Monthly Archives: April 2008

Golf readies for NEC Championships

Golf readies for NEC Championships
By Jeremy Schilling
April 30, 2008

HAMDEN — The Quinnipiac Bobcats Golf team played twice in the last week as they gear up for this weekend’s Northeast Conference Championships. In the Peacock Invitational held on April 22 in Neshanic Station, NJ, the Bobcats finished 9th out of 12 teams. And in the Northeast Invitational held on April 24-25 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, they finished 3rd out of 10 teams, their best finish of the spring season so far.

At the Peacock, the Bobcats finished with a team score of 320. Monmouth University won that portion of the competition with a score of 295, a 5 stroke win over Rider. Individually the Bobcats were led by Jayson Loranger who carded an 18-hole score at the Neshanic Valley Golf Course of 76. That gave Loranger a 9th place finish overall in the individual portion of the competition. He was followed by Ryerson Stinson who shot 78, Ryan Reynolds with 79, Ben Cook with 87 and Kyle Chumas with 91.

At the Northeast Invitational held on the Green Valley Golf Course, the Bobcats shot a team score of 608 tying them with Central Connecticut State for 3rd place. The winner was Bryant University who shot a team score of 590. Individually for the Bobcats they were led by Brady Giroux who shot a 36-hole score of 146 that left him with a 4th place finish in the individual competition. He was followed by Charlie Niland with a 152, Jayson Loranger with a 155, Ian O’Connor with a 156 and Ryan Reynolds with a 162.

Now the Bobcats look to cap their season off right with a good showing at the Northeast Conference Championships this weekend.

“We had two good showings at the tournaments and I feel very eager and optimistic about the conference tournament this weekend. The guys are playing better than they have all season. We have three sub par rounds this season and I know we can add to that list,” head coach John O’Connor said.

“Ian O’Connor and Ryan Reynolds shot two under par rounds and Brady Giroux shot three under par at the URI event,” O’Connor continued. “Freshman Charlie Niland is beginning to show that he can go low while walk-ons Jayson Loranger and Ryan Reynolds have both had top ten finishes. The conference has seven good teams and any one of the teams can win. I’m hoping its Quinnipiac!”

If O’Connor’s hopes come to fruition they will have to do it this weekend, May 2-3, on the Hershey Links Golf Club in Hershey, PA. Tee Times both days start at 9 a. m. After struggling out of the gate and for most of the season, the Bobcats will be looking to end their season on a high note with a good showing in front of the best the Northeast Conference has to offer. Now they just need to execute and go low.

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NEC Women’s Lacrosse Champion Decided in Classic Fashion

NEC Women’s Lacrosse Champion Decided in Classic Fashion
By TJ Buzzeo
April 29, 2008

HAMDEN — Many expected that the re-match between the Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart women’s lacrosse teams would be a great game, however few thought it would be a classic.

The lead flipped back and forth between both teams several times, with goals being scored almost at will until the 16:33 mark in the game. After sophomore midfielder Lyndsey Banach scored to tie the game for the Bobcats at 13, the game was scoreless until the 2:18 mark when the Pioneers senior attack Liz Ottey scored to regain the lead for Sacred Heart.

Junior midfielder Tiffany Manzi tied the game for the Bobcats with her third goal of the game with just 32 seconds remained in the game. However, the excitement would not stop there as sophomore attack Kelly Bruneau had two shots on goal with 14 seconds remaining and was unable to give the Bobcats the lead.

Sophomore goalie Chelsea Wagner was able to stop both of Bruneau’s shots and get the ball up to her offense with just enough time for junior attack Amanda Williams to set up sophomore attack Carissa Hauser for her fifth goal of the game to win it for the Pioneers.

The first seven minutes of the game were sloppily played as seven goals were scored and a numerous amount of penalties called. At the end of that seven minute span Quinnipiac held a 4-3 lead, but would be without senior attack Katy Delagi who left the game with a leg injury immediately following her second goal of the game which came with 24:17 remaining in the first half.

Although the quality of game play improved as the first half went along, gaols were still being scored almost at will. The Bobcats had their biggest lead of the game with 4:12 remaining in the first half, when junior midfielder Ashley Valentine was able to beat Wagner to extend the lead 10-7. Any thoughts of a comfortable win for Quinnipiac were thrown out the window almost immediately when Sacred Heart scored two quick goals to cut the deficit to one at the half.

The second half was very similar to the first with the lead changes and the inability of either team to pull away from the other. Then, with three seconds left and overtime looming overhead Hauser was able to sneak a shot past sophomore goalie Hannah Nelson to win the game for the Pioneers.

Quinnipiac played well in their first ever NEC title game, but as Quinnipiac head coach Danie Caro put it, “Sacred Heart made plays when it counted.”

After the game the All-Tournament team was announced and three Bobcats were honored. They were Manzi who had five goals and an assist in the two games, Delagi who had three goals and an assist, and senior defender Jamie Zeitler who added a goal in the championship game to go along with her tremendous defense.

With only Delagi and Zeitler graduating, and having the NEC Player of the Year (Manzi), the NEC Defender of the Year (Nelson) and the Coach of the Year (Caro) returning the Bobcats are in a position to make another run at the NEC Championship again next year.

Ready for the Ride: Oppenheimer, Benzing help Bobcats advance to Motor City

Ready for the Ride: Oppenheimer, Benzing help Bobcats advance to Motor City
By Sam Friedman
April 27, 2008

HAMDEN — There were plenty of reasons for the Bobcats to leave it all out on the field on Saturday. A chance to make the playoffs after starting the season 6-0. A chance to earn a trip to Detroit for the 2008 Great Western Lacrosse League playoffs. An opportunity to silence the opposing team’s trash talking, as both teams did plenty of that throughout the game.

After a slow start to the game which saw multiple misfired passes, a low shot total (13 combined), and a lot of fatigue for both teams ended with an exciting finish as the Bobcats got a very late extra man goal from freshman Jack Oppenheimer with 1:08 left in regulation on Senior Day to send the Bobcats to Detroit as the number four seed in the conference tournament.

For most of the first quarter it was clear just how much the travelling had taken a toll on the players’ bodies. Bellarmine was at the end of a five game road trip. Quinnipiac had just come back from a four game swing of their own. Both teams traded bad passes yet scored twice in the opening frame. The Knights Shane Anderson scored his first of two goals just three and a half minutes in with a shot that was too low for Benzing to reach. Ted Dimond answered with 8:46 remaining in the first to even the score. Oppenheimer earned his first of two goals in the first, with a low shot of his own past Knights goalie Scott Bowles to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.

After Matt Holland re-tied the game, Todd Kaiser scored his eighth goal of the year two and a half minutes into the second quarter by intercepting a bad pass from Bowles and circling the net and shot it in to give Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead. The game intensity picked up, as both Benzing and Bowles were forced to make quick decisions to keep the score low, and both goalies had the fortune of seeing shots go off the goalposts instead of past them for goals. The score was 3-2 at the half.

In the second half the teams began to play more aggressively. Just as the Knights had killed a 30 second pushing penalty from Hessel on his push from behind on Poerio, Dilan Graham gave the Bobcats another man advantage five seconds after Hessel was released from his infraction. Fortunately for Bellarmine, the Bobcats failed to score on either man advantage.

After Dimond scored his second goal of the game with 9:19 remaining in the third, Andersen got one back for Bellarmine with 2:49 left in the third. The Knights also got a man advantage on a delayed slashing call on Maceranka, but they did not score. The score was 4-3 after three.

Bellarmine’s season and career goals leader Adam Gardner scored two goals 29 seconds apart to give the Knights a 5-4 lead with 8:12 remaining, but Bobcat sophomore Zach Dendas responded on a man up with 5:57 left by firing a quick shot through a screen past Bowles.

Geoff Griffiths of the Knights was sent off for cross-checking with 1:36 left in regulation, and rather than wait for sudden death, Oppenheimer fired a low shot past Bowles throught traffic with 1:08 left to steal the spotlight. The Bobcat’s defense, with some help from Benzing, was able to hold off the Knight’s desperate final attack for the 6-5 win.

“I knew if I got a chance to play I would stick one,” Oppenheimer said of his game-winning tally. “Messina moved it down to me on the wing and I knew I was going to rip it.”

“In the big picture we talked about what our goals were,” coach Eric Fekete said. “we added this playoff, the team’s been ready for it all season, and that’s been our goal all season. If we go to Detroit, we’ve got a shot at the bid. This team’s worked hard, and I’m proud of them.”

Coach Fekete also spoke positively about the seniors who will play at least one more game in a Bobcats uniform.

“It’s a really unique group of seniors. Those guys are athletic and savvy. All these guys in their own unique way chipped into the success of the team. This is a team thing and they’ve done a great job.”

Bellarmine finished 7-7 on the season, 0-5 in conference play, and 1-4 on their road trip. Quinnipiac was 2-3 in conference play and 8-4 on the season. The Bobcats will play Notre Dame at 5 PM in Michigan on Friday, and the Buckeyes will face the Pioneers following the conclusion of the first game. The Championship game and automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Tournament will be on Sunday an noon.

NOTES: Messina had two assists, on both of Oppenheimer’s goals. … Kasier and Poerio had an assist each for the Bobcats. Jamie Floris had the Knight’s only assist on Gardner’s second goal. … A goal in the 4th quarter by Oppenheimer was nullified because he was in the crease when he scored.

Bobcats Play in Rhode Island and Maryland, Get Two Top 15 Finishes

Bobcats Play in Rhode Island and Maryland, Get Two Top 15 Finishes
By Jeremy Schilling
April 27, 2008

HAMDEN — The Quinnipiac University Men’s Golf Team played in two events over the last 2 weeks and came out with two top 15 finishes. They started out April 12-13 at The New England’s where they finished in 10th place, and then the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational where they finished in 13th place.

At The New England’s, where the Bobcats finished 10th, Yale University topped everyone with a team score of 583. The Bobcats shot 641. Quinnipiac was led individually by Charlie Niland who tied for 39th overall with a 36-hole score of 159. Next was Ryan Reynolds with a score of 160. He was followed by Ian O’Connor with a 163, Brady Giroux with a 164, and Jayson Loranger with a 165.

Next, on April 18-19, at the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational, the Bobcats finished 13th with a team score of 919. Longwood University won the team portion with a score 863. Individually for the Bobcats they were led by Jayson Loranger who had a 54-hole score of 227, placing him 28th overall in the individual portion. Next was Ryan Reynolds with a 233, Ian O’Connor with a 235, and Brady Giroux and Charlie Niland who both had 236.

Women’s Lacrosse Advances to the Championship Game

Women’s Lacrosse Advances to the Championship Game
By TJ Buzzeo
April 25, 2008

HAMDEN — Earlier today the Quinnipiac’s women’s lacrosse team beat Mount St. Mary’s 12-11 to advance to the NEC Championship. The slim victory marks the first playoff win for the Bobcats in their NEC history.

The Mount came out red hot to start the game and took an early 7-2 lead in the first half. Then Head Coach Danie Caro called a timeout and got her team’s act together. The Bobcats came out of the timeout and scored the last four goals of the half cutting the deficit to one.

Junior, Midfielder Katelyn Catanese and sophomore, Attack Ashley “AJ” Johnson scored six of the seven goals for Mount St. Mary’s. Catanese put four in the back of the net while Johnson added two.

Junior, Attack Ashley Valentine was able to keep the Bobcats in the game with both of her goals on free position shots.

Mount St. Mary’s came out of the break strong with a goal in the first 33 seconds of the half. That would be the only goal for the Mount for about 15 minutes as Quinnipiac would go on a tear, scoring five unanswered goals to take a 11-8 lead. The three goal lead would not last long as Johnson would pick up her fourth goal of the game followed by a goal by senior, Midfielder Rebecca Douglass, who scored her first goal of the game cutting the lead to one. Quinnipiac would score the 12th and deciding goal when sophomore, Attack Katie Latonick put one in the back of the net.

Douglass added the final goal of the game, but it was all for naught because sophomore, Goalie Hannah Nelson was able to shut out the Mount for the last 2:52 of the game.

Five Bobcats had multiple point games led by Valentine’s hat trick and sophomore, Attack Kelly Bruneau added two goals and an assist. Junior, Midfielder and recently named NEC Player of the Year Tiffany Manzi added a couple of goals. Freshmen, Lauren Matuszczak had a goal an assist in the victory. Senior, attack Katy Delagi and Latonick each added two goals also.

Although Nelson started off slow giving up seven goals in the first 24:26 minutes of the game. After that the 2008 NEC Defensive Player of the Year and only gave up four goals in the last 37:34 of the game and gave her team a chance to comeback and win the game.

Junior, Midfielder Meghan Latonick said, “We had to dig from deep inside ourselves,” when speaking about her team’s comeback.

Head Coach Danie Caro, the 2008 NEC Head Coach of the Year, spoke about her team’s first ever playoff win saying, “It felt good, but it wasn’t the prettiest win.”

