Women's Lax Opens MAAC Play with Trip to Quinnipiac
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Jaspers will open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play with a trip to Connecticut to duel the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday. The opening draw is set for 1 p.m.
The game marks the fifth-ever meeting between the two schools and first since 2007. It also stands as the first time the teams will meet in MAAC play, as Quinnipiac joined the conference prior to the 2013-14 academic year.
The Jasper enter the contest at 2-6 on the year, including two separate one-goal overtime losses. Quinnipiac has yet to earn a victory in 2014.
Sophomore Megan Yarusso leads Manhattan in goals (12) and points with 14. Five Jaspers have reached double figures in scoring to this point. Yarusso, juniors Donna Jo DiNorcia and Domenica O'Brey, sophomore Stefanie Ranagan and senior Kelsey Rehain have all reached the 10-point plateau.
Defensively, juniors Caitlin Hynes and Alex Rousseau have led the push, combining to cause 15 turnovers and collect 21 ground balls. Junior starting goalkeeper Christina Fiorinelli leads the club with 21 ground balls. Senior Clare Kerrisk has contributed both offensively and defensively. Kerrisk has scored four points, corralled 12 ground balls and caused five turnovers.
For Quinnipiac, Kyra Ochwat leads the team in scoring by a wide margin. Ochwat has netted 17 goals and six assists this spring. Michaela Tinsley ranks second on the team in points with nine (8G, 1A). Phoebe Laplante leads the team in ground balls (12) and draw controls (14). Emily Samuelman and Kelsey Maroney share the team lead in caused turnovers with 10 apiece.
After Saturday, Manhattan will next play at home on Wednesday, April 2, when they host Siena in a MAAC contest. The opening draw is set for 3 p.m. at Gaelic Park.