HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team defeated Robert Morris, 3-1, in a Northeast Conference match-up at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, Pa. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 3-2 in NEC play, and 7-8 overall, while Robert Morris drops to 4-12 overall and 1-4 in conference action.
"We proved to be a very high-caliber team in terms of our proise and mental toughness today," head coach Becca Kohli said. "This weekend proved we are taking positive steps forward to enable us to make a run at the NEC Championship. We had really strong leadership from a fierce Tina Watkins, a very poised Katie Van Nostrand and a spirited MacKenzie Liptak."
The win marked the sixth time this season that Quinnipiac won a game in which the opposition scored first as Chantele Crow put the Colonials on the board in the 21st minute of play on an assist from Erica Musson. The goal would hold up to provide Robert Morris with a 1-0 halftime lead. The Bobcats have also won five of their last seven games, with their only losses coming to NEC undefeated foes Monmouth and Rider.
Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) scored Quinnipiac's first goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the 38th minute. She was set-up on the play by Kristen Engelke (Medford, N.J.), who scored the Bobcats second goal to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.
"Today was an extremely hard-earned win," Engelke said. "The intensity was high the entire game and we had to fight for everything we achieved to eventually come out with a good team win."
MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.) added her third goal of the year, and second in as many games. She now boasts 14 career goals, good for 12th all-time at Quinnipiac at the Division I level. Liptak also has 40 career points, moving her into 10th place all-time.
"Overall, I think we overcame all the disadvantages that were presented to us this weekend," Liptak said. "Some calls didn't go our way, which happens, and field turf is a little more difficult to play on. It just goes to show that hard work really does pay off. I couldn't be prouder of this team."
Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) had an assist on Engelke's goal in the win, while Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) stopped two of three shots on goal to improve to 7-5-0 on the year.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Oct. 29 when it travels to Smithfield, R.I. to take on Bryant in a Northeast Conference match-up set for 7 p.m. The Bobcats' regular season comes to a finish on Sunday, Oct. 31 when Siena comes to town, with Senior Day festivities planned for prior to the start of the game.