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HAMDEN, Conn. – It was all Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats went on to defeat Northeastern University, 98-7, on Senior Day at the QU Rugby Field. Sophomore Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.) finished the game with a career-high of 30 points against the Huskies. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in Northeast Conference action.
Prior to the start of the game, Quinnipiac Athletics recognized eight women's rugby players for their contributions to the women's rugby program. After that, the Bobcats took the field and put on a tremendous display of rugby.
Kosko finished with a career-high of six tries for 30 points in the match against Northeastern. Her previous high was five tries against Eastern Illinois back on Aug. 31. Senior Elena Orlando (Winters, Calif.) also chimed in a career-high of five assists, assisting on each of Kosko's scores.
Included in the scoring index for Quinnipiac were seven other players. Senior Allison Gnys (Cumberland, R.I.) secured 18 points off of conversions for the Bobcats, connecting on nine of her 16 attempts. Junior Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.), sophomore Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.) and rookie Christie Albers (Castle Rock, Colo.) each compiled 10 points off of two tries. Cuellar also chipped in two assists.
Orlando, junior Raechel Stimpson (Cameron Park, Calif.), sophomore Devon Vieira (Kent, Wash.) and freshman Tayler Schussler (Westminster, Md.) each accounted for a try against the Huskies. Junior Jennifer Salomon (Garnerville, N.Y.) and Vieira each picked up an assist in the match.
The Bobcats scored early and often, rattling off back-to-back tries right out of the gates. Kosko and Albers would give Quinnipiac the early 10-0 advantage, with Durkin getting in on the action with her first try of the match to make it 15-0. The three players would tack on additional tries before the end of the stanza, closing out the first half, 39-0.
Returning from the break, Kosko would continue onslaught as she opened up the second half on a 60 yard run. Stimpson was next for the Bobcats to score, leaving a 51-0 advantage on the scoreboard. Quinnipiac would go on to score five more times before Northeastern put themselves on the board. Northeastern's Victoria Avery would supply their only try of the game; however, Vieira and Kosko would close out the scoring summary and the win. Quinnipiac walked away with a comfortable 98-7 win from Hamden.
Quinnipiac returns to the pitch for their final regular-season game against West Chester University on Saturday Nov. 2. Quinnipiac will meet the Golden Rams on the road at the South Campus Rugby Pitch with opening kick-off projected for 11 am. This will be the Bobcats final regular season match before the Northeast Conference Championships taking place on Nov. 9.
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