Women's Rugby Hosts Marist in Tri-State Conference Semi-Final; 10 Seniors Honored

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Quinnipiac University (9-0) (7-0 Tri- State)
Marist College (5-3) (5-3 Tri-State)
Sunday, November 11, 2012 – 1 p.m
QU Rugby Field – Hamden, Conn.

Tri State Semi-Finals
The undefeated Bobcats will host the Foxes of Marist College for the second time this year.  The game marks the start of the Tri-State Playoffs where Quinnipiac will play the number four cede on the QU Rugby Field in Hamden, Conn at 1 p.m.  The Foxes stand at 5-3 on the season. The Bobcats currently stand at number one in the Tri-State Conference. Sunday will also mark senior day for ten graduating seniors on the team. 

Senior Day
Prior to the start of Sunday's meeting Quinnipiac will honor ten of the Bobcat seniors for their dedication to their school.  Among the Senior class,  Emily Carroll, Colleen DohertyNancy Dunn, Megan Hannemann, Jacqueline Maclearie, Lindsay Nolan, Krystin Orrico, Katie Partin, Marie Pescatore, and Katie Wood. 

All- Time Against Marist
This match-up will mark the third meeting between these two programs.  In their last meeting, the Bobcats hosted the Foxes on Sept. 30, where they went 52-0.  Currently against Marist, Quinnipiac stands at 2-0. Their first game against Marist marked their debut home opener on October 2, posting 23-7 victory over the Foxes.  In their last match up in the conference Marist fell to the Great Danes of Albany knocking them to 5-3 on the season.

Tri-State Playoffs
The Tri-State Playoffs will consist of four teams battling it out for the champion position at Vassar College this year, Quinnipiac is ranked in the number one position while Albany, Rutgers, and Marist follow.  The first round semifinals will take place at Quinnipac (Quinnipiac vs. Marist) and Albany (Albany vs. Rutgers) the winners of the two matches will continue on the following weekend at host site Vassar College. 

Bobcats Scar the Danes
Quinnipiac continues to push the offensive line over the Great Danes of Albany on Sunday Oct. 28.  The Bobcats finished 27-10 over the second ranked opponent in the Tri-State Conference. Starting off slow the Bobcats held their own with tries from Devon Vieira, Raechel Stimpson, and Jacqueline Maclearie. Freshman Natalie Kosko had a stand out performance for Quinnipiac scoring two tries and rushing over 70 yards.  Kosko now leads the Bobcats in scoring for her freshman campaign totaling over 50 points for Quinnipiac. The loss was Albany's first for their season. 

Put to the Test
The Bobcats faced NCAA opponent West Chester their last time on the field and were put to the test against their counterpart.  Quinnipiac was led by freshman Natalie Kosko propelling the Bobcats to the victory with three tries in the matchup.  Points were also provided by Shannon Durkin and Devon Vieira to lead the Bobcats over the Golden Rams, 32-12. Quinnipiac remains undefeated on the season outscoring their opponent 526-31.

The Quinnipiac women's rugby team put on an incredible offensive display on Sunday, scoring a program-record 130 points in the shutout victory over Hofstra, 130-0, at the QU Rugby Field. Senior open-side flanker Megan Hannemann and freshman wing Natalie Kosko each tallied a career-high four tries in an absolute blitz that featured 11 different scorers for the Bobcats.

Rain Doesn't Stop the Bobcats
The Bobcats traveled to Stony Brook, N.Y. last Sunday, Oct. 7, to take on the Stony Brook Seawolves. Senior Nancy Dunn carried the Bobcats with three tries to lead Quinnipiac over the Seawolves, 66-0. The outside center lead the team with three tries and two assists for Quinnipiac. Senior Megan Hannemann and freshman Tesni Phillips registered two tries a piece for Quinnipiac.

Five and Zip
The Bobcats continued to capitalize on their 5-0 record on the year with a win at home against Marist College, Sept. 30, 52-0.  Sophomore Raechel Stimson added three tries for the Bobcats along with freshman Natalie Kosko who tallied two tries.  The Bobcats for the season have outscored their opponents 273-12 for the year and continue to make headway.  Also with noteworthy  game was Elisa Cuellar with 11 solo tackles for the Bobcats.

Brewers No Match
Quinnipiac continued their unbeaten 3-0 season in Poughkeepsie when Vassar played host to the Bobcats. Sophomore Elisa Cuellar led in points for Quinnipiac women's rugby team  adding two tries and an assist for Quinnipiac to lead them to a 36-12 victory against the Brewers at Vassar Farm  With the win, the Bobcats remains undefeated as they improves 4-0 and 3-0 in Tri-State Conference play this year.

Bobcats on a Roll

With the Bobcats win over the Hawks on Sunday, Sept. 16, Quinnipiac improves to 3-0 in their already impressive season.  The start has already proved to be their best start in program history. The Bobcats have shattered their largest victory margin from earlier this year against SUNY New Paltz, 94-0.  With the win, Quinnipiac had 12 players post points for the Bobcats. For the second time this season there has been 12 players who have scored during a game for Quinnipiac.

Bobcats Brawl by Binghamton
Sunday, Sept. 9, 12 Bobcats posted points to crush Binghamton, 91-0. Freshman Raechel Stimson posted the first try of her career while Krystin 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, Tesni Phillips, Jennifer Salomon, Jacqueline Maclearie, Nancy Dunn, Colleen Doherty and Katie Wood all had one try a piece.

Dunn Going the Distance
Senior flanker Nancy Dunn guided QU to the victory with the game-winning try in the best-of-three series. Dunn found the room to maneuver through the Eastern Illinois' defensive end and crossed the goal line for the game-winning try with less than two minutes showing on the clock. The 5-0 triumph gave the Bobcats their first win over Eastern Illinois, improving to 1-3 all-time against the Panthers.

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, Binghamton, Albany, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Stony Brook, and Hofstra.

Tri-State Championships
November 11 and 18th will mark the beginning of the Tri- State Tournament Semifinals and Championships for the conference.  The winners of each match will move on to the championship round November 18 at Vassar College. For the other November 11 will mark the end of the season for their program.

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