The Quinnipiac women’s rugby team hosts the first regular season game of its inaugural 2011 season against Marist on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m.
The Red Foxes are coming off their first loss of the season on Sunday, Sept. 18 when they were defeated by Rutgers, 32-17. In their first game of the season, the Red Foxes defeated SUNY Stony Brooke, 43-20. Marist is currently tied for fourth in the MetNY Women’s Division II Conference, where they finished in first place in 2010 with a 5-0 record.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac made history when it won the program’s first-ever women’s rugby match on Sunday, Sept. 25, defeating SUNY New Paltz, 15-5. The Bobcats were led by junior Krystin Orrico (Cranford, N.J.) who contributed five total points in the contest, including Quinnipiac’s first points on the afternoon with a three point kick.
Sophomore wing Diana Poulsen (Dover, N.J.) added to Quinnipiac’s lead in the first-half, running in the Bobcats’ first score of the season. Shortly after Quinnipiac’s first score, #8 Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.) broke out for one of the longest runs of the season, running in for a 50 yard score for the Bobcats.
History In The Books
Quinnipiac’s match-up against Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 18 marked the first time two Division I Women’s Rugby team squared off on the pitch. Eastern Illinois became a Division I program in 2002, as Quinnipiac became the second member this season.
Quinnipiac had a successful inaugural spring season in 2011, hosting its first-ever women’s rugby contest on Saturday, April 2 against Central Connecticut. Despite not competing in the 2010 season, Quinnipiac placed four players on the MetNY U-23 All-Star Team, including junior Katie Wood (Hamilton, N.J.), sophomore Megan Hannemann (Manchester, N.H.), freshman Jacqueline MacLearie (Tinton Falls, N.J.), and freshman Diana Poulsen (Dover, N.J).
The Bobcats are the most recent members to join the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union, which is the governing body for over 80 men’s and women’s youth, high school and college clubs in the Metropolitan New York City region. Quinnipiac will play in the MetNY College Women’s Division II Conference, which is the home to Marist, Vassar, Rutgers, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Stony Brook, and Hofstra.
Following Sunday’s contest against Marist, the Bobcats will host Vassar on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 12 p.m. Quinnipiac will then host Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m.
The Bobcats travel to face Hofstra on Wednesday, Oct. 19 scheduled for a 12 p.m. start, followed by a home contest on Sunday, Oct. 23 against SUNY Stony Brook at 12 p.m. Quinnipiac finishes its season with two away games, the first against Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 12 p.m. and the second against West Chester on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.