Archive for category: Recaps

Nick Solari|Quinnipiac Chronicle The women's ice hockey team poses with their ECAC championship trophy following the game

Nick Solari|Quinnipiac Chronicle                   The Bobcats pose with their ECAC championship trophy following the game

By Jordan Novack Associate Sports Editor Link to Original

For the first time in program history, Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey is ECAC champions. The Bobcats built on their first ECAC regular season title by bringing home their first ever ECAC tournament championship after defeating second-seeded Clarkson 1-0 at the High Point Solutions Arena Sunday afternoon.

Winning the tournament championship adds to the long list of accomplishments by Quinnipiac rookie head coach Cassandra Turner. As well as winning the first ever regular season and tournament titles in program history, the Bobcats’ 30 wins this season are the most in program history and an NCAA record for most wins by a coach in their debut season.

“Our team battled so hard. Clarkson is such a good hockey team. They are big, strong and physical and took a lot of pucks to our net,” Turner said. “We had a great desperation about the way we played, but with a level of composure at the same time. It is what we talked about going into this game, and I couldn’t be happier to share this with this group of players and our staff.”

The first period started out all Clarkson, as the Golden Knights registered the first three attempts on net over the first five minutes of the game. However, Quinnipiac goalie Sydney Rossman continued to showcase why she was named ECAC Goaltender of the year, turning away all of Clarkson’s first period shots and 16 shots overall.

While both team’s were unsuccessful on the powerplay in the first period, the Bobcats’ offense capitalized before its conclusion. Nicole Brown put a rebound past Clarkson goalie Shea Tiley following a Nicole Connery shot. The goal put the Bobcats up 1-0 and was Brown’s eighth goal of the season.

The assist moved Connery into a tie for the team lead with 24 and was her 37th point of the year. The secondary assist also gave captain Cydney Roesler her ninth assist of the season.

During the second, both teams came out with intensity on both ends of the ice. The emotions reached a boiling point in the third, as an interference call on Clarkson’s Erin Ambrose caused T.T. Cianfarano and Emma Woods to need to be restrained by teammates.

Despite the brief flair in temper, Turner described how proud she was that her team was able to maintain composure.

“I talked to them about it, but I almost didn’t need to,” Turner said. “It was amazing to see the body language of our kids, and how they weren’t going to get involved in something like that. They knew that was going to be really important, and they were really disciplined.”

With her 16-save shutout in the championship game, Rossman set the Quinnipiac program record for shutouts in a season with 18.

Following the contest, Rossman was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament, as well as the goalie for the All-Tournament team to accompany her ECAC Goalie of the Season honors.

“You don’t win championships without a great goalie, and she has been the rock for us. Whenever we have needed her, she has been there for us,” Turner said. “She was outstanding today and it wasn’t surprising to me because she really is a mentally strong goaltender, and it really showed today.”

Rossman credited her teammates for helping her reach these levels of success.

“Without them, none of those awards would have been possible,” Rossman said. “So while [the accolades] may be great, we still do have work to do.”

Joining Rossman on the All-Tournament team are Brown, Connery, and Emma Greco.

“[Brown and Connery] have been building every single year that they have been at Quinnipiac,” Turner said. “Just when I think they have hit a plateau, they find something else to get better at. I was so impressed this weekend with the decisions they made with the puck.”

The Bobcats’ win in the finals also marks the first time that the hosting team of the ECAC tournament has won since Cornell accomplished it in 2013.

With the ECAC title secured, the Bobcats will now set their sights on the National Collegiate Women’s Hockey tournament, where their seed and opponent are yet to be announced.

Erin Kane | QU Chronicle

Erin Kane | Quinnipiac Chronicle

With its regular season concluded – and the ECAC regular season title clinched – Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey looked to carry its four-game unbeaten streak into the playoffs vs. RPI at High Point Solutions Arena. They would do so in thrilling fashion, defeating the Engineers 3-2 in overtime, despite trailing by 2 goals coming into the 3rd period.

