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HAMDEN, Conn.- The Quinnipiac women's rugby team defeated the Army Black Knights, 39-27, on Saturday, Oct. 5, for their third straight win of the season. The Bobcats are now 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the Northeast conference. The win today gives Quinnipiac its first win of the season at home as they improve to 8-3-1 all-time on the Mount Carmel campus.
A tremendous scoring effort from all Bobcats, Quinnipiac featured six players crossing the line. Senior Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.) led Quinnipiac with 10 points, coming from back-to-back tries in the second stanza. Senior Allison Gnys (Cumberland, R.I.) followed with nine points for the Bobcats. Junior Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.), sophomores Devon Vieira (Kent, Wash.) and Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) and freshman Tayler Schussler (Westminster, Md.) each added five points. Senior Elena Orlando (Winters, Calif.) was credited with an assist.
An evenly matched game from the start, Quinnipiac earned the lead at the nine-minute mark. Sophomore Vieira brought the ball into Black Knight territory to give the Bobcats the 5-0 advantage. On the return, Quinnipiac quickly extended the lead, 10-0, as freshman Tayler Schussler marked the first try of her Bobcat career.
Army would answer back at the 23rd minute marker. The Black Knight's Ashley Moore provided Lindy Clarke their first try of the game to put Army on the boards, 10-5. Senior Lock Allison Gnys would stretch Quinnipiac's lead 15-5, as she managed to plow through Army's heavy defensive line. To conclude the first stanza, the Black Knights would successfully make a penalty kick to cut Quinnipiac's lead to three. Quinnipiac would remain atop, 15-8, as they went into the locker room.
As the second half got underway, Army wasted little time to create a comeback. Cadet Elizabeth McCraken would tally her first try of the game at the eight-minute mark to narrow Quinnipiac's lead to two points, 15-13. The Bobcats would continue to capitalize on Army's mistakes as they went on to score four back-to-back tries, two coming from senior Shannon Durkin. Sophomore Natalie Kosko connected on a pass from Elena Orlando to give the Bobcats a seven-point advantage.
In the 23rd minute of the second half, fullback Elisa Cuellar would pick the Black Knights at the 50-yard mark to carry the ball down the field, extending Quinnipiac's lead. Gnys would successfully complete the conversion to put the Bobcats up 27-13. Unfazed by Army's strong coverage, senior Shannon Durkin led the way. Posting two back-to-back tries Durkin gave Quinnipiac the towering lead, 39-13. Army would close out the game with two more tries from Kate Roose and Carissa Pekny resulting in the 39-27 final.
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 12 with their third home game of the 2013 campaign. Quinnipiac will host UMass Amherst on Alumni Field in Hamden with kickoff slated for 12 p.m.
The women's rugby team will also continue their support to promote the Austin Hill Project. Austin is an amazing 14-year-old young teen 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 will wear a purple T-shirt before each home game to honor Austin and support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. In addition, the game officials for the game 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. T-Shirts will be sold at each home game and are $15.
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