HAMDEN, Conn. – For the second game in a row, senior Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) helped the Bobcats with a goal and an assist, and the Quinnipiac University field hockey team continued its winning-ways with a 2-1 victory at Brown University on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 7-5 overall and enter MAAC play this weekend having won six of their last seven games.
"We did a good job transitioning out of the midfield up to the front line, and showed some strength with our stick-work in the attacking third," said head coach Becca Main. "Jennalise, Jess and Christa did a stellar job today, contributing on the game's first goal and then the game-winner as well."
Now with two goals and two assists in her last two games, Rusin has climbed closer to the top of the leaderboard in two of Quinnipiac's all-time statistical categories. The senior forward's goal moved her into sole possession of second place in all-time career tallies, needing just one more to catch Heather Cady's '02 mark of 32. She is one of two players in Quinnipiac history (Cady) to have 31 goals in a career and also moved to within four points of Cady's all-time mark in career points (79).
Quinnipiac put together a complete performance in this one, scoring once in each half to earn the victory. Rusin's 31st career goal came in the third minute of action, when she slammed home a shot from inside the circle after a cunning turnaround maneuver to free herself up. Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) was credited with the assist on the play as the Bobcats scored the game's first goal for a second straight contest.
Brown found the equalizer just five minutes later, and both teams went quiet offensively through the remainder of the first half. However, 15 minutes into the second frame, Quinnipiac's crafty stick-work led to the team's second goal - which eventually proved to be the game-winner. This time, the roles were reversed as Rusin found Taylor on the backend of a penalty corner. Taylor's blast beat Brown's goalie, Shannon McSweeney, leaving a 2-1 score with less than 20 minutes showing on the clock.
For the visiting Bobcats, defense was the name of the game from that point forward. Behind four saves from Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summitt, Pa.), Quinnipiac held the Bears to one goal and escaped with a victory in its final non-conference game of the season. Conaboy's counterpart, McSweeney, made seven saves for the Bears.
"This was a great win for us on the road, and I feel that we are ready to begin the MAAC season," said Main. "Our attention now turns to Sacred Heart, as we will prepare a game plan in the next three days in search of our first MAAC win."
The Bobcats and the Pioneers are scheduled to play on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. All the action can be seen live at the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex on Mount Carmel Campus.
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