STANFORD, Calif. –The third ranked Quinnipiac University Women's rugby team defeated the University of Buffalo, 22-12, on Saturday morning in the Emirates Airlines Collegiate National Tournament consolation game at Stuber Rugby Stadium in Stanford, Calif. With the win, the Bobcats conclude their 2012-13 campaign with a 15-1 record.
The Bobcats reached the scoreboard first as freshman wing Natalie Kosko (Sebastain, Fla.) collected her first try of the game for a 5-0 QU advantage early on. With just under 20 minutes left in the first stanza, Buffalo completed a long offensive stand with a successful try and conversion attempt to give the Bulls their first lead of the game. Each team would continue to battle it out in the first half making multiple trips up and down the field, but neither team could capitalize on their chances. Buffalo carried a 7-5 lead into the break at halftime.
After intermission, Buffalo pressed forward for its second try of the game to extend its lead to seven, 12-5. However, from that point forward it was all Quinnipiac for the remainder of the game. Kosko got the party started with her second try of the game when she broke free for the endzone off a pass from sophomore Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.). The duo wasn't through yet though as they teammed up twice more in the Bobcats next two possessions to take a 20-12 lead. Senior Krystin Orrico (Cranson, N.J.) tacked on the conversion points to give Quinnipiac a 10 point cushion in the waning minutes.
Kosko, one of the best players in the nation, led the Bobcats with 20 points on four tries - marking a career high for the rookie. For the tournament, Kosko collected 35 points off of seven tries. She concluded the season with 155 points on 31 tries. Orrico also added to the numbers as she successfully completed a conversion for two points in the game. She went 1-for-4 on conversion attempts on the day.
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