HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Friday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University field hockey team outlasted Bryant University, 1-0, on Senior Day at the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex on Mount Carmel Campus. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 11-6 overall, but more importantly move to 4-1 in MAAC play and are currently tied for first in the conference standings.
The victory was nothing new for Quinnipiac, who improved to 10-2 in its last 12 games and polished off an outstanding 8-1 record on its home turf. The Bobcats solidified a playoff spot last week in their win at Monmouth and still have a chance to claim the regular-season title outright if Rider slips in its final game against the Hawks on Sunday. With a win on Sunday, Quinnipiac would have at least a share of the regular season title.
In a defensive battle that featured a total of 27 shots and 21 saves, not much separated these two teams throughout the afternoon. Both teams created chances, but defense shined in this one and forced overtime to determine a winner.
After 82 minutes of scoreless field hockey, Quinnipiac worked the ball deep into Bryant territory and was awarded a penalty corner on a Bulldog infraction. Sophomore Haley Swartz (Downingtown, Pa.) lined up and fired a pass to Danziger's stick on the left side of the field. With just 12 total players on the field, Danziger had plenty of room and time to maneuver – as she blasted a shot that rattled the woodwork to push Quinnipiac past Bryant with a 1-0 victory.
For Danziger, it was her fourth goal of the season, second in game-winning fashion, and the ninth of her career. She has 33 career points in a Bobcat uniform. Swartz picked up her first assist of the season on the play.
Quinnipiac and Bryant have faced each other five times since the Bulldogs jumped to Division I in 2009. The two teams have played in Hamden twice now, with Quinnipiac claiming 1-0 decisions in both games on its home field.
Prior to the game, Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main and Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald recognized the senior class members of the field hockey program. Lauren Szmak, Brittany Gentile, Cate Colucci, Kristin Engelke, Kacie McCreesh, Christa Romano, Jess Rusin, Jennalise Taylor and Danziger were each honored for their hard work and dedication to the program.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 3 with its final regular-season game of the 2013 season. The Bobcats head out to Siena College for a 12 p.m. tilt against the Saints.
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