October 7, 2011

Cunniff Scores Game-Winner In Overtime As Field Hockey Downs Robert Morris, 2-1, For NEC Win

Quinnipiac senior captain Kimberly Cunniff's (Walpole, Mass.) goal exactly three minutes into overtime gave the Quinnipiac field hockey team a 2-1 win against Robert Morris in a Northeast Conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac improves to 7-5 overall and 1-0 in the Northeast Conference while Robert Morris goes to 6-8 overall and 0-1 in NEC play. 

Cunniff's ninth goal of the year once-again came off a corner, with assists going to Ashley Gradwell (Fogelsville, Pa.) and McCreedy. McCreedy's ninth assist of the season is a personal-best and the fifth most in a single season in Quinnipiac history. She now sits at 22 career saves, just two behind Quinnipiac Hall of Famer Courtney Ryan '03 for the most in Quinnipiac history. 

Cunniff's nine goals are the most at Quinnipiac since 2007 while she also becomes the eighth player in Quinnipiac history to score 20 goals in her career. The last Quinnipiac player to reach the 20-goal mark was Danielle Avenoso '06.  

McCreedy also scored her first goal of the year early in the first period. Off a broken corner play, McCreedy put one shot on goal, and then collected her rebound off a save by Robert Morris' Erin McKenzie and slipped the ball past the Colonials' goalkeeper to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. 

Just before the end of the first half, Jamie Hartley scored her fifth goal of the year when she blasted a shot on Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) on goal. Lewis dove at the ball and made a stick-save, but the rotation on the ball spun it past Lewis' stick and enabled it to trickle into the goal. 

After both teams played through a scoreless second half, Cunniff's blast from the top of the circle beat Robert Morris' McKenzie to the lower left corner of the goal to give the Bobcats' the win. 

Quinnipiac is back in action on Sunday, Oct. 9 when it hosts Saint Francis (Pa.) in a Northeast Conference game set for a 12 p.m. start. The game is the Bobcats' annual "Play For The Cure" game to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.