Cunniff, Marini 's First Career Goals Lift Field Hockey To 3-1 Win Against Holy CrossHAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore Liz Marini (Canton, Mass.) scored twice to lift the Quinnipiac University field hockey team to its first win of the season, 3-1, against Holy Cross. The two goals were the first of her career as Quinnipiac improves to 1-5 overall. Holy Cross drops to 1-7 on the season. Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) also scored her first career goal in the game.
"It's good to get that first win," head coach Becca Kohli said. "Good to get that monkey off our backs. We've had some bad losses, and some good losses. We played well offensively today, and when that happens you really seeing us moving together as a team. Our defense is brand new - we just installed it - so there is some need for improvement there."
Quinnipiac jumped on the board at the 15:55 mark after they were awarded a penalty stroke. Tina Watkins (Sweet Valley, Pa.) took the corner and passed to Cassie Adams (Shushan, N.Y.), who received the ball at the top of the Holy Cross zone. Adams held the ball for Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) who converted on her first career goal.
Marini's first two goals of her career came inside the last 15 minutes of the first half. Marini's two goals were the most for a Bobcat player since Oct. 19, 2008 when Kaitlyn Notarianni scored three goals against Siena.
On her first goal, Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) picked up the ball in front of the cage, and dished to Marini at the right of the net. Marini poked it past Holy Cross' Kelly Casey to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. Her second goal was almost identical to the first, only it came from MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.).
"I'm happy we got our first win," Marini said. "We played well as a team, and you can tell that we really wanted it. Our forwards played great, we knew were each other were the entire game."
For Holy Cross, Nora Happny scored at the 56:16 mark in the second half to make the score 3-1. Jenna Grossman turned in her third consecutive double-digit save performance, and fourth of the season. She stopped all five Holy Cross shots on goal in the first half, and six of seven in the second to finish with 11 for the game.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 27 when they host the University of Massachusetts at 2 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn.