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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team had its seven-game home unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats fell short to American International College, 36-12, in Northeast Rugby Conference action at Alumni Rugby Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Sophomore Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) led the Bobcats with two tries in the losing effort.
Quinnipiac, now 3-2 overall and 0-2 in league play, saw two players in the scoring summary for the match. Kosko was credited with 10 points, while freshman Maggie Myles (Emmitsburg, Md.) completed a conversion for the other two. Myles also assisted Kosko on both tries.
In the first ever meeting between the two teams, it was all Bobcats early on in the contest. With 22 minutes remaining in the first half, Kosko received a pass from Myles and broke free for a 30-yard run down the left side of the pitch for the game's first score. Myles tacked on the conversion, giving the Bobcats a 7-0 advantage on their home turf.
AIC put five points on the board some 10 minutes later, but the Kosko-Myles connection went right back to work with six minutes remaining in the first half. On a similar play to the first try of the game, Myles hit a streaking Kosko with a pass between the numbers – where the Sebastian, Fla. native raced down the field for a second score and a 12-5 lead.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, their offense went quiet and AIC's attack was fierce over the final 41 minutes of play. AIC ended the first half with a try and conversion to tie the score up at 12-12, and then proceeded to score 24 unanswered points in the second frame. Rosalind Pena, Megan Pinson, Muneera Patton, Jessica Davis and Cassidy Neyers each recorded a try for AIC, with Neyers adding three conversions for the other six points.
Quinnipiac entered the game with a 7-2-1 record all-time when playing in Hamden. The Bobcats seven-game unbeaten streak was snapped (6-0-1), a stint that dates back to the 2011-12 season.
Throughout the game, Quinnipiac celebrated and promoted 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 three months of age. Austin is currently a member of the Colorado Springs Tiger Rugby team, but is unable to participate. The Bobcats have proudly partnered with Quinnipiac's newest 2013 addition of the School of Medicine and also the School of Engineering, where 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.
Each member of the women's rugby team wore a purple T-shirt before the game to honor Austin and support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. In addition, the game officials for the game were 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. T-Shirts will be sold at each home game and are $15.
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a non-conference match against the University of Virginia. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at Madison Bowl Field in Charlottesville, Va.
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