By: Thomas Butto
(HAMDEN, Conn.) – On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the Quinnipiac Bobcats and the Rider University Broncs played out on the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Complex. They were playing a game for the “Play 4 The Cure” program to benefit the Susan G. Komen for breast cancer awareness, and only one thing was missing from making the day perfect: a Bobcats win against NEC rival Rider.
“Even though we lost the game, today we played for a great cause,” said Quinnipiac head coach Becca Kohli. “I am happy that we could be a part of this fund raiser with Rider.”
The Quinnipiac Bobcats (3-9, 1-1), lost to the Rider Broncs (8-5, 2-0), 4-0 in a game that was dominated by Rider from wire to wire.
The Broncs first goal of the game came during the seventeenth minute when senior Diana Celebre knocked home her sixth goal of the year off of an assist from the team’s leader in points, senior forward Tricia Crotty.
From that point, the Broncs didn’t look back as their freshman forward Virginia Egusquiza had a breakout game scoring her first of two goals on the day three minutes later.
The Broncs had possession in Quinnipiac’s zone the whole day as Rider compiled ten shots on goal against Amanda DeLouise (Cheshire, Conn.).
“Rider channeled their energy well,” said Kohli. “Their speed was faster than ours. They came out strong and just didn’t stop attacking; they put together a total game.”
Even though the Broncs were on the offensive for most of the game, Lyndsie Johnson, Rider’s junior goaltender, kept the game in check by posting the first shutout in her career. She is fourth in the nation in saves and 17th in goals against average.
Tricia Crotty also added a goal and another assist on top of her assist to Celebre to extend her team lead in points. She currently has 21 on the season.
Quinnipiac continues their three game home stand after more than a month of road games on October 17th against Lock Haven at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Complex.