Quinnipiac Field Hockey Rolls To 6-4 Win Against La Salle At Asics Invitational

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Quinnipiac field hockey senior captain Jess Rusin's (Garwood, N.J.) two-goal, one-assist performance led five different Bobcats scorers in a 6-4 win against La Salle at the Asics Invitational hosted by Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 1-1 on the year while La Salle goes to 0-2 for the season. 

Seniors Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) and Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) were named to the Asics Invitational All-Tournament team. Engelke scored twice and assisted on another goal while Danziger had a goal and two assists for the tournament. 
"After a solid weekend of competitive play, today is what I would describe as an 'ugly win'," head coach Becca Main said. "I'm very happy to see the offense come together and produce six goals. "I'm very proud of Kristen Engelke, she really showed her ability as a fifth-year player and found her elite game."

Rusin scored twice, and assisted on another goal, to become the fifth player in Quinnipiac field hockey history to reach the 25-goal mark for her career. Rusin is now tied for fourth all-time in career goals with Kimberly Cunniff '12 and Kristin Crosby '02. She also becomes the sixth player in program history with 60 career points, good for a tie with Crosby for fifth place all-time.

Engelke scored her second goal in as many games, while also assisting on Rusin's first goal. Junior Megan Osantisch (Hartwinton, Conn.) scored her first career goal midway through the second half while seniors Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) and Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) scored their first goals of the season. Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) also chipped in with her team-leading second and third assists of the year while highly-touted freshman Lea Dietrichs (Lueneberg, Germany) picked up her first career point on an assist on Engelke's goal. 

Quinnipiac took an early lead when Engelke scored just 2:48 into regulation. The senior forward took a pass from Romano off a corner to give Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead. Engelke's goal was her 14th of her career, moving her into 17th place all-time at Quinnipiac.

Rusin found the back of the cage off a corner, with Amanda Danziger credited with an assist while Dietrichs picked up her first career point.

Coming out of intermission, La Salle's Maddy Tettelbach scored off a penalty stroke to cut the Bobcats' lead in half, 2-1. Rusin answered less than four minutes later to give Quinnipiac a two-goal lead with Engelke picking up the helper on the two-on-one breakaway. Osantisch then scored her first career goal in the 42nd minute to give Quinnipiac a three-goal lead.

With 20 minutes left in regulation, La Salle's Abbey Lawrence tipped a shot in front of the Bobcats' cage to give La Salle its second goal of the game. Taylor added her first goal of the year in the 57th minute to give Quinnipiac a 5-2 lead before La Salle's Mariel Papa and Tettlebach scored to pull the Explorers within a goal, 5-4, with less than 10 minutes to play. Danziger then added a goal off a corner with Romano picking up her second assist of the game.

"We're going to continue to define the groups and lines of players that will click over the next week," Main said. "We have to find a better way to connect from the defense, to the midfielders to the forwards before we face Boston College."

Quinnipiac returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 5 when it takes on nationally-ranked No. 16 Boston College at 7 p.m. in Newton, Mass. The Bobcats then host Maine for its first home contest of the 2013 season on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn.