October 14, 2012

11 Different Bobcats Score; Women's Rugby Trounces Hofstra, 130-0

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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's rugby team put on an incredible offensive display on Sunday, scoring a program-record 130 points in the shutout victory over Hofstra, 130-0,  at the QU Rugby Field. Senior open-side flanker Megan Hannemann (Manchester, N.H.) and freshman wing Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) each tallied a career-high four tries in an absolute blitz that featured 11 different scorers for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac extends their unbeaten streak as they move to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Tri-State Conference while the Pride move to 0-5 on the season and 0-5 in Tri-State play.

The victory on Sunday continues the best start in program history as they have thoroughly dominated competition, outscoring opponents, 469-12, in six conference games. In those six conference games the Bobcats average 78.17 points-per-game and have allowed only two tries in Tri-State action. Their 130 uncontested points also extends their run of 248 straight points without allowing an opposing try.

In Saturday's action, leading scorer senior wing Nancy Dunn (Moscow, Pa.) had Quinnipiac on the board with their first try of the afternoon with an assist going to sophomore outside Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.). Senior captain flyhalf Colleen Doherty (Ashburnham, Mass.), junior lock Allison Gnys (Cumberland, R.I.), senior lock Jacqueline Maclearie (Tinton Falls, N.J.), and sophomore inside center Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.) followed with tries before Hannemann scored her first of the afternoon on a run from midfield where she broke through a pile of Pride defenders for the score. A couple more scores from Kosko, sophomore Raechel Stimson (Cameron Park, Calif.) and Hannemann had Quinnipiac ahead at halftime, 57-0.

In the second half the Bobcats continued their dominance with 11 tries in the stanza. Freshman wing Tesni Phillips (Cheshire, Conn.) was the first to score and would later go on to record two more for three in the game. Perhaps the highlight of the afternoon came with the Bobcats ahead 83-0 close to 25 minutes into the half. Stimson found herself with the ball shortly after the kickoff and proceeded to run through a wall of defenders, shielding off several would-be tacklers, and went in for the score from 60 yards out. Durkin followed with another 50 yard run after the kickoff to extend the lead.

After several more tries the Bobcats scored their last of the game on an impressive sequence from freshman scrum half Devon Vieira (Kent, Wash.). The Pride attempted to punt the ball away from near their end-line and the line-drive struck Vieira in the head as she was only a few feet away from the Pride player. She proceeded to maintain possession, securing the ball, and taking it in while carrying a couple Hofstra players with her. The score put the score at 130-0 for the final try of the afternoon.

Senior fullback Krystin Orrico (Cranford, N.J.) finished 15-for-20 on conversion points including a stretch in the second half where she connected on eight straight conversions.

Quinnipiac will next prepare for West Chester at home on Saturday, Oct. 20 with the game scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu