HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main Kohli has announced the Bobcats' tri-captains for the 2011 season. Seniors Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa), Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) and Ashley Gradwell (Fogelsville, Pa.) will lead the Bobcats in 2011.
"We have been blessed with many choices this year for the team's captains and that just shows the strength of our veteran players," Main Kohli said. "We are ecstatic to announce these three players as our leaders for the upcoming season."
McCreedy is a two-time All-Northeast Conference selection, earning second-team honors as a freshman in 2007 before being honored with a First Team selection in 2009. She entered the 2010 season as the Bobcats' active assist leader, with 13, before missing the entire season with an injury. McCreedy is also a four-time ZAG/National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team and Northeast Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll selection.
"Megan will be returning as a fifth-year senior after a medical redshirt season," Main Kohli said. "She will bring poise and experience to the midfield along with her attack-corner abilities at the stick-stop position."
Cunniff earned All-NEC First Team honors this past season after a break-out offensive performance. Cunniff entered her junior year with four career goals, all as a sophomore, before leading the team in goals (seven) and points (17), both career-highs. Cunniff was also one of two NEC players to earn Player of the Week honors twice over the course of the season. With three game-winning goals, and several multiple-goal games, Cunniff was a dynamic player for the Bobcats in 2010.
"Kim is our power player," Main Kohli said. "Her ability to lead by example is contagious and she will move into the backfield to lead from the sweeper position."
Gradwell has been a main-stay in the Bobcats' starting line-up since cracking the rotation as a sophomore in 2009. Last season, Gradwell started in 15 of the Bobcats' 17 games, serving as a back-up to All-NEC honoree Tina Watkins on Quinnipiac's penalty corners.
"Ashley is the team's workhorse in the backfield and will bring a smart level of consistency on and off the field," Main Kohli said.
Quinnipiac finished the 2010 season at 8-10 overall and 4-3 in the NEC, advancing to the NEC Tournament for the third straight year. The Bobcats return their top three scorers in Cunniff, Kaitlyn Notarianni and Kristin Engelke, in addition to veteran core of players with extensive playing experience.