A three-goal first half propelled the Quinnipiac field hockey team to a 4-1 win against Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. Four different Bobcats scored for Quinnipiac who improve to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in the Northeast Conference.
Jessica Portal had a goal and an assist while Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) assisted on a pair of goals in the win. Haley Swartz (Downington, Pa.), Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) and Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) all scored for the Bobcats. Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) had six saves in the game.
Romano now has a career best four assists for the year while Engelke matches her career best with her fifth goal of the season. Portal, in just her second game back from injury, also scored her first goal of the year and third of her career.
"Today, our forwards - specificallly Christa Romano, Jess Portal and Kristin Engelke - made the most of their opportunities and were the difference," head coach Becca Main said. "They were great - they moved Robert Morris' defense and their keeper. I thought we stuck to our game plan and got some great work in goal from Nicole Lewis."
Swartz put Quinnipiac on the board just 5:36 into the game when Romano moved the ball between Robert Morris keeper Erin McKenzie's legs to Swartz who tipped in the pass. Romano picked up her second assist in the 12th minute when she fed Engelke to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead.
"I think we played very well today," Romano said. "In terms of adjusting to the playing surface and to Robert Morris' style of play, we were able to adapt quickly and that's why we were successful. Becca [Main] said that we had to take about the game and put it back together piece-by-piece, and that's what we did. I'm happy to help, but as long as Quinnipiac scores more than the other team, that's all that matters."
After Robert Morris' Jamie Hartley cut the Bobcats' lead in half, 2-1, with less than two minutes to play in the half, Colucci scored to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead. Portal picked up the assist when she drove the end line and passed through a defender to Colucci on the opposite post.
"It felt real good to get back out there," Portal said. "I think we played well. We need to stay calm, as they're a very physical team, and we did that and played our game. We did a great job of pushing the ball up the field as well - from the 'D' to the 'mids' and then to the forwards."
Portal got in the scoring column late the game when she took off down field and scored on a breakaway.
"I think we showed great adaption," Main said. "Not only to the game and whats happening on the field, but also the specific game plan and the emotion that comes with playing in a high-intensity Northeast Conference game."
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 21 when it travels to Loretto, Pa. to take on NEC first-place Saint Francis (Pa.) at 1 p.m. at DeGol Field.