Sunday, September 18, 2011 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1) vs.
Eastern Illinois University Panthers (2-0)
Lakeside Field – Charleston, Ill.
Division I Women’s Rugby Competition
The Quinnipiac women’s rugby team faces Eastern Illinois in what will be the first-ever meeting between two Division I women’s rugby programs, on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.
About Eastern Illinois
The Panthers are coming off its second straight win to begin the season, with a 20-7 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, Sept. 10. Four different players recorded a five-point score for the Panthers, including sophomore Cara Hahne, freshman Nia Williams, junior Lauren Doyle and junior Kayla Heal.
Eastern Illinois, one of the perennial powerhouse teams in women’s rugby, moved into the Division I ranks in 2002, and has accumulated an 86-7 all-time record. The Bobcats will face the Panthers two more times this season on Sunday, Oct. 16 at home, and again on Sunday, Nov. 6 on the road.
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac was defeated by Rutgers in its first contest of the season, 51-0. The Bobcats were led by Colleen Dougherty’s (Ashburnham, Mass.) eight tackles on the afternoon. Junior Emily Carroll (Hull, Mass.) and senior Katie Wood (Hamilton, N.J.) each had five tackles for the Bobcats. Senior Marie Pescatore (North Reading, Mass.) and Wood finished as the top two leaders offensively for Quinnipiac, accounting for seven and two attempts, respectively.
Bobcats head coach Rebecca Carlson returns to her alma mater for the first time as a visiting coach. Carlson suited up for the Panthers rugby squad from 1999-2003, and remained as an assistant coach from 2004-2006.
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 Eastern Illinois, Quinnipiac travels to face SUNY New Paltz on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac will host its first home game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 2 against Marist at 12 p.m. The Bobcats will then host Vassar on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Eastern Illinois on Sunday, Oct. 16, with both games scheduled to begin 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.