The Quinnipiac field hockey team defeated Towson, 3-1, in its 2012 home opener at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. Junior Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) once-again paced the Bobcats' offense, factoring into all three Quinnipiac goals. Quinnipiac opens the season at 2-0 for the first time in the program's Division I history.
The only other season in which Quinnipiac opened the year at 2-0 was 1997 as members of the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference.
The best start in program history is due in large part to the increased offensive production from Taylor. She followed her first career goal against Holy Cross on Friday, Aug. 24 with a one-goal, two-assist outing against the Tigers. Taylor scored the game's first goal just over two minutes into the game when she unleashed a blast from the top of the circle on a penalty corner. Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) pushed the ball out to inserter Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) as the duo were credited with assists.
In the 24th minute, it was Taylor hooking up with ffirst-year Bobcat Meghan McCullough (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) for the freshman's first career goal. The goal, also off a corner, came after Taylor took a pass from Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) before firing the ball across the Tigers' scoring zone to McCullough on the opposite post. After McCullough received the ball, she had a clear lane to Towson keeper Tashani Dixon. McCullough's shot whipped past the outstretched leg of Dixon to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead heading into the half.
Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) stopped six of seven shots on goal for her second win of the season, and 19th all-time. Towson's goal in the second half came off a re-direct off the stick of Kasie Nurko. Janine Kovach, above the scoring arc, sent the ball through traffic and well-wide of the cage. Nurko stepped in between two Quinnipiac defenders and tipped the ball on goal and just past Lewis' right kicker to make the score 2-1.
Less than four minutes later, Kristin Engelke (Dallas, Pa.) found her way into the scoring column with her first goal of the season. Taylor fed the junior forward, who dribbled past a Towson defender and flipped a shot past Dixon to push Quinnipiac's lead back to two goals.
The Bobcats are back in action on Friday, Aug. 31 when they host nationally-ranked No. 17 Boston College at 3:30 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex.