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American International (1-1, 0-0 Northeast)
Quinnipiac University (3-1, 0-1 Northeast)
Saturday, September 21, 2013 – 12 p.m.
Alumni Rugby Field – Hamden, Conn
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No Place Like Home
The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team (3-1, 0-1 Northeast) looks to continue its winning ways in its home-opener against American International College on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Bobcats will meet the Northeast Rugby Conference foe at Alumni Field on the Mount Carmel Campus in Hamden, Conn. Kick-off is slated for 12 p.m.
Austin Hill Project
Quinnipiac University women's rugby has created and developed the Austin Hill Project. Austin is an amazing 14 year old young man from Colorado Springs who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis since being diagnosed at 18 months of age. While Austin fights this disease on a daily basis, due to his condition he is unable to participate in athletics. A port-a-cath that assists in his treatments lies three inches from his heart creating safety concerns in contact sports. Austin is currently a member of the Colorado Springs Tiger Rugby team, but is unable to participate.
Fundraising for Austin
Quinnipiac women's rugby has proudly partnered with Quinnipiac's newest 2013 addition of the School of Medicine and also the School of Engineering. Quinnipiac doctors, professors, engineers and students will work alongside the women's rugby program and athletics in this campaign to develop a chest protector for Austin so he may be able to play sports again. The funds raised will subsidize the cost of the creation of the chest protector.
T-Shirts for the Austin Hill Project
Each member of the women's rugby team will wear a purple T-shirt before each game to honor Austin and support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. In addition, the game officials for the game against AIC will be outfitted in "I Ref For Austin" gear to show their support. Each donation and purchase of a purple "I Play for Austin" tee will go directly to the development of this chest protector. Each tee is $15.
Honorary Guest – Amanda Musso
In addition to the Austin Hill Project, Quinnipiac University will also have an honorary guest, Amanda Musso, on hand for the game against AIC. Amanda Musso - who hails from Bridgeport, Conn. - also known as "Bean", is a fan and friend of the Quinnipiac women's rugby team. The word and motto "Believe" that the Bobcats have coined as their own, has great meaning to Bean. On April 23, 2009, she was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiform Stage 3 Cancer and was told it was inoperable. She immediately began Chemo in a cycle for 28 days on and 28 days off. By 2010 the tumors were under control.
However, in 2011, two more tumors where found and Bean was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She was scheduled for a bone marrow transplant but was told just days before the surgery that she was not strong enough and her counts were too low. This didn't stop Bean as she continued to fight. While recently her Leukemia has gone into NED (no evidence of disease) her tumors, one in particular "Bruce" as she likes to call it, has grown to the point of fracturing her skull and has caused her to lose hearing on one side and is pressing on her optic nerve.
Even though she was told a few weeks ago she only had two months to live and to get comfortable and prepare for hospice, Bean has chosen to BELIEVE; chosen to continue chemo and continue LIVING. She is an inspiration to the team and the community and Quinnipiac is honored to have her here for our home-opener. Quinnipiac University women's rugby believes in you, Bean.
The "Bean" Bag Race!
During halftime of the game, Quinnipiac University women's rugby will host the first "Bean" Bag Race at Alumni Field. All children in attendance will have the opportunity to sign up and compete in an oversized uniform run across the field. Please sign up prior to the game at the "Austin Hill Project" T-Shirt table.
Quinnipiac's game against AIC will be streamed live across the world on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by QBSN - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events".
Scouting the Yellow Jackets
American International looks to climb over the .500 mark as they enter this match-up with a 1-1 overall record this year. The Yellow Jackets opened their 2013 season on Sept. 7 against Vermont where they came away with a 45-24 victory over the Catamounts. American International continued their season the following weekend, falling to Army, 51-11, in West Point, N.Y. Senior Jess Davis leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring with five tries for the season, while freshman Cassidy Myers follows Davis with 23 points.
All- Time against American International
This match will be the first time these two programs have met.
Quinnipiac boasts a 7-2-1 record all-time when playing in Hamden. The Bobcats are currently riding a seven game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) dating back to the 2011-12 season.
Schooling the Competition
It was all Quinnipiac University in Tuesday night's NCAA rugby match as the Bobcats handed Harvard University a 41-10 loss in the Crimson's very first varsity competition. Sophomore Natalie Kosko collected three tries and Maggie Myles added two, leading Quinnipiac to its fourth win of the season at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.
The Bobcats lost to national power Norwich, 41-5, in a Northeast Rugby Conference match-up at NU Dog River Rugby Pitch in Northfield, Vt. The loss is the Bobcats' first of the year as they dropped their first regular-season contest since Nov. 12, 2011.