Quinnipiac University (7-2, 3-2 Northeast)
Northeastern University (2-2, 2-2 Northeast)
Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 12 p.m.
Alumni Field – Hamden, Conn.
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The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team (7-2, 3-2 Northeast) closes their 2013 season at home when they take on fellow Northeast Conference opponent the Northeastern University Huskies (2-2,2-2 Northeast) this Saturday, October 26. The Bobcats will meet the Huskies on Alumni Field on the Mount Carmel Campus. Kick-off is slated for 12 p.m.
Prior to kick-off on Saturday, the Quinnipiac athletic department will take a moment to honor eight of the Quinnipiac women's rugby seniors. The Bobcats will honor five of their senior players, Melissa Condo, Colleen Doherty, Nancy Dunn, Allison Gnys and Elena Orlando. Along with the celebration the women's rugby team will recognize their volunteer assistant coaches, Jacqueline MacLearie, Marie Pescatore, and Katie Wood.
Scouting the Huskies
Northeastern currently stands at 2-2 overall on their 2013 season. Of the four games that the Huskies have meet, they have all been Northeast Conference opponents. The Huskies met Boston University early on where they tallied their first win of the season, 17-14 over the Boston Terriers. The Huskies saw their first loss of the season coming from the Army Black Knights back on Sept 28. The Black Knights outscored Northeastern, 111-0. Northeastern went on to split their last two games against UMass (W, 15-14) and UConn (L, 39-5).
All- Time Against Northeastern
This match will mark the first time these two programs have met.
Out Numbering the Competition
So far this year, the Quinnipiac women's rugby team has outscored their Division I opponents, 340-128.
Shut Out Lights Out
The win against UConn on Saturday Oct. 19, marks Quinnipiac's first shutout of the season and their eighth shutout in the last two years.
Kosko Cracks a Career High
Sophomore Natalie Kosko marked a career high with five tries in one game against the Panthers of Eastern Illinois (8/31). The wing, so far, has 105 points this season and totals 220 points for her career in just her second season playing for Quinnipiac.
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.
Blanking the Huskies
Sophomore Natalie Kosko led Quinnipiac to their fourth straight victory of the season on Saturday, Oct. 19, with four tries as the women's rugby team defeated UConn, 49-0, at Depot Field. The Bobcats improve to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in Northeast Conference action.
Minute to Win It
The Quinnipiac women's rugby team defeated the UMass Amherst Minute Women, 94-5, on Saturday, Oct. 12 for its fourth straight win of the season. The Bobcats are now 7-2 overall and 2-2 in the Northeast conference. Shannon Durkin and Natalie Kosko led Quinnipiac's attack with four tries apiece, while senior Allison Gnys, junior Elisa Cuellar and sophomore Devon Vieira also had 10 points apiece. The final result was the highest winning margin for the Bobcats this season.
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 of the season. The Bobcats are now 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the Northeast conference. The win today gives Quinnipiac its first win of the season at home as they improve to 8-3-1 all-time on the Mount Carmel campus.
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.