September 12, 2013

Live Video Available: Women’s Rugby Opens Conference Play Against Norwich on Saturday

Quinnipiac University (2-0, 0-0 Northeast)
Norwich University (2-0, 0-0 Northeast)
Saturday, September 14, 2013 – 1 p.m.
NU Dog River Rugby Pitch – Northfield, Vt.

Multimedia vs. Norwich University


Put to the Test
The Quinnipiac women's rugby team (2-0, 0-0 Northeast) look to continue their unbeaten streak as they face the 2013 Sevens National Champs, Norwich University, on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. The Bobcats will meet  their conference foe on the NU Dog River Rugby Pitch in Northfield, Vt. Quinnipiac will play for its 18th win in its last 19 games when they square off with the Cadets in a match that will be streamed live on nsnsports.net. 

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Norwich will be streamed live on nsnsports.net. Bobcat fans can access live video  - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting nsnsports.net/norwich, clicking on "Video Streaming" and then on the event. 

Scouting the Cadets
Norwich opens its 2013 season with the Bobcats this weekend, after two exhibition wins against Boston WRFC and New York WRFC. Last year, the Cadets moved up to Division I, falling just one win short of winning their fourth straight national championship between 7s and 15s. The Cadets are led by seniors Rose Bernheim and Joya Clark and sophomore Ally Day. Bernheim broke the NU all-time try record early last season in a 34-15 win over West Point on Sept. 8. She has 76 tries in her career and tied with Clark (25) for second on the team last season. Day had a sensational rookie campaign, leading the squad with 35 tries, which smashed the NU single-season try record. The Cadets outscored their two exhibition opponents, 117-7.

All- Time against Norwich
This match will be the first time these two programs have met.

Soaring Above the Rest
Quinnipiac tallied their second win of the season over the Air Force Falcons, 35-14, on Saturday, Sept. 7. Sophomore Natalie Kosko led the effort with two tries. Freshman Maggie Myles picked up her first career try in the victory.

Racking up the Myles 
Newcomer Maggie Myles recorded her first try of her freshman campaign against Air Force (9/7).  The rookie has accounted for 13 points in the young season to lead her class in scoring.

Kosko Cracks a Career High
Sophomore Natalie Kosko marked a career high with five tries in one game against the Panthers of Eastern Illinois (8/31).  The wing has 35 points this season and totals 150 points for her career in just her second season with the Bobcats.

Out of the Gates
The Bobcats opened their 2013-14 season with a win, 65-7, on the road against EIU, Saturday, Aug. 31. This was the fourth meeting between these two NCAA Division I programs. Natalie Kosko recorded five tries in the meeting, while junior Elisa Cuellar had arguably the best outing of her career with a pair of tries, an assist and a steal from the Panthers.

Who to Watch
Head coach Becky Carlson returns for a third season in 2013, bringing along 12 players from last year's roster. The Bobcats joined the Northeast Rugby Conference at the beginning of the season and remain as one of two Division I programs in the NCAA. After finishing a successful 2012-13 campaign, the Quinnipiac University women's rugby team is poised for a return to the national stage and a shot at the title. . 

Quinnipiac has two seniors back for their final year, Nancy Dunn and Colleen Doherty. Each provided crucial minutes for Quinnipiac's line last year, and will once again play a large role for the Bobcats. Dunn and Doherty also combined for 21 assists and 62 tackles for the Bobcats. 

In addition to Dunn and Doherty, Quinnipiac also returns junior Raechel Stimson. Stimson, a silent but crucial presence for the Bobcats, collected 45 points, 41 solo tackles and 11 runs over 20 yards last year. Stimson was one of three Bobcats selected to the Tri-State All-Conference team in 2012. Elisa Cuellar will also be a force to be reckoned with on the field this year. The small and agile fullback returns for her junior season after compiling 40 points and 10 assists in her sophomore campaign. Shannon Durkin was also an all-around threat for the Bobcats last year and returns for her junior season. She compiled 50 points off of 10 tries and amassed 24 tackles for Quinnipiac a year ago.

The offensive catalyst, sophomore Natalie Kosko, returns for her second season in Bobcat uniform. The 5-6 wing earned the chance to play for the US National Rugby team over in England for the Nation's Cup this past summer. Kosko led the Bobcats last year with 155 points on 31 tries including a season-high of four tries in the game against Hofstra. Along with Kosko, incoming freshman Maggie Myles joined the U20 US Rugby team in England as they both helped the US to a second place finish in a tournament with England, South Africa and Canada. 

2012-13 Recap
Quinnipiac finished the 2012-13 season with a 15-1 record and capped off its first winning season since the program started in 2011. The Bobcats mounted a perfect 12-0 regular season mark as they were named the Tri-State Conference Champions after defeating Albany, 22-14, in the championship game. Quinnipiac set records throughout the year as they outscored their opposition, 619-128. As Quinnipiac wrapped up their regular season schedule, the Bobcats received a bid to the collegiate national tournament. Quinnipiac hosted the Temple Owls for a ticket into the National Round of 16 back in April. The Owls proved no competition for the Bobcats as they easily sidelined Temple, 44-0, for their seventh shut-out of the season. The Bobcats would continue on in the tournament as they defeated Lee University and Appalachian State for the opportunity to play in the quarterfinals at the United Emirates National tournament in Stanford, Calif. Quinnipiac would suffer their first loss of the season in the semifinals to the powerhouse Winona State – a team that lost in the championship to Washington State. The Bobcats wouldn't leave the season on a sour note though, as Quinnipiac would prevail with a comeback win over the University of Buffalo, 22-12, in the consolation game. This ranked Quinnipiac third in the country after just two years of existence.