HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) and senior Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) scored twice each as the Quinnipiac University field hockey team shut out Robert Morris, 4-0, Friday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. With the win, the Bobcats (5-11, 4-3 NEC) clinch a berth in next weekend's Northeast Conference Tournament, while Robert Morris falls to 2-12 (1-6 NEC).
"I was really pleased with the performance," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Kohli. "All three lines connected. It's a good way to catapult into the NEC Tournament next weekend."
Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) earned the win in net for the Bobcats, going nearly the first 60 minutes without facing a shot, while Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) finished the game in net. Stephanie Seeley made seven stops in defeat for the Colonials.
The Bobcats' defense held the Colonials without a shot in the game, while Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) assisted on a pair of goals.
"I think we're really excited as a team," said Grady. "It's been a long time coming for us getting into the NEC Tournament. I think today shows that we're really prepared and ready to play."
The Bobcats' first three goals came off penalty corners. Grady got the Bobcats on the board with less than two minutes left in the first half, when McCreedy found her near the top of the circle. Grady then sent a shot through traffic in front of the net to beat Seeley and give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
Cunniff scored the next two nearly identical goals within two minutes of each other to give the Bobcats separation. She took the first penalty corner and rocketed a low shot from straight away near the top of the circle that left Seeley helpless at the 42:55 mark. At the 44:33 mark, McCreedy tapped a pass to Cunniff off a penalty corner. Cunniff again smoked a shot from the same area that went slightly higher off the ground but had the same result to put the Bobcats on top, 3-0.
For good measure, Grady added her second goal of the game at the 65:08 mark. After Seeley knocked the ball away from Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) on the break, Grady's controlled the ball and sent a shot into Seeley's pads. The rebound deflected back to right back to Grady, who this time deposited it past Seeley.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Colonials, 20-0, while also taking a 12-1 advantage in penalty corners.
The Bobcats return to action Sunday, when they face Saint Francis (Pa.) in the regular-season finale. A win would clinch the No. 3 seed in the NEC Tournament for the Bobcats. Prior to the contest, Quinnipiac will honor its six-member senior class as part of Senior Day ceremonies. The game is scheduled to begin at noon.