Field Hockey Drops 5-3 Decision To Maine; Taylor, Romano and Allan Score

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The Quinnipiac University field hockey team's come-back bid against the University of Maine fell short as the Bobcats were defeated, 5-3. Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.), Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) and Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) all scored for the Bobcats, who drop to 4-4 on the season. Maine improves to 6-4 for the year.

Taylor's goal give her a team-high four for the season, while Romano's goal is the first of her career. Allan's tally is the first of the season for the sophomore forward who was third on the roster in 2011 in goals and points. 

Maine jumped out to an early lead by the first two of Annabelle Hamilton's three goals for the Black Bears inside the game's first 18 minutes. Zoe Berkey scored at the 5:01 mark when she collected her own rebound and converted on the attempt to give Maine a 1-0 lead. Hamilton scored twice, with both goals coming withing two minutes of each other. 

Trailing 3-0, Taylor put Quinnipiac on the board when she received a pass from Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) off a corner and put a blast on goal that beat Maine's Alicia Frisch to pull Quinnipiac within two goals. Becca Paradee scored for Maine as the first half expired to send Maine into the intermission with a three-goal lead, 4-1. 

In the second half, Allan found her way into the scoring column for the first time this season. Allan had a great freshman campaign, highlighted by eight goals and 20 points in her first season of collegiate field hockey. This season, Allan missed the team's two exhibition games and their first four regular season games in returning from an injury.

After Allan's goal pulled the Bobcats within two goals, 4-2, Hamilton scored her third goal of the game to increase Maine's lead to 5-2. Less than two minutes later, it was Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) firing the ball on the Black Bears' cage where Romano was waiting for the tip-in for her first career goal. The assist was Zimniski's team-leading four helper of the year.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 23 when it hosts American University at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.

Contact: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)