October 5, 2010

Cunniff's Two Goals, In Second Straight Game, Lead Field Hockey To 4-2 Win Against Brown

Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) scored twice, in her second consecutive game, to lead Quinnipiac to a 4-2 win against Brown in a non-conference match-up at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. Cunniff becomes the first player in two seasons, since MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.), to scored two goals in back-to-back games, and the first player to score in three straight games since Liptak and Christine Grady (Enfield, Conn.) accomplished the feat in 2008. Quinnipiac improves to 4-6 with the win.

Kristen Engelke (Medford, N.J.) scored her third goal of the season just 6:26 into the game when Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clark Summit, Pa.) dribbled the ball into the circle and dished it to her classmate. Engelke then blasted a shot past two Brown defenders and goalkeeper Lauren Kessler in the cage to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. Tacy Zysk scored at the 15:02 mark on a pass from Abigail Taft to tie the game. The score remained the same through the first half.

Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) won her second consecutive start in goal after holding Brown to two goals over regulation, while stopping five of seven shots on goal in the game. She improves to 4-3-0 on the season.

Cunniff's first goal of the game, and fifth of the season, gave Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead at the 50:58 mark. The goal came off a corner, with senior captain Tina Watkins (Sweet Valley, Pa.) and Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) picking up assists. The trio has accounted for four of Quinnipiac's last seven goals, all of which came off corners. Watkins and Zimniski had a pair of assists, for the second straight game, to push their season totals to seven and four, respectively.

Less than five minutes later, Leslie Springmeyer took control of the ball in front of Lewis and started to dribble away from the cage before spinning and blasting a shot by Lewis to tie the game. From there it was all Quinnipiac as Cunniff scored her second goal of the game, and team-leading sixth of the season, at the 61:09 mark. With less than a minute to play, a broken corner resulted in the ball finding the stick of Liptak, who's shot from the left side of the goal had nothing-but-daylight and gave the Bobcats a two-goal cushion.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 10 when they travel to Fairfield, Conn. for its first Northeast Conference match-up of the season. The Bobcats will take on Sacred Heart at 12 p.m.