February 28, 2013

Field Hockey Names Christa Romano, Jess Rusin and Jennalise Taylor As Captains For 2013

Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced the selection of Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.), Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) and Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) as the Bobcats' captains for the 2013 season. Quinnipiac is coming off of its fifth-straight Northeast Conference Tournament appearance in 2012 and finished the year at 12-7 overall and 5-2 in NEC play.

Taylor's selection is her second of her career after being named as a tri-captain in 2012 with Nicole Lewis and Lauren Zimniski. Taylor had a break-out season, reaching career highs in goals (7), assists (7) and points (21). She opened the year with a six-point weekend, scoring in a 1-0 win against Holy Cross and a 3-1 win against Towson, while she also added two assists in that game. She also posted a four-game goal-streak, finding the back of the cage in wins against Vermont and St. Joseph's, as well as goals against Lafayette and Maine. In NEC play, she had a goal and four assists, including a three-assist game in a 5-0 win against Siena.

Rusin had an incredible offensive season, finishing as the Bobcats' leading goal (9) and point (24) scorer. Rusin's nine goals in 2012 rank seventh all-time in a single-season in Quinnipiac history 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. Rusin earned All-Northeast Conference Second Team honors and was also named the team's Best Offensive Player.

Romano earned the Zag Team Player Award,  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, good for third on the team in total points. Romano had two goals and an assist in her first 13 games of the season and opened NEC play scoreless in her first two conference games. In the Bobcats' last five regular-season NEC games, Romano led all Quinnipiac players in scoring with three goals and four assists for 10 points as Quinnipiac posted a 4-1 mark heading into the NEC Tournament.