October 24, 2013

Field Hockey Travels To Rider and Monmouth This Weekend

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY BOBCATS (9-5, 2-0 MAAC) VS. RIDER UNIVERSITY BRONCS (10-5, 2-1 MAAC)
Date: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Ben Cohen Field, Lawrenceville, N.J.

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY BOBCATS (9-5, 2-0 MAAC) VS. MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY HAWKS (5-9, 2-0 MAAC)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: "So Sweet A Cat" Field, West Long Branch, N.J.

The Quinnipiac field hockey team will face Rider in Lawrenceville, N.J. on Friday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. before heading to West Long Branch, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 27 to face Monmouth at 1 p.m. in a pair of MAAC games with tournament seedings on the line. Quinnipiac is currently 9-5 overall and 2-0 in the MAAC while Rider is 10-5 overall and 2-1 in MAAC play. Monmouth is also undefeated in MAAC play at 2-0 with a 5-9 overall mark.

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THE BOBCATS' LAST TIME OUT
Quinnipiac is coming off a 3-0 win against Robert Morris on Oct. 18 in a game that saw senior Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) break the program career points record. Rusin scored twice in the game, while Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) had two assists. Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) scored her second goal of the year in the win, while Meghan McCullough (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) picking up assists on Romano's goal. Danziger's assist was her team-leading seventh of the season. Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) posted her third shutout of the year with a six-save performance.

WHAT'S UP NEXT
Following Quinnipiac's weekend tour of New Jersey at Rider and Monmouth, the Bobcats return home for Senior Day in their final home game of the season on Nov. 1 against Bryant at 3  p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats' wrap-up the regular-season on Sunday, Oct. 3 at Siena.

MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
A win this weekend, and a loss by Robert Morris (1-2) and Sacred Heart (0-2) would ensure Quinnipiac a top-four finish in the league standings and a berth to the MAAC Championship hosted by Rider University on Nov. 8-9 in Lawrenceville, N.J.

SCOUTING RIDER BRONCS
Rider enters the weekend with a record of 10-5 overall and 2-1 in MAAC play. After opening the season at 6-1, the Broncs have gone 6-3 to date, including a 2-1 mark in their last three games against MAAC opponents Robert Morris (W, 2-0) and Siena (W, 5-1), with a 2-1 overtime loss to Bryant sandwiched in between. Rider boasts a pair of high-scoring stand-outs in Sandra Penas and Nicole Hareau. Penas has scored nine goals while assisting on 11 more for 29 points while Nicole Hareau has scored 13 goals for the year for 26 points. In goal, Joelle Prettyman is 10-5-0 with a .726 save percentage and a 1.29 goals-against average.

ALL-TIME AGAINST RIDER
Quinnipiac is 9-14 all-time against Rider, including  a 2-4 mark against the Bronc in the NEC tournament. Quinnipiac's last win came in the form of a 3-2 decision on Oct. 14, 2012, which snapped Quinnipiac's six-game losing streak to the Broncs and ended Rider's 21-game winning streak against NEC competition.

SCOUTING THE MONMOUTH HAWKS
Monmouth enters the weekend with an overall record of 5-9, but are undefeated in MAAC play at 2-0 after a 3-2 win against Siena on Oct. 18 and a 4-0 shutout of Bryant on Oct. 20. Monmouth will host Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 25 leading up to its game against Quinnipiac. Alex Carroll, the reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, leads the Hawks with seven goals and four assists for 18 points, while Trish O'Dwyer checks-in with six goals and three assists for 15 points. Amanda Schoefeld has five goals and one assists for 11 points. Amanda Westerweller has played the majority of minutes in goal for Monmouth, producing a 3-9 record with a .667 save percentage and a 3.46 goals-against average. Teresa Mathews picked up both wins last week against Siena and Bryant and currently features a 2-0 record with a .773 save percentage and a 1.52 GAA.

ALL-TIME AGAINST MONMOUTH
Quinnipiac and Monmouth have met 21 times with the Bobcats holding a 14-7 advantage including a 7-3 mark in New Jersey. Quinnipiac won 14 of the first 17 meetings between the two teams, but have not defeated the Hawks since 2009 with MU winning four straight.  

QUITE A COLLECTION SHE HAS GOING
Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) was honored with her second-straight, and third overall, MAAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week award on Tuesday, Oct. 22. 

RUSIN'S RECORD
Jess Rusin entered last Friday's MAAC game against Robert Morris trailing Heather Cady's '02 career-point mark by just two ticks. 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, before she 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. 

NICE TURNAROUD
After opening the season with four losses in their first five games, the Bobcats have rattled off eight wins in their last nine to improve to 9-5 on the season. In those eight wins, Quinnipiac has outscored its opponent 29-6.  

POINTS ON TOP OF POINTS
In their last nine games, of which Quinnipiac is 8-1, the Bobcats have four players averaging a point or more per game, led by Danielle Allan's 18 points on the strength of seven goals and four assists. Jess Rusin has been keeping pace with Allan, also scoring seven goals and assisting on three more. Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) has scored five goals while posting a team-best five assists for 15 points while Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) has three goals and three assists for nine points.

…LET'S NOT FORGET THE KEEPER
In addition to Quinnipiac's incredible point production over its last nine games, goalkeeper Megan Conaboy is 8-1-0 with three shutouts. In 630 minutes in net, Conaboy has allowed 13 goals for a 1.44 goals-against average. She has also stopped 41 of 54 shots on goal for a .759 save percentage.

GOOD DEFENSE WINS GAMES
In addition to Conaboy's stingy defense in the cage, she has benefitted from an amazing defense in front of her. Amanda Danziger, Christa Romano and Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) have combined for seven defensive saves. Danziger leads the way with three while Romano and Colucci have two apiece. Colucci now has five for the year, good for 7th in NCAA Division I Field Hockey.

THEY SCORE, TOO
Danziger and Romano, in addition to their defensive prowess, have also got onto the scoresheet. In the run, Danziger has two goals and four assists while Romano has two goals and an assist. For the year, Danziger leads the team with seven assists, while her three goals give her 13 points, all career-highs. Romano has two goals and five assists for nine points.