HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University senior Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) and freshman Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) were invited to attend the 2009 New England High Performance Training program following tryouts at Providence College on May 2. Shea was invited to attend last year as well while Cunniff was selected for the first time.
Shea is a two-year starter for Quinnipiac, logging close to 2,000 minutes over 36 games in her two seasons with the Bobcats, emerging as one of the top midfielders in the Northeast Conference. Shea was first selected to the High Performance squad in 2008 after ranking among the team leaders in points.
Cunniff completed her first season with Quinnipiac appearing in all 18 of the Bobcats' games. Cunniff emerged as one of the Quinnipiac's top defensive players eight games into the season as she started the Bobcats' last 10 games.
The mission of the High Performance program is to prepare athletes in their respective regions to compete for and make the National training squad. With the format of the National Championship Tournament, the program will simulate an athlete's preparation for an international competition.
Practices for the Training Squad will run May 5th to June 16 with Boston College, University of Massachusetts and Providence College serving as host sites. Tryouts for the National Championship Team will be held on Saturdy, May 30 and Tuesday, June 2 at Boston College. Practice for the National team begin on June 6 with the National Championship being held from June 20-27 in Virginia Beach, Va.