HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team announced its 2013 team awards in a ceremony on Friday afternoon. Awards for outstanding attack and defensive player were handed out along with honors for most improved player and the Becca Main Ultimate Bobcat Award. The Bobcats finished the 2012 season with an 7-9 record overall and a 5-4 mark in NEC play. The entire team was also recognized for capturing their third consecutive Positive Play Championship for outstanding community service.
Sophomore Kyra Ochwat was named the team's Outstanding Attack Player after a strong year with the Bobcats. Ochwat was named first team All-Northeast Conference after leading the NEC with 4.21 points per game, and 2.93 goals per game (41 goals, 18 assists). In conference-only statistics, Ochwat finished second in goals and points per game, and third in assists per game after tallying 25 goals and 16 assists against NEC foes.
"Kyra had a very good sophomore year, despite being injured and missing a few games early on," Head Coach Danie Caro said. "She is a hard worker, and often drew our opponent's best defender, so for her to produce the numbers she did was very impressive. We look forward to her continued improvement next season."
Sophomore defender Vicki Kuhn was honored as the Outstanding Defensive Player by the team after being named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Team for the first time in her career. Kuhn was given the task of marking the opposing top midfielder in NEC games and held her mark to fewer than two points in all nine contests.
"Vicki really improved her mental game this season," Caro said. "She was able to be assigned specific marks and become our top shut-down defender this season. We're very proud of her efforts."
The team's Most Improved Player honor was given to junior attacker Kayla Fu, who started two games for the Bobcats and appeared in 14 this season. Fu tallied seven goals and five assists for 12 points while becoming a regular fixture in the offensive rotation.
"Kayla really worked hard this year to become a regular contributor on the field," said Caro. "She was our first sub on attack and was able to give us quality minutes on a regular basis. We expect even more good things from her in her senior season."
The Becca Main Ultimate Bobcat Award is given to the player who best embodies the characteristics of the ideal student-athlete. They must excel on the field and in the classroom and demonstrate loyalty and dedication to the team. This year's award was given to senior attacker Lianne Toomey, who recorded her 100th career goal and 100th career point this year. Toomey ended the season fourth in points on the team (28 goals and 4 assists) with 32, while also adding 23 draw controls (third on the team).
"Lianne has always been a model student-athlete and a great teammate. She earned the admiration and respect of her teammates, and I know they were so happy to see her finish with a strong senior season," Caro said. "This award is really special because it's about more than just lacrosse, and I think Lianne is a great addition to the extraordinary group of young women who have won it previously."
The team's Most Valuable Player award was previously announced at the 2012-13 Athletics and Recreation Athletics Awards program held on April 30, 2013 at the TD Bank Center. Senior Sarah Allen was honored with her first selection after a standout senior season that saw her become the all-time program leader in both career assists (151) and points (195).
Junior Mickey Tinsley and Ochwat served as the team