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HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) finished with a goal and an assist on Sunday to lift the Quinnipiac University field hockey team past cross-town nemesis Yale University, 3-2, in QU's "Play4TheCure" game at the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex on Mount Carmel Campus. The Bobcats, now winners in five of their last six games, climbed back over the .500 mark and improved to 6-5 on the season.
Rusin's three-point afternoon was monumental for the Bobcat forward, as she now joins Heather Cady '02 as the only other player to record 70 or more points during a career at Quinnipiac. With the assist in the game's first goal, she surpassed Catie Canetti '01 (69) for second place on the all-time career points list and only trails Cady (79) by seven points. In addition, Rusin also became the third player in program history to record 30 or more goals, needing just two more to match Cady's first-place mark (32).
It was a tale of two halves for the Bobcats and the Bulldogs, with Quinnipiac taking complete control in the first half. Senior Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) opened the game's scoring summary when Rusin found Taylor by herself just inside the top of the circle. Taylor ripped a one-time blast into the back of the cage for a 1-0 lead with only four minutes ticking off the clock.
Some 20 minutes later, Quinnipiac netted its second tally of the game when Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) collected her eighth goal of the season off a feed from Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.). Danziger picked up her sixth assist of the season, leaving the home team with a two-goal cushion and six minutes showing on the clock. Clicking on all cylinders, six minutes was more than enough time for QU's potent attack. Sophomore Savannah Reilly (Hamden, Conn.) helped extend the Bobcat lead to three, when she found Rusin in front with 44 seconds remaining. Rusin finished off the play with the milestone goal, and granted Quinnipiac a 3-0 advantage before the halftime whistle sounded.
Quinnipiac's three-goal lead was enough for Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summitt, Pa.) as the Bobcat defense fended off a late surge by the visiting Bulldogs. Yale score twice in the second half, but nine saves be Conaboy, five in the second half, frustrated Yale's attack and left Quinnipiac with the win in Hamden. The Bobcats improved to 6-1 on their home turf this year.
Quinnipiac's matinee with Yale served as the Bobcats' "Play4TheCure" game for the 2013 season. QU joined hands with the National Foundation for Cancer Research to participate in its fundraising campaign, "Play4theCure". Sports teams from across the country are invited to donate proceeds from at least one game to NFCR. The Quinnipiac University Field Hockey Parent Association sold raffle tickets for the "Chance Auction". The Chance Auction consisted of baskets that were full of various items donated by Quinnipiac Athletic Department members and varsity teams as well as donations from the field hockey student-athletes and their parents. Quinnipiac wore pink warm-up shirts, pink shoe laces and pink uniforms in support of the cause. All proceeds made from the Chance Auction will be donated to NFCR.
The Bobcats are back in action when they travel to Brown University on Wednesday, Nov. 9 for their final non-conference game of the season. Opening whistle is set for 4 p.m. at New Field Hockey Field in Providence R.I. After that, the all-important MAAC schedule kicks off against Sacred Heart at home on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m.
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