Buckeyes Day”
By Sam Friedman
March 30, 2008

HAMDEN — The crowd was loud. The food was good. The giant inflatable Bobcat was knocked over by the wind, but it managed to stay upright for the team’s introduction. Unfortunately, the only thing missing from the “Beat the Buckeyes Barbeque” was the beating the Buckeyes part.

In the Great Western Lacrosse League season opener for both teams, the Buckeyes (5-3, 1-0 GWLL) made sure that this one was never close. They led 12-2 at halftime, and won by a final score of 18-7 over the Bobcats (6-1, 0-1 GWLL). Ohio State never trailed in the contest. The Bobcats came into the game ceding just over five goals a game but surrendered that many in the first 13 minutes.

Just 45 seconds in, Ohio State got its first goal when Jeff Ryan passed the ball from behind the net to find Pete Poillon on the wing, who quickly shot it past sophomore goalie Kevin Benzing on the left shoulder side. That was Poillon’s first of three goals on the afternoon. Anthony Poerio tied it for the Bobcats at the four minute mark with an unassisted shot past Buckeyes standout goalie Stefan Schroder, but that was the only time the Bobcats even kept the game close.

The Buckeyes added three goals within the span of 2:54 near the end of the first quarter to take a 4-1 lead, including two man advantage goals. Man advantage goals were a problem for the Bobcats, who surrendered seven man down goals on nine man down situations, including three goals in the final minute of the first half from just one penalty, a one minute illegal body checking penalty against sophomore Bailey Tuthill.

The second quarter opened up the way the first did, with the Buckeyes scoring early — just eight seconds in. Senior captain Kevin Buchanan scooped up a loose ball off the faceoff and fired it past Benzing, again to the left shoulder side from the attack zone line. Buchanan finished with two goals and two assists, and moved into a tie with Jim Ash for 15th on Ohio State’s all time scoring list with 128 points. He leads the team with 22 goals. Buchanan is also tied for 10th in Ohio State history with 55 assists.

After the Buckeyes made the score 9-1, Quinnipiac coach Eric Fekete pulled Benzing and replaced him with backup goalie Ryan Andrews.

“Benzing’s played great all season, [but] he was off today,” Fekete said. “Our goaltending was uncharacteristically weak today, that just kind of started the wheels wobbling.”

Nine seconds into the third quarter Jeff Ryan scooped up a loose ball that was knocked away by teammate Nick Carr and raced past four Bobcats to throw it past Andrews to make the score 13-2. It was Ohio State’s 4th man advantage goal scored on Tuthill’s penalty. Quinnipiac finally got its own man up goal, when Gary Messina took a long pass from Jack Oppenheimer and shot the ball in between traffic, and passed a screened Schroeder, who never saw it.

Each team tallied four goals in the fourth quarter, three of them man advantage goals and the rest even strength. Buckeye James Green drew a three minute penalty to begin the fourth quarter with an Illegal cross, meaning that his stick was considered too narrow for use. Although his penalty was non-releasable, the Bobcats managed just one goal on the man advantage.

Ohio State coach Joe Breschi pulled Schroder at the start of the 4th quarter to give backup goalies Bandon Freeman and Bill Curry playing time once Ohio State had an insurmountable lead.

For Quinnipiac, Garret Kerr was held goal-less for the first time all season. He scored 9 goals in the first three games of the season but has tallied just 4 since.

“They came out and pressured us a bit — they moved the ball really well. I give them (Ohio State) credit,” Coach Fekete said.” We just got to fix some stuff and get ready to go next week.”

But Coach Fekete was not concerned about the long term affect of the loss.

“I’m not going to necessarily put on a parachute and get so concerned. We’re 6-1. You got to realize we’re a pretty good club that had a bad day today,” Fekete said. “We just got to get out and get ready to play against Sacred Heart.”

The Bobcats have four consecutive road games before returning home to face Bellarmine in the regular season finale on April 26. They face Sacred Heart on Wednesday afternoon, then fly out to Colorado for games on the 11th and 13th against Denver and Air Force respectively. Then, the Bobcats face nationally ranked Notre Dame in South Bend on Friday, April 18. The conference semifinals are May 2-4.

NOTES: Buckeye junior Joel Delgarno had one goal and four assists. He has now scored a point in 35 straight games — a point in every game he has ever played for Ohio State. Buchanan’s goal streak is at 37. … Delgarno now has scored 16 points against the Bobcats, the most by any Buckeye against QU. Buchanan is second with 12. … Four Buckeyes had hat tricks, with Green, Ryan, and Ventiquattro joining Poillon. No Bobcat scored more than twice. … The Bobcats gave up eight 2nd period goals, after giving up 10 goals in the second period all season.

