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Quinnipiac rugby defeats Central Washington 29-24
The Quinnipiac rugby team defeated the Central Washington Wildcats in its closest game of the year, 29-24. Junior Emily Roskopf led the team with two tries and senior Ilona Maher converted a try of her own, while also adding an assist. Senior Maggie Wesolowski also had two good conversions out of five, which turned out to be crucial points in the tight contest.
Quinnipiac came into this game with a chip on its shoulder having last lost to the Wildcats a just over two weeks ago by a score of 22-31.
The Bobcats knew something had to change if they wanted to win this time around.
“Just being able to play our game and not letting them dictate the pace and the structure of the game” Roskopf said. “We were able to stick to our structure, working it inside to our forwards and then spreading it wide for our backs and beating them on the edges and really punishing them to the outside.”
Roskopf was a big part of Quinnipiac’s game today as she scored the first two tries for the Bobcats. The first one came five minutes into the game just three minutes after the Wildcats opened the scoring, while the second came just about the halfway point of the first half, which at the time, tied the game at 12-12.
While being able to play the game the way they wanted did make a big difference this time around against Central Washington, it’s not the only thing that the Bobcats credited to today’s win. Quinnipiac’s home field advantage played a role in the victory as well.
“It’s just so much nicer,” Maher said. “You have your fans here and we had all our support and our families here.”
Quinnipiac only has one more game left in the regular season, a home game against American International next Saturday before playoffs get under way, in which a rubber match against Central Washington is a possibility.