The Bobcats’ offense looked ready to play early, outshooting RPI 20-2 in the first period. RPI still had a chance early on, however, due to a Quinnipiac tripping penalty.

However, Quinnipiac showed why it’s the No. 3 penalty killing team in the country this season, allowing RPI to only get off one shot during the two-minute stretch without scoring.

In the second period, the Bobcats increased their shots advantage to 36-5. However, the Engineers capitalized on their chance, as Jaimie Gribsby finished a one-on-one against Rossman with two minutes left in the period. Grigsby’s goal was the first allowed by the Bobcats in 164 consecutive minutes.

RPI struck one more time in the period, as a Josefine Hansen slapshot found its way over Rossman’s glove shoulder and into the back of the net with 30 seconds remaining in the second. It was the first time the Bobcats trailed by two goals since their loss to Colgate on Feb. 6.

“We’re a team that never gives up. We learned from [Colgate], where we were down two goals in a similar situation,” Quinnipiac senior forward Nicole Connery said. “Everyone was fired up, and people were staying positive. We learned from that how to stay in the right position mentally, and this time we used that to take it to them.”

The Bobcats continued to create chances from the start of the third period. Emma Woods struck first for Quinnipiac, recording her 10th goal of the season from a scrum that cut the Engineers lead down to 2-1. T.T. Cianfarano assisted the Woods goal, giving her a team-leading 49th point for the season (27 goals, 22 assists).

Quinnipiac then tied the game five seconds after RPI returned even strength 7:39 into the third period as Connery recorded her 13th goal of the season, and her seventh point (4g, 3a) in her last three games. Regulation ended with the game level at two each.

Quinnipiac’s breakthrough came two minutes into the extra period. Following a drive on net by Cianfarano, Woods, the puck deflected the rebound into the net in controversial manner, as it initially appeared to hit off her skate. Following a lengthy review and discussion by the referees, the goal was upheld.

“No doubt. No doubt,” Woods said. “I knew there was that [kicking] motion, and that it was going to be reviewed, but I was in stride and it happened so quickly that it wasn’t a force but I thought it was going to stand. Even if I was a little scared at first.”

The goal was Woods’ second of the night, as well as the game winner. The assist from Connery gave her the 100th point of her career.

“Connery every shift, with her unique skill level, always works hard,” Quinnipiac head coach Cassandra Turner said. “She and I had a conversation a couple years ago about ‘what would [Connery] want someone to say about you at the end of the game if they had never seen you play hockey before?’ and she has really made the things she wanted to be proud of a reality.”

Today’s win was the Bobcats’ 27th of the season which is a program record for wins in a season. Turner also tied the record for most wins by a rookie coach in NCAA history.

“I am really proud of this team. At the beginning of the year I knew this was possible for this group and that we could be sitting in this exact position we are now,” Turner said. “They’ve made it a reality and it is a testament to how hard they work, and how much they are willing to put into it.”

Following today’s victory, the Bobcats will look for a similar result when they face off against RPI again Saturday at 2 p.m at High Point Solutions Arena, with the chance to advance in the ECAC tournament on the line.

Jordan Novack|Quinnipiac Chronicle Melissa Samoskevich forechecks the Harvard defense 12/5/15

Melissa Samoskevich forechecks the Harvard defense 12/5/15

By Jordan Novack, Associate Sports Editor              Link to Original

Few games carry more weight for the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team coming into this season than contests against the Harvard Crimson. While the teams had matched up four separate times last year, including in both the ECAC and National tournaments, the Bobcats came up empty handed every time. In fact, the last time Quinnipiac had defeated Harvard was all the way back on November 12th, 2010.

This time out, Quinnipiac would finally flip the script.

In a tightly contested game that needed overtime to determine a winner, Quinnipiac downed Harvard 2-1 at High Point Solutions Arena on Saturday afternoon.

“There is no question that from the beginning of the season, Harvard was a game we circled on the calendar, especially given that they were the team that ended our season last year,” Quinnipiac head coach Cassandra Turner said. “It was really neat to see how genuinely excited our seniors were following that win. Kristen Tamberg was in tears following that win, she was so happy, as it was their first victory over Harvard.”

Coming into the game, the Bobcats were dealing with fatigue from the night before – when they defeated Dartmouth 7-1.

On the way to the victory, Quinnipiac accumulated many injuries to its defensive core, forcing the coaching staff to play standout freshman Melissa Samoskevich as the team’s 7th defender. While Samoskevich played the first two periods of the game as a defender, she would revert to forward for the third period and overtime on Saturday.

Eventually, she netted the game-winning goal.

“I haven’t played as a defender in three years, so it took me a little while to get used to it,” Samoskevich said. “I’ve done it before though, and it actually gives me a bit of an adrenaline rush.”

Quinnipiac outshot Harvard 10-2 in the first period.

Emma Woods scored first, dangling the puck past two Crimson defenders giving the Bobcats the 1-0 lead.

Both teams threatened in period No. 2, but the Bobcats 1-0 lead remained intact heading into the final frame.

Harvard almost tied the game 7:30 into the third period, but a spectacular stretching save from Rossman kept the game scoreless.

Harvard’s offense continued to press though, and it paid off as Karly Heffernan put a rebound shot past Rossman to even the game at 1-1.

In overtime, both teams would came out firing and looked to seal a victory.

After T.T Cianfarano had a shot on net blocked by the Harvard goaltender, Samoskevich corralled the rebound and placed it in the back of the net for the victory.

With today’s victory, the Bobcats have gone undefeated over their last 10 games. Quinnipiac improved its record to 13-1-3 on the season and 7-1-2 in conference play. Quinnipiac will now turn its attention to the University of New Hampshire, as the Bobcats are set to host the Wildcats at High Point Solutions Arena on Dec. 11th.

By Jordan Novack, Associate Sports Editor                Link to Original

The title drought in Hamden is finally over. For the first time in the school’s 86-year history, and the five years of the program, the Bobcats h ave a national champion, as the women’s rugby team edged Army in the National Collegiate Women’s Varsity Rugby Association (NCWVRA) championship on Sunday by a final score of 24-19.

Photo Courtesy Quinnipiac Athletics

Photo Courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics                        The women’s rugby team celebrates their victory

The Bobcats came into the title game with a wave of momentum from a five-game winning streak. During that stretch, Quinnipiac played consecutive games against West Chester. The team won 100-10 the first outing and 84-7 the second (the last game of the regular season and first game of the postseason).

Head coach Becky Carlson described how she and her coaching staff kept their players from becoming complacent during the playoffs after such large margins of victory.

“I told them they were the most unfortunate team in the tourney to not draw the most competitive games in the opening rounds, because every other team was using close games to learn from,” Carlson said. “Since we had those first games that only allowed us to stretch our offensive legs, I told them we were working on nothing but defense the next three weeks because that was what would earn us the championship.”

Quinnipiac and Army split the season series 1-1 heading into this weekend’s national title game. Army handed the Bobcats their first loss of the season on Sept. 12, and the Bobcats’ only road loss, by the final of 29-24. The Bobcats avenged that loss, topping the Black Knights 20-12 at home on Halloween.

Quinnipiac was the first team to get on the scoreboard on Sunday, taking a 5-0 lead thanks to a Emily Roskopf try. Unfortunately, Army responded a mere three minutes later with a try of its own. With the Black Knights’ successful conversation,, Quinnipiac found itself behind 7-5.

The two sides each ended up scoring one more try during the opening 40 minutes, Quinnipiacand the trailed 14-12 heading into intermission. Carlson described what she discussed with her players during the break.

“There was nothing to tell them, except to keep playing the way they were. It was everything we loved in competitive rugby with plenty of offense and defense,” Carlon said. “The only message we wanted to send them was to tighten up their play, and to have more precision with the ball because of the rainy conditions.”

With just 40 minutes left in their season, Quinnipiac looked to settle down and play its way back into the game. The Bobcats accomplished this goal, as a Raechel Stimson try Quinnipiac put Quinnipiac up 19-14 lead within the first five minutes of the second period of play.

While Army eventually tied the game at 19 all, the Bobcats halted the Black Knights’ momentum in the final five minutes of play. Roskopf’s second try was the game-winner.

Carlson described how important Roskopf’s performance in the game, both offensively and defensively, was to the final outcome.

“[Roskopf’s] absolutely saved two tries,” Carlson said. “She stormed across the field after two of our players missed a tackle, and all but stripped the ball from the opposing player. If she doesn’t make that tackle, and another similar one in our own zone 10 minutes prior, we aren’t national champions.”

Another player who was key for the Bobcats was sophomore Mason Johnson. Johnson, who played 10 minutes of the championship game with a partially torn MCL, led the team with two assists and was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

“I was both surprised and honored to be named MVP,” Johnson said. “I’m shocked they could even pick out an MVP, because of the great play of us as a team. This championship was a complete team effort.”

The national championship victory brings a conclusion to what has been a dominant season for the Bobcats. They finish the year with an 11-2 record, including a 6-1 mark against NCWVRA opponents, and a six-game unbeaten streak.

By Jordan Novack, Associate Sports Editor                Link to Original

Despite holding a lead that would stand for most of the game, No. 8 Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey tied No. 10 Princeton 1-1 at the High Power Solutions Arena Friday evening.

With the score tied 0-0 during the first period, the Bobcats were looking for the play that would put them in control versus Princeton.

That play would come in the form of a Meghan Turner goal. Turner’s fourth goal of the season came after she slotted the puck past Tiger’s goaltender Kimberley Newell for the 1-0 lead.

With the goal, Turner has now scored in consecutive games.

Jordan Novack|Quinnipiac Chronicle Emma Woods screens Kimberley Newell

Jordan Novack|Quinnipiac Chronicle                                         Emma Woods screens Kimberley Newell

“I think that getting in front of the net, screening, and being gritty are some of my strengths,” Turner said. “In the past I think I may have been a little more complacent, but now I’m trying harder to bear down and put them into the net”

The Tigers would not go down without a fight, though, as the Tiger’s Karlie Lund would slot her own shot past Sydney Rossman and bring the score even with 7:20 remaining in the third period.

The score remained tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation, becoming the second of the Bobcats last three games to reach overtime.

In overtime, the momentum swung in Princeton’s favor early, but Rossman made a few big saves for the Bobcats during the extra period.

The Bobcats would have three shots of their own in overtime, but none found the back of the net and the game ended in a draw.

After the game, captain Cydney Roesler discussed the team’s need to improve holding onto a lead.

“It was tough tonight because we had the lead and we lost it in the third,” Roesler said. “We have to be better at keeping a lead and being able to hold them off. We know it is something we need to improve on, and it is something we will definitely be working on.”

Even though the game ended in a tie, the Bobcats outshot the Tigers 30-21 in the contest.
Bobcats head coach Cassandra Turner spoke of the team’s struggles to finish chances.

“We need to score,” Turner said. “We had some good scoring chances, but we need to bury those. We need to take those chances more seriously, and find a way to put them in the net.”

“We have that ability on this team, I think each individual just need to feel a little bit better to be able to put those shots into the goal.”

Another area in which the Bobcats struggled was on the power play. Quinnipiac was unsuccessful on all four of their chances and only mustered nine shots.

“I thought there were some good things with our power play, but it takes time to build chemistry up when you make a few changes,” Turner said. “We still really like the changes that we’ve made, and I think that watching the video and getting them more comfortable playing with one another will help fix the issues.”

With that tie, the Bobcats were now 6-1-3 on the season, and 2-1-2 in ECAC conference play. These two teams met again Saturday night, as the series shifted to New Jersey. The Bobcats would correct their mistakes, and beat the Tigers 4-2, behind a pair of goals from Roesler.

The win and draw would not affect the Bobcats place in the polls, as they remained in the 8th spot in the polls that were released this week.

