Bobcats look to Continue their Success into Postseason Play

Brandon Murdock

As things currently stand, the Quinnipiac Bobcats are tied for first in the MAAC with the Fairfield Stags. An earlier 3-2 regular season win for the Bobcats gave them the tiebreaker.

Their current position in the standings, however, is not the only reason for them to have confidence as the regular season winds down.

Quinnipiac has one of the best offenses in the conference, which is led by junior forwards Rebecca Cooke (19 goals and five assists for 43 points) and Courtney Chochol (five goals and 12 assists for 22 points) 

Cookes stats have been good enough to make her the top goal-scorer in the country.

The Bobcats, however, are a lot deeper than their two offensive stars. The play from Paige Laberge, Ella Gagno, and Emely Van Der Vliet has allowed for this offense to be so potent. 

Although many people look to their offense as a big reason for their success, their defense has been strong as well this season.

Experience has been the key as the back line is led by graduate students Lauren Triglione and Emily Denunzio, as well as senior Kayla Mingachos. 

The glue that keeps it together would be the strong play in the midfield, as the likes of Olivia Scott and Markela Bejleri have set the tone for this squad.

The play from junior goalkeeper Sofia Lospinoso has been outstanding and she has also played a key role in the Bobcats being dominant in possession as she is calm with the ball at her feet and plays with loads of composure.

A team that has played in a lot of lopsided games this season has given head coach Dave Clarke and his team a chance to see just the kind of depth this team has, and it has been impressive, especially the play from underclassmen such as Molly Andrews, Morgan Cupo, and Madison Mandleur who has been a typical starter.

This is a team that will look to play with a lot of tempo and will try to force turnovers every chance they get to try to get on the counterattack, which they have been so good at finishing this season.

The motivation to get that number one seed looks more enticing than ever, as the Bobcats are yet to lose on their home turf and if they can get home-field advantage for the playoffs, could spark a deep playoff run.

The Bobcats will look to finish their regular season strong with a matchup against Mount St. Marys and then will begin the MAAC playoffs on Nov. 3.