Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) and Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) both scored, with Rusin setting up Taylor with the game-winner, as the Quinnipiac field hockey team defeated Vermont, 2-1, in Burlington, Vt. Quinnipiac improves to 3-2 on the season while the Catamounts drop to 0-5 for the year.
"A main reason why were able to play so well was our precision in moving the ball and creating complex passing patterns," head coach Becca Main said. "Our midfielders did a great job of getting the ball to the forwards."
Rusin put the Bobcats on the board in the eighth minute of play when Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) put a shot on goal that was stopped by Vermont's Stephanie Zygmunt. Rusin was in position to collect the rebound and deposit her third goal in her last two games.
With a goal and an assist against Vermont, Rusin moves into a tie with Jennifer Kinchla '07, Sarah Riley '02 and Lauren Riesbeck '98 for 10th place all-time at Quinnipiac with career goals while her three points on Sunday make her the 15th player in program history to reach 40 career points.
Vermont responded in the 21st minute of play when Colleen Slaughter tied the game on an assist from Kelsey Bonner.
"I thought we played very well as a team," junior Amanda Danziger said. "We had amazing passing patterns and everyone stepped up to contribute. It was just pretty hockey."
Less than four minutes later, the Bobcats capitalized on a scoring opportunity when they were rewarded a corner. Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) pushed the ball out to the top of the circle where inserter Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) stopped the ball for Rusin. Rusin then sent the ball to her left where Taylor one-timed the ball, blasting a shot to the opposite post where it rattled into the cage past Zygmunt as the Bobcats retook the lead, 2-1, with just under nine minutes to play in the half.
"I thought Amanda [Danziger] played well," Main said. "She dominated the attack from the sweeper position. Her play, accompanied by our forward's receiving skills, made the difference in regards to creating scoring opportunities inside the 25-yard line."
Quinnipiac dominated play for most of the game, holding a 16-9 advantage in shots and a 10-2 edge in corners. Bobcats' goalie Nicole Lewis (East Amerst, N.Y.) picked up the win after stopping three of Vermont's four shots on goal. In doing so, she joins Sarah Mathers '02, Erin McKay '06 and Jenna Grossman '10 as the fourth goalie in program history to win 20 games for her career.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to face St. Joseph's at Ellen Ryan Field on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. Quinnipiac returns home on Sunday, Sept. 16 when it hosts Lafayette at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex at 12 p.m.
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