CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) had a goal and an assist as the Quinnipiac field hockey team defeated Harvard, 2-1, in a non-conference match-up at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass. With the win, Quinnipiac wins its third straight to improve to 7-4 the season, giving the Bobcats their most non-conference wins in a single-season in program history. Quinnipiac previously won six non-conference games in 2011 and 2003. Quinnipiac's 7-4 record matches its best record through the team's first 11 games since the 2005 season.
"We were looking to come into our game against Harvard and come away with the win for our most successful non-conference start in program history," head coach Becca Main said. "It is very encouraging to accomplish that as we head into our Northeast Conference schedule."
Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) becomes the fifth player this season to score her first career goal, while Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) also scored. Rusin added an assist on Danziger's goal while freshman Emilie Vandeputte (Boechout, Belgium) also picked up a helper. Rusin's goal is also her 20th for her career, making her the 10th player in program history to hit the 20-goal mark. Goalkeeper Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) stopped six of Harvard's seven shots on goal for the victory.
"Havard was very good. They were very tough," Main said. "They showed a lot of intensity, but what I saw was our young players stepping up and adapting on the fly. We have this confidence to force teams to play our game, and when they adjust we are creative enough to adapt quickly. When your young players are on the same page with your veterans, great things happen."
Colucci's first career goal came off a rebound on a shot by Danziger, just under 10 minutes into the game. After the Bobcats were awarded a corner, Harvard keeper Cynthia Tassopoulos stopped a pair of shots on goal by Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) and Danziger. Colucci was waiting on the door step to clean up the loose ball and convert for her first career goal.
"We did really well today," Colucci said. "Harvard kept coming back at us. They were coming back hard, but we played our game and came away with a really nice win. I'm pretty excited to score my first career goal. My teammates had my back and there's nothing better."
Harvard's Elizabeth Jacobson scored in the 13th minute to tie the game on a pass from Bridget McGillivray. Danziger deposited her first goal of the season at the 18:41 mark on an assist from Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.). With the Bobcats awarded another penalty scorer, Allan, the inserter, found stick-stop Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) at the top of the circle. Zimniski moved the ball to Rusin who found an open Danziger for the shot from the top right of the circle. Danziger's goal broke the 1-1 tie and gave the Bobcats the lead for good.
Late in the second half, Rusin found herself in the right spot for her sixth goal of the year. Freshman Emilie Vandeputte (Boechout, Belgium) fired a shot on goal that Rusin was able to get a stick on and tip past Tassopoulos to give Quinnipiac a 3-1 lead.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 7 when it travels to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart in its first Northeast Conference action of the season. The Bobcats host a pair of NEC foes on the ensuing weekend when Monmouth visits on Friday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. and Rider travels to Hamden on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.
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