QU Women's Rugby Opens 2015 Season at Notre Dame College on Tuesday

QU Women's Rugby Opens 2015 Season at Notre Dame College on Tuesday

Quinnipiac University (0-0) at
Notre Dame College (Ohio) (0-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 • 12:00 PM
Normandy Field • South Euclid, Ohio
All-Time Series vs. ND:
 0-0
Last Meeting: First Meeting

OPENING WEEKEND
The Quinnipiac women's rugby team will open the 2015 season on the road in South Euclid, Ohio for a matchup with The College of Notre Dame (Ohio) Falcons. The Bobcats will meet the Falcons on Tuesday, September 1 with the opening whistle set for 12 p.m. from Normandy Field.

SCOUTING THE FALCONS
Tuesday's game with mark the first all-time meeting between the two sides. Last season, Notre Dame recorded an 11-1 overall record en route to winning the DII ACRA National Championship over Winona State, 45-10. The Falcons won eight consecutive games to end the season with their only loss coming to the DI champion, Penn. State, 17-41. Notre Dame won their first three games of the season to Ohio University, Mary Washington (VA) and Dayton by a combined score of 323-0.

LOOKING TO FILL THE VOID

The Bobcats lose much of their offensive production with the graduation of Shannon Durkin. Durkin led the team with 115 points off 23 tries including a program record of seven scores in one game. She also ranked first on the squad with 21 runs over twenty and five steals at the tackle. Quinnipiac will look to returners; Maggie Myles, Christie Albers and Rebecca Haight who combined for 20 tries in 2014.

DEFENSIVE DOMINATION

Quinnipiac remains strong defensively, returning their top two leading tacklers for the 2015 season. Junior Maggie Myles led all Bobcats with 64 solo tackles while adding 12 assisted in just 10 games. Senior Raechel Stimson tallied 47 solo tackles with 16 assisted in her junior year campaign.

STARTING STRONG

In the last three seasons, QU has won at least two games to start off the year. Their inaugural season in 2011 remains the only time the Bobcats have not one their opener.

THE HEAD OF IT ALL

Head Coach Becky Carlson is the leader of Quinnipiac women's rugby, having established the program as one of the most dominant in the country. Carlson has led the team to three national top five finishes and a conference championship. She occupies a 36-13-1 record in four years and is 33-8 in the last three. In two of the last three seasons, the Bobcats fell in the ACRA National Semifinal. After a strong 2014 season, Carlson was named College Rugby Coach of the Year by Goffonrugby.

2014-2015 RECAP
The Bobcats will look to build on a stellar 2014 season after reaching the ACRA National Tournament Quarterfinals in each of the last three seasons, including two trips to the national semifinals. Last season, Quinnipiac finished 8-4 including four straight wins. After trudging through one of the most demanding and difficult regular season schedules in the country, the Quinnipiac Bobcats stood at 5-2 entering the ACRA postseason tournament. QU went on to take down two tough opponents on their way to the semifinals. The Bobcats defeated Army, 46-17 in the round of 16 at Vassar College before going on to overpower an undefeated Brown University squad, 46-20. Quinnipiac advanced to the semifinal for the second time in three years, but fell in a difficult matchup with Penn. State, 35-12. The Bobcats would end their season on a high note, defeating Indiana, 55-32, and capturing third place in the national tournament.

THE SCHEDULE
The Bobcats' 10-game docket arguably represents the most difficult slate in program history. The schedule consists of five games against teams that appeared in last season's ACRA Tournament and six games that will be played on the road. QU opens the 2015 season on the road in South Euclid, Ohio when they face Notre Dame College (Ohio) on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 12 p.m. The Bobcats will have 11 days off before travelling to West Point, N.Y. for a matchup with Army on Sept. 12 (12 p.m.) The 2015 home-opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 19 (12 p.m.) when Quinnipiac hosts Dartmouth at the QU Rugby Field. The Dartmouth women's rugby program was elevated to Division I status as the Big Green's 35th varsity sport for the 2015-16 academic year. The most challenging portion of the schedule comes on Sept. 26 (12 p.m.) when the Bobcats head up to Norwich Academy. Norwich posted a 15-2 record in 2014-15, advancing to the ACRA Division I Tournament Championship. Quinnipiac seeks revenge after a loss to the Cadets last season, a 45-38 defeat on Sept. 27, 2014 in Hamden. Norwich has reached the championship in two straight years including a victory in 2013-14. Quinnipiac will host two of its next three games, taking on Life University on Oct. 3 (12 p.m.) and Central Washington on Oct. 17 (12 p.m.) - both at the QU Rugby Field. In between the two home games, Quinnipiac travels to Brown University on Oct. 10 (11 a.m.) to face the Bears at Marvel Field. Two of the final three regular season games will be played on the road for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac travels to American International on Oct. 22 (6 p.m.), plays host to Army on Oct. 31 (12 p.m.) and concludes the season with a trip to West Chester on Nov. 7 (12 p.m.). The home finale against Army will serve as Senior Day in Hamden, recognizing the senior class members for their hard work and dedication to the program.