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HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season to become Quinnipiac's all-time leader in career goals on Sunday, as the Bobcats defeated Sacred Heart University, 4-1, at the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 8-5 overall and 1-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
"Jess was brought here to score goals," said head coach Becca Main on Rusin's record-breaking performance. "She means a lot to this team, and she's fulfilled all the dreams that I've had for her, and all the dreams that she's wanted as well. It was really a wonderful thing to see."
Rusin also added an assist in the game, but really left her mark in Quinnipiac history with the team's third goal of the game. Rusin collected her 32nd career goal and surpassed Heather Cady '02 for first place in the category. In addition to career goals, she has also moved to within striking distance of Cady's all-time mark in career points. Rusin needs just two points to match Cady's career total of 80 points.
Scoring the game's first goal has proved to be instrumental for the Bobcats, as the team entered Sunday's game with a 6-1 record when scoring first. The hot streak continued when Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) put Quinnipiac on the board in the eighth minute of play for a 1-0 lead. Rusin found Taylor on the backend of a penalty corner, and Taylor's shot slammed the backboard for her seventh goal of the season.
Quinnipiac continued to press forward but it was the visiting Pioneers who struck next with the second goal of the game. Stephanie Frye put Sacred Heart on the scoreboard by smashing home a rebound goal to knot the score at one-apiece. The Bobcats peppered SHU's defense until halftime, however, could not break through before the intermission.
After the break and a pep talk Coach Main, Quinnipiac responded with three unanswered goals to regain the lead. Megan Osantisch (Harwinton, Conn.) scored the first goal in the second half - finishing off a pass from Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) – and left QU with a 2-1 advantage. Rusin rattled the woodwork after that and then Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) concluded the scoring summary with her seventh goal of the season. Engelke assisted Rusin's goal and Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) was credited with her third assist of the season on Engelke's marker.
With the win, Quinnipiac now owns a 17-11 edge in the all-time series with Sacred Heart. It was the fifth straight win against the Pioneers for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Friday, Oct. 18 with its second MAAC home game in Hamden. The Bobcats welcome Robert Morris for a 3 p.m. tilt at the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex on Mount Carmel Campus.
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