Field Hockey Travels To Lafayette On Friday, Sept. 13

Quinnipiac Bobcats (1-3-0) at Lafayette Leopards (1-2-0)
Date: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 • 6 PM
Location: Rappolt Field • Easton, Pa.
All-Time Series vs. Lafayette: 1-5-0
Record at Lafayette: 0-3-0
Last Time QU Faced Lafayette: L, 2-4 (9/16/12; Hamden, Conn.)
Last Time QU Face Lafayette in Easton, Pa.: L, 0-7 (10/2/11)

Cat Fight
The Quinnipiac field hockey team will travel to Easton, Pa. on Friday, Sept. 13 to take on the Leopards of Lafayette College in a non-conference match-up at Rappolt Field at 6 p.m. 

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When They Play Again
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. 

Scouting The Lafayette Leopards
Lafayette hosts Quinnipiac on Friday the 13th with a record of 1-2 after a 3-0 loss to Iowa on Sept. 1 and a weekend split against Central Michigan (W, 3-2) and Delaware (L, 1-2) on Sept. 7-8, respectively. Lafayette's Hannah Sotiropoulos leads the team in goals (2) and points (4) while Kristin Heaney has tallied a goal and one assist. In goal, Jessica Deutsch is 1-2 with a .533 save percentage and a 2.33 goals-against average. 

All-Time Against Lafayette
Quinnipiac and Lafayette has played six games in the all-time series, dating back to their first meeting on Sept. 12, 2007. Lafayette took the first three games of the series, before the Bobcats ended their skid with a 3-1 win in Hamden on Sept. 26, 2010. Lafayette has won the last two meetings. 

The Last Time They Played
On Sept. 16, 2012, a pair of early goals by Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) and Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.  Four unanswered goals by Lafayette handed Quinnipiac their third loss of the year, dropping to 4-3, while Lafayette improved to 6-1. 

Kristin Engelke Named MAAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week
Quinnipiac fifth-year senior Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, Sept. 3, as announced by the conference office. Engelke is the first Quinnipiac student-athlete to win a weekly award from the MAAC.

Asics Invitational All-Tournament Team
Engelke and Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) were named to the Asics Invitational All-Tournament Team. Engelke had Quinnipiac's only goal in a 5-1 loss to No. 5 Syracuse before scoring what would stand as the game-winner against La Salle in a wild, 6-4 win. She also picked up an assist in that game. Danziger served as the stick-stop on both of Engelke's goal against Syracuse and then added a goal and an assist in Quinnipiac's win against La Salle. 

Bobcats' Special Teams
Quinnipiac's special teams have produced nine goals off of 30 corner opportunities through the Bobcats' first four games. Engelke scored Quinnipiac's first of the year off a corner against Syracuse, before adding another special team's goal to open the game against La Salle. 

"... She is one of the of top forwards in the country."
Senior captain Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored in both of Quinnipiac's games last week – a 3-2 loss to No. 19 Boston College and a 5-2 loss to 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Maine. Rusin was the only Bobcat to score a goal in both games, and has now scored in three-straight games (4 goals, 1 assist). 

Rusin Chasing Career Goals, Points Records
Rusin is also attacking the Bobcats' all-time records as her 27 career goals are the third most all-time and her 64 career points rank fourth all-time. For the year, Rusin leads the team with four goals and is tied for the team lead with nine points.

Fabulous Fifth Year
Kristin Engelke's (Medford, N.J.) third goal of the year, against Maine on Sunday, moved her into a tie for 14th all-time with 15 career goals. 

Dynamic Duo
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.

First Of The Year For Ashleigh Allen
Quinnipiac sophomore Ashleigh Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored her first goal of the season, and third of her career, in the Bobcats' 3-2 loss to No. 19 Boston College on Thursday, Sept. 5. 

Cage Fighter
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) has logged every minute in goal for the Bobcats in the early going, posting a .702 save percentage and a 4.25 goals-against-average. Conaboy has allowed 17 goals on 57 shots-on-goal.

I Got Your Back
Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) picked up where she left off a year ago. The Bobcats' defensive saves leader in 2012, Colucci stopped four shots on goal a year ago. Against No. 19 Boston College, Colucci had two defensive stops in the second half of the Bobcats' loss. She currently ranks second nationally with three defensive saves. 

League Leaders
Quinnipiac's 11 goals in four games has produced a MAAC-leading 2.75 goal-per-game average. Quinnipiac also leads the conference in assists (12), assists per game (3.00), saves (44), saves per game (11) and defensive saves (4). Individually, Rusin and Engelke rank second in points (9) while Rusin's four goals also rank second.