NEWTON, Mass. – In a game in which Quinnipiac field hockey's special teams once-again dominated its opponent – this time nationally-ranked No. 19 Boston College- the Bobcats saw a game within its grasps slip away in a 3-2 loss in Newton, Mass. Quinnipiac led early, and outshot Boston College in the second half, while also holding the advantage in corners. With the loss, Quinnipiac drops to 1-2 on the season while the Eagles improve to 4-0.
"We had a program-changing opportunity slip through our hands," head coach Becca Main said. "We had some absolutely mind-blowing transitions in our midfield - with the help of the competitive play of Amanda Danziger, Lea Dietrichs and Jennalise Taylor. Obviously the leadership skills of our older, more-experience squad put us in position to beat a nationally-ranked team. We worked incredibly hard to have the opportunity to do that, but we needed to finish."
Quinnipiac senior captain Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored her team-leading third goal of the season. Rusin is now tied with Chelsea Osbrey '06 for third all-time with 26 career goals and Julie Smith '02 for fourth all-time with 62 career points.
Sophomore Ashleigh Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored her first goal of the year late in the second half. Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) picked up her third assist of the year while Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) recorded her second helper of the season. Bobcats' goalkeeper Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) had seven saves while Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) made two defensive saves.
"While we're optimistic about the future of this program, we need to learn to finish against a top-20 ranked team," Main said. "We matched and exceeded their aggression, and were extremely strong in the pace of our game and in the direction of our attack transition. The opposing coach was incredibly complimentary of our three attack forwards. Jess Rusin once-again flourished. She showed tonight why she is one of the of top forwards in the country."
Rusin put the Bobcats on the board just over the 15-minute mark when she tipped a shot-on-goal by Danziger, who handled the ball at the top of the circle on a corner, to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. Danziger's blast found Rusin's stick, which sent the ball past Eagles' goalkeeper Leah Settipane.
Less than five minutes later, BC's Virgyni Muma collected a rebound off a blocked corner and converted on her shot attempt to tie the game at 1-1. Down the first-half stretch, Conaboy denied the Eagles on four consecutive attempts before Boston College was awarded a corner with no time remaining on the first half clock. Conaboy denied BC twice before Jacqueline Kelleher sent the ball to the left corner to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission.
Coming out of halftime, BC took a 3-1 lead at the 42:45 mark when Ashley Sebia centered a pass to Kelcie Hromisin for her second goal of the year. Quinnipiac turned the pressure up, forcing four corners over the next 10 minutes of play before Allen redirected a blast from Engelke, off another corner, high over the head of Settipane to move Quinnipiac within a goal, 3-2, with just under 20 minutes to play.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the final minutes of play, with Engelke denied twice by Settipane while Conaboy made two saves down the stretch for the Bobcats.
"It's awesome when you watch everyone do their job – up and down the line-up – but we need to find a way to get to the next step. That begins on Sunday against Maine," Main stated.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 8 when it hosts the University of Maine for its home-opener at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.
Thursday's game between Quinnipiac and Boston College was played in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.