NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac women’s rugby team earned the program’s first-ever victory with a 15-5 win over SUNY New Paltz on Sunday afternoon. Quinnipiac improves to 1-2 on the season, while New Paltz falls to 1-1-1.
“It feels great to get our first official win as an NCAA rugby program representing Quinnipiac,” said head coach Rebecca Carlson. “We came out strong and our tenacity in the lineouts and scrums really shined today. Nora Kate O'Brien (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Jacqueline Maclearie (Tinton Falls, N.J.) were machines today for the pack. Overall, I'm really proud of how the team performed.”
The Bobcats applied offensive pressure early, penetrating into New Paltz's defensive end. After 10 minutes of play, Quinnipiac drew a penalty which led to Quinnipiac’s first points of the season off a kick from junior Krystin Orrico (Cranford, N.J.).
Overall, Orrico was 1 for 2 on conversions, racking up five total points on the game.
Quinnipiac recorded its first score in the first half, as sophomore wing Diana Poulsen (Dover, N.J.) ran it in, taking the assist from freshman outside center Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.).
The Bobcats continued their offensive pressure when freshman #8 Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.), received the ball off the lineout taking it 50 yards in for a score.
New Paltz fought back in the second half, keeping the Bobcats scoreless for the entire 40 minutes. Each team committed a series of penalties, which led to a defensive struggle in which Quinnipiac emerged victorious.
Quinnipiac held its ground many times, as its forwards fought off over 10 opportunities for the opposition when the team was pushed back in its defensive 5 meter.
The Bobcats return to action when they host their first game of the season against Marist on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12 p.m.