by Tom Butto
September 6, 2008
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – The Quinnipiac Bobcats Field Hockey team had a huge test in their home opener at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Complex against their non conference opponent, the #13 ranked Boston College Eagles.
The Bobcats (0-2, 0-0 NEC) lost 2-0 and came into the game looking for positive momentum after getting beaten by the University of Massachusetts in their season opener.
“Even though we lost, this was a big step forward for this team,” said Becca Kohli, the Bobcats head coach. “We have had a problem hanging with teams of this caliber in the past.”
The Bobcats did exactly that with their excellent defense against the Eagles attack, and the goaltending by Senior captain Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.). Grossman stopped the first five shots on goal that the Eagles sent her way.
BC’s first goal came on a corner at the 24:06 mark in the first half when Janna Actil passed to Bob Dirks at the top of the circle. Dirks then connected with a pass to Chelsea Feole who knocked in the team’s leading 4th goal of the year.
Feole then scored her 5th goal of the year about three minutes into the second half. Katie Qugalia found Feole on a pass off of a corner which led to Feole finding the lower left corner of the cage.
For the game, the Bobcats were outshot 23-2. Grossman stopped eight of ten shots on goal.
“The box score is going to make this game look more lopsided than it really was,” said Kohli. “I’m happy with how our team played, especially our defense, and we will use this experience for our next game.”
The Bobcats next play on Sunday when they host Lafayette College at 11 a.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Complex.