LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) had a goal and an assist and Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored twice to lead Quinnipiac to a 3-0 win against Siena in the final regular-season game of the season. With the win, Quinnipiac clinched a share of the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Field Hockey Championship.
The Bobcats' Co-Championship, which it will split with Rider, is the first for Quinnipiac Athletics as a member of the MAAC since joining the conference this season. The Bobcats wrap-up the regular-season with a record of 12-6 overall including a 5-1 mark in MAAC play.
"There is not a better of group of young ladies who I would have liked to take this journey with," head coach Becca Main. "I'm very happy and extremely proud of our seven seniors, who together have done an incredible job in leading this team. A MAAC Championship mean everything to us, and we're very excited to be the first Quinnipiac team to win one."
Quinnipiac field hockey's co-championship is the first regular-season championship since the Bobcats captured the 2002 Northeast Conference Regular-Season title and the fourth regular-season crown in Quinnipiac's 16-year Division I history.
Rusin put Quinnipiac on the board in the 13th minute of play with her 14th goal of the season. Her 15th of the year came with less than two minutes to play in the game. Her 15 goals and 35 points this season ties Quinnipiac's single-season records set by Julie Smith in 2001. For Taylor, it gives her a career-best eight goals and seven assists for the year.
Taylor factored into the Bobcats first two goals, finding Rusin in front of the Saints' cage for the assist on her co-captain's 14th goal of the year. Midway through the second half, Taylor collected a rebound off a save by Saints goalkeeper Beth Meyers and re-directed the ball into the cage to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead.
With one-minute and thirty-one seconds remaining, Rusin tied the Bobcats' single-season goal and point record when she deflected a shot on goal by Lea Dietrichs (Lueneberg, Germany) and beat Meyers to put Quinnipiac out in front, 3-0, in the closing minutes.
"The efforts of our coaching staff, support staff and administration have helped us to work towards being a top-notch program in the country," Main said. "We're looking forward to the MAAC Championship next weekend."
Quinnipiac will be the No. 2 seed in the first MAAC Field Hockey Championship on Nov. 8-9 hosted by Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. The Bobcats will play No. 3 Bryant on Friday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.