Field Hockey Falls To Rider, 4-1, In NEC Tournament Semifinals

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Quinnipiac senior Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) scored the Bobcats' only goal in a 4-1 loss to Rider in the 2012 Northeast Conference Field Hockey Semifinals at Ben Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, N.J. Quinnipiac finishes the year at 12-6 while Rider advances to the NEC Championship Game.

Rider took advantage of several special teams' situations, scoring two goals off corners and a third off a penalty stroke. Quinnipiac goalkeeper Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) stopped 13 of Riders' 17 shots on goal, with the Broncs often peppering the 2012 NEC Goalkeeper of the Year. Lewis showcased several sprawling saves, and several rebound denials over the course of the game.

Rider, the nation's leader in penalty corners, capitalized on their fourth corner in the first 15 minutes of play when Gabby Burgo sent a shot past Bobcats' goalkeeper Nicole Lewis to give Rider a 1-0 lead. Burgo batted a ball out of traffic in front of the Bobcats' cage after being played between Sandra Penas and Marlaine Schneider, who were awarded assists on the play.

Burgo scored her second goal of the half with nine minutes to play in the first frame. After the Broncs were awarded another corner, Allison Muschs fired a shot on goal that Burgo stepped in front of and tipped past Lewis to give Rider a 2-0 lead.

After Rider's Schneider was called for a green card, giving Quinnipiac the player-advantage, Ziminiski put Quinnipiac on the board with a goal off a corner. The senior midfielder, who received her second All-NEC honor of her career this week, chipped the ball over the Rider goalkeeper for the Bobcats' first postseason tally.  

With 13:09 remaining, Rider was credited with a penalty stroke. Muschs fired a shot to Lewis' stick-side, to the top right corner of the goal to give the Broncs' a two-goal lead, 3-1, late in the second half. Penas added a goal in the closing minutes to push Rider to the 4-1 lead. 

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