HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women defeated the Army Black Knights 39-27 for their third-straight win of the season and first on home soil. The Bobcats are now 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the Northeast conference.
A tremendous scoring effort from all Bobcats, Quinnipiac featured six players crossing the line. Senior Shannon Durkin (Oakland, Calif.) led Quinnipiac with 15 points, coming from back-to-back tries in the second half. Senior Allison Gnys (Cumberland, R.I.) followed with nine points for the Bobcats. Junior Elisa Cuellar (Palm Bay, Fla.), sophomores Devon Vieira (Kent, Wash.) and Natalie Kosko (Sebastian, Fla.), and freshman Tayler Schussler (Westminster, Md.) each added five points.
An evenly matched game from the start, Vieira put Quinnipiac on top with a try at the five-minute mark. Schussler quickly pushed the lead to 10-0, getting the first try of her Bobcat career.
Army answered back at the 23rd minute marker, as Ashley Moore set up Lindy Clarke for the Cadets’ lone try of the half, but Quinnipiac’s Gnys restored the point differential with a try shortly afterward, 15-5. Best McCracken slotted a penalty before the break, and there the score stood, 15-8, heading into the locker rooms.
As the second half got underway, Army wasted little time to create a comeback. McCracken tallied her first try of the game at the eight-minute mark to narrow Quinnipiac's lead to two points, 15-13. The Bobcats continued to capitalize on Army's mistakes as they went on to score four back-to-back tries, two coming from Durkin; one from Kosko, who was set up by Elena Orlando; and the fourth from Cuellar, who took an intercept 50 meters for the try. Gnys’ conversion put Quinnipiac up 39-13. Sophomore Natalie Kosko connected on a pass from Elena Orlando to give the Bobcats a seven-point advantage.
The Cadets kept their collective heads down and posted two tries from Kate Roose and Carissa Pekny before time was called, but it wasn’t enough, 39-27.
Submitted by Quinnipiac Athletics