By Jordan Novack, Staff Writer                 Link to Original


Following a 7-0 victory in the first game of ECAC Quarterfinals series against Princeton (15-13-2) the previous night, No. 6 Quinnipiac (25-7-3) looked to finish the series in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Arena.

Quinnipiac did just that, downing Princeton 2-0 to move on to the ECAC Semifinals.

“We figured out [we] needed to improve on the little things, and we then we pulled it together against Princeton, arguably the hottest team in the ECAC going into the playoffs,” Quinnipiac head coach Rick Seeley said. “I’m very happy with how we played.”

The Bobcats started the game showing momentum from their previous win, outshooting the Tigers 11-3 in the first period. Shiann Darkangelo had her goal overturned with 4:03 left in the period, which would have given Quinnipiac a 1-0 lead.

Quinnipiac took advantage of a Princeton penalty early in the second, however, as Nicole Connery tucked a Taylor Cianfarano pass into the bottom right of the net for her 13th goal of the year.

Princeton goalie Kimberly Newell had 34 saves just a day after giving up seven scored to the Bobcats. Newell made an athletic grab of a would be Darkangelo goal in the second period.

“[Newell] came out and played an amazing game, and made the saves I expected her to make,” Connery said. “After playing with her in camps for years, a game like the first one surprises me. Today, she was catching all the saves she should make, as well as stopping ones with the smallest parts of her equipment that we thought should have gone in.”

Meanwhile, the Tigers were only able to manage to get off 11 shots in the last two periods of regulation. Nicole Brown scored her 3rd goal of the season with 12 seconds left, after Newell had been pulled, to secure a 2-0 win for the Bobcats.

“I thought we followed up yesterday’s game with a good effort, and we are real happy with a 2-0 win,” Seeley said. “When you run into slumps, you are never sure why. So we watched a lot of video, we actually showed them every goal we have scored this season, and how they made those happen.”

The game also marks Senior goalkeeper Chelsea Laden’s 16th shutout of the season. The number is already an ECAC best, surpassing Erica Howe of Clarkson’s previous record of 14.

Laden is now one shutout shy of tying former Minnesota goalkeeper Noora Räty’s record of 17 in one season. Additionally, it came in Laden’s final home game in a Quinnipiac uniform.

“There were a lot of emotions tonight,” Laden said, “I was very happy, and I couldn’t have been more proud of my team, and as a senior there is no other way I would have liked to end out my home career.”

Up next, the Bobcats prepare for No. 4 Harvard (25-5-3), the one team they have yet to defeat in ECAC play this season.

“We’ve played Harvard tough both times this year, and in both cases we were up one goal, and we gave up a weak goal relatively after.” Seely said.

“If we go up 1-0, it has to be a one-nothing game and we have to understand that. This is where we wanted to be this season, as part of the final four of the conference, and we are prepared for the two tough battles we have ahead of us.”

The Bobcats travel to Cheel Arena in Potsdam, New York to battle with the Harvard next weekend

By Jordan Novack, Staff Writer                 Link to Original

In its first nationally-televised game of the season, the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team looked to leave a strong impression on the fans watching across the country.

And led by big games from Zaid Hearst and Ousmane Drame, the Bobcats scored big in a conference win over Manhattan.

In front of a sold-out crowd at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Quinnipiac’s defeated Manhattan 73-59 Friday night on ESPNU.

“That was a big win against an opponent we have a lot of respect for,” Moore said. “We have got a lot of guys sacrificing right now, so to get wins over respected opponents is important.”

Drame recorded 12 points, 4 blocks and 19 rebounds in the win. Hearst, meanwhile, led Quinnipiac’s charge offensively by scoring 23 points in the victory.

Nick Solari|Quinnipiac Chronicle

Nick Solari|Quinnipiac Chronicle               Hearst goes up for the layup over the Manhattan defender

The double-double was Drame’s 14th of the season, which is tied for tops in the nation.

“[Ous] was great, he’s got everything,” Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore said. “He is in a good place right now. He’s not perfect, but when he plays with that energy level it’s inspiring. If his energy level is like that, his numbers will always follow.”

