Field Hockey Defeats Holy Cross, 6-2, In Season Opener

HAMDEN, Conn. – Freshman Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) became the first player in Quinnipiac's Division I history to score twice in her first career game as the Quinnipiac field hockey team defeated Holy Cross, 6-2, in its 2011 season opener at the QU Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. Allan also factored into a third goal with an assist, giving her five points and the most a Quinnipiac player has scored in their first collegiate debut. The Bobcats' six goals are the most they have scored in a season-opener in Division I history and the most scored against a Division I opponent in program history.

Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summitt, Pa.) put the Bobcats on the board with her first goal of the season, and 14th of her career – the most goals scored by an active player. It also gives Notarianni her 31st point of her career, moving her into 14th place all-time at Quinnipiac. Allan picked up the assist on the play for her first career point. With the Bobcats playing at 12 p.m., Notarianni's goal at 12:14 p.m. was the first goal of the 2011 NCAA Division I Field Hockey season.

Allan gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead when she picked up a rebound off a save by Holy Cross goalkeeper Kat Matchett and punched it under the goalies pads for her first career marker. After Holy Cross' Jamie Caniglia scored off a corner to cut the Bobcats' lead in half, Allan scored again to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead heading into halftime.

Holy Cross opened the second half with a goal less than six minutes into the second frame on a goal from Jillian Caffrey to pull within a goal, 3-2. Three different Bobcats scored down the stretch to give Quinnipiac the four-goal victory. Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.Y.), Maria Malonoski (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Kacie McCreesh (Perkaski, Pa.) all scored for Quinnipiac, while Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.), Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) and Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) all had assists. McCreedy's assist was her 22nd of her career, leaving her one shy of Denice Horsefield '00 for second place all-time and two shy of Courtney Ryan '03 for the program record.

Quinnipiac's game against Lehigh, originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 28 and re-scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, has been postponed until Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. Bobcat fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for up-to-the-minute schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. 

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Contact: Ken Sweeten @ kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu