September 16, 2012

Field Hockey Defeated By Lafayette, 4-2; Taylor, Rusin Score

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The Quinnipiac field hockey team lost to Lafayette, 4-2, in a non-conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 4-3 on the season while Lafayette improves to 5-2. 

Quinnipiac jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) and Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) in the first 11 minutes of the game. Taylor's goal came off a corner just under two minutes into the game when Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) sent a pass from the top of the circle to Rusin. Rusin evaded one defender and dumped a pass to Taylor who blasted a shot from the left of the Lafayette goal to the opposite post to put Quinnipiac on the board. Zimniski picked up her team-leading third assist of the season, while Rusin was also credited with a helper as part of her three-point day. 

In the 11th minute, a ball bounced through traffic to Rusin's stick, who then deposited her fourth goal of the season to near-side post to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. 

Lafayette then scored four unanswered goal en route to the two-goal victory. Emily Valeo scored her team's first goal at the 26:07 mark of the first half to cut Quinnipiac's lead in half heading into the intermission. Coming out of halftime, Lafayette strung together three straight goals over the final 35 minutes as Kelsey Mead, Hanna Sotiropoulos and Deanna DiCroce all scored for Lafayette. 

In goal, Quinnipiac sophomore Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) saw 11 shots on goal, stopping seven of Lafayette's in her first game action of her career. Lafayette's Jessica Deutsch improved to 5-1 on the season despite not recording a save. 

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Sept. 21 when it takes on the University of Maine in Orono, Me. Quinnipiac returns home on Sunday, Sept. 23 when it hosts American at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.

Contact: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)