WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Quinnipiac University field hockey team lost to nationally-ranked No. 18 American University, 3-1, in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Play-In Game at Jacobs Field in Washington, D.C. With the loss, Quinnipiac finishes the year at 14-7 overall while American improves to 15-6.
Midway through the first half, Quinnipiac had held American to just two shots on goal, with Conaboy denying AU'S Bree Mercado on her first bid before Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) mad a diving block on a rebound shot by Mercado. With 11:28 to play, American was awarded their first corner of the game. Shelly Montgomery converted on the Eagles' attempt to give American a 1-0 lead. The goal was the first scored against Conaboy in over 335 consecutive minutes, spanning the Bobcats' last five games.
Less than five minutes into the second half, American's Alex McMackin scored to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. In the 45th minute, Quinnipiac was awarded its first corner of the corner of the game. Inserter Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) played the ball to Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) to the left side of the circle. Danziger fired a shot on goal where Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) was able to get a stick on it nd tip it past American goalkeeper Ashley Dalisera for her team-leading 17th goal of the season to cut American's lead in half, 2-1.
Two minutes later, American was awarded another corner, with Grace Wilson scoring to push American's lead back up to two goals, 3-1, with just under 20 minutes to play.
Quinnipiac's 2013 comes to an end with the loss after capturing the first MAAC Field Hockey Regular-Season and Tournament Championships in the league's history.
It was also the Bobcats' first conference tournament championship since 2003. This season, the Bobcats set program records for wins (14), assists (53), points (165) while the Bobcats' 57 goals scored were the second most in program history.
Individually, Rusin broke the single-season goals (17) and points (39) record as well as the career goals (38) and points (90) records. Conaboy also posted the most wins (14) in a single season in program history.