Quinnipiac Field Hockey Collects Three Major Awards, Seven All-MAAC Selections At Annual Banquet

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Champions Quinnipiac field hockey took home three major awards and seven All-MAAC Honors at the 2013 MAAC Awards Banquet hosted by Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) was named the 2013 MAAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Year and Co-Player of the Year while Megan Conaboy (Clarks Summit, Pa.) was named the MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year.

Quinnipiac also placed 13 student-athletes on the 2013 MAAC Field Hockey All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.  Quinnipiac University and Robert Morris University led all MAAC schools with 13 student-athletes. 

Rusin was one of five All-MAAC First Team honorees, while Conaboy was one of two players on the second team. Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.), Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.), Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.) and Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) were all named to the First Team, while Danielle Allan (Riverdale, N.J.) was named to the Second Team with Conaboy.

2013 MAAC Field Hockey Awards      
Name Honor    
Jess Rusin MAAC Offensive Player of the Year
  MAAC Co-Player of the Year
  All-MAAC First Team
Megan Conaboy MAAC Co-Goalkeeper of the Year
  All-MAAC Second Team
Cate Colucci All-MAAC First Team
Amanda Danziger All-MAAC First Team
Jennalise Taylor All-MAAC First Team
Christa Romano All-MAAC First Team
Danielle Allan All-MAAC Second Team
       
Rusin was honored as the MAAC's Co-Player of the Year along with Monmouth's Alex Carroll and Rider's Sandra Penas, while the senior Bobcat also earned Offensive Player of the Year honors. Conaboy was named Co-Goalkeeper of the Year with Bryant's Megan Hancock. Rider's Nicole Hareau was named Rookie of the Year while head coach Lori Hussong was named the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year.
 
 

Rusin completed her final  regular season in Hamden as the program's career leader in goals (36) and points (86) while also tying the single-season record for goals (15) and points (35).  Rusin leads the MAAC in points per game with 1.94 and goals per game with 0.83, finishing the regular season with 35 points and 15 goals. Her goals-per-game mark is currently 14th best in the nation while her points per game mark is 19th best in the nation. Rusin was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 15.

 Conaboy finished the regular season with four shutouts and is tied for third in the league with 95 saves. She finished the regular season with 5.59 saves per game, a 2.16 goals against average and a .720 save percentage. She was one of two goalkeepers in the MAAC this season to post a GAA (0.97) less than 1.00 in MAAC games. In addition, she was a three-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Week.

Taylor and Romano formed a dynamic duo in the Bobcats' midfield this season on their way to First Team honors. Taylor finished the year with a career-best eight goals while also assisting on five more with five game-winning goals. Romano finished her career with a three-goal, six-assist season that also featured four defensive saves.

Colucci and Danziger rounded out Quinnipiac's First Team selections after solidifying themselves as two of the premier backs in the league. As a team, Quinnipiac's 16 defensive saves rank third among all NCAA Division I teams. Additionally, Colucci ranks fifth nationally with seven, while Danziger's five DS's rank 14th and Romano's four rank 21st.

Named to the Second Team, Allan ranks third on the Bobcats roster with seven goals to go along with five assists for 19 points. Allan had a break-out September, totaling six points and one assist for 13 points - second only to Rusin's 14-point month - as Quinnipiac was 5-4. She will head into her final season in 2014 with 19 ca reer goals, 14 career assists and 52 career points – all of which rank in the Top 10 all-time at Quinnipiac.

No. 2 seed Quinnipiac will head into its tournament semifinals match-up against No. 3 seed Bryant at Rider University's Ben Cohen Field on Friday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. 
2013 MAAC Field Hockey All-Academic Honorees

Danielle Allan

Quinnipiac

Jr.

Physical Therapy

Riverdale, N.J.

Ashleigh Allen

Quinnipiac

So.

Biomedical Sciences

Glastonbury, Conn.

Megan Conaboy

Quinnipiac

Jr.

Athletic Training

Clarks Summit, Pa.

Amanda Danziger

Quinnipiac

Sr.

Physician's Assistant

Smithtown, N.Y.

Kristin Engelke

Quinnipiac

Gr.

Finance

Medford, N.J.

Kacie McCreesh

Quinnipiac

Jr.

Nursing

Perkasie, Pa.

Megan Osanitsch

Quinnipiac

Jr.

Physical Therapy

Harwinton, Conn.

Savanna Reilly

Quinnipiac

So.

Undecided

Hamden, Conn.

Christa Romano

Quinnipiac

Sr.

Public Relations

Madison, N.J.

Jess Rusin

Quinnipiac

Sr.

Physical Therapy

Garwood, N.J.

Nikki Schultz

Quinnipiac

Jr.

Psychology

Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

Jennalise Taylor

Quinnipiac

Sr.

Nursing

Yardley, Pa.

Meg Williamson

Quinnipiac

Jr.

Occupational Therapy

Cos Cob, Conn.