October 11, 2009

Field Hockey Edged By Rider, 1-0

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team lost to Rider University, 1-0, in a Northeast Conference game in Lawrenceville, N.J. Quinnipiac goes to 2-9 overall and 1-2 in the NEC while Rider remains undefeated at 12-0 overall including a 3-0 mark against NEC opponents.

"This was a really good hockey game," Head Coach Becca Kohli said. "It was evenly matched, all the action was back-and-forth. Like most Northeast Conference games, it was played very fast. Our defense - particularly Tina Watkins, Brandy Longacre and Cassie Adams - made some adjustments as the game went on and kept us in it."

Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) turned in yet another double-digit save effort, this time turning back 10 shots by the Broncs in the loss. Grossman has now recorded at least 10 saves in five of Quinnipiac's 11 games this season. She also runs her career total to 17 out of 63 games played with 10 or more stops. She also stands in third place all-time at Quinnipiac with 417 saves.

"Jenna [Grossman] and our defense did an outstanding job of breaking them down," Kohli said.

Grossman stopped the first seven shots she saw on the afternoon, including four in the first half and three before Rider eventually got on the board with less than 10 minutes to play. After the Broncs were awarded a corner, Megan Pisani blasted a shot on goal that found its way through traffic. Virginia Egusguiza was able to get a stick on the ball out in front of the cage and deflect it past Grossman.

"It was a good game, we played well," senior captain Lauren Hartnett said. "I'm proud of our team and the way we played today. We've made great strides since the beginning of the year."

Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 13 when they host Sacred Heart University in a Northeast Conference game set for a 3 p.m. start at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats then host Monmouth on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 12 p.m.