Quinnipiac field hockey senior Jess Rusin scored her 12th goal of the season, and 33rd of her career, but the Bobcats were dealt their first MAAC loss of the year at Rider, 2-1. The loss snaps Quinnipiac's four-game win streak as the Bobcats drop to 2-1 in MAAC play and 9-6 overall. Rider improves to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Rusin added to her Quinnipiac record with her 34th career goal with less than 10 minutes to play in the first half. Rusin collected a turnover in the Broncs zone and was able to capitalize to put the Bobcats out in front, 1-0, heading into halftime. Rider had two opportunities late in the first half, but Quinnipiac keeper Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) denied two attempts from Nicole Hareau to preserve the Bobcats' lead.
Coming out of the half, Quinnipiac applied pressure early, securing a pair of corners in the first 10 minutes of the second frame, to no avail. Quinnipiac dominated play through most of the second half, allowing just one shot on goal in the first 15 minutes of the second frame. After a flurry of Quinnipiac shots - by Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.), Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Rusin - were denied by Rider's Joelle Prettyman, the momentum turned in favor of the Broncs.
Quinnipiac denied a pair of corners in the 55th minute before Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) came up with her third defensive save in the last two games on a bid by Rider's Rachel Ippolite. A corner in the 57th minute finally broke through, allowing Ippolite to tie the game, 1-1.
With less than three minutes to play, and Quinnipiac down a player after a green card, Rider's Sandra Penas put a shot on goal that was re-directed in front of Conaboy by Carlie Spaeder to give the Broncs the go-ahead lead, 2-1. Rider was able to run the clock out over the remainder of regulation to hang on for the win.
Quinnipiac is back in action when it travels to West Long Branch, N.J. to take on Monmouth University in a MAAC showdown at 1 p.m. at "So Sweet A Cat" Field.