April 25, 2013

NEC Recognizes Three Bobcats with All-Conference Honors

SOMERSET, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team had three players named to the All-Conference teams, announced on Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Northeast Conference officials. Sarah Allen (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) were tabbed to the NEC's First Team, while Vicki Kuhn (East Hampstead, N.H.) was named to the NEC's Second Team.

"Sarah and Kyra both had great statistical seasons for us, leading the conference in offensive stats," said head coach Danie Caro. "They really got in the groove in conference games and pushed each other to achieve more."

Allen, now a three-time All-Northeast Conference honoree, concluded her career with a stellar all-around senior season. For the second straight year, she led the NEC in assists (41) and assists per game (2.56) while adding 23 goals to her stat line. She totaled 64 points for an average of four points per game which was good enough for second place in the NEC. Her season was highlighted by a nine-point effort on four goals and five assists against LIU Brooklyn on April 5.

"I think Sarah's presence on attack will be sorely missed next year," said Caro. "I'm really proud of how well she developed during her career here, both on and off the field, and I don't think her records will be broken anytime soon."

Allen will be embedded in the Quinnipiac record books for quite some time. While in a Bobcat uniform, she collected 195 points on 151 assists and 44 goals in 66 games throughout her career. Sarah's latest milestone was reached on April 7th, when she tallied four points on a goal and three assists to become the program's all-time leader in career points – surpassing Katie Latonick's mark of 175. Last year, she led the nation in assists and assists per game, which led to her breaking Quinnipiac's record for career assists in the first game of the season against Yale.

Joining Allen on the first team was Kyra Ochwat, who garnered All-Conference laurels for the second straight year. Following a fantastic rookie season in which she nearly set the program record among freshmen in points and goals, Ochwat was even better this time around. Ochwat led the Bobcats in goals (41) and points per game (4.21) – two figures that topped the Northeast Conference as well. She posted five goals on three separate occasions and totaled six points against five different opponents. Ochwat has 98 points through two seasons, coming at the strength of 73 goals and 25 assists, and is on pace to challenge Allen's career point total. 

"Kyra worked hard to continue to improve her game this year," said Caro. "Despite drawing many of our opponents top defenders, she was still able to produce points for us. Her poise on the field is remarkable for a sophomore, so I'm glad that Kyra will be returning for two more seasons. It will be fun to see her continue to grow as a player."

Kuhn, an All-Conference honoree for the first time as a defender, was one of the most reliable players for the Bobcats this year. A versatile player from East Hampstead, N.H. for the Bobcats, Kuhn started in every game and was tremendous on both sides of the ball. Offensively, she recorded a goal in the win over Vermont and another goal in the win over Bryant, while dishing out an assist against Brown. Kuhn has played in all 32 games over the last two seasons, starting in 27 of them.

"I'm really pleased to see Vicki recognized for her play this season," said Caro. "A lot of what she does won't show up in statistics, but she's one of our best one on one defenders. We challenged her to mark some of our opponents top scorers this season, and she responded by limiting their points and giving our team a chance to compete. She has a great work ethic and is a good role model for her teammates. I look forward to watching her continue to develop."

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