Women's Rugby Carries Forward With Ninth Straight Victory to Albany, 27-10

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Albany, N.Y. – Freshman scrum half Devon Vieira (Kent, Wash.) lifted the Bobcats past the second ranked in the Tri-State Conference Great Danes of  Albany, 27-10, Sunday, October 28.  The undefeated Bobcats continue their compelling season improving to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in Tri-State matchups. The Great Danes suffered their first loss of the season setting them back to 5-1-1 overall in conference play.

The Great Danes packed a punch catching the Bobcats on their heels at the beginning of the match; pinned at their own eight, Quinnipiac tried to pull out the stops but were unsuccessful in catching Albany's offensive drive within the first ten minutes of action placing the Great Danes ahead 5-0.

The Bobcats soon came back to life as freshman Vieira woke up the offensive line for the Bobcats; allowing for Quinnipiac to make their mark off of an Albany penalty to carry the ball down for their first try of the game matching the score even at 5-5. The try posted Vieira's fifth of her freshman campaign, consistently scoring for the Bobcats in their last three matches. 

Freshman leader Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) headed the offensive push with two tries for the Bobcats. The freshman combined for over 70 running yards with her two possessions. Kosko now leads the team with 11 tries in her freshman season hailing 55 of teams 553 points this year. The Bobcats finished the first half standing at 15-5 over Albany.

Adding to the scoring unit for Bobcats, senior flanker Megan Hannemann (Manchester, N.H.) and sophomore hooker Raechel Stimson (Cameron Park, Calif.) also accounted for a try a piece to help increase the Bobcats score. Senior fullback Krystin Orrico (Cranford, N.J.) went 2-5 in conversion attempts for the afternoon. 

Jacqueline Maclearie (Tinton Falls, N.J.) lead in the defensive effort in tackles with 8 bumping her total to 31 on the season, followed by Katie Wood (Hamilton, N.J.) with five who now leads the team in tackles this year with 44.

The Bobcats finish their season at home against Rutgers, Sunday, November 4 at 1 p.m. on the QU Rugby Field of the Mount Carmel Campus marking senior day.  Prior to the start of the game Quinnipiac will honor ten of the Bobcat seniors prior to kick off.  The game will also mark the final game of regular season before playoffs begin a week later.  Rutgers is currently ranked number three in the Tri-State conference and 5-1 on the year.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Women's Rugby Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu