Monthly Archives: October 2009

Bobcats open ECAC play with 3-0 win over Union

by Brian Farrell

Tonight the Bobcats began their 2009-2010 ECAC conference schedule with a 3-0 shutout over rival Union. Freshman Victoria Vigilanti recorded the win for the Bobcats tonight with just five saves, while Union’s freshman Alana Marcinko had 26 saves in the loss. Last season the Quinnipiac finished in second to last place in the division while Union finished in last place. This was a big game for the Bobcats, as they are still looking to prove themselves after a tough weekend sweep last weekend at the hands of Niagara.

 

Quinnipiac was first on the board this evening. Junior Kelley Davies took the feed from  defenders Jordan Elkins and Bethany Dymarczyk to give the Bobcats a lead that they would never give up. Kelley Davies moved in on Union’s Alana Marcinko practically untouched as she sent the puck low blocker side to give the Bobcats the 1-0 lead. This season, Quinnipiac has had little trouble scoring goals in the first period as they have nine goals on the season in the first period, but the Bobcats have scored just nine goals in the second and third period combined. On a similar note, Quinnipiac has done a nice job giving up just one goal in that first period, but once again with disappointing second and third periods as Quinnipiac has given up ten goals in those two periods.

 

After a dominating first period, in which Union was outshot 13-2 and in which the Bobcats seemed to completely control the puck, Quinnipiac continued their dominance of the Dutchwomen. Just 8:23 into that second period, senior captain Kallie Flor pocketed her first goal of the season as she took a pass from her senior line mate Janine Duffy who recorded her first assist. On a three-on-two, Quinnipiac had Kate Wheeler, Janine Duffy, and Kallie Flor streaking in on Marcinko. On the initial shot, Flor stayed back in the slot and waited for Duffy to take the rebound who fed it to Flor for her first goal of the season and for the 2-0 lead.

 

But Flor was not done on the night. This time the Bobcats were shorthanded as she took another pass from Duffy to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead at the 14:38 mark of the second period. During the entire penalty kill Quinnipiac was putting constant pressure on Union and eventually it proved to be too much, as Flor stuffed home her second goal on the evening. Off the faceoff, Duffy gained possession and sent her second assist to Flor who tried to wrist one home on Marcinko. Flor’s first attempt was blocked by Marcinko, but Flor took the rebound and sent it over the left pad of the Union goaltender. After the game Kallie Flor spoke to what it feels like to get those two goals out of the way. “Hopefully the goals will start to come a little bit more often now, especially if our line keeps flying like it was tonight,” Flor said.

 

At the end of the second period Coach Rick Seeley opted to change goaltenders and replaced Victoria Vigilanti, who recorded five saves in her two periods, with Amanda Nagel, who recorded four saves in her one period of play. QU’s goaltenders didn’t have too much action tonight as the defense continues to improve.  After the game Coach Seeley talked a little about this improvement. “I thought our defense did a much better job stepping up in the third period and not allowing them to attack our zone with speed,” Seeley said.

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Women’s Hockey Today

After beating Union last night, the Bobcats Women’s Hockey team will take on the RPI Engineers at 4:00 p.m.  You can hear that game on the WQAQ Hockey stream, with Corey Hersch and Jeremy Schilling on the call.

WQAQ Athlete of the Week: Rachel Cantor

By Tom Butto

This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week honor goes to Quinnipiac University women’s tennis freshman Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.)

Cantor has continued her impressive freshman campaign by earning Northeast Conference Women’s Tennis

rachel cantor

Freshman Women's Tennis Player Rachel Cantor

Rookie of the Week for the fourth time in seven weeks. This week marks the second straight week she has won the award.

In her last tournament, the ITA Northeast Regional Championships, she advanced to the Round of 64 before falling to

Brown University’s Bianca Aboubakare, the fourth seeded player in the tournament.

For the fall, Cantor finished with a 12-5 record, including a 7-2 singles mark.

