September 27, 2013

Women’s Rugby Travels South to Face Virginia on Saturday, Sept. 28

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Quinnipiac University (3-2, 0-2 Northeast)
University of Virginia (1-1 Mason Dixon)

Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 11 a.m.
Madison Bowl Field – Charlottesville, Va.


Crossing the Mason Dixon
The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team (3-2, 0-2 Northeast) looks to bounce back from their loss last weekend as they cross the Mason Dixon line to face the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia. The Bobcats will meet Virginia on Madison Bowl Field in Charlottesville, Va. Kick-off is slated for 11 a.m. Quinnipiac is 3-1 on the road against their opponents thus far. 

Scouting the Cavaliers
University of Virginia will meet the Bobcats for their third game of the fall season.  The Cavaliers stand at 1-1 in the Mason Dixon Conference after they went toe-to-toe with NC State and the North Carolina Tar Heels earlier this year.  In their season-opener, the Cavaliers fought off the Wolfpack in a 19-5 victory on the road back on Sept 7.  The following weekend they fell to North Carolina on the road in the AHO Tournament in Boone, N.C. Last season, Virginia concluded its 2012-13 season in the College Rugby Elite 8 where they fell to Navy, 32-5, in Annapolis, Md.

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

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 20 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 60 points this season and totals 175 points for her career in just her second season with the Bobcats.

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. 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.

Stung by AIC
The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team had its seven-game home unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday Sept, 21, as the Bobcats fell short to American International College, 36-12, in Northeast Rugby Conference action at Alumni Rugby Field. Sophomore Natalie Kosko led the Bobcats with two tries in the losing effort.

Home-Cooking
Quinnipiac boasts a 7-3-1 record all-time when playing in Hamden. The Bobcats were 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 the NCAA rugby match against Harvard University on Sept. 17, as the Bobcats handed the Crimson a 41-10 loss in their very first varsity competition. Natalie Kosko collected three tries and Maggie Myles added two, leading Quinnipiac to its third win of the season at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.

Minor Setback
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 was the Bobcats' first of the year as they dropped their first regular-season contest since Nov. 12, 2011.

Soaring Above the Rest
Quinnipiac collected its 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.

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 against the Panthers.