QU Field Hockey To Face Robert Morris For MAAC Championship On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 3 PM
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2013 MAAC FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
#2 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (13-6) vs.
#4 Robert Morris Colonials (11-7)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 9 • 3:00 PM
Location: Ben Cohen Field • Lawrenceville, N.J.
All-Time Series vs. Bryant: 3-2-0
2013 MAAC FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
202013 MAAC Co-Champions Quinnipiac Field Hockey will face Robert Morris for the first MAAC Field Hockey Tournament Championship in history. The Bobcats face the Colonials at 3 p.m. from Rider University's Ben Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, N.J.
ALL-TIME AGAINST ROBERT MORRIS
Quinnipiac and Robert Morris have faced each other nine times since 2004, with Quinnipiac winning eight of the meetings. In addition, Quinnipiac is 4-0 all-time on their home field against the Colonials. In addition, the Bobcats have held the Colonials scoreless in five of the nine meetings.
On Friday, Nov. 8, Quinnipiac's Danielle Allan scored twice while Megan Conaboy stopped all nine of Bryant's shots on goal in a 5-0 win against the Bulldogs in the MAAC Championship Semifinals. Megan Osantisch scored early, while Jennalise Taylor and Jess Rusin also scored for the Bobcats. Conaboy's 13th win of the year breaks the Quinnipiac single-season record, previous held by Sarah Mathers '01. In addition, Rusin also broke the single-season goals (16) and points (37) record.
THE FIRST TIME SINCE
With two goals in the Bobcats' semifinal shutout of Bryant, Allan became the first Quinnipiac player to score twice in a postseason tournament since Jennifer Kinchla did it in the Northeast Conference Semifinals against Sacred Heart on Nov. 3, 2006.
With the five goal output the Bobcats set a new program record for goals in a postseason tournament game while the shutout is the sixth postseason shutout in Quinnipiac's Division I tournament history. The last shutout came in a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart on Oct. 28,2003.
THE SCHOOL'S FIRST
Field hockey's 5-0 win against Bryant was Quinnipiac Athletic's first postseason MAAC win since the Bobcats joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this year.
Quinnipiac's MAAC Tournament win against Bryant was the Bobcats first postseason tournament victory since 2003, snapping a seven-game losing streak.
At the first MAAC Field Hockey awards banquet, Quinnipiac took home three major awards and seven All-MAAC Honors at the 2013 MAAC Awards Banquet hosted by Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) was named the 2013 MAAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year and Co-Player of the Year while Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) was named the MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year.
Rusin was one of five All-MAAC First Team honorees, while Conaboy was one of two players on the second team. Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.), Jennalise Taylor(Yardley, Pa.), Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) and Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) were all named to the First Team, while Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) was named to the Second Team with Conaboy.
ON THE FIELD, AND IN THE CLASSROOM
Quinnipiac also placed 13 student-athletes on the 2013 MAAC Field Hockey All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Quinnipiac University and Robert Morris University led all MAAC schools with 13 student-athletes.
MAAC FIELD HOCKEY CO-CHAMPIONS
With a 3-0 win at Siena on Sunday, Nov. 3, Quinnipiac clinched a share of the 2013 MAAC Field Hockey Championship - splitting the regular-season crown with Rider - after finishing the year at 5-1. The Bobcats' regular-season title is their first since 2002.
NEW LEAGUE, SAME CHARACTERS
All seven teams in the 2013 MAAC Field Hockey were previously members of the Northeast Conference Field Hockey league prior to the 2013 season. Quinnipiac has now advanced to the postseason, against these same teams, for the sixth consecutive year and eighth time in the last 10 years.
THE BOBCATS IN THE POSTSEASON
Quinnipiac is 8-9 all-time in the postseason tournament since joining the Division I ranks in 1998. All seven of Quinnipiac's postseason wins came in their first nine trips to the conference tournament. With seven straight losses in the conference tournament dating back to the 2005 season, Quinnipiac's last conference win came in 2003 when it defeated Rider to capture the Tournament Championship. Quinnipiac is 4-7 in the conference tournament semifinals and 3-2 in the championship game. Quinnipiac and Rider have met the most times (six) in the Bobcats' preseason history, with Quinnipiac winning twice.