Quinnipiac University Bobcats (14-6, 5-1 MAAC) at American University Eagles (14-5, 6-0 Patriot)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 • 1:00 PM
Location: Jacobs Field • Washington, D.C.
All-Time Series vs. American: 1-1-0
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2013 NCAA TOURNAMENT PLAY-IN GAME
Quinnipiac will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on American University in the 2013 NCAA Tournament play-in game on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at American's Jacobs Field.
FOLLOW IT LIVE
Live stats and video are available by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com. In addition, Bobcat fans can visit the Official Website of the MAAC, maacsports.com, and click on the championship information link on the MAAC Field Hockey homepage.
SCOUTING THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES
American enters Wednesday's game with a record of 14-5 overall after posting a perfect 6-0 record in the Patriot Leage. The Eagles are coming off wins against Lafayette (2-1, OT) and Boston University (3-0) in last weekend's Patriot League Tournament. American is led by Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, and first team selection, Shelly Montgomery, who tallied eight goals and four assists for 20 points. Grace Wilson had a team-high nine goals to go along with three assists for 21 points, earning the junior midfielder First Team All-Patriot League honors. American also placed four players on the All-Patriot League Second Team in Carly Atchison (4g, 8a), Alex McMacken (6g), Rebecca Treharne (3g, 5a) and goalkeeper Ashley Dalisera, who posted an .802 save percentage and a 1.59 goals-against average. American is 9-3 in 12 games at Jacobs Field.
ALL-TIME AGAINST AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
Quinnipiac and American have met twice, all-time: once in 2012 that resulted in a 3-2 Bobcat win in Hamden, Conn., and in 2003 in the NCAA Tournament Play-in Game in College Park, Md. The Eagles took that decision, 4-1, in Quinnipiac's last trip to the NCAA Tournament.
THE BOBCATS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is Quinnipiac's third trip to the NCAA Tournament after previously playing in the 2001 play-in game against California and the 2003 play-in game against American.
MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Amanda Danziger was honored with the MAAC Championship Most Valuable Player award after scoring the game-winner for the Bobcats on a penalty stroke in 1-0 win against Robert Morris in the league championshp game.
MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Danziger and Megan Conaboy headlined a list of five Bobcats named to the All-Tournament team following Quinnipiac's run to the MAAC Championship this past weekend. Conaboy posted a pair of shutouts to preserve a 5-0 win against Bryant, in the semifinals, before holding Robert Morris scoreless, 1-0, in the championship game. Danielle Allan had a pair of goals in the semifinal win while Christa Romano had a defensive save against Bryant.
JESS RUSIN EARNS TWO MAJOR MAAC AWARDS
Senior Jess Rusin was named the MAAC Co-Player of the Year and MAAC Offensive Player of the Year after becoming the program's career leader in goals (37) and points (88) while also tying the single-season record for goals (16) and points (36). Rusin leads the MAAC in points per game with 1.94 and goals per game with 0.83. Her goals-per-game mark is currently 14th best in the nation while her points per game mark is 19th best in the nation. Rusin was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 15.
MEGAN CONABOY NAME MAAC GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Megan Conaboy was named the MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, prior to two shutout performances in the MAAC Championship tournament. Entering Wednesday's game, Conaboy has four consecutive shutouts, good for seven for the year, while her 321:37 consecutive minutes of shutout cage work is a program record.
• Jennalise Taylor finished the year with a career-best eight goals while also assisting on seven more with five game-winning goals. In the league tournament, she added a goal and an assist in the Bobcats win against Bryant, giving her a career-best nine goals and eight assists for 26 points.
• Christa Romano finished her career with a three-goal, six-assist season that also featured four defensive saves. She earned All-MAAC Tournament honors this past weekend.
• Seniors Cate Colucci and Amanda Danziger were also named to the MAAC First Team. The duo rounded out Quinnipiac's First Team selections after solidifying themselves as two of the premier backs in the league. As a team, Quinnipiac's 16 defensive saves rank third among all NCAA Division I teams. Additionally, Colucci ranks fifth nationally with seven, while Danziger's five DS's rank 14th and Romano's four rank 21st.
• Perhaps ignited by a First Team snub, Danielle Allan responded to an All-MAAC Second Team selection with a two-goal performance against Bryant in the MAAC Semifinals. To date, she has nine goals to go along with five assists for 23 points. Allan had a break-out September, totaling six points and one assist for 13 points - second only to Rusin's 14-point month - as Quinnipiac was 5-4. She will head into her final season in 2014 with 21 career goals, 14 career assists and 56 career points – all of which rank in the Top 10 all-time at Quinnipiac.
MAAC FIELD HOCKEY ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
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.