Bobcats in action all day today

We bring to you two games to  be broadcast on the Bobcats Sports Network presented by WQAQ today.  First, at 3:00 p.m., catch Men’s Soccer against Long Island University.  That game can be heard on the soccer stream, with Corey Hersch and Kyle Brennan on the call.  Later tonight, at 7:00 p.m., Women’s Hockey will be taking on the Niagra Purple Eagles.  Jamie Palatini and Brian Farrell will bring you all the action on the hockey stream.

Bobcats stay in playoff hunt with 4-2 win

By Robin Schuppert

HAMDEN –  Unceasing rain flooded the Bobcats soccer field on Sunday afternoon, and by the end, it was the closest thing to having a pool at Quinnipiac.

Freshman Jillian Strassner scored once and had two assists to help lead the Quinnipiac women’s soccer team past Wagner College 4-2.  The win moves the Bobcats to third place in the Northeast Conference, where the top four teams make it to the NEC tournament.

“This has been a tremendous week for us,” said Bobcats head coach Dave Clarke. “We were 1-9-2 in the last three years [in this conference week] and now we picked up three wins and a draw out of this week, so we picked up 10 points out of 12 where we previously picked up five out of 36. So we put ourselves in the driving seat to be where we want to be for the next month.”

Jillian Strassner scored her fourth goal of the season in the 19th minute off a corner from Sophomore Fortuna Velaj. Strassner was in a pack of players just outside the 6-yard box and jumped the highest to head the ball into the top right corner of the goal. Velaj was credited with her sixth assist on the season.

Eight minutes before halftime the Bobcats doubled their lead. Strassner collected her first assist of the season when she stole the ball from a Wagner defender and dropped it off to a wide open Shauna Edwards. The freshman Edwards, just inside the 18-yard box, shot a low ball that went off the goalie Jen Emigholz’s hands and rolled into the lower left corner of the goal. Edwards picked up her second goal of the season.

The Bobcats kept their foot on the pedal in the second half and scored a goal just five minutes into the half. This time Strassner charged down the left side of the field and crossed a ball into the middle of the box. Senior Amber Sidoti just had to tap the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the season. It was Strassner’s second assist of the game.

In the 61st minute the Seahawks got some help from the weather to cut the deficit to 3-1. Monica Zurich sent a harmless looking ball up field just out of the reach of Briana Vassallo. The Bobcats goalie Elizabeth Cook kneeled down to collect the ball, but had it slip out of her hands. Vassallo was the first to recover and pushed the ball into the lower left corner of the goal.

13 minutes later Vassallo connected for her second goal of the game to cut the Bobcats lead to one. This time Julie Vigliotti sent a ball from midfield down the left side to a charging Vassallo. The junior forward ran inside the box and drilled the ball into the top left corner to beat Cook.

The Bobcats didn’t seem shocked and scored the final goal a minute later in the 75th minute. Fortuna Velaj curved a nice cross from the right side into the box that was originally caught by Wagner’s goalie. Emigholz couldn’t hold on to the wet ball and it dropped right in front of the feet of senior Lindsay Oliveri. Oliveri kicked the ball into the bottom left corner for the 4-2 final. It was her first career goal, and Velaj picked up her team leading seventh assist.

The Bobcats had a season high 29 shots and won for the fourth time in their last five games. They improve to 5-5-1 overall, and 4-1-1 in the NEC.

Wagner registered 9 shots in the loss and drops to 1-12-2 overall and 0-6-1 in the NEC.

Elizabeth Cook recorded 3 saves and improved to 4-0-1 since winning the starting job for the Bobcats.

“I knew she had potential. It was more of a tactical change in terms of bringing her in ahead of Kendra [Margulies], who had done well. It was because of the games against Sacred Heart on turf that Biz placed a little bit higher. It’s worked out well,” said Clarke.

On the other side, Jen Emigholz recorded 11 saves in a losing effort.

The Bobcats now have 13 points in the NEC, three points behind Monmouth and Central Connecticut State University for first place.

Next weekend the Bobcats will go on road for their final two road games of the regular season. They will take on Mount St. Mary’s on Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, October 25 they will take on Monmouth at 1 p.m.

Cadieux, Zurevinski save Bobcats in ugly OT win

By Jamie Palatini

HAMDEN – Last weekend, the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team shocked the nation with two convincing road victories against then 17th ranked Ohio State University.

This weekend, the Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey team shocked the home crowd with their lackluster, uninspired performance.

Scott Zurevinski’s goal 29 seconds into overtime saved the Bobcats from any further embarrassment, giving Quinnipiac the 3-2 win over the Bentley Falcons in Quinnipiac’s home opener at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden. Quinnipiac improves to 3-0-0 with the win, while Bentley drops to 0-2-0. Quinnipiac came into the game as the clear favorite, but played as if it were the underdog.

“I thought our energy was terrible tonight, and I thought Bentley was the better team tonight,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. “We got outworked in all three zones all night…we stole a win tonight.”

Things started out well enough for the Bobcats, who got the scoring started early in the first period. Three minutes into play, freshman Reese Rolheiser’s shot from the right point deflected off of a Bentley stick and snuck over the left shoulder of Bentley goaltender Kyle Rank. It was the Edmonton, Alberta native’s first career goal and it gave the home team the early 1-0 advantage.

Bentley was able to counter just four minutes and 30 seconds later. Following a faceoff in the Quinnipiac zone, the Falcons peppered Quinnipiac goaltender Mathieu Cadieux with shots until a rebound came to forward Jamie Nudy. Cadieux was off to the far side of the crease after making a few saves, and Nudy put the rebound into the relatively open net to even the score at one.

Cadieux finished with 25 saves in his first career start to earn the victory. The freshman allowed two goals, but made some key saves down the stretch in order to keep the Bobcats in the game.

“He played well,” Pecknold said. “We didn’t play well in front of him, that’s for sure. Our freshmen D were playing like freshmen D, and our vets weren’t really good either. He did a nice job, he battled for us today and that’s a good win.”

Brandon Wong gave the Bobcats a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Freshman D’Arcy Oakes put a shot on net which was initially saved by Rank, but Wong kept jamming away at the loose puck in the crease before sliding it past the Falcons’ goaltender to put Quinnipiac up by one.

Early on in the second period, the Falcons drew even again. After a turnover along the boards in the Bobcats’ zone, Bentley had a two-on-one and took advantage. Dan Koudys collected the puck and slipped a pass to Kane Osmars, who slid the puck to right of Cadieux to tie the game at two.

The score remained that way through the rest of the second period and the third period before Zurevinski’s OT game-winner. Quinnipiac outshot Bentley 16-9 in the final stanza, but it was the Falcons who controlled the play for the most part. The Bobcats struggled bringing the puck out of their own zone all game long, and had numerous turnovers in the neutral zone. Pecknold attributed the team’s struggles to his young players showing their youth.

“You’ve got a ton of freshmen here and they were struggling,” Pecknold said. “Sloppy…we have a certain breakout to work, and they weren’t working it. It all comes from poor mental preparation. We weren’t ready to play the game, and we were in scramble mode all night”

The Bobcats will look to bounce back this upcoming weekend when they head to Moon Township, Penn. to take on Robert Morris for a two-game series. The first game of that series is scheduled for 7 PM on Friday night, with Bill Schweizer and Ken Sweeten providing the call on 1220 WQUN-AM and wqun.com.

Two Games on WQAQ Sports Stream Simultaneously

Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey are both in action today at noon.  Women’s Soccer can be heard on the soccer stream, with Marc Schwartz and John Muzzy on the call.  The Field Hockey game will be on the field hockey stream, with Andrew Gau and Tom Butto calling all the action.