Women's Rugby Hosts SUNY New Paltz in Home Opener

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Sunday, September 16, 2012 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-0) (0-0 Tri-State) vs.
SUNY New Paltz (0-1) (0-0 Tri-State)

QU Rugby Field – Hamden, Conn.

Hosting the Hawks
The Bobcats host their first home game of the season when the Hawks of SUNY New Paltz visit the QU Rugby Field in Hamden, Conn. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Quinnipiac is coming off of a huge win against Binghamton on Sept. 9 where the Bobcats defeated the Bearcats, 91-0, which was the largest margin of victory in program history.


All- Time Against New Paltz
This match-up will mark the second meeting between these two programs.  The Bobcats are 1-0 all-time against the Hawks. Their last match up was Sept. 25 when Quinnipiac earned their first win in program history, 15-5.

Bobcats Brawl
In last Sunday's win, 12 Bobcats posted points to crush Binghamton, 91-0.  The team effort helped lead Quinnipiac to the largest win in program history. Raechel Stimson posted the first try of her career while  Kristin Orrico led the team with 24 points while also going 8-for-15 on conversions. Shannon Durkin, Elisa Cuellar and Allison Gnys combined for seven tries, with Cuellar also adding an assist. Freshman Devon Vieira, Tensi Phillips, Jennifer Salomon, Jacqueline Maclearie, Nancy Dunn, Colleen Doherty and Katie Wood all had one try a piece.

2012-13 Season Preview Rugby
Head coach Becky Carlson returns for a second season in 2012, bringing along 16 players from last year's roster. The Bobcats joined the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union (MetNY), now known as Tri-State Rugby Conference, at the beginning of last year and became just the second Division I program in NCAA history. Now with one season under their belts, the Quinnipiac University women's rugby team looks to improve upon a promising inaugural campaign. In her first season with the Bobcats, Coach Carlson led the Bobcats to a 3-6-1 record, which included the program's first victory at SUNY-New Paltz. Under Carlson's tutelage, the Bobcats posted a 3-2-1 record and finished in third place in the Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union (MetNY) standings. Carlson also guided the Bobcats to their first win at the QU Rugby Field with a 23-7 win over Marist. Quinnipiac must replace two of their top-four scorers from last season in graduating seniors Stephanie Hasher and Alysha Andrews, but return a solid core especially in the back line where Colleen Doherty, Elisa Cuellar, Shannon Durkin all provided standout years last season.

About Tri- State Rugby Conference
Metropolitan New York Rugby Football Union, made the change to the Tri-State Rugby Conference in the summer of 2012. The Conference believes that education through sport and inter-collegiate competition play a vital role in a student's personal development. Quinnipiac will play in the Tri-State Rugby Conference, which is the home to Marist, Vassar, Rutgers, Binghampton, Albany, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Stony Brook, and Hofstra.

Season Schedule
The Bobcats open up the 2012 season on the road playing powerhouse Eastern Illinois on September 1, before traveling to Binghamton the following weekend to take on the Bearcats on the 9th.  Carlson and her team will start conference play at home against New Paltz on September 16th on the QU Rugby Field. The team is then back on the road against Vassar College before coming home to Marist on September 30th.    The Bobcats then start October on the road against Stony Brook on the 7th.  Mid-October the team stays home to take on Hofstra University and West Chester on QU Rugby field October 14th and  20th. The team hits the road one last time in regular season to Albany on October 28th. November 4th marks senior night for the players; the Bobcats will take on Rutgers University in their final match of the regular season.
Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu