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Yale Rally Falls Short at Quinnipiac, 3-2

Gabby Garcia. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Gabby Garcia. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Third One-Goal Loss of Season

HAMDEN, Conn. – A three-goal first half by Quinnipiac proved to be too much for the Yale field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Quinnipiac Field Hockey Turf Complex, as the Bulldogs rallied with two goals in the second half but fell 3-2. That was their third one-goal loss of the season.

Quinnipiac (6-5, 0-0 MAAC) earned a pair of penalty corners in the opening moments of the game, and that led to the first goal. Defender Jennalise Taylor scored off an assist by forward Jess Rusin to put the Bobcats up 1-0 at the 3:57 mark. That point moved Rusin into sole possession of second place on Quinnipiac's career points list; she finished the day with 72.

The Bobcats extended the lead to 2-0 at 23:39 on a goal by forward Danielle Allan, who tipped in a ball from defender Amanda Danziger that was deflected.

Rusin then made it 3-0 with 44 seconds left in the half, diving to poke in a rebound for her 30th career goal -- good for a tie for second on Quinnipiac's career goals list.

Junior Heather Schlesier came on in relief of senior Emily Cain to start the second half in goal for Yale, and the Bulldog attack began rallying. Freshman forward Rhoni Gericke tipped in a goal at 35:12 to pull Yale within 3-1. Senior midfielder Emily Schuckert had the assist.

Senior forward/midfielder Gabby Garcia then scored off a great run down the middle of the field, pulling the Bulldogs within 3-2 with 19:57 left in the game. Senior forward Brooke Gogel assisted on the play.

But that would be as close as Yale would get. Quinnipiac goalkeeper Megan Conaboy made one of her best saves of the day with eight minutes to play, diving to get her stick on a ball that was tipped by junior forward Jessie Accurso.

Yale (3-6, 1-2 Ivy League) got what turned out to be its final penalty corner of the game with seven minutes left, but Conaboy made a save on a shot by senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland.

Quinnipiac received a green card with 1:09 to play, but the Bulldogs were unable to take advantage of that penalty. The Bobcats wound up getting a corner in the final seconds, and Schlesier had to stop a shot at the end of the game to keep the score at 3-2.

Conaboy finished with nine saves, while Cain and Schlesier made one each.

Yale travels to California to play Cal and No. 6 Stanford next weekend.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity