Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main announced several team awards and academic recognition for 16 Bobcats student-athletes at the 18th Annual Field Hockey Banquet on Sunday, Jan. 27.
Graduating seniors Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) and Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) were recognized for their stellar careers at Quinnipiac. In addition, 16 Quinnipiac field hockey student athletes were recognized as recipients of the 2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad Award and 2012 Northeast Conference Scholar Athletes Award.
|2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad Award and 2012 Northeast Conference Scholar Athletes Award Recipients|
|Kristen Engelke (4th Honor)|
|Nicole Lewis (5th Honor)|
|Lauren Zimniski (5th Honor)|
In addition to the Bobcats' individual Honors, Quinnipiac's program-record 3.35 cumulative grade-point average earned the team the 2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the 10th consecutive year.
Sophomore Nikki Schultz (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) earned the team's Nina Walker Most Improved Player Award. The sophomore forward bounced back from her first-year at Quinnipiac that saw her play in three games before taking a medical red shirt to appearing in all 18 of the Bobcats' games this season.
Junior Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) was honored with the program's Best Offensive Player Award. Rusin earned All-NEC Second Team honors in 2012 after leading the Bobcats in goals (9) and points (24). Rusin's nine goals rank seventh while her 0.50 goal per game average ranks eighth. Rusin's break-out year solidifies her as one of the top offensive players in program history. Through the regular season, Rusin has 23 career goals and 55 career points, ranking her seventh and eighth, respectively, all-time at Quinnipiac.
Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) was named the Jill DiSanti Best Defensive Player. Danziger was an All-NEC First Team selection in 2012. Danziger, a converted forward, scored twice and assisted on one more goal for five points. Danziger established herself as a dynamic defensive player after the Quinnipiac defense posted a conference-best five shutouts for the year while also allowing the second fewest goals in the conference and the fourth fewest shots per game.
Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.) earned the Zag Team Player Award. The Zag Team Player Award is given to a Quinnipiac player whose ability to think outside-the-box on the field and also be an asset to her community. Romano had a career year, scoring five times and assisting on five more for 15 points.
Lewis was also honored as the Tara Thibeault Most Valuable Player. Lewis, who was also named a NEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, earned All-Region and All-NEC First Team honors and NEC All-Tournament Team honors as well as the NEC Goalkeeper of the Year Award. Lewis led the NEC with a .818 save percentage and a 1.44 goals-against average after posting an 11-2 record overall. In seven NEC games, Lewis was 5-2 with a 1.18 GAA and a .875 save percentage. She also led the NEC with four shutouts while ranking among the national leaders in all categories.