COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Earning their seventeenth win in the last eighteen games, the Quinnipiac women's rugby team defeated the Air Force Falcons, 35-14, on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Bobcats improve on their early season, 2-0, as Air Force drops their first game of the year.
"We were not sure what Air Force had but we knew going in no matter what that the cadets would fight us all 80 minutes," said head coach Becky Carlson. "Two of our freshmen are from Colorado and it was great to see a home crowd. Hailey Wyatt was relentless today and Christie Albers saw some quality minutes. We scored early on with some great support up the middle from the forwards and when our backs clicked it was just flat out good rugby. Every Bobcat did their part today."
In the winning effort, sophomore Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) led Quinnipiac with two tries. Juniors Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.), Raechel Stimson (Cameron Park, Calif.), sophomore Devon Vieira (Kent, Wash.) and freshmen Maggie Myles (Emittsburg, Md., and Hailey Wyatt (Breckenridge, Colo.) each added a try for the Bobcats. Myles also tallied two assists for Quinnipiac along with senior Elena Orlando (Winters, Calif.) with one.
The Bobcats jumped ahead early as freshman Myles earned her first try of her career. The outside wing connected on a beautiful pass from senior Elena Orlando to put Quinnipiac up, 5-0, in the opening minutes. The next time down the pitch, Durkin would double Quinnipiac's score off of a scrum to put the Falcons at a 10 point deficit.
Air Force would then take control of the game and post their first points after successfully scoring and gaining a conversion to put them back in the game. The Bobcats would stop the Falcon's run quickly as sophomore Kosko would complete back-to-back tries from a back line play receiving the ball from Myles each time. Quinnipiac would complete the first half with a lead of 20-7.
After the intermission, the Bobcats would resume play as the rookie scrum half, Hailey Wyatt would earn her first points of her Quinnipiac career. Wyatt put the Bobcats ahead of the Falcons, 25-7. The Falcons were able to find another seven points half way through the second stanza before Quinnipiac finished the game with back to back tries from Stimson and Viera to close out the game, 35-14.
Quinnipiac will continue their season on the road when they meet Norwich University in their first Northeast Conference clash on Saturday, Sept. 14. Kick-off is set for 1p.m. on the NU Dog River Rugby Pitch in Northfield, Vt.
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