The first varsity match of the season occurred today, as Quinnipiac University traveled to Euclid, Ohio, to face Notre Dame College, which is celebrating its first DI season. After a long stalemate, the Bobcats pulled ahead 41-10 for the victory.
From the moment that the Quinnipiac women’s team met Austin Hill, the Bobcats have been invested. In September 2013, the DI team traveled to Colorado to play Air Force, and that’s where the players and staff were introduced to the former rugby player.
Quinnipiac returns to the final four for the second time in the program’s short history, with its debut occurring in 2012. Recollections of that Bobcat squad only amplify the team’s progress in 2.5 years –not only was Quinnipiac playing in DII then, but its stardom also revolved around the phenomenal stiff-arming of Natalie Kosko.
The Mid-Atlantic region of the USA Rugby Women’s DI College Fall Championship, hosted by ACRA, feels familiar. That’s because the two Round of 16 matches – Quinnipiac vs. Army and Navy vs. Brown – have occurred in friendly form this fall.
One of the more interesting games to occur this weekend involved DI playoff-bound Quinnipiac – although all of the Bobcats’ games this season have been interesting. As an independent, the Bobcats have had the freedom to play anyone, anywhere.
Central Washington University, ranked #16 among DI women's college rugby programs by Goff Rugby Report, edged #5 Quinnipiac 22-17 Saturday in a clash in Ellensburg, Wash.
The teams were tied with two minutes to go when freshman wing Ashley Rolsma scored the game-winner.
Saturday’s game against Norwich was probably the most important of DI Quinnipiac’s fall season. Yes, it was friendly. Yes, it was a loss. But the 45-38 scoreline is representative of the vast improvement the team has made since fall 2013.
When the Quinnipiac Women traveled to Marietta, Ga., for its season-opener against Life University, the 34-19 win proved difficult to interpret. The Running Eagles are newly varsity and the late August match was an early fixture. But the Bobcats’ strength came into focus last Saturday, when it defeated traditional DI power Army 50-17.
There are two big games happening in women’s DI college tomorrow: Penn State vs. Norwich and Quinnipiac vs. Army. There’s no effect on standings but major bragging rights are on the line.