Emmy Andujar recorded 25 points and 12 rebounds for Manhattan, while Ashton Pankey had 18 points on the night.

“Andujar is a tough match up,” Drame said, “He is a three, two, and he plays the four position, he’s like a point forward. Strong, big bodied, overall he was a tough match up for us.”

The Jaspers remained in a smothering press defense on Quinnipiac all night, keeping the game close until the final minutes.

“We made a few dumb turnovers early in the second half trying to beat the press,” Hearst said. “But we did a good job adjusting, and figuring out how to beat their press and put up some points.”

After the game, Moore also spoke of how important point guard Kasim Chandler was in beating the Jaspers’ press.

“I know Kaz had the five turnovers but I loved his demeanor. We don’t win tonight if we don’t have his confidence in the full court,” Moore said. “You come at that guy in the open court, and he’s getting by you.”

Freshman Chaise Daniels contributed for the Bobcats with 11 points and three big blocks. Senior Evan Conti also added 12 points of his own off of the bench.

“Evan was great, you talk about a confident kid who never loses his will,” Moore said. “He’s had a tough stretch. He lost his starting spot, his minutes have been reduced, and I have him on a short leash, but he was ready in big spots.”

The Bobcats, now 11-8 on the season, square off with MAAC rivals Canisus (11-7) on Friday at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo N.Y.

By Jordan Novack, Staff Writer                 Link to Original

Those in attendance at the TD Bank Sports Center on Saturday night for the Connecticut 6 Classic game between Quinnipiac and Yale got just what was advertized: a classic.

Lead by a career-high 35 points and 11 rebounds from senior captain Zaid Hearst and 13 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks from senior Ousmane Drame, the Bobcats defeated the Bulldogs 89-85 in double overtime at Lender Court.

“Actions speak louder than words, and I have named one captain in all seven of my years [at Quinnipiac],” Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore said. “He played 49 minutes of a 50-minute game and still looks like the freshest guy out there. I hold him up on a pedestal. We have never had a kid who wants to win as much as Zaid Hearst, ever.”

For Hearst, performing in front of a crowd of more than 3,000 at The Bank had a huge effect on the outcome of the game.

“It was a great feeling having the student body and all of the fans out and supporting us,” Hearst said. “It was a big reason why we won tonight.”

Quinnipiac trailed 40-38 at halftime, despite 17 points from Hearst. Yale was led by point guard Javier Duren in the first 20 minutes, as he scored 18 points while Justin Sears added 10.

Following the break, Drame lead the way for Quinnipiac defensively, blocking five shots in the second half alone. Hearst scored 12 second-half points, while holding Sears to just two second-half points on the other end.

The Bulldogs, though, wouldn’t go down without a fight. Drame hit a shot to tie the game with 23 seconds left, and then blocked a shot with six seconds left to send things into overtime.

“[Drame is] at 75 percent of what he will be in two to three weeks coming off the meniscus,” Moore said. “He just needs to shake off a little bit more rust and learn to trust it a little bit more, which for some athletes, can be the toughest thing.”

Hearst missed a shot at the end of regulation, which sent things into overtime.

Nick Solari|Quinnipiac Chronicle

Nick Solari|Quinnipiac Chronicle                          Hearst drives towards the net with a defender in tow

During overtime, Moore elected to play senior Justin Harris.

“I had been sitting behind some of the best competition in Quinnipiac history in Ike Azotam and Ousmane Drame,” Harris said. “And after playing against that tough of competition day in and day out, when you finally get an opportunity it feels great to finally go out there and make a contribution.”

Harris played 20 important minutes, scoring 12 points and grabbing two rebounds.

Moore spoke of how Harris impressed him, and how it could impact his plans in the future.

“He earned a ton of trust from the head coach going into Tuesday‘s game against La Salle,” Moore said. “It was a really big night for him, and he really needed it.”

Following the game, NBA’s all-time three point field goal leader Ray Allen paid the Bobcats a special visit.

Quinnipiac hosts La Salle at the TD Bank Sports Center on Tuesday.