HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team lost to Bryant, 4-2, in a Northeast Conference match-up in Smithfield, R.I. With the loss, the Bobcats drop to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the Northeast Conference while Bryant improves to 7-11 overall and 4-2 in NEC play.
With the loss, Quinnipiac falls into a tie with Saint Francis (Pa.) for fourth place in the NEC standings while clinches a playoff berth for the first time in their Division I history. Quinnipiac senior Tina Watkins (Sweet Valley, Pa.) scored a little more than five minutes into the game when she batted a ball off a rebound past Bryant's Jennifer Gullotti to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
Bryant's Katherine Andrusin scored the first of her two goals to tie the game six minutes later at the 11:21 mark. Quinnipiac freshman Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored her fourth goal of the season less than five minutes into the second half. Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) took off down the field and sent a cross pass across the goal mouth to Rusin, who popped a shot into the upper right corner of the cage to give Quinnipiac a 2-1 lead.
Alexandra Czerniak tied the game as Olivia Jankins picked up her second assist of the game at the 44:47 mark of the second frame. Andrusin scored at the 45:53 mark to give the Bulldogs a lead before Mallory Hancock added an insurance goal at the 61:47 mark.
Quinnipiac will host Siena on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.