Saturday, October 8, 2011 – 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-2-0) (2-1-0 MetNY) vs.
Vassar College (1-2-0) (1-2-0 MetNY)
Quinnipiac Rugby Field – Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Host Vassar
The Quinnipiac women's rugby team hosts MetNY opponent Vassar on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 12 p.m. The Bobcats are coming off their second-straight victory following their 23-7 home-opening win over SUNY New Paltz on Sunday, Oct. 2.
The Brewers are coming off a close one-point loss to Stony Brook, 28-27, on Sunday, Oct. 2. Four different players ran in a try for Vassar on the afternoon, including sophomore Chelsea Boccagno, junior Nichelle Jackson, sophomore Natalie Ward, junior Shanaye Williams and sophomore Hannah Fink. Sophomore Julia Maltby added a two point conversion kick, converting one of five opportunities on the afternoon. Overall, Taylor O'Mara leads the squad with 61 points (nine tries, eight conversions), followed by Margaret Kwateng's 35 points (seven tries).
Last Time Out
Quinnipiac won its second-consecutive game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 2 when it defeated Marist in its home-opener, 23-7. Senior Stephanie Hasher (Bayport, N.Y.) led Quinnipiac with two tries on the afternoon, followed by senior Alysha Andrews (Leola, Pa.) and sophomore Allison Gnys' (Cumberland, R.I.) one try apiece. Freshman Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.) facilitated three of the four tries, dishing out three assists in the game. Sophomore Jacqueline Lilly (Ventura, Calif.) added the fourth assist for Quinnipiac, as Cuellar leads the team with four assists on the year. Junior Krystin Orrico (Cranford, N.J.) knocked through her first penalty kick of the season, giving her three points in the game.
The Bobcats scored a season high 23 points in Sunday's game against Marist, surpassing its previous high of 15 points scored, coming in its previous game against SUNY New Paltz on Sunday, Sept. 25. At one point early on in the second half, Quinnipiac held an 18-0 lead, its best start in any contest this season.
Defense Turning It Around
In the team's last two games (both wins), the opposition has scored an average of 6 points per game. This is a much improved number compared to Quinnipiac's first two games (both loses) when the opposition scored an average 37.5 points per game.
Quinnipiac demonstrated impressive tactics during Sunday's lineouts, winning 13 of 19 first-half lineouts, finishing the game with a 19-to-12 advantage overall.
Senior Jacqueline MacLearie (Tinton Falls, N.J.) led the squad with six tackles against Marist, recording three in each half.
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.
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 Saturday's contest against Vassar on Saturday, Quinnipiac will then host Eastern Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 15 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.