HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's rugby team was defeated by Eastern Illinois, 33-5, on Saturday afternoon at Quinnipiac Rugby Field. The loss drops the Bobcats' record to 2-4 overall on the season, while the Panthers improve to a perfect 6-0.
The Bobcats were led by junior Emily Carroll's (Hull, Mass.) six tackles on the afternoon. Freshman Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.) added five tackles, while junior Colleen Doherty (Ashburnham, Mass.) made four tackles.
Sophomore Diana Poulsen (Dover, N.J.) scored Quinnipiac's lone try on the afternoon, running in the score after receiving a pass from Cuellar.
The teams played a relatively even first half, as both sides drove deep into the oppositions defensive areas early in the contest. Eastern Illinois opened the game with a forceful drive in the Bobcats' zone, but Quinnipiac was able to withstand the push and keep the Panthers out of the in-goal area.
Quinnipiac proceeded to elevate the intensity in all aspects of the game following the Panther's opening drive. Carroll dished out one of the hardest hits of the game directly in front of the Bobcats' team bench, as a perfectly executed form tackle knocked the ball-carrier out of bounds with 26 minutes remaining in the half. The turnover gave Quinnipiac the subsequent advantage when it was awarded the throw for the lineout.
Junior fullback Krystin Orrico (Cranford, N.J.) had a solid first half for Quinnipiac, as her kicks from the back gave the team great field position through much of the middle portion of the half.
Eastern Illinois grabbed its first points of the game on its longest run of the afternoon with 13 minutes remaining in the first half, as junior Lauren Doyle raced in for her first of two tries of the afternoon on a 75 yard scamper. Doyle then kicked her first of four successful conversions in the game, giving the Panthers the 7-0 lead.
The Panthers added their second try just before halftime, as junior Kayla Heal ran in her first of three tries of the afternoon, increasing the lead, 12-0. On the score, senior Narissa Ramirez was credited with the assist.
Eastern Illinois added to its lead just six minutes into the second period, as Doyle raced in for the try to increase the lead to 19-0. Quinnipiac was unable to prevent the Panthers from scoring its fourth try of the game when Doyle once again broke through for the score with just over 21 minutes remaining in the game, bringing the score to 26-0. Doyle added the Panthers' final score of the game with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game, coming off an assist from junior Alissa Patient.
Quinnipiac would not be held scoreless in the game, as Poulsen pushed through for the try in the final minutes of the game to bring the score to its final tally, 33-5. Cuellar was credited with the assist on the run.
The Bobcats held a 25-to-17 advantage in lineouts in the game, while also winning the scrum battle, 12-to-8.
Quinnipiac returns to action when it travels to Hofstra on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 12 p.m.
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