Quinnipiac junior Danielle Allan had two goals, while junior Megan Osantisch and seniors Jennalise Taylor and Jess Rusin also scored in the Bobcats 5-0 win over Bryant in the MAAC Semifinals at Ben Cohen Field in Lawrenceville, N.J. With the victory the Bobcats move on to the MAAC Championship game and their first conference final since 2003.
The win is Quinnipiac's first ever playoff win in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in any sport. Rusin's goal breaks the Quinnipiac single season goals (16) and points (37) record. Bobcats' goalkeeper and MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year Megan Conaboy stopped all nine of Bryant's shots-on-goal for her fifth shutout of the season, while she also passed Sarah Mathers '01 for the Bobcats' single-season wins record with her 13th of the year.
Quinnipiac got the scoring started when they were awarded their first corner of the game. Off the corner, Taylor received a pass from Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) before touch-passing it over to Osantisch who blasted a shot to the lower left corner of the cage.
Early in the second half Quinnipiac went on a scoring tear. Allan scored the Bobcats' second goal of the game less than two minutes into the second half. She corraled a rebound inside the circle and deposited it into the back of the net for her eighth goal of the season.
Four minutes later, it was Allan again with her second goal of the game. Allan took the ball down the left sideline and cut into the circle before sending a shot five-hole that beat Bryants goalie to give Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead. With her second goal of the game, 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.
In the 48th minute Taylor added Quinnipiac's fourth goal of the game. Off a corner, Osantisch found Taylor who sent a shot to the far post for her ninth of the season.
In the 62nd minute, Rusin addd another for the record books. Kristin Engelke(Medford,NJ) was in close to draw the goalie out and passed off to Rusin who fired into the back of the wide-open net.
Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit,PA) made all nine saves on the day for Quinnipiac while Megan Hanock made 15 saves for Bryant. The shutout is the third consecutive shutout for Conaboy and puts her in a tie for second place all-time in single season shutouts with six and moves her into first place all-time in single season wins.
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 Bobcats move on to the first ever MAAC Championship game on Saturday at 3:00 PM against the winner of Rider and Robert Morris.