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.

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