Women's Rugby Hosts Temple on Saturday; Winner Advances to National Round of 16

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Quinnipiac University (11-0, 7-0 Tri-State)
Temple University (9-2, 5-0 MARC)

Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 3 p.m.
QU Rugby Field – Hamden, Conn.

Fresh off an undefeated 2012 season and the program's first Tri-State Conference Championship, the Quinnipiac women's rugby team (11-0, 7-0 Tri-State) will begin its quest for a 2013 National Championship on Saturday, April 6th at the QU Rugby Field. The Bobcats are set for a showdown against Temple University (9-2, 5-0 MARC) with the winner to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2013 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women's Collegiate playoffs. 

The Tournament Format
The eventual champion needs to win five straight games in the single-elimination tournament. The winners of the opening round advance to the National Round of 16, to be held next weekend, Saturday, April 13; which is followed by the National Quarterfinals on Sunday, April 14. The remaining four teams will head to the National Semifinals and Championship which is hosted on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 (respectively) at Steuber Rugby Stadium (Stanford University) in Stanford, CA. 

All- Time Against Temple
This will be the first meeting between the two teams in program history. 

Scouting the Owls
Temple, an affiliate of the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference, was also perfect in league play en route to a MARC Championship back in November. Temple (9-2, 5-0 MARC) defeated the University of Scranton, 33-19, in the semifinals; and then went on to win the title with a 38-0 victory over Saint Joseph's University in the championship game. Through the regular-season, Temple was dominant in league play, outscoring its opponents, 241-7. Sara Linke leads the team in tries with 12, while Erin Langeheine tallied 40 conversions on the season. 

Tri-State Championship
The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team claimed the 2012 Tri-State Conference Championship with a 22-14 win over Albany back in November. For the year, Quinnipiac outscored their opponents 605-42 in head coach Becky Carlson's second season. Quinnipiac earned a spot in the national tournament in the spring with their first league championship. 

Tri-State Semifinals
Natalie Kosko once again led the Bobcats' attack, two of which came on 20-plus yard runs. She also tallied five tackles in the game. Nancy Dunn had a try and an assist while Megan Hannemann scored and led the team with 10 tackles. Shannon Durkin also scored for the Bobcats. Colleen Doherty assisted on Kosko's second try while also finishing with eight tackles. Jackie Maclearie had eight tackles for the Bobcats as well as several long runs at crucial moments. The Bobcats topped the Red Foxes, 30-0. 

Senior Day
Quinnipiac honored 10 Bobcat seniors for their dedication to the program on Sunday, November 11. The Senior Class, Emily Carroll, Colleen Doherty, Nancy Dunn, Megan Hannemann, Jacqueline Maclearie, Lindsay Nolan, Krystin Orrico, Katie Partin, Marie Pescatore, and Katie Wood, were honored for their contributions to the program. 

Bobcats Scar the Danes
The Bobcats defeated the Great Danes of Albany, 27-10, Sunday, October 28. Natalie Kosko headed the offensive push with two tries for the Bobcats. The freshman combined for over 70 running yards with her two possessions. Adding to the scoring unit for Bobcats, Megan Hannemann and Raechel Stimson also accounted for a try apiece with Krystin Orrico connecting on 2-of-5 in conversion attempts for the afternoon. 

Put to the Test
Natalie Kosko propelled the Bobcats to their eighth-straight victory with three tries as Quinnipiac trumped West Chester, 32-12. Quinnipiac handed West Chester, an affiliate of the NCAA, its first loss of the season. 

That's A lot of Points
The Quinnipiac women's rugby team put on an incredible offensive display on Sunday, October 14th, scoring a program-record 130 points in the shutout victory over Hofstra, 130-0, at the QU Rugby Field. Megan Hannemann and 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
Nancy Dunn led the Bobcats with three tries to lead Quinnipiac over the Seawolves, 66-0. The outside center led the team with three tries and two assists, while Megan Hannemann and Tesni Phillips registered two tries apiece for Quinnipiac. 

Five and Zip
Raechel Stimson helped lead the Quinnipiac women's rugby team to a 52-0 victory over Marist at the QU Rugby Field on September 30th. Stimson carried the team with three tries adding 15 points to the scoreboard. Nancy Dunn and Colleen Doherty each chimed in with a try a piece. Shannon Durkin and Natalie Kosko combined for three tries, while Doherty and Dunn added assists for the Bobcats. 

Vassar, No Match for the Bobcats
Elisa Cuellar continued to lead the Quinnipiac women's rugby team as the outside center added two tries and an assist in a 36-12 win over the Brewers at Vassar Farm Field in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Natalie Kosko collected the first try of her career, as she matched Cuellar with two tries while also adding an assist. Nancy Dunn and Tesni Phillips each added a try a piece to lead Quinnipiac to their fourth straight victory. Fly-half Colleen Doherty also helped out with an assist. 

Quinnipiac Tops SUNY New Paltz
Elisa Cuellar carried the Bobcats to a 94-0 victory over the Hawks of New Paltz on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the QU Rugby Field in Hamden, Conn. Cuellar led the pack with 20 points for the Bobcats off of four tries and eight runs over twenty yards. Megan Hannemann and Shannon Durkin added two tries apiece for 20 points. Krystin Orrico and Allison Gnys were 7-for-16 in conversion points to add to the margin of victory. 

Bobcats Cruise Past Binghamton
The Bobcats cruised past Binghamton, 91-0, on September 9, 2012. Freshman Raechel Stimson posted the first try of her career, while Krystin Orrico led the team with 24 points 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
Nancy Dunn guided QU to a season-opening victory with the game-winning try in the best-of-three series at Eastern Illinois. Dunn found the room to maneuver through the Eastern Illinois defense and crossed the goal line for the game-winning try with less than two minutes showing on the clock. 

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.