HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac senior Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) was named the Northeast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season. Grossman headlines a list of four Bobcats to earn all Northeast Conference honors this year, including fellow First Team selection Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) and Brandy Longacre (Bethlehem,Pa.). Senior Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) was named to the All-NEC Second Team.
Grossman selection to the all-conference team marked the fourth time in as many years that she was honored by the NEC, including three First Team selections. As a freshman, she was named the Rookie of the Year while also being named as the only freshman on the First Team. After a Second Team selection as a sophomore in 2007, she was named to the First Team while also earning Goaltender of the Year honors as a junior in 2008. For her career, she has been a permanent fixture among the NEC and national leaders in save percentage and goals-against average, while also becoming just the third goalkeeper in Quinnipiac's Division I history to record 450 saves for her career.
"Jenna Grossman joins Erin McKay as the second most decorated player in Quinnipiac field hockey history," head coach Becca Kohli said. "I'm glad to see her recognized by the Northeast Conference. I'm very pleased because all her hard work and perseverance paid off."
McCreedy earns her second all-conference honor for her career. As a freshman in 2007, the White River, South Africa native was named to the All-NEC Second Team after totaling three goals and one assist during her first year with the Bobcats. Last season, the sophomore midfielder had one goal and a team-high five assists. This season, McCreedy once again led the team in assists, passing out seven helpers while starting in all 17 regular-season games.
"Megan McCreedy had a great break-out year," Kohli said. "Her play became absolutely vital over the course of the year. She has come along way from her freshmen year, when she was a second team pick, to her sophomore year and then now. She's become a solid, all-around player and her work on both sides of the field is evident."
Shea had a break-out season as a senior for Quinnipiac. The first-time All-NEC selection, Shea was named to the Second Team after reaching career-highs in goals (four), assists (four) and points (12). Shea had Quinnipiac's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Northeastern, where she transferred from, on Sept. 11, for her first career goal. She also scored against Siena in a 3-0 win on Oct. 4, before scoring twice against Sacred Heart on Oct. 13 in a 5-0 win. Serving as the team's inserter on penalty corners, Shea picked up three assists over Quinnipiac's last two regular season games. Shea had two assists against Robert Morris on Oct. 30 to help Quinnipiac clinch the third seed in the upcoming Northeast Conference Tournament, before finishing out the season with an assist in Quinnipiac's 3-0 win against Saint Francis on Nov. 1.
"She is emerging as one of the best stick-handlers in the Northeast Conference," Kohli said. "It's good to see the other coaches in the league recognize her value to our program."
Longacre earns her first All-NEC honors of her career as the senior from Bethlehem, Pa. was among the First-Team defensive players. Longacre anchored a Quinnipiac defense that ranked among the top defensive units in the NEC. Longacre also had one defensive save during the season.
"Brandy Longacre is without a doubt one of our top field hockey players," Kohli said. "She doesn't have any stats, because she is a pure defender. Being a defender myself, I'm proud to see that the rest of the conference saw what type of player she was. I'm happy for her that she was rewarded. She's been one of our top players for all five years."
Quinnipiac will take on No. 2 Lock Haven University in the Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals on Friday, Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Mercer Community College in Lawrenceville, N.J.