Written by Jackie Finlan    Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:58    PDF Print Write e-mail
Quinnipiac Intimidating in Tri State
Colleges - Women's College

(Photo: Quinnipiac overwhelms Hofstra 94-0.)

Quinnipiac, Vassar and Marist have established early on that they’re the teams to beat in the Tri-State’s women’s DII college competition. All three sides enjoyed hefty wins during week two.

In the former Met NY union, there existed a nice rivalry between Vassar, Marist and Rutgers, but with the creation of the Tri-State conference, some new, intimidating blood has entered the fray. After a few years in existence, Quinnipiac’s varsity team has thrown their hat into the ring and put up some big scores to inaugurate their DII career.

In week one, the Bobcats shut out Binghamton 91-0, then followed the performance by blanking New Paltz 94-0 on Sunday. Both results were record-highs for the program.

The most impressive player on Sunday was sophomore Elisa Cuellar out of Palm Bay, Fla. She accounted for four tries and streaked for eight 20-plus-meter runs over the course of the day.

Teammates Megan Hannemann and Shannon Durkin added two tries apiece, while Krystin Orrico and Allison Gnys combined for seven of 16 conversions.

Gnys, Tesni Phillips, Devon Vieira, Raechel Stimson, Jennifer Salomon, Melissa Condo, Jacqueline Maclearie, and Nancy Dunn all dotted down one try apiece.

The Quinnipiac staff is doing an excellent job recruiting, as the roster boasts several players from California, Washington, Florida and the east coast.

Vassar advanced to last year’s DII college quarterfinals, where they were ousted by eventual national champions Norwich. Unfortunately for the Brewers, they are currently working without scrumhalf Margaret Kwateng, who is still recovering from injury. The consummate playmaker and All American turned some heads last year and was called up to a USA 7s camp.

But Vassar has a solid core of vets, who put their collective foot down in the first half to build a 49-0 lead into the break. The bench cleared, and although a more even second half ensued, Vassar sent another three tries over for the 66-7 win over Hofstra.

Vassar spread the ball around and only two players – Tamasha Persaud and Julia Maltby – scored twice. Dallas Robinson, Nichelle Jackson, Yael Schwartz, Shanaye Williams, Chelsea Boccagno, Sophia Rutkin, Nicole Guererro and Cierra Thomas all dotted down as well. Bober hit three conversions.

It was an important win for Vassar, which were rebounding from a 17-17 tie against Albany State the weekend prior. Hofstra provided the perfect competition to buoy their confidence and gave some much needed experience to subs.

The Tri-State conference includes nine teams, which means a long regular season followed by playoffs through mid-November. Squads that have a wealth of depth will do well, so Vassar and Quinnipiac look well placed.

Marist has also gotten off to a big start, winning their first two games by a combined 142-22 margin. After crushing Hofstra 101-0, Marist’s defense was finally tested against Stony Brook on Saturday. The game ended with a 41-22 victory.

Finally, Rutgers played their first game of the season and defeated Binghamton easily 38-5. Below are the current standings:

Quinnipiac 2 185 0 185 2 10
Marist 2 142 22 120 2 10
Vassar 1 1 83 17 66 1 7
Rutgers 1 38 5 33 1 5
Stony Brook 1 1 37 12 25 1 5
Albany 1 17 17 0 2
New Paltz 2 12 109 -97 0
Binghamton 2 5 129 -124 0
Hofstra 2 7 167 -160 0