Monthly Archives: January 2010

WQAQ Athlete of the Week: Justin Rutty

By Tom Butto

Photo credit: quinnipiacbobcats.com

This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week award goes to Justin Rutty.

Rutty, a junior from Newburgh, N.Y., had a monster double-double, scoring 26 points while ripping down 14 boards in a 75-62 win against NEC foe Central Connecticut State. Rutty was in the zone for the entire  game, continuously torching the Blue Devils while converting 13 of his 16 field goals.

Quinnipiac next hits the road for a three game road trip, starting with a game at Wagner on Thursday.

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Bobcats sweep Wayne State, extend win streak to six

By Brian Farrell

HAMDEN – The Bobcats extended their win streak to six games on Saturday afternoon behind four third period goals en route to a 4-1 victory over Wayne State at the TD Bank Sports Center. Senior captain Kallie Flor led the way with two of those third period goals to raise her season total to ten. The win follows their 2-1 Friday afternoon win over Wayne State, their first against the Warriors in team history.

Quinnipiac is currently on an absolute hot streak with six straight wins which include a victory over #5 Harvard and a sweep over the Syracuse, who was ranked 10th at the time. With this current streak the Bobcats have made school history by receiving votes in the national polls, an impressive feat when considering top ten teams in women’s college hockey are ranked. In addition, Quinnipiac is now ranked #11 in USCHO’s Pair-Wise Rankings.

Friday night’s game saw little scoring action as QU’s Victoria Vigilanti and Wayne State’s Delayne Brian combined to give up just three goals. After a scoreless first period, the Bobcats were able to get some breathing room with two second period goals just 11 seconds apart. The first goal was scored by Junior Kelley Davies on an odd man rush when she beat Brian glove-side. Janine Duffy followed Davies’ goal with one of her own, shooting and scoring from nearly the same spot to put the Bobcats up 2-0.After the game Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley had plenty of praise for his defense.

“I thought we backchecked well, so we took away any odd man rushes,” Seeley said. “(Wayne State) has a lot of good hockey players, but they couldn’t get speed in the neutral zone, and I thought that was because of our forwards’ hard work.”

On Saturday afternoon, two periods of scoreless hockey preempted a firestorm of goals in the third. Before the combined five goal outburst the only real scoring opportunity of the game thus far was turned away by Wayne State’s Delayne Brian. Late in the second period Senior Janine Duffy took control of the puck to the left of the net. As Duffy took control, a streaking Flor took the pass out in front and put a shot on Brian that was deflected away by her left leg pad.

In the third period the action began with the Bobcats striking first. Just 16 seconds into the third, sophomore Jordan Elkins took a slap shot from the far side which was tipped out at the hash marks by freshman Breehan Polci and then put home by Flor. Flor took the tip and slipped it between the right pad of Brian and the right post.

Wayne State tied the game up at the 2:04 mark of the period Micheline Frappier took a feed from Jaclyn Stapleton and roofed it just under the crossbar to beat Vigilanti glove side.

Quinnipiac regained the lead 52 seconds later when Freshman Kristen Eklund tipped another Jordan Elkins slap shot. This goal turned out to be the game winner as the QU defense and Vigilanti shut down the Lady Warriors for the remainder of the game.

Flor added some insurance with her second goal of the game as she took a wicked slapshot from the slot and deposited it into the top right corner of the cage.

“I was in the right spot at the right time and I just needed to make sure the puck was on my stick and that I got a good shot off,” Flor said.

Janine Duffy rounded out the scoring with an empty net goal with just 57 seconds left on the clock.

Elkins, who chipped in with a career-high three assists in the game, commented on how important this run has been for the team.

“We don’t want to lose anymore, we like the feeling we get when we win,” Elkins said. “Now, hopefully we can keep this momentum going into the ECAC.”

Quinnipiac will return to their ECAC play as they travel to RPI this Friday for a 7 p.m. start and then to Union for a 3 p.m. afternoon game.

Rutty’s double-double causes trouble for Blue Devils, Bobcats win seventh straight

By Kevin Lo

HAMDEN – It was business as usual for Justin Rutty, who finished with his 19th career double-double (26 points and 14 rebounds) as Quinnipiac defeated Central Connecticut State University 75-62 on Sunday afternoon.

Rutty led all scorers and was one of three Bobcats who finished in double figures. James Johnson recorded 13 points and James Feldeine chipped in with 12.

After a tumultuous first half that resulted in a three-point halftime deficit for the Bobcats, 28-25, the Bobcats began a 10-2 run over the next four minutes. The rest of the half was more of the same, as Quinnipiac scored 50 points in the second half as opposed to their 25-point output in the first.

“We talked a lot at halftime about being a little more mature and stronger with the ball and finishing our shots, making shots in the second half,” said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore.

Quinnipiac shot 55.3% in the second half after shooting just 29% in the first.

After playing only 10 minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, James Feldeine led the second half surge finishing a tough fast-break lay-up, followed by a trip to the free-throw line for two points the next possession.

The Bobcats continued to score much more effectively in the second half as James Johnson orchestrated an up-tempo offense.

“To our guys’ credit, we really executed well in the second half. James Johnson is evolving into a very, very good transition point guard – extremely good. He’s getting his bigs and his wings to run along with him too. He made a few plays that got us easy baskets and when we had to play in the half court, our guys executed really well.

Deontay Twyman contributed nine points off the bench and played a much bigger role in the second half taking the place of Jeremy Baker, who struggled offensively (1-9), alongside the rest of the original starting lineup.

Twyman’s three-pointer at the 12:32 mark extended the Quinnipiac lead to 14 points, 51-37. The lead reached its peak of 19 points at the 7:55 mark after a bucket by Jamee Jackson.

The Bobcats return to NEC action Thursday, when they travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to face Wagner. Opening tip from the Spiro Sports Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Men’s BBall hosts CCSU at Noon

The Bobcats will look to continue their hot start in NEC play when they host in-state rival Central Connecticut State University today at noon. Robin Schuppert and Kevin Lo will have the call on the sports stream, with the broadcast set to get underway at 11:55 a.m.

Athlete of the Week – Quinnipiac’s Women’s Ice Hockey Team

This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week award goes to the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team. The Bobcats have received votes in the weekly USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey polls for the first time in the program’s history. Quinnipiac swept the No. 10-ranked Syracuse University Orange over this past weekend after completing a conference sweep by defeating Dartmouth and No. 3 Harvard at the TD Bank Sports Center. This weekend, the team extended their program-record winning streak to six games with a sweep of Wayne State. By picking up their 12th victory of the season on Friday, the Bobcats have broken the program’s record for most wins in a season, when they went 11-21-2 during the 2003-2004 campaign. This season the Bobcats are 13-7-6, and will head back into ECAC play this weekend.

Men’s ice hockey hosts St. Cloud State this weekend

The Quinnpiac University men’s ice hockey team will look to right the ship this weekend when they host a weekend series against St. Cloud State. This marks the first time a team west of Pennsylvania is visiting the TD Bank Sports Center. Jamie Palatini and Scott Sheahen will have the broadcast for both games on the sports stream, and both games will begin at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

Both hockey teams in action today

The Bobcats Women’s and Men’s Hockey teams are both in action today, and we’ll have the games for you on the Bobcats Sports Network.  First at 3:00 p.m., the women will take on Dartmouth.  Corey Hersch and Jamie Palatini will have the call.  Then, at 7:00 p.m., come back for the men’s hockey game against RPI with Jamie and Jordan Elkins on that broadcast.  Both games can be heard on the hockey stream.