September 26, 2013

Field Hockey Hosts Holy Cross On Thursday, Sept. 26 At 3:30 PM; Live Video Available

Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-4) vs Holy Cross Crusaders (2-4)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 26 • 3:30 PM
Location: QU Field Hockey Turf Complex • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. Holy Cross: 4-3-0
Last Time QU Faced Holy Cross: W, 1-0 (8/24/12; Worcester, Mass.)
Last Time QU Faced Holy Cross in Hamden: W, 6-2 (8/11/11)
Live Stats: Quinnipiac Bobcats.com
Live Video: YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics

Complete Game Notes In PDF Format

Busy Weekend In Hamden
The Quinnipiac field hockey team will host the College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. 

Follow It Live
Live stats are available by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

Tune In Live Worldwide
Thursday's non-conference match-up against Saint Joseph's will be featured live on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access the live video stream - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by QBSN - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events". 

When They Play Again
Following Thursday's non-conference tilt against the Crusaders, Quinnipiac will travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. Quinnipiac returns home on Sunday, Oct. 6 to host Yale at 12 p.m. 

Scouting The Holy Cross Crusaders
Holy Cross is currently 2-4 on the season following back-to-back losses to American (4-0, Sept. 21) and Georgetown (2-1, Sept. 22). Lauren Sutherland leads the team with two goals and four points while Katy Cronin, Molly Feit and Haley Makuch have also scored for the Crusaders. Carly Grimaudo leads Holy Cross with one assist. 

All-Time Against Holy Cross
Quinnipiac is currently 4-3 in seven meetings between the two teams all-time, dating back to the first match-up, a 5-0 win by Holy Cross on Sept. 3, 2004. Holy Cross won three of the first four meetings while Quinnipiac is currently enjoying a three-game win streak against the Crusaders. Quinnipiac is 3-1 all-time on their home turf against Holy Cross. 

Megan Conaboy Named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week
Quinnipiac sophomore goalkeeper Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 23 as announced by the conference office. Conaboy was a force in goal for the Bobcats this week, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.43 GAA, with two  shutouts, after allowing one goal over 210 minutes in goal while stopping 12 of 13 shots on goal for a .923 save percentage.

Good Week For The Bobcats' Goalie
Conaboy allowed a first half goal against UMass Lowell before stopping three shots down the stretch to preserve the Bobcat win. She then went on to post back-to-back shutouts against Vermont (three saves in a 4-0 win) and Saint Joseph's (five saves in a 5-0 win). She also denied Saint Joseph's on a penalty stroke midway through the first half as Quinnipiac held a 1-0 lead.

Elite Company
With her showing against Vermont and Saint Joseph's, Conaboy became the first Quinnipiac goalkeeper to post consecutive shutouts since 2008 and 2009 NEC Goalkeeper of the YearJenna Grossman in 2006. In addition, she has not allowed a goal in her last 186:14 in the cage, the longest streak since Grossman's 176:38 from Oct. 20-25, 2006. For the year, Conaboy is 4-4 with a 3.38 GAA and a .750 save percentage.

Jennalise's Big Week
In Quinnipiac's 3-0 week, Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) led the Bobcats with a team-high seven points on two goals and three assists. Not only was she the only player to register a point in each of Quinnipiac's three wins last week, she also registered multiple points in each one. Against UMass Lowell, she had two assists while against Vermont, she tallied a goal and an assist. She wrapped up her with with  goal against Saint Joseph's in a 5-0 win. 

Cracking The Charts
For the year, Taylor has three goals and three assists for nine points. For her career, she becomes the 22nd player in program history with 10 goals, the 17th player in program history with 10 assists and the 21st player all-time with 30 points.

Work The Engles
In the Bobcats' 5-0 win against Saint Joseph, 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.

Pretty Impressive Figure
Quinnipiac to three wins in six days – the first time a Bobcat team has done so since Oct. 20-25, 2006.

Crunching Numbers
Against Saint Joseph's, 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.

Hometown Hero
Savanna Reilly (Hamden, Conn.) led all Quinnipiac rookies with two points for the weekend. The Hamden native picked up the first point of her collegiate career in Saturday's 3-0 win against Vermont when she fed Meghan McCullough for the Bobcats' third goal of the first half. Against Saint Joseph's, Reilly entered the game late in the first half and immediately made an impact. Reilly stole the ball off an errant Saint Joseph's pass, dribbled into the circle before sending a pass between a defenders legs to Kristin Engelke to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead. 

Point Night In Lowell
Three players had multiple point games against UMass Lowell, led by a two-goal night from Danielle Allan while Jennalise Taylor picked up two assists in the Bobcats' 3-1 win. Jess Rusin also picked up two points on her team-leading fifth goal of the year. 

Allan Scores Twice
Not only was Tuesday night's two-goal performance her first points of the year, it was also Allan's first multiple-goal game since Oct. 28, 2011, a 5-2 win against Sacred Heart.

Where She Ranks
Allan now has 15 goals for her career, moving past former Bobcat Jillian Carroll '08 for 18th place in career goals at Quinnipiac.

Multiple-Point Games
Last season, Jennalise Taylor and Jess Rusin tied for the team lead with
eight multiple-point games. To date, Rusin has mutliple points in four of first six games while Taylor's two-assist game against Lowell was her first this year. 

Eye On The Prize
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.

Quinnipiac Career Goals Quinnipiac Career Points
1. 32 Heather Cady '02 1. 79 Heather Cady, '02
2. 30 Catie Canetti '01 2. 69 Catie Canetti, '01
3. 28 Jess Rusin '14 3. 67 Jess Rusin '14
          Chelsea Osbrey, '05


Play4TheCure
The Quinnipiac University field hockey team has joined hands with the National Foundation for Cancer Research to participate in its fundraising campaign entitled Play4theCure, in which sports teams across the country are invited to participate by committing to donate proceeds from at least one game to NFCR. Quinnipiac University will be raising funds during their game against Yale University on Oct. 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm on the Quinnipiac University Field Hockey Turf Field in Hamden, CT. The Quinnipiac University Field Hockey Parent Association and team is selling raffle tickets for the "Chance Auction". The Chance Auction consists of baskets that will be full of various items donated by Quinnipiac University Athletic Department members and varsity teams as well as donations from the field hockey team and parents. Players on the Quinnipiac University team will be wearing pink warm-up shirts, pink shoe laces and will start the game with a pink ball in support of the cause. All proceeds made from the Chance Auction will be donated to NFCR. The team will also be collecting general donations.