HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team blanked Temple University on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats earned their seventh shutout of the season with a 44-0 victory at the QU Rugby Field on Mount Carmel Campus. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 12-0 on the season and has earned a trip to the National Round of 16 in Annapolis, Md. which is set to begin next weekend.
Freshman Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.), one of the nation's top players at the wing position, led the Bobcats with three tries for a total of 15 points on the afternoon. Krystin Orrico (Cranford, N.J.) also crossed the goal line multiple times for Quinnipiac with two tries, while Raechel Stimson (Cameron Park, Md.), Megan Hannemann (Manchester, N.H.), Devon Viera (Kent, Wash.), Elena Orlando (Winters, Calif.) and Marie Pescatore (North Reading, Mass.) each tallied one for the Bobcats.
Time of possession was a key component in the outcome, as the home team dominated from the opening whistle. Kosko opened the scoring summary in the sixth minute of play, when she raced down the left side of the field for the score and a 5-0 Quinnipiac lead. The Bobcats would cross the goal line four more times (Kosko, Stimson, Hannemann and Orrico) before half's end. Orrico connected on the conversion after the final try for a 22-0 Quinnipiac lead at the break.
After the intermission, Kosko and the Bobcats went right back to work when the Florida native collected her third try of the game just nine minutes into the half. Orrico made it two straight conversions with the kick, granting the Bobcats a comfortable 29-0 lead with 20 minutes to play.
Quinnipiac clamped down defensively and obtained the shutout through team defense and tremendous tackling. The Bobcats notched 48 tackles (unofficial) in the game, led by seven apiece from Hannemann and Katie Wood (Hamilton, N.J.). Hannemann and Wood led Quinnipiac in total tackles through the regular season.
The Bobcats added some insurance down the stretch with 15 points in the final 12 minutes of play. Viera, Orlando and Pescatore each crossed the goal line, leaving a 44-0 final from the QU Rugby Field.
With the loss, Temple fell to 9-2 on the season. Entering the game, the Owls had outscored their opponents, 241-7, through the regular-season of the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference.
For the Bobcats, the team heads down to Annapolis, Md. for the National Round of 16 in the 2013 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women's Collegiate playoffs, to be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013. With a win on Saturday, Quinnipiac would advance to the National Quarterfinals for a spot in the semifinals. After that, 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.