Danielle Allan Scores Twice To Lead Field Hockey To 3-1 Win Against UMass Lowell

LOWELL, Mass – Quinnipiac field hockey junior Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) scored twice while Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season as the Bobcats topped UMass Lowell, 3-1, in a non-conference match-up in Lowell, Mass. The win snaps a three-game skid for the Bobcats, who improve to 2-4 on the season while the River Hawks drop to 0-5 on the season.

"It was nice to see two veteran players step-up in this situation today," head coach Becca Main said. "Danielle Allan has been our work-horse all season up to this point, and her hard work paid off in tonight's game. Cate Colucci had a real steady presence in specialty situations and Jennalise Taylor had an incredibe showing in the midfield today."

Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) set-up Rusin for the Bobcats' go-ahead goal and also picked up an assist on Allan's second marker of the night. In goal, Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) stopped four-of-five shots-on-goal for her second win of the year. Allan now has 14 goals for her career, moving past former Bobcat Jillian Carroll '08 for 18th place in career goals at Quinnipiac.  Her last multiple-goal game came against Sacred Heart on Oct. 28, 2011 when she recorded a hat trick in a 5-2 win against the Pioneers.  

Rusin scored her 28th career goal in the win, leaving her two shy of second place all-time, held by Catie Canetti '01, and four shy of tying the program record of 32 held by Heather Cady '02. Rusin also moves past Chelsea Osbrey '06 for third place with 68 career points. She trails Canetti (69) for second place and Cady (79) for the program points record.

UMass Lowell's Nicole Effertz scored her second goal of the year off an assist from Chelsea Chronopoulos to give the River Hawks a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute of play. Quinnipiac had four corners in the final 10 minutes of the first half but were unable to capitalize. For the game, Quinnipiac out-shot the River Hawks, 13-5, while also holding the advantage in corners, 10-3.

"Fourteen years ago, Quinnipiac went Division I," Main explained. "With UMass Lowell making that same move, it's clear, after seeing them tonight, that they have a bright future ahead of them. They have a great athletic department supporting them and doing things the right way. They have a beautiful complex as well, that should only benefit them in the future.

Allan's first goal came 10 minutes into the second half in response to an UMass Lowell scoring attempt off a corner. Freshman Lea Dietrichs (Lueneberg, Germany) picked up the rebound and sent a long pass to Allan who was able to beat UMass Lowell keeper Melanie Hopkins, one-on-one.

"I feel confident that we're doing a much better job as a passing unit," Main said. "Our passing in the second half was a strong indicator as to why we got more shots and goals down the stretch."

In the 52nd minute of play, Quinnipiac was awarded another corner. Taylor once-again factored into the Bobcats' tally as her shot on goal was stopped by Hopkins. Rusin cleaned up the loose ball in front of the cage and converted on her team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Allan's second goal of the night came with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. Taylor fed Allan inside the circle for her second assist of the game.

Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it hosts Vermont on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. and St. Joseph's on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. Bobcat fans can watch all the action live on YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics or by clicking the appropriate links at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, QuinnipiacBobcats.com.

Ken Sweeten