Field Hockey To Face La Salle At Asics Invitational On Sunday, Sept. 1

ASICS Invitational hosted by Hofstra University
The Quinnipiac University field hockey team will look to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to No. 5 Syracuse on Friday, Aug. 30 when they face La Salle in the consolation game of the Asics Invitational hosted by Hofstra University on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 11:30 a.m. 

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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Adds Field Hockey For 2013
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) will add field hockey as an associate sport sponsored by the conference, with league play beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. The membership plan is to provide seven teams for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and eight teams when Fairfield commences league play in the 2015-16 academic year.In addition to Quinnipiac, MAAC institutions Monmouth University, Rider University and Siena College and associate members Bryant University, Robert Morris University and Sacred Heart will begin play this fall. Fairfield University will join the league starting in the 2015-16 academic year, making field hockey the 25th sport within the conference.

Bobcats Picked Second in MAAC Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac field hockey team was picked to finish second in the 2013 MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, accumulating 43 points among a vote of the league's seven head coaches. The Bobcats finished 2012 with a 12-7 overall record and 5-2 mark in the Northeast Conference, advancing to the NEC Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The 2013 season marks Quinnipiac's first as a member of the MAAC in addition to the inaugural year the conference will support field hockey as a sport.

Three Bobcats Named To Preseason All-MAAC Team
The Bobcats also placed three players on the Preseason All-MAAC Team, the most of any of the seven participating institutions. Senior forward Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.), midfielder Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) and defenseman Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) were honored with All-MAAC distinctions.

Scouting The La Salle University Explorers
La Salle enters Sunday's match-up after a 5-1 loss to Hofstra on Friday. Mariel Papa had La Salle's only goal in the loss. The Explorers posted an 8-11 mark in 2012, including a 3-4 mark in the Atlantic-10. Returning leading scorer Olivia Shoemaker led the Explorers in goals (9) and points (19). Mariel Papa scored six goals, while assisting on two more while Colleen Kempf had five goals and two assists for 12 points. Returning starting goalie Lisa Shaffer was 8-11 with a .722 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average. 

All-Time Against La Salle
Quinnipiac and LaSalle have met twice all-time, with the Bobcats defeating the Explorers, 3-0, on Sept. 2, 2006 and 1-0 on Aug. 27, 2005. 

2012 Season Recap
Banner Year
The Bobcats' 12 victories in 2012 matched the program record for wins set by the 2002 team, while their seven non-conference wins are the most in program history.

Break-Out Year
Christa Romano picked up a pair of goals against Bryant late in the season to give her three goals and four assists for 10 points on the year - all coming against NEC teams. Romano became 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 tied for the Northeast Conference lead with five shutouts in 2012. 

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 was 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.

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 ranked fifth among all NEC players. Rusin's nine goals rank seventh in the NEC while her 0.50 per game average rank eighth. 

Taylor Made
Jennalise Taylor's 21 points ranked 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. 
The FinisherTaylor's four game-winning goals led Quinnipiac while also ranking second in the NEC. 

Where They Rank All-Time
• Jess Rusin's 23 career goals and 55 points both rank seventh all-time at Quinnipiac. Her nine assists rank 17th all-time.
Danielle Allan and Kristen Engelke enter the 2013 season with 12 career goals, good for 18th all-time at Quinnipiac. 
• Quinnipiac's 44 goals in 2012 were the fourth most in program history, while its 38 assists are the third most.