Field Hockey Blanks Siena, 3-0, For First NEC Win
"Anytime you can get a conference win is a plus," head coach Becca Kohli said. "It was a combined, team effort, and I hope that we can build off of this moving through conference play."
Grady put the Bobcats on the board first with a goal just under eight minutes into the first half. After Quinnipiac was awarded a penalty corner, Kimberly Cunniff blasted a shot on goal from the top of the zone. The shot, stopped by Saints goalkeeper Renee Clavette, was collected by Grady and deflected in for her first goal of the season.
"That was a big win for us," Grady said. "It was a great team effort and I hope that we can build off of that moving into this next weekend, which features two big games. We did a great job as a team, and it's exciting when we are playing well."
The Bobcats tacked on another goal before the end of the first frame, with Grady hooking up with Liptak out in front of the Siena goal. Liptak banged home her second goal of the year, high over Clavette, to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
Liptak then picked up the helper on Quinnipiac's third and final goal of the game. At the 41:10 mark, Liptak fed Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) who beat the Siena defense on a breakaway. Shea deked the goalie and sent home her second goal of the season to give Quinnipiac the 3-0 lead.
"We did a great job of keeping the ball in the attack zone," Kohli said. "Our offense has been struggling and we made a great team effort to improve on that. Playing on a different surface at Siena was another challenge, but we did a good job of adapting."
Senior Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) and junior Amanda DeLouise (Cheshire, Conn.) combined for the shutout in net. Grossman stopped all five shots on goal that she saw for the afternoon in 62 in net. DeLouise played the remaining eight minutes, without a shot on goal.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Oct. 9 when they host intrastate rival Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference game at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex at 4 p.m. They will then travel to Lawrenceville, N.J. to face Rider University on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 12 p.m.