Women's Rugby Runs Away With 49-0 Victory Over Hofstra

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac women's rugby team earned its greatest margin of victory of the season against Hofstra, shutting out the Pride, 49-0, on Wednesday evening in Hempstead, N.Y. Sophomore Diana Poulsen (Dover, N.J.) and junior Megan Hannemann (Manchester, N.H.) each scored two tries for Quinnipiac, which improved its record to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in MetNY action. With the loss Hofstra falls to 0-5, both overall and in MetNY action, on the season.

"We knew it would be a battle today, as our scrum half, Jacqueline Lilly (Ventura, Calif.) was sidelined due to an injury," said head coach Becky Carlson. "Cristina DeJesus (Purchase, N.Y.) stepped in and did a tremendous job filling the role, showing no signs that this was her first-career rugby game."

The Bobcats took some time to find their footing in the first-half, as both teams dealt with the harsh elements of playing in the wind and rain under the lights. Hofstra advanced the ball early on, but Quinnipiac did well to disallow the Pride from ever reaching the in-goal area.

Quinnipiac received scores from both Poulsen and senior Stephanie Hasher (Bayport, N.Y.) in the first half, leading the Bobcats into the locker room with a 12-0 lead.

Quinnipiac found its groove in the second half, rattling off five tries in the final 40 minutes of action to come away with its highest point total and first shutout of the season.  

"The forwards really stepped up in the second half," said Carlson. "They drastically improved their off-loading and supported one another very well. Once we got into a rhythm, the team just kept up the tempo until the final whistle."

Durkin provided the highlight of the second half, powering through Hofstra's defensive line and racing in for a 60 yard run in the waning minutes of the game.

Quinnipiac stayed aggressive all half, as it received second half tries from junior Colleen Doherty (Ashburnham, Mass.), senior Marie Pescatore (North Reading, Mass.), senior Jacqueline MacLearie (Tinton Falls, N.J.), freshman Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.) and Hasher.

With the win, the Bobcats eclipse the .500 mark in league play for the second time this season.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 23 when it hosts Stony Brook in its final home game of the season at 12 p.m. at Quinnipiac Rugby Field.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu