CHARLESTON, Ill. - The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team opened their 2012 season with a win on the road at Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. The teams played a best-of-three Rugby Sevens match-up, where the Bobcats defeated the Panthers, 2-1 (5-7, 15-0, 5-0), shutting out Eastern Illinois in both of their victories. Senior flanker Nancy Dunn guided QU to the victory with the game-winning try in the best-of-three series. The Bobcats are off to a 1-0 start for the first time in program history, while the Panthers fall to 0-1 on the young season.
In the first match, Quinnipiac took an early lead when veteran center Emily Carroll led the Bobcats to their first try of the season, granting the Bobcats a 5-0 advantage over the Panthers.
After halftime, Madison Kissner and the Panthers' offense came to life. The Panthers marched down the field on their opening possession of the stanza and cross the line to knot the score up at five apiece. Carissa Burge would go on to add two conversion points for the Panthers en route to a 5-7 victory in the opening match.
After a scoreless first half, Quinnipiac's offense came back to life in the second half of the second match. With 6:17 remaining in the second half, senior Katie Wood opened the scoring column with a try, giving the Bobcats a 5-0 advantage. Also rising to the occasion was senior Megan Hannemann and junior Allison Gnys, both connecting on two trys for a 15-0 victory.
With the match level at one-game apiece, it all came down to the final game of the afternoon. After a scoreless first half, the Bobcats capatilized on a Panthers' miscue late in the second half. Dunn found the room to maneuver in Eastern Illinois' defensive end and crossed the goaline for the game-winning try with less than two minutes showing on the clock. The 5-0 triumph gave Quinnipiac its first win over Eastern Illinois, improving to 1-3 all-time against the Panthers.
The Bobcats will continue their road trip and take on the Binghamton on Saturday, Sept. 9. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Binghamton, N.Y.
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