No. 4 Quinnipiac Bobcats (12-6, 5-2 NEC) vs. No. 1 Rider
(13-5, 6-1 NEC)
2012 NEC Field Hockey Tournament
Date: Nov. 2-3
Semifinal Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Ben Cohen Turf Field • Lawrenceville, N.J.
All-Time Series vs. Rider: 9-13
Last Time QU Faced Rider: W, 3-2 (10/14/12)
Current Streak vs. Rider: Won 1
Live Stats: GoBroncs.com
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2012 Northeast Conference Tournament
The Quinnipiac field hockey team qualified for the 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament with a pair of victories last weekend to clinch the No. 4 seed in the championship series. The Bobcats will face regular-season champions and No. 1 seed Rider on Friday, Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Ben Cohen Turf Field in Lawrenceville, N.J. No. 2 seed Saint Francis (Pa.) will face No. 3 seed Monmouth at 11 a.m. with the winner of each game playing on Saturday, Nov. 3 for the NEC Tournament Championship.
Follow It Live
All Northeast Conference Field Hockey Tournament games can be seen live on NECFrontrow.com. Live audio can also be accessed at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or at theqbsn.com, with commentary provided by QBSN's Zach Daly and Nick Dench. Live stats will also be provided by GoBroncs.com.
The Bobcats Against The NEC Field
Quinnipiac posted a 1-2 overall record against the othet opponents in the 2012 NEC Tournament, including a 3-2 win against Rider on Oct. 14 in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats lost to Monmouth, 3-0, on Oct. 12 and Saint Francis (Pa.), 1-2 on Oct. 21.
Quinnipiac In The NEC's
Quinnipiac is 7-8 all-time in the Northeast Conference, including tournament championship in 2001and 2003 .The Bobcats have qualified for the NEC Tournament in 12 of its 14 years in the conference, including the last five years.
All-Time Against Rider
Quinnipiac is 9-13 all-time against, including a 2-3 mark against the Broncs in the NEC Tournament. Quinnipiac won the last meeting between the two teams, 3-2 on Oct. 14 in Hamden, snapping a six-game losing streak to the Broncs. Quinnipiac's win in that game ended Rider's 21-game winning streak in NEC games.
Rider cruised in the Northeast Conference Tournament on the heels of a four-game winning streak with their only loss in their last seven games coming to Quinnipiac. The Broncs captured their fifth NEC Championship last season with a 2-1 win against Monmouth. Rider is led by four 20-point scorers, headlined by the NEC's leading scorer in Sandra Penas who accumulated 16 goals and seven assists for 39 points this season. Marlaine Schneider checks in with eight goals and six assists for 22 points while Gabby Burgo totaled 10 goals and one assist for the year. Allison Muchs has tallied six goals and eight assists for 20 points.
The Bobcats' 12 victories match the program record for wins set by the 2002 team, while their seven non-conference wins are the most in program history.
One For The Books
Quinnipiac goalkeeper Nicole Lewis won her 12th game of the season in a 3-0 victory against Bryant on Sunday, Oct. 28. In doing so, Lewis matched Sarah Mather's '02 single-season win record.
And Another One
Lewis' win against Bryant was also the 30th of her career, making her the third keeper, joining Mathers and Erin McKay '06, to reach the 30-win mark.
Where She Ranks
Lewis leads the Northeast Conference with a .818 save percentage while also ranking second with a 1.44 goals-against average. Lewis also ranks in the top 25 nationally in both categories.
Christa Romano picked up a pair of goals against Bryant to give her three goals and four assists to give her 10 points for the year - all coming against NEC teams. Romano becomes the first player in program history to lead the Bobcats in conference points after not totaling a point in NEC play in the previous season.
Time To Get Defensive
Quinnipiac and Rider are both tied for the Northeast Conference lead with five shutouts this season.
Lending A Hand
Quinnipiac finished the regular season ranked first in assists with 38 in 18 games for a 2.11 per game average.
Making The Most Of Its Opportunities
Quinnipiac is the only team in the Northeast Conference to feature two players (Jess Rusin and Jennalise Taylor) in the top-10 in scoring but not have a player rank in the top 10 in shots attempted.
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Jess Rusin led the Bobcats with nine goals and six assists for 24 points, the fourth most in the Northeast Conference while her 1.33 points per game rank fifth among all NEC players. Rusin's nine goals rank seventh in the NEC while her 0.50 per game average rank eighth.
Jennalise Taylor's 21 points rank eighth in the NEC while her seven assists rank seventh in the conference. This season, Taylor scored seven goals to go along with her seven assists.
Taylor's four game-winning goals led Quinnipiac while also ranking second in the NEC.
Cate In The Clutch
Senior Cate Colucci has proven to be a vital part of the Bobcats' defense this season, helping the team hold the opposition to just 1.81 goals per game, good for third in the NEC. Colucci also ranks fifth in the nation with four defensive saves.
On A Zim
Senior Lauren Zimniski led Quinnipiac with eight assists in her final year in the Navy and Gold, giving her the fourth most in the NEC this season.
Where They Rank All-Time
• Jess Rusin has 23 career goals to her credit, good for seventh all-time. Her 55 career points rank eighth all-time.
• Lauren Zimniski's 14 career assists rank eighth all-time, tying Julie Smith's '02 career total.
• Danielle Allan and Kristen Engelke both have 12 career goals, good for 18th all-time at Quinnipiac.
• Nicole Lewis' 12 wins this season ties Sarah Mathers' program record set during the 2002 season.
• Nicole Lewis' 30 career wins rank third all-time at Quinnipiac.
• Quinnipiac's 43 goals this season are the fourth most in program history, while its 38 assists are the third most.