In the Bobcats previous five playoff appearances they had lost in the first round each time. This year the Bobcats are the one seed and broke their playoff losing streak, which included a loss to the Mount last year in the first round when the seeds were reversed.

The Bobcats will play the championship game against Sacred Heart, who defeated Monmouth 12-11 later on Friday. The game will take place at 12 p.m. on Sunday at the Turf Complex, and can be heard on the Bobcats Sports Network presented by WQAQ.

Weber tosses a gem, Quinnipiac snaps seven-game skid

Weber tosses a gem, Quinnipiac snaps seven-game skid
By Jamie Palatini
April 24, 2008

HAMDEN — Eric Weber’s 7.1 shut-out innings propelled the Quinnipiac Bobcats to a 3-0 win over Fairfield in Hamden on Thursday. The win was the first of the season for Weber (1-4), who came into the game with a lofty 9.28 ERA. The win ends the Bobcats’ seven-game losing streak, putting their record at 9-25. The loss drops Fairfield to 11-26.

Quinnipiac drew first blood in the 2nd inning. Designated hitter Pete Kummerfeldt lead off the inning with a line drive that bounced off the top of the right center field wall for a double. Joe Poletsky’s single moved Kummerfeldt to third, and right fielder Blake Barone’s RBI groundout gave Quinnipiac the 1-0 lead.

The only other scoring in the game came off the bat of Quinnipiac catcher Bobak Emamian in the seventh inning. With Anes Koummal on first base, Emamian drove a 1-2 pitch from Fairfield starter Rick Piccirillo over the left field wall for his first career home run, making the score 3-0 Bobcats.

But the story of this game was Weber’s command. The senior from New Milford, Conn. scattered seven hits, struck out four and only walked one. He didn’t allow a count to get to three balls on any batter until the seventh inning when he walked Fairfield first baseman Dave Brizzolara. Of his 102 pitches on the day, 76 of them were strikes.

Weber worked out of a few difficult situations as well. In the top of the third inning, he overcame errors from John Delaney, Tyler Turgeon, and Bobak Emamian by striking out Fairfield shortstop Tucker Nathans with runners on the corners to end the inning. Weber was also able to induce two groundball double plays in his 7.1 innings of work.

Veteran Joe Duffy came in for the last 1.2 innings to pick up his second save of the year. Duffy entered in the eighth with runners on first and second with one out, but got second baseman David Dudish to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to thwart Fairfield’s final threat.

The Bobcats will look to build off of this win when they start a four-game series at home on Friday afternoon against LIU. The game will start at 3pm, and can be heard live across the Bobcats Sports Network presented by WQAQ.

Women’s Tennis awaits first-round NCAA opponent

Women’s Tennis awaits first-round NCAA opponent
By Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
April 22, 2008

HAMDEN — After dropping a 7-0 decision in their regular-season finale at Stony Brook, Women’s Tennis Head Coach Mike Quitko said his squad would have to put up a dominating effort in order to clinch a fifth consecutive championship in the Northeast Conference tournament.

The events over the past weekend from the Mercer County Tennis Center in New Jersey prove the top-seeded Bobcats did just that, knocking off Saint Francis (PA), Mount Saint Mary’s, then Long Island University to secure the NEC crown and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

“It feels great, “said Quitko. “The kids played very hard and I’m elated to pull a championship out of this.”

The Bobcats locked up the victory on Sunday when sophomore Mary Wilson defeated LIU’s Selma Babic, 6-4, 6-3, clinching the decisive point in singles action.

Senior star Amanda Petruzzi added to a victorious afternoon for Quinnipiac, and also made some history in the process. She scored a double-winner for the Bobcats and coasted to a straight-set victory in singles action, picking up her 100th and 101st wins of her illustrious career.

“She was a great contributor,” said Quitko of Wilson. “LIU was a tough match, but she and Amanda were great. I thought everyone was instrumental in getting the win.”

The Bobcats didn’t waste much time getting back into the swing of things, as they resumed practice this week in preparation for their first-round opponent in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. Quitko may not know who his team will face in the opener, but knows that whomever they’re matched up against, it’s going to be a daunting task because it will likely be against a top-16 foe from one of the powerhouse conferences.

Quitko, though, says he doesn’t see it as pressure because he likes a good challenge.

“We like to have fun with the selections,” he said. “It’s great for us and great for the school. We love going out and representing our university well.”

The pairings will be announced next Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. on ESPNEWS.