Difficult Spring Break for Women’s Lax

Difficult Spring Break for Women’s Lax
By TJ Buzzeo
March 16, 2008

HAMDEN- The month of March started off on a high note for Quinnipiac’s Women’s Lacrosse team as they defeated UCONN for the first time in school history and improved to 2-0. However, the team’s winning ways stopped during Spring Break as the team dropped all three games they had.

On Tuesday March 6, the Bobcats outscored the UCONN Huskies 10-6. Junior Midfielders, Janelle Lopez, Tiffany Manzi, and Ashley Valentine led the scoring output for the Bobcats each scoring two goals.

At the 20:57 mark in the first half Katy Ryan of UCONN scored to tie the score at one. After Ryan’s goal, the Bobcats went on a 5-0 scoring run making the score 6-1, and was leading 6-2 going into the half. For the second game in a row the Bobcats split goals with their opponents in the second half and were able to hold on for the 10-6 victory

Bobcat Goalie Hannah Nelson picked up her second victory of the season stopping 11 of 17 shots.

Over Quinnipiac University’s Spring Break the Bobcats traveled to California for a pair of games. On Monday March 10 they took on UC Davis, and on Friday March 14 they took on UC Berkeley.

The Bobcats ended up on the wrong end of a shootout with the Aggies 16-14, marking the Bobcats first loss of the season. Manzi and Valentine scored goals early to give the Bobcats an early 2-1 lead. The lead would not last long as UC Davis would quickly extend the lead to7-3, however the Bobcats battled back to tie the score at seven, but gave up UC Davis’ Katie McMahon scored her third and fourth goals of the game giving the Aggies a 9-7 lead going into the half. The Bobcats battled tough in the second half, but for every goal they scored the Aggies would answer right back, and for the third straight game the Bobcats would play to a tie in the second half. Unfortunately for Quinnipiac they did not have the lead going into the half.

Manzi and Valentine each put up a hat-trick and Sophmore, Attacker Katie Latonick scored two goals to lead the offensive strike for the Bobcats. Nelson made eight saves in her first loss of the season.

UC Berkeley would make sure that Quinnipiac would return to the east coast at 2-2, as they would outscore the Bobcats 14-8.

Berkeley jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but that was combated with two quick Bobcat goals. The Bears went on a 4-1 run extending their lead to 6-3. The Bobcats fought back to outscore the Bears the rest of the first half to cut the deficit to two going into half time. Berkeley came out firing to start the second half scoring six of the first seven goals and the Bobcats would never be able to recover, dropping their second straight game.

Manzi, Senior Attacker Katy Delagi and Sophmore Attacker Kelly Bruneau lead the Bobcat Offense with two goals each. Nelson added 11 saves in her second consecutive loss of the season.

The Bobcats returned home today March 16, to face Harvard, hoping for a different outcome being back on the east coast. However, the change of scenery from Northern California to Hamden, CT would not make a difference as the Bobcats lossed their third straight game.

The Crimson offense scored early and often in the first half outscoring the Bobcats 10-3, but that story would change in the second half. The Bobcats defense stepped up their game and held Harvard to only three second half goals and the offense woke up and scored seven goals and ending the blow out and making it a close game. The offense was unable to score in the last 10 minutes of the game and Harvard was able to hold on to their slim lead.

Katie Latonick recorded a hat-trick for the Bobcats and Valentine added two goals and three assists to go along with a pair of goals from Junior Attacker Nicole Fiore. Nelson made 11 saves in her third consecutive loss of the season.

Tiffany Manzi has definitely been the offensive leader for the Bobcats through the first five games of the season. Manzi has 12 goals and 3 assists, she also has 2.40 goals a game ranks her fifth in the NEC and her 3.00 points per game ranks her sixth in the NEC.

Hannah Nelson has started all five games of the season in Goal for the Bobcats and has accumulated 55 saves. Her 11.31 goals against average puts her second in the NEC and .500 save percentage is third in the NEC.

The Bobcats return to action 12p.m. on Saturday March 22 when they begin NEC play with Monmouth visiting the Quinnipiac Field Hockey/ Lacrosse Turf Field.

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