HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac junior forward Danielle Allan tallied three goals and an assist to help lead the Bobcats to a 5-1 victory over Holy Cross in non-conference field hockey action on Thursday afternoon at the QU Turf Complex. With the win, Quinnipiac improves to 5-4 overall, while the Crusaders slip to 2-5 on the season.
The Bobcats tallied the first goal of the contest in the seventh minute, as Amanda Danziger scored her third goal of the season to put Quinnipiac ahead 1-0. The Bobcats tallied two more goals by Jess Rusin (16:34) and Allan (21:08) over the next 15 minutes to grab the 3-0 advantage. Holy Cross freshman midfield Catherine Noone (Belmont, Mass.) had a chance to give the Crusaders their first goal of the game with a shot in the 24th minute, but the ball rang off the post.
Allan added her second goal of the contest in the 32nd minute to give the Bobcats the 4-0 lead. Late in the first half, Holy Cross senior captain Carly Grimaudo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) had what looked to be a Crusader goal with a shot at the 34:32 mark, but Danziger preserved the shutout with a defensive save for Quinnipiac.
In the second half, Noone had a shot on goal for Holy Cross at the 52:49 mark, but Quinnipiac goalkeeper Megan Conaboy made the stop. Allan registered her hat trick in the 57th minute of the contest to put the Bobcats ahead 5-0.
Holy Cross was finally able to break through the Quinnipiac defense in the 61st minute, as junior forward Molly Feit (Acton, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal for her second marker of the season, which cut the deficit to 5-1. Both teams did not have a shot on net over the final nine minutes, as the Bobcats would go on to claim the victory.
Holy Cross freshman goalkeeper Maya Langman (Crozet, Va.) made eight saves in the loss, while Conaboy made one save for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac held advantages in shots (16-5), shots on goal (13-3) and penalty corners (3-0).
The Crusaders will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 29, as they will host Dartmouth on the Hart Turf Field at 2:00 p.m.