Jess Rusin’s Record-Breaking Day Lifts Field Hockey Over Robert Morris, 3-0
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HAMDEN, Conn. – Led by two goals from Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.), the Quinnipiac University field hockey team defeated Robert Morris, 3-0, on Friday afternoon at the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex on Mount Carmel Campus. Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored her team-leading 10th and 11th goals of the season to become Quinnipiac's all-time leader in career points.
With the win, the Bobcats improved to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in MAAC competition, while the visiting Colonials dropped to 7-6 overall and 0-2 in league play. Quinnipiac has also won eight of its last nine overall.
Trailing Heather Cady's '02 career-point mark by just two, Rusin wasted very little time joining her at the top of the category. Rusin scored once in the first half, which tied her for the all-time lead, and then broke the record in the second half with the game's second goal. Rusin surpassed Cady's record (80) and leaped into first place as she now has 82 career points as a Bobcat.
Rusin's first tally came just five minutes into the match, when Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) found the senior forward alone in front of the cage. Rusin made no mistake and granted the Bobcats a 1-0 lead with her 10th goal of the season, a marker that matched her career-high. Allan picked up her third assist of the season on the play.
Defense prevailed through the remainder of the first half, but the Rusin-Allan tandem struck again just three minutes into the second frame. Allan and Rusin used some creative stick-work deep in RMU territory when Rusin slammed home the backend of the play for a 2-0 lead. Rusin set a new career-high with her 11th goal of the season, while Allan garnered her fourth assist and fifth multipoint effort of the season.
Quinnipiac concluded the scoring summary in the 58th minute, this time with some great passing inside of the striking circle. The play began with a penalty corner as the ball made its way to Meghan McCullough (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) into the middle about 15 yards out. McCullough whipped a pass to Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) who wristed a shot towards goal which Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) alertly redirected into the cage. Romano notched her second goal of the season on the play.
From that point forward, stellar defense from the Bobcats secured the victory from the QU Turf Complex. Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summitt, Pa.) made six saves in the game and collected her third shutout of the season. She also lowered her goals against average to 2.36 for the season. Erin McKenzie and Emma Singer combined to make seven saves in the losing effort for RMU.
The game marked the 10th time the two programs have met, with Quinnipiac winning nine of those encounters. The Bobcats are 5-0 in Hamden and have held the Colonials scoreless in six of the meetings.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Friday, Oct. 25 when the Bobcats head to defending champion Rider University. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Ben Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, N.J.
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