In its first season ever, the Quinnipiac women’s team is now 2-1 in Met NY’s DII. Their second win of the season evolved on Sunday, when the Bobcats defeated Marist 23-7.
The season couldn’t have begun with a more difficult match, when the newcomers faced union powerhouse Rutgers 51-0. It might have been easy to write the team off then, but the Connecticut team played admirably against Eastern Illinois, a fellow yet long established NCAA team. The lessons on the road paid dividends back home, and the program celebrated its first-ever win against New Paltz, 15-5.
With renewed vigor, the Bobcats controlled this Sunday’s game and scored its most points to date. Senior Stephanie Hasher ran in two tries, while sophomores Jacqueline Lilly and Allison Gnys added a five-pointer apiece. Three of the four tries came off an assist from speedy freshman Elisa Cuellar.
Junior Krystin Orrico made the best of her opportunities, as she knocked in her first penalty kick of the game to give her three points on the afternoon. Time after time, Orrico gave Quinnipiac great field position with several tremendous kicks from the back line, helping Quinnipiac hold its opponent to just one try for the second consecutive game, which came at 56-minute mark.
Defensively, the Bobcats were just as tenacious, and were led by senior Jacqueline MacLearie with six tackles, followed by junior Colleen Doherty’s with four tackles.
Quinnipiac will attempt to keep its winning streak going against Vassar this Sunday.