ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team topped Lee University on Saturday afternoon, 25-20, at the Brigade Sports Complex on U.S. Naval Academy Campus. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 13-0 on the season and has earned the chance to play Appalachian State, tomorrow, April 14, in the National Quarterfinals at 11 a.m.
Freshman Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) and sophomore Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.) led the Bobcats offensive unit with two tries apiece for a total of 20 points against the Flames. Sophomore Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.) also added a try, her 11th of the season, which brought the Bobcats back from their first deficit that they had faced all season.
Cuellar led the Bobcats in the first half accounting for their two tries in the stanza. The sophomore put the Bobcats in front, 5-0, after crossing the goal line just minutes into the contest. Senior Nancy Dunn (Moscow, Pa.) was credited with the assist on the play. The Flames battled back to tie the score at 10-10; and each team would score again before half's end. Cuellar picked up her second try of the game and accounted for all 10 points before halftime.
After the break, Quinnipiac's offensive force, Kosko garnered her first try of the afternoon – putting the Bobcats back on top, 15-10. However, Lee struck back with back-to-back scores to giving Quinnipiac their first deficit all season, 20-15.
With just under 15 minutes to play, Durkin came through with the biggest try of her career, receiving a two-three load pass from Maria Pescatore (North Reading, Mass.) and Megan Hannemann (Manchester, N.H.) for the score. Kosko kept the momentum in Quinnipiac's favor, converting on the game-winning try with just minutes remaining for a 25-20 advantage. The Bobcats' defense buckled down, and prevented a Lee from responding to solidify a five-point win.
The Bobcats defensive effort was terrific as the Flames' offense struggled mightily in second half. Head coach Becky Carlson credits her team's physical fitness as the main reason for the victory.
For the season the Bobcats have defeated their opponents, 672-62. With the loss, Lee fell to 6-3 on the season.
For the Bobcats, the will continue on in the 2013 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women's Collegiate playoffs. With the win on Saturday, Quinnipiac advances on to the National Quarterfinals. 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.
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 2012-13 Women's Rugby Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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