No. 3 Quinnipiac Women’s Rugby Draws No. 10 Boston University at ACRA Sweet 16 This Saturday

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#10 Boston University ( 3-4, 3-4 Northeast)
#3 Quinnipiac University (9-2, 4-2 Northeast)

Saturday, November 16, 2013 – 3 p.m.
Anderson Rugby Complex – West Point, N.Y.


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On A Mission
The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team (9-2, 4-2 Northeast) looks onward to the American Collegiate Rugby Association Tournament this weekend.  The No. 3 Bobcats pulled No. 10 Boston University (3-4, 3-4 Northeast) in the Sweet 16 round taking place this Saturday, Nov. 16. Kick-off is slated for 3pm on field one.

ACRA National Tournament
The Quinnipiac Bobcats were awarded the No. 3 seed for the American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) National Tournament.  Quinnipiac will meet No.10 Boston University in the ACRA Sweet 16 round on Saturday.  The winner will then advance on to the Quarterfinals on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. taking on either No. 4 Navy or No. 9 Cornell.  The winner of that match will have the opportunity to advance on in the tournament Final Four and National Championship taking place on Dec. 7 and 8th at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla.

How The Bobcats Got Here
The Bobcats for a second consecutive season, finish their year over the .500 mark at 9-2 overall.  Quinnipiac started the season strong going on an 18 game winning streak from the 2012-13 season with wins both at Eastern Illinois and Air Force.  The Bobcats would suffer their first setback in the regular season since their inaugural debut to the 2013 National Champions the Norwich Cadets. Quinnipiac would only suffer one more setback to AIC before going on a six game winning streak.  Quinnipiac who placed first in their Northeast Conference division received a bye for their first game in the post season before competing in the ACRA Tournament this weekend. 

Scouting the Boston Terriers
Boston University enters Saturday's matchup standing at 4-3 overall and in the Northeast Conference.  The Boston Terriers opened the season with two losses before seeing their first win at the University of Rhode Island on Sept. 28.  The Terriers battled it out with the Rams to a 17-15 victory in Kingston, R.I.  The following weekend Boston University met the University of Vermont at home and tallied their second win of the season, 14-12, over the Catamounts.  The Boston Terriers followed up the rest of their season against AIC, UNH and Norwich.  Against UNH, the Boston Terriers marked their only shut out of the season, 26-0 over New Hampshire. Boston University's Dee Nash leads the team in scoring with 43 points coming from five tries and nine conversion marks.

All-Time Against Boston University
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, 467-157.

Kosko Cracks a Career High
Sophomore Natalie Kosko marked a career high with six tries in one game against the Huskies of Northeastern (11/2).  The wing, so far, has 135 points this season and totals 250 points for her career in just her second season playing for Quinnipiac.

Top 2
Sophomore Natalie Kosko and Senior Allison Gnys finished the regular season both in the Top10 for scoring in the Northeast Conference.  Kosko blew away the Conference opponents ranking first overall in the scoring index with 85 points in the Bobcats six meetings.  Gnys also made the cut ranking 10th overall with 46 points for Quinnipiac. 

Austin Update
The Quinnipiac University women's rugby team received a surprise on Saturday, Nov 8, when Summit High School of Colorado recently held their Colorado High School State Rugby Championships. Of the teams competing throughout the state, each player made an "I Play for Austin" t-shirt to support Quinnipiac's effort in the Austin Hill Project.  The schools together raised $797.49 for the project.

Finishing Strong
The Quinnipiac women's Rugby team went on to defeat the West Chester University Golden Rams on Saturday, Nov. 2, 29-22 on the South Campus Rugby Pitch. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 9-2 overall and 4-2 in Northeast Conference action. For the regular season, the Bobcats have outscored their opponents, 467-157.

Shut Down
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. 

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.

Senior Farewell
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Quinnipiac athletic department took a moment to honor eight of the Quinnipiac women's rugby seniors.  The Bobcats honored 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 recognized their volunteer assistant coaches, Jacqueline MacLearie, Marie Pescatore, and Katie Wood.

Kosko Crushes Huskies
It was all Quinnipiac on Saturday, Oct. 26, as the Bobcats went on to defeat Northeastern University, 98-7, on Senior Day at the QU Rugby Field. Sophomore Natalie Kosko 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.