MERION STATION, Pa. - Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.), Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) and Ashleigh Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) all scored as the Quinnipiac field hockey team blanked St. Joseph's, 3-0. The Bobcats improve to 4-2 with the win while St. Joseph's drops to 1-4 on the season.
Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, Pa.) stopped both of St. Joseph's shots on goal for her second shutout of the year and fifth of her career.
"I thought we did a very thorough job of scouting them," head coach Becca Main said. "But I also think we did well with not only what we knew, but also adapting to the changes that they made. When you're playing well, and force others to play your game, that's a great compliment. We did a great job of adjusting to the changes they made on the field and were successful."
Taylor gave Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute of play with her team-leading fourth goal of the season. After the Bobcats were awarded a corner, Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) pushed the ball to the top of the circle to Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.). The ball was played over to Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) who sent a pass to Taylor. Taylor's blast staked Quinnipiac to a one-goal lead as Allan, who returned from an early-season injury, picked up her first point of the year.
"We used eight subs today, which from a total team-win standpoint is substantial," Main said. "It says a lot about our conditioning and the commitment that this team has – to be able to run as many players out as we did is a great feeling."
Midway through the second half Engelke put a shot on goal that was stopped by St. Joseph's goaltender Kate Mitchell. Engelke followed her shot, maneuvering through traffic in front of the Hawks' cage to pick up the loose ball and deposit her second goal of the season to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
Allen scored her first collegiate goal with nine minutes to play in the game. With the Bobcats awarded another corner, Romano connected with Zimniski who fed the freshman midfielder across the circle for her first career marker as the Bobcats took a 3-0 lead.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it hosts Lafayette on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex. Live statistics and live audio, provided by QBSN, can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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