Quinnipiac University vs. Rider University
at Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex - Hamden, Conn.
First Place Battle
Four teams sit atop the NEC Standings at 1-0, including Quinnipiac and Rider, who will meet on Friday, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. Quinnipiac is 5-6 overall and are one a three-game winning streak, including a win in its NEC opener against Sacred Heart. Rider is 8-3 overall and winners of five straight and also 1-0 in NEC play.
Rider is currently 8-3 overall and 1-0 in the NEC and are currently on a five game winning streak in which they have outscored their opponents 21-2 while averaging 4.2 goals per game in the run. Sandra Penas and Virginia Egusquiza currently lead Rider with 26 points apiece, while Penas has scored a team-high 11 goals and Egusquiza has tallied a team-best 12 assists. Megan Pisani sneaks in with nine goals and three assists for 21 points while Marlaine Schneider (5-4-14) and Alicia Govannicci (4-3-11) have also reached double-digits in points.
All-Time Against The Broncs
Quinnipiac and Rider have met 19 times since the Bobcats joined the Division I ranks, with the Broncs winning 11 including seven of the last 11 and five of the last six. Quinnipiac's last win against Rider came on Oct. 1, 2006 in Hamden when the Bobcats rung up a 3-1 victory. The Bobcats are 5-2 all-time in Hamden against Rider and 2-7 all-time in Lawrenceville, N.J. The two teams have also met four times in the NEC Tournament Finals, with Rider winning three of those contests.
Four of Quinnipiac's five wins this season, with the only exception being its Oct. 5 win against Brown, have come when the Bobcats trailed at some point in the game.
Respect The Streak
Quinnipiac three game winning streak is the longest since the 2008 season when the Bobcats finished 3-0 in their final three games of the season.
Grand Ole Time
Quinnipiac raised over $1,000 for the Susan G. Komen "Play 4 The Cure" fund for breast cancer awareness and research with their fundraiser against Brown on Oct. 4.
Kim Cunniff was named the NEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday, for the second time this season. Cunniff had a hand in three of Quinnipiac's seven goals for the week, scoring twice against Brown in a 4-2 win and picking up her first assist of the season against Sacred Heart in the Bobcats NEC opening win. Cunniff leads the Bobcats in goals (six) and points (13).
Cunniff is the first Quinnipiac player to earn two NEC Player of the Week honors in the same season since Jenna Grossman accomplished the feat during the 2007 season. She also joins Grossman, Julie Smith, Heather Cady, Sara Mathers and Lisa Scavatto as the only Quinnipiac players to earn two weekly honors in the same year in the program's Division I history.
Jess Rusin had the Bobcats' third straight two-goal game, and the first two-goal game for a Quinnipiac freshman in two years, when she scored twice in the second half as the Bobcats knocked off in-state Northeast Conference foe Sacred Heart on Sunday. Rusin now has two goals and an assist for the year. She leads all Quinnipiac freshman in goals and points (five).
Three In A Row
After Kim Cunniff scored twice against Lafayette and Brown, and Jess Rusin scored twice against Sacred Heart, it marked the first in Quinnipiac's Division I history that Quinnipiac had a multiple-goal scorer in three straight games.