September 23, 2012

Field Hockey Tops American, 3-2; Engelke, Allan and Rusin Score

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HAMDEN, Conn. –The Quinnipiac field hockey team held on for a 3-2 win against American at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac led 3-1 after the first half, and after giving up a second half goal, turned back a pair of corner attempts to hold on for the win. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 5-4 on the season while American drops to 3-6 on the year.

Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored her 19th career goal for the Bobcats, leaving her one shy of becoming the 10th player in program history to hit the 20-goal mark for her career. Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) put the Bobcats on the board just eight minutes into the game when Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) picked up a rebound in front of the Eagles' goal and dropped a pass off to Engelke. Engelke one-timed the ball past American's Ashley Dalisera to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.

After American's Shelly Montgomery tied the game at 1-1, Quinnipiac rattled off two more goals before the end of the first half to send the Bobcats' into the intermission with a two-goal lead, 3-1. Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) scored in her second straight game when she took control of the ball on the right flank and blitzed past the Eagles' defense. Allan crossed over into the circle and fired a shot on goal that found the opposite corner to give Quinnipiac a lead.

With just under two minutes to play in the half, freshman Emilie Vandeputte (Boechout, Belgium) took a pass from Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) and sent it on goal. Rusin, sitting on the opposite post stuck her stick out and popped the ball over the head of Dalisera to give the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.

Keelin Winslow added a goal for American at the 61:59 mark when she redirected a shot by Gina Hofmann, sliding the ball behind Quinnipiac's Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) to trim the Bobcats' lead in half.

Lewis stopped five shots for the day, including a pair of shots off corners by American with no time on the clock in regulation. Lewis smothered a shot by Julie Fosseprez before kicking away a shot by Shelly Montgomery on a blast off a corner to preserve the Bobcats lead and hold on for the win.

The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 26 when they host Brown in a non-conference match-up set for a 4 p.m. start at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex.

Contact: Ken Sweeten (kfsweeten@quinnipiac.edu)