Women’s Rugby Meets Intra-State Rival UConn, Saturday, Oct.19

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Quinnipiac University (6-2, 2-2 Northeast)
UConn (7-1, 6-1 Northeast)

Saturday, October 19, 2013 – 11 a.m.
Depot Field – Storrs, Conn.

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Cats vs. Dogs
The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team (6-2, 2-2 Northeast) continues their 2013 season when they take on intrastate rival and fellow Northeast Conference opponent UConn (7-1, 6-1 Northeast) this Saturday, October 19.  The Bobcats will travel to Depot Field on the UConn Storrs Campus.  Opening kick-off is slated for 11 a.m. 

Scouting the Huskies
UConn currently stands at 7-1 overall on their 2013 season.  The Huskies met Syracuse early on as they tallied their first win of the season, 26-7, over the Orange Women.  UConn went the rest of the way meeting Northeast conference opponents for total a 6-1 record overall in conference play.  The Huskies saw their only loss of the season coming from the Army Black Knights back on Sept 29.  The Black Knights outscored UConn 20-15 to mark the Huskies only setback.  This past weekend UConn met the Huskies of Northeastern in Boston where they came out on top with the 39-5 victory. 

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

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, so far, has 35 points this season and totals 200 points for her career in just her second season playing for Quinnipiac.

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 24 points in the young season to lead her freshman class in scoring for the Bobcats.

Out Numbering the Competition
So far this year, the Quinnipiac women's rugby team has outscored their Division I opponents, 291-128.

Minute to Win It
The Quinnipiac women's rugby team defeated the UMass Amherst Minute Women, 94-5, on Saturday, Oct. 12 for its fourth straight win of the season. The Bobcats are now 7-2 overall and 2-2 in the Northeast conference.  Shannon Durkin and Natalie Kosko led Quinnipiac's attack with four tries apiece, while senior Allison Gnys, junior Elisa Cuellar and sophomore Devon Vieira also had 10 points apiece. The final result was the highest winning margin for the Bobcats this season.

Armed and Ready
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. 

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.

Vieira Steps Up
Sophomore Devon Vieira carried the Bobcats to their fourth victory of the season on Saturday, Sept. 28.  The scrum half posted a career-high of 20 points against the Cavaliers.