Quinnipiac field hockey's top goal scorers Kristin Engelke and Jess Rusin both scored, but the Bobcats were dealt a 5-2 loss at the hands of the University of Maine in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac drops to 1-3 on the year while Maine improves to 2-3.
Rusin's team-leading fourth goal of the season is also her 27th career marker, giving her the third most in program history. Engelke's third goal of the year moves her into a tie for 14th all-time with 15 career goals.
The Bobcats' high-powered offensive duo have now accounted for six goals and four assists over the Bobcats last three games. Rusin has found the cage in three-straight games while Engelke is the only player in head coach Becca Main's line-up to tally a point in all four of Quinnipiac's games this season.
The two teams combined for seven goals on the afternoon, all of which came off of corners. Black Bears' inserter Nicole Sevey had a hand in all five of Maine's goals, tallying three goals and two assists. Sevey tipped two shots by Quinnipiac goalie Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) in the game's first 10 minutes to stake Maine to a 2-0 lead. Conaboy saw 16 shots on goal in the game, stopping 11.
The Bobcats responded four minutes later when Engelke took a pass from inserter Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) and blasted a straight shot on goal that beat Maine's Natasha Ford to put the Bobcats on the board. In with Sevey again at the 20:01 mark with her third goal of the game to give Maine a 3-1 lead heading into the second half.
With just under 10 minutes to play in regulation, Quinnipiac pulled within a goal, 3-2, when Engelke fired a shot on goal, off a corner, that Rusin was able to get a stick on and re-direct over Ford for Quinnipiac's second goal of the game. Maine's Annabelle Hamilton scored twice in the closing minutes, with assists to Sevey, the inserter, and Becca Paradee, the stick-stop, on both goals.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Sept. 13 when they travel to Easton, Pa. to take on Lafayette in a non-conference game at 6 p.m. After a trip to UMass Lowell on Tuesday, Sept. 17, the Bobcats return home for a three-game homestand on Saturday, Sept. 21 against Vermont, Sunday, Sept. 22 against St. Joseph's and Thursday, Sept. 26 against Holy Cross.