Season Opener The Quinnipiac University field hockey team open the 2012
regular season on Friday, Aug. 24 when it travels to Worcester,
Mass. to take on Holy Cross at 11 a.m. at Hart Turf Field. The
Bobcats then play their first home game of the 2012 season on
Sunday, Aug. 26 when they host Towson at 12 p.m. at the Quinnipiac
Field Hockey Turf Complex.
Live stats will be available for Sunday's game against Towson
at the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics,
Northeast Conference Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac University field hockey team was picked to
finish fourth in the 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches'
Poll, while also receiving one first place vote. Quinnipiac
qualified for the NEC Tournament for the fourth straight season in
2012 after posting an 11-8 overall record including a 5-2 mark in
Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main announced at the
conclusion of last season that seniors Nicole Lewis
(Amherst, N.Y.) and Lauren
Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) as well as junior Jennalise
Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) have been named captains for the upcoming
Tough To Replace
Quinnipiac head coach Becca Main will look to spell the loss
of most of its offense as well as three all-Northeast Conference
selections in Kimberly Cunniff, Kaitlyn Notarianni and Megan
McCreedy. Cunniff will remain with the team as a volunteer
assistant, but her team-leading 14 goals and 32 points will be
missed. Additionally, Notarianni tallied eight goals and five
assists for 20 points while McCreedy led the team with 14 assists
en route to the all-time record.
Don't Test Jess
Rusin (Garwood, N.J.0 turned in one of the historically great
seasons in Quinnipiac history, scoring 10 goals and finished second
on the team with 22 points. Rusin enters her third year at
Quinnipiac among the all-time leaders in career goals and points
and was one of three players with three multiple-goal games last
Allan Is All-In
Allan(Riverdale, N.J.) had an incredible first season in Hamden
as a freshman, scoring eight goals and assisting on four more as
she captured a pair of NEC Rookie of the Week honors. In addition,
Allan led the team with three game-winning goals and also became
the first freshman in Quinnipiac history to score in three straight
Kristen Engelke (Medford, N.J.), who
sat our last season with an injury, will also return to the
Bobcats' attack this season. In 2010, Engelke was the third highest
scorer in the Bobcats' line-up, scoring six goals while assisting
on three more for 15 points.
Zimniski In The Middle
Zimniski has been a natural leader for Quinnipiac over the
last three years and will be looked upon to balance the Bobcats'
transition game. A 2010 All-Northeast Conference selection, she
will lead a talented group that features several experienced
Taylor will also serve as a tri-captain for this year's after
establishing herself as a dynamic, versatile defender.
The 'Keeper Nicole Lewis returns for her fifth season as the backbone
of the Bobcats' defense. The starter for each of the last two
seasons, Lewis had a banner season in 2011, ranking among the
conference leaders in most statistical categories while ascending
Quinnipiac's all-time charts.