Women’s Lacrosse wins share of NEC regular season crown

Women’s Lacrosse wins share of NEC regular season crown
By TJ Buzzeo
April 16, 2008

HAMDEN — Going back to the end of March Quinnipiac’s Women’s Lacrosse team has not lost a game. Now going into its last game of the regular season it is on a seven game winning streak.

On Friday April 4, the Bobcats were going for their third consecutive win as they took on Robert Morris. The Colonials were looking up at the Bobcats early and often in the game as Quinnipiac took a 3-0 lead within the first five minutes of action. The first half was all Quinnipiac all the time as they took a commanding 9-2 lead into the locker room.

The second half was much like the first. The Bobcats stayed in control all half and outscored the Colonials by seven goals again. Each team would score one less goal as Quinnipiac won the second half 8-1, and the game 17-3.

12 Bobcat players scored points and six had multi-point games. Sophomore attack Kelly Bruneau accumulated six points with five goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Tiffany Manzi, and Freshman midfielder Lauren Matuszcak also added 3 points with two goals and one assist each.

Sophomore goaltender Hannah Nelson played tremendously in the net for Quinnipiac. Nelson made 12 saves while only allowing three goals as she picked up her fifth win of the year, extending her 10 plus saves a game streak to six. She also added five groundballs in the game.

St. Francis (PA) would visit the Bobcats on Sunday April 6, and would be sent home very disappointed. The Bobcats kept rolling and kept St. Francis (PA) winless on the year with a 19-3 drubbing.

In the first half Quinnipiac dominated opening up with a 16-1 lead. The first goal of the game for St. Francis did not come until there was only 30 seconds remaining in the first half. The second half was much closer, but still in favor of the Bobcats 3-2.

16 different Bobcats scored points and eight put up multiple points. Senior attack Katy Delagi led the way for Quinnipiac with four points, putting up three goals and one assist. Manzi also had another very good game with two goals and an assist. Freshman attack Christine Sinnigen also added her first goal at the college level.

Central Connecticut State visited Hamden on Wednesday April 9 and the Bobcats were not very good hosts as they sent Central home with a 17-4 loss. The Bobcats made their gusts feel unwelcome right away as they took a commanding 11-1 lead into the locker room and did not allow the Blue Devils to score from the 26:47 mark in the first half until the 20:53 mark in the second. The second half was not as one sided as the Bobcats only outscored Central Connecticut by three goals.

The Bobcats again had over eleven people scoring points with 11 and out of those 9 scored more than one point. Leading the way for Quinnipiac were Manzi and Matuszcak who each had four points. Manzi had three goals and assist, while Matuszcak had one goal and three assist.

Nelson only made five saves while letting three goals go through on route to her seventh win of the season, as the team improved its record to 7-4.

After three straight home games the Bobcats went on the road to keep their winning streak alive when they went to nearby Sacred Heart on Friday April 11. More than just the Bobcats win streak was on the line however, as both teams were also battling for first place in the NEC.

The Bobcats would not roll to an easy victory like they had in their past four wins, as the Pioneers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Quinnipiac battled back in the first half to make it 6-4 as the intermission horn sounded.

The second half was another battle for both teams, but this time Quinnipiac would strike first. The Bobcats scored the first four goals of the half to take a two goal advantage. The lead did not last long as Sacred Heart came back to force a tie at nine with 8:53 left in the game. With 4:37 remaining Matuszcak would score the final goal of the game giving the Bobcats a 10-9 advantage as the game ended.

Manzi and Bruneau were the leaders for Quinnipiac each collecting 3 points. Manzi had the hat-trick with three goals while Bruneau added one goal and two assist. Nelson also played another great game in goal for the Bobcats as she ended her two game skid and made ten saves.

In an attempt to make it seven consecutive wins and win at least a share of the NEC regular season title Quinnipiac would need to be victorious over Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md. After a very close game against Sacred Heart, the Bobcats wanted to get back to winning comfortably and that is just what they did.

The team jumped out to a 7-2 lead after playing one half and was able to keep The Mount at bay in the second outscoring The Mount 5-2. The comeback seemed like a possibility at the beginning of the second half as Mount St. Mary’s scored two goals quickly to narrow the lead to three. However, the Bobcats buckled down and shut out The Mount the rest of the way while putting up five goals of their own as they picked up their seventh win in a row.

Bruneau and Manzi headed the victory yet again for Quinnipiac each with four points apiece. Bruneau had two goals and two assists, while Manzi got all four of hers by putting the ball in the back of the net.

Nelson had another strong performance stopping nine shots while only allowing four goals and added four groundballs as well.

With the win the Bobcats clinched at least a share of the regular season NEC title as their conference record went to 7-1. The team still has one more out of conference game when Colgate visits Hamden on Sunday April 20 before the beginning of the NEC playoffs.

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