Quinnipiac Defeats Robert Morris 1-0 To Capture MAAC Tournament Championship; First Conference Title Since 2003
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.- Amanda Danziger (Smithtown,NY) scored the only goal off a penalty stroke in Quinnipiac's 1-0 win over Robert Morris in the MAAC Championship on Saturday,Nov. 9, 2013. With the victory Quinnipiac clinches the first ever MAAC title and their first conference championship since they won the Northeast Conference Championship on Nov. 2, 2003.
With the win the Bobcats receive the MAAC's automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. The selection show will be on Sunday Nov. 10 at 10 PM on NCAA.com with the play-in game set for Wed., Nov. 13.
To go alongside the regular season championship and the MAAC Tournament Championship Quinnipiac had four players make the MAAC Tournament team. The players were goalie Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.), Christa Romano (Madison,NJ), Danielle Allan (Riverdale,NJ) and the tournament MVP in Danziger.
Conaboy made her fourth consecutive shutout and extended her Quinnipiac single season record for wins in a season with 14.
"It feels as good as you would dream it would feel," said Head Coach Becca Main. "It's so good to see players get rewarded for their mentality and their fitness. I am really happy it is really nice to see. We put the onus onto Meg Osantisch, Haley Swartz, Cate Colucci,Amanda Danizger, and Meg Conaboy and they came up with some really awesome tackles. I think we had some really nice tackles and some takes today that a field hockey fan can really appreciate. "
"It feels great and I didn't smile all week because we didn't accomplish what we needed to and today we did it," stated Conaboy. " We played as a team and did exactly what we needed to do. Everyone stayed composed."
After an offensive showing the day before against Bryant this game would be much more intense defensively. Robert Morris made the first push in the first half when they were awarded the first corner of the game in the sixth minute. Jamie Hartley would have the first shot of the game in the seventh minute but it went wide of the cage.
Two minutes later, Jess Rusin (Garwood, New Jersey) was able to get inside the circle and took an impressive backhanded shot, but it was saved by Erin McKenzie.
In the 13th minute, Quinnipiac was able to draw a penalty to set up a penalty stroke. Danziger set up for the penalty stroke and got McKenzie to leave her feet and shot it into the bottom right corner of the net to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
"I have this stroke that I have had since high school, it's fake left shoot right and it hit the bottom right corner and it really worked," said Danziger.
Despite a few chances for each side the score would remain 1-0 heading into halftime. Quinnipiac would lead in shots (5-2) while both teams were tied in penalty corners (2-2). McKenzie and Conaboy would each make a save in the first half.
The second half would see Robert Morris being able to force penalty corners, however Quinnipiac's defense remained stout. Despite a 6-2 corner advantage for Robert Morris and a 6-3 shot advantage, Robert Morris was not able to find the back of the cage.
The clock would wind down and the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Team would capture the first MAAC Championship since Quinnipiac joined the MAAC in July. Quinnipiac Field Hockey moves to 4-2 all-time in conference championships. Quinnipiac moves to 9-1 all-time against Robert Morris.