HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac field hockey team picked up its second-straight shutout with a 5-0 non-conference win against Saint Joseph's at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. With the win, Quinnipiac pulls even at 4-4 while the Hawks drop to 1-7 on the year.
All five Quinnipiac goals came in the first half. The last time Quinnipiac scored five times in one half was on Sept. 17, 2008 in a 6-2 win against Fairfield. Additionally, it was the second time in program history that Quinnipiac won three games in six days after the Bobcats knocked off UMass Lowell, 3-1, on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Vermont, 4-0, on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Quinnipiac goalkeeper Meghan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) picked up her second consecutive shutout, making her the first Bobcat goalie to do so since Jenna Grossman in 2006. In addition, Conaboy has now held her opposition scoreless over 186:14 over the last three games, giving her the longest such streak since Grossman's 176:38 during a three-game span from Oct. 20-25.
Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) scored twice for the Bobcats to give her a share of the team's goal lead with five on the season. Engelke now has 17 for her career, good for a tie of 11th place all-time at Quinnipiac. Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) scored in her second straight game while Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) had her first goal of the season to go along with her fourth assist of the season. Haley Swartz (Downington, Pa.) also scored her first goal of the season while Megan Osantisch (Harwinton, Conn.) picked up her second assist of the year. Savanna Reilly (Hamden, Conn.) also assisted on her second goal in as many games. Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) also picked up her team-leading fifth assist of the season.
Taylor put Quinnipiac on the board just 6:33 into the game when Romano inserted the ball on a corner to Danziger, who lined Taylor up for the blast from the top of the circle. Quinnipiac then rattled off three goals inside of seven minutes as Danziger's scored on a broken corner play, sandwiched between Engelke's two markers. Swartz capped off the Bobcats' scoring when she intercepted an errant Saint Joseph's pass outside the circle, dribbled in an unleashed a blast through traffic that found the back of the cage.
Quinnipiac returns to action this week when it hosts Holy Cross on Thursday, Sept. 26 to cap the Bobcats' four-game homestand. Quinnipiac then travels to Old Dominion University on Sunday, Sept. 29.