October 11, 2013

Women’s Rugby Hosts UMass Amherst on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Noon

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UMass Amherst (1-2, 0-1 Northeast)
Quinnipiac University (5-2, 1-2 Northeast)

Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 12 p.m.
Alumni Field – Hamden, Conn.

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Neighbors to the North
The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team (5-2, 1-2 Northeast) returns to action when they face fellow Northeast Conference opponent UMass Amherst (1-2, 0-1 Northeast) on Saturday, October 12 at home.  The Bobcats and the Minutewomen will take Alumni Field at 12 p.m.  The Bobcats boast an 8-3-1 all-time record when playing on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Scouting the Minute Women
UMass Amherst currently stands at 1-2 overall for the start of their season as they look to climb to the .500 mark with a win on Saturday.  The Minutewomen started their season at UNH on Sept. 14 where they saw their only win of the season, 22-10.  UMass Amherst would then fall to the Catamounts of UVM at home the following weekend, 13-10.  This past weekend the Minutewomen lost a heartbreaker in Boston when they fell to the Huskies of Northeastern, 15-14.

All- Time against UMass
This match will mark the first time these two programs have met. 

Racking up the Myles 
Newcomer Maggie Myles recorded her first try of her freshman campaign against Air Force (9/7).  The rookie has accounted for 24 points in the young season to lead her freshman class in scoring for the Bobcats.

Kosko Cracks a Career High
Sophomore Natalie Kosko marked a career high with five tries in game one against the Panthers of Eastern Illinois (8/31).  The wing, so far, has 65 points this season and totals 180 points for her career in just her sophomore season playing for Quinnipiac.

Armed and Ready
The Quinnipiac women's rugby team defeated the Army Black Knights, 39-27, on Saturday, Oct. 5, for their third straight win this year.  The Bobcats are now 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the Northeast conference. Junior Shannon Durkin led the Bobcats to their victory with 10 points with back-to-back tries in the second stanza, giving Quinnipiac the commanding, 39-27, triumph.

Vieira Steps Up
Sophomore Devon Vieira carried the Bobcats to their fourth victory of the season on Saturday, Sept. 28.  The scrum half posted a career-high of 20 points against the Cavaliers.

Cavaliers Crumble
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.  Sophomore Devon Vieira amassed a career high of four tries in a game.  Freshman Christie Albers also scored the first points of her Bobcat career posting 10 points for the win.

Austin Hill Project
Quinnipiac University women's rugby has created and developed the Austin Hill Project. Austin is an amazing 14 year old young man from Colorado Springs who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis since being diagnosed at 18 months of age. While Austin fights this disease on a daily basis, due to his condition he is unable to participate in athletics. A port-a-cath that assists in his treatments lies three inches from his heart creating safety concerns in contact sports. Austin is currently a member of the Colorado Springs Tiger Rugby team, but is unable to participate.

Fundraising for Austin
Quinnipiac women's rugby has proudly partnered with Quinnipiac's newest 2013 addition of the School of Medicine and also the School of Engineering. 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. The funds raised will subsidize the cost of the creation of the chest protector. 

T-Shirts for the Austin Hill Project
Each member of the women's rugby team will wear a purple T-shirt before each game to honor Austin and support the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Each donation and purchase of a purple "I Play for Austin" tee will go directly to the development of this chest protector. Each tee is $15.