Tremendous Team Effort Sends Quinnipiac Women’s Rugby Past Virginia, 34-12

   First Half   Second Half   Final 
 Quinnipiac       12   22    34
 Virginia       0   12    12




Charlottesville, Va. –Sophomore scrum half Devon Vieira (Kent, Wash.) carried the Bobcats to their fourth victory of the season after posting a career-high of 20 points against the Cavaliers on Saturday. The women's rugby team went on to defeat Virginia by a final score of 34-12 at Madison Bowl Field, improving to 4-2 on the season. 

"Today is the win we needed to set the stage for next week in conference," said head coach Becky Carlson. "Penalties on both sides had both teams playing short and we adjusted well each time.  Devon Vieira launched an offensive attack from behind rucks and really showed up big today putting four tries on the board with quick decisions on penalties."

In addition to Vieira's 20 points, freshman lock Christie Albers (Castle Rock, Colo.) provided Quinnipiac with two tries, accounting for the first points of her career. Freshman Maggie Myles (Emmitsburg, Md.) also completed two successful conversions for four points against the Cavaliers. 

In the first meeting between the two programs, it was all Quinnipiac early on. In the 26th minute of regulation, Vieira gave a quick tap in the end zone to put Quinnipiac on the board with a 5-0 lead. On their next possession, the Bobcats once again marched their way down the field, this time with Albers completing the play. Albers collected the first try of her freshman campaign to put Quinnipiac ahead, 10-0. Myles would then complete the conversion to give the Bobcats a 12-0 advantage.The score would conclude the first half's offensive output, leaving the Cavalier's scoreless and Quinnipiac with a 12-0 lead heading into halftime.

To mark the beginning of the second half, Quinnipiac continued its quest. Sophomore wing Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) continued to chip away against Virginia's tight defense. After a huge run into the Cavalier territory, the wing would help in assisting Vieira's second try of the afternoon. 

Virginia wouldn't go away that easily as the Cavaliers put some points on the scoreboard with their first try and conversion of the game to tighten the score, 17-7. However, relentless as always, Quinnipiac quickly bounced back with two more tries by Vieira and Albers to give the Bobcats an insurmountable, 29-7, advantage. The Cavaliers would score once more before Vieira marked her fourth try of the day to close out Quinnipiac's fourth victory this year, 34-12. 

The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 5 with their second home game of the 2013 campaign. Quinnipiac will host Army on Alumni Field in Hamden with kickoff slated for 12 p.m. 

The women's rugby team will also continue their support to promote the Austin Hill Project. Austin is an amazing 14-year-old young teen from Colorado Springs who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis since being diagnosed at three months of age. Austin is currently a member of the Colorado Springs Tiger Rugby team, but is unable to participate. The Bobcats have proudly partnered with Quinnipiac's newest 2013 addition of the School of Medicine and also the School of Engineering, where Quinnipiac doctors, professors, engineers and students will work alongside the women's rugby program and athletics in this campaign to develop a chest protector for Austin so he may be able to play sports again.

Each member of the women's rugby team will wear a purple T-shirt before each home game to honor Austin and support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. In addition, the game officials for the game will be outfitted in "I Ref For Austin" gear to show their support. Each donation and purchase of a purple "I Play for Austin" tee will go directly to the development of this chest protector. T-Shirts will be sold at each home game and are $15.

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