Women’s Lax Ends Skid with a Couple of Wins

Women’s Lax Ends Skid with a Couple of Wins
By TJ Buzzeo
March 30, 2008

HAMDEN – The Quinnipiac Women’s Lacrosse team opened up NEC play on Saturday March 22 with their fourth consecutive loss.

Monmouth University came to Hamden on the 22nd and left with a nail-biting victory. The Bobcats started off strong opening with a 3-0 lead over the Hawks. With 13:24 left in the half Monmouth went on a run, and eventually took the lead 4-3. Sophomore midfielder Lyndsey Banach tied the game at four with her first goal of the season with 5:52 left in the half.

The Hawks outplayed Quinnipiac in the first portion of the second half taking a 9-6 lead after a 3-0 Monmouth run. Quinnipiac scored two quick goals to cut the lead, but the Hawks extended it back to three. The Bobcats would not go down quietly as junior midfielder Ashley Valentine and junior midfielder Tiffany Manzi each scored goals to bring the score to 11-10 in favor of the Hawks. The Bobcats could not push another goal in over the final 4:28 of the game as 11-10 would be the final score in favor of the visitors from New Jersey.

Valentine and junior attack Nicole Fiore each had hat-tricks to lead the Bobcat offense.

Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Nelson played well for Quinnipiac, stopping 10 shots and putting up a season-high seven groundballs.

The Bobcats got back to their winning ways on Friday March 28, with a victory over NEC rival Long Island.

Quinnipiac came out strong, dominating the first half and taking a 7-1 lead into the break. The second half was more evenly played as the Bobcats again outscored the Blackbirds 7-5, and won the game 14-6.

Three Bobcats put up four points each for the first time this year. Valentine scored four goals in the game, including three in the first half. Senior attack Katy Delagi put up two goals and two assists. Her two goals were the opening and closing goals for the Quinnipiac scoring. Sophomore attack Kelly Bruneau posted one goal and three assists.

Nelson made 10 saves while only giving up five goals before being pulled from the game with 6:50 remaining.

The Bobcats picked up their first NEC win of the season, and snapped a four game losing streak with the win.

On Sunday March 30, the Bobcats continued their winning ways by blowing out the Wagner College Seahawks 23-12 on Long Island.

Wagner took an early 2-1 lead, and then Quinnipiac woke up and scored 11 of the next 14 goals taking a commanding 12-5 lead into halftime. The Seahawks and Bobcats traded four goals apiece to start the second half. Then the Seahawks went on a 3-1 lead making the score 17-12 in favor of Quinnipiac, who washed away any comeback thoughts by scoring the last six goals of the game.

After Manzi did not get any points for the first time all season in the victory over Long Island, she picked up seven in the Wagner game, with four goals and three assists. Valentine put up a six point game with five goals and an assist. Delagi also added six points with a hat-trick and three assists. Fiore also put up a great game with four points — all of them goals.

Nelson had another solid game for the Bobcats posting her fifth consecutive 10 save game and her seventh in eight games.

Valentine and Manzi have been the leaders all season for the Bobcats and their efforts have shown in the NEC rankings. Valentine is third in goals per game (2.88), fourth in points per game (3.50), and sixth in shots per game (5.25). Manzi’s 2.12 goals per game ranks her sixth in the NEC, she is also third in draw controls per game (2.62) and is first in caused turnovers per game (2.00).

Nelson has been very effective in net for Quinnipiac. She ranks third in goals against average (10.71), second in save percentage (.509), fourth in saves per game (10.75), and second in ground balls per game (3.12). She has started all eight games for the Bobcats this season.

The Bobcats are currently 4-4 overall, 2-1 in NEC play, and currently are tied in third with Monmouth in the conference standings. The Bobcats look to improve on those numbers with three straight home games against three NEC rivals. Robert Morris comes to Hamden on April 4, St. Francis (PA) follows on April 6, and Central Connecticut wraps up the homestand on April 9. All three games can be heard on the Bobcats Sports Network presented by WQAQ.

Softball splits NEC double dip against Wagner

Softball splits NEC double dip against Wagner
by Tom Butto
March 30, 2008

HAMDEN – After a rough double header on Saturday that resulted in 8-0 and 7-0 losses to conference foe Long Island University, the Bobcats looked to put up their first conference win of the season, this time against Wagner. They were also looking to break a three-game losing streak.

Quinnipiac (11-20, 1-3 NEC) did get that win in the second game of the double header by beating the Wagner Seahawks (10-11, 0-2 NEC) 5-2.

“We got a lot of veterans on this team,” said Germaine Fairchild, the head coach of the softball team. “Everyone on the team knows that they need to conserve energy and give it their all when conference play comes around.”

The first game started well for the Bobcats, when they took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Quinnipiac took a 1-0 lead when Christine Bourdeau lined a one out RBI double to left center field, which drove home senior Jill Viglione.

That ended Quinnipiac’s nineteen inning scoreless streak at home, but that was nearly the only good news in game one for the Bobcats. They scored one run in the fourth, one in the fifth and that was it.

The Seahawks touched up Kristin Sheriff for two runs in the next inning. Sheriff walked two batters before Ami Iwicki drove a two out double that plated the two batters that Sheriff walked.

Sheriff was pitching for the second day in a row, after she threw 5 2/3 innings against Long Island University in the last game of yesterday’s double header.

The Bobcats took a 3-2 lead going into the sixth inning. But that is when the wheels came off of the train when Coach Fairchild replaced Sheriff with Emily Bellush, after Sheriff put the first two batters of the inning on base.

Bellush had no control of her pitches, allowing the runners Sheriff put on to score. She also gave up four additional runs and threw four wild pitches.

The Bobcats wound up losing the first game 10-3.

The second game of the double header produced better results as Jaimie Iaquinto took the mound looking to stop the bleeding from the previous three games.

Iaquinto, the right handed sophomore, dazzled the Wagner batters. She struck out ten batters while giving up only two runs on four hits.

In a two inning stretch during the second and third inning, Iaquinto struck out four batters in a row. She struck out Christina Pinkus, Ami Iwicki, and Jamie El-Aazami all looking.

“Jaimie pitched great today in an effort that we really needed,” said Fairchild. “But let’s not forget Brianne Sloane. Behind every pitcher there is a great catcher, and she caught a great game.”

The Bobcats next game is on the road when they take on Rhode Island University. Their next home games are on April 5th and April 6th when Quinnipiac plays conference opponents Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson. The game on the 5th will be broadcasted by WQAQ.

Men’s tennis swept in NEC opener

Men’s tennis swept in NEC opener
By Andrew Fletcher
March 29, 2008

HAMDEN – Quinnipiac’s men’s tennis team was swept at home by Fairleigh Dickinson in both of the teams’ conference openers Saturday afternoon, dropping all nine matches in the 7-0 defeat. The Bobcats fall to 3-5 (0-1 NEC) and the Knights improve to 6-5 (1-0 NEC).

Only Brian Mikkelson (No. 2) and Tom Curran (No. 5) were able to force third sets in their singles matches, before dropping both. Mikkelson lost to Fairleigh Dickinson’s Matt Gordon, while Curran was handled by Kyle Eddins.

Joe Nuara (No. 6) almost forced a third set in his match, but lost 7-6 in the second set. All of the other singles matches were decided in straight sets.

Mikkelson and Sean Pease played a competitive No. 1 doubles match, but fell 8-6 to Fairleigh Dickinson’s Esteban Blanco and Philip Stephens. John Hughes and Curran were easily defeated by Gordon and Josh Girling 8-1 in No. 2 doubles. Scott Salway and Nuara played their No. 3 doubles match close, as they lost 9-8 to Priit Gross and Eddins.

“I think we played well at times and we need to continue to work on learning to finish the job,” Quinnipiac head coach Mike Quitko told QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

The Bobcats, who have now lost two in a row, won’t have much time to think about this loss. They will face visiting Hofstra tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. The Pride come into the match with a record of 3-5-1 after losing to Villanova Saturday afternoon.

Bobcats Open Up Conference, Lose To LIU Twice

Bobcats Open Up Conference, Lose To LIU Twice
by Tom Butto
March 29, 2008

HAMDEN — The Quinnipiac University softball team came into Northeast Conference play losers of two games in a row, and looked to stop the losing streak by taking the Long Island University Blackbirds at home.

However, the day of action on the field did not turn out as planned, as the Bobcats ran into two dominating pitching performances, losing 8-0 in the first game and 7-0 in the second game. The Bobcats fell to 10-19 on the season, and 0-2 in conference play, while the Blackbirds improved to 12-13 overall and 2-0 in the NEC.

In the first game of the double header at Bobcat Field, Blaire Porter dazzled the Bobcats with excellent command of her fastball. Porter threw a complete game ten strikeout gem, while walking one batter and only giving up two infield singles in the shutout.

Jaime Iaquinto, the right handed pitcher from the Bobcats, had the opposite type of day on the mound. Iaquinto had a rocky outing, giving up eight runs and walking five batters in her complete game effort. Iaquinto’s troubles started in the second inning when Brynn Lewis, the sophomore second baseman for the Blackbirds, drove in two runs with the bases loaded.

Lewis had just as big of a game as her teammate Porter did. She drove in four runs in the game.

The second game did not go any better for Quinnipiac, as Jenny Giles of the Blackbirds struck out three and walked four in her complete game shutout effort, matching the complete game shutout that Porter threw.

The pitching performance in the second game of the double header was also mirrored by Quinnipiac’s starter, Kristin Sherriff. She also gave up three runs in the second inning of her outing.

Like Iaquinto, Sheriff also settled down, not giving up a run until the sixth inning, when she gave up two runs. She was replaced by the southpaw Emily Bellush. Bellush allowed two runs of her own in 1.1 innings on the mound.

The Bobcats only had a total of five hits in the double header, as their seaso-long hitting woes continued. As a team, Quinnipiac only sports a .203 average on the season, and does not have one hitter batting at or above .300. The Bobcats highest average belongs to sophomore Christine Bourdeau, who’s hitting .289.

Men’s tennis downed by Villanova 5-2

Men’s tennis downed by Villanova 5-2
By Andrew Fletcher
March 28, 2008

HAMDEN — Despite the successes of freshmen Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.) and Sean Pease (Falmouth, Mass.), Quinnipiac’s men’s tennis team was unable to beat the Villanova Wildcats, losing 5-2 Wednesday afternoon.

Mikkelson defeated Villanova’s Brian Maher in straight sets in No. 2 singles. Pease was victorious in No. 3 singles, as he took care of Trenton Alenik in straight sets as well. These were the only singles matches the Bobcats were able to win.

John Hughes (Springfield, Mass.) fell in No. 1 singles, Scott Salway (Glastonbury, Conn.) took his No. 4 singles match to a third set before falling short and Tom Curran (Fairfield, Conn.) and Joe Nuara (Little Silver, N.J.) were each taken care of in straight sets in No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.

The Bobcats were successful in doubles play at first. Mikkelson and Pease defeated Dimitri Chimerakis and Maher in No. 1 doubles. However, they dropped No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, giving the Wildcats the crucial doubles point.

“It was a tough match, well-played by both teams in windy conditions,” Quinnipiac head coach Mike Quitko told QuinnipiacBobcats.com. “They converted more big points than us.”

Quinnipiac hopes to rebound tomorrow afternoon at home when they face Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. in their Northeast Conference opener. They will also face Hofstra at home on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Big Green Make Big Plays, Beat Quinnipiac 7-5

Big Green Make Big Plays, Beat Quinnipiac 7-5
By Jamie Palatini
March 27, 2008

HAMDEN — Junior infielder Johnathon Santopadre’s RBI single in the top of the ninth off reliever Todd DeFrancesco propelled the Dartmouth Big Green (6-7) past the Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-9) by a score of 7-5 at Bobcat Field in Hamden on Wednesday afternoon.

Early on, the scoring belonged to the home team. John Delaney’s first-inning single down the left field line scored freshman Ben Farina to give Quinnipiac the 1-0 lead. The Bobcats struck again in the third when Bryn Doyle led off the inning with a single up the middle. Two batters later, first baseman Pete Kummerfeldt hit his team leading fourth home run of the season over the right field wall, and it was 3-0 Quinnipiac.

Dartmouth got their scoring started in the fourth when Quinnipiac’s Ryan Walfield came on in relief of Eric Weber, who scattered two hits over three scoreless innings of work. Jason Blydell’s two-run single off of Walfield cut the deficit to 3-2. Dartmouth then eliminated the deficit in the fifth. Junior second baseman Jeff Onstott, who went 5-6 in the game, hit a two-run shot to give the Big Green the 4-3 lead. Walfield was pulled later in the inning after giving up five runs and five hits through 1 1-3 innings pitched.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. Quinnipiac’s Michael Marmo and Mike Bartlett both drew bases loaded walks to tie the score at five, but were unable to take the lead when Brian Monack struck out and Farina popped out to first to end the inning.

Dartmouth pulled away for good in the ninth. Santopadre’s one-out single through the left side of the infield scored James Wren to make it 6-5. The Big Green tacked on an insurance run when Santopadre came around to score on a throwing error from Delaney. Doyle lead off the bottom of the ninth with a double down the left field line and was moved to third on a ground ball. But Kummerfeldt popped out to short, and pinch hitter Blake Barone struck out to seal the deal for Dartmouth.

Dartmouth can thank the top half of their lineup for the win. Their first four hitters went a combined 9-21 at the plate and scored four of the team’s seven runs.

For Quinnipiac it was an overall subpar performance. Only three Bobcats had hits in the game, and the bullpen combined to allow seven runs on 15 hits. And unlike Dartmouth, they were unable to get the big hit when they needed it. The lone bright spot in the bullpen for Quinnipiac was Eric Bretscher who gave up no runs and struck out five in his two innings of work.

The Bobcats will look to get back on track at home this weekend in a doubleheader against Hartford on Sunday. Both games will be broadcasted by WQAQ.com, with Mike Radomski and Scott Sheahen on the call starting at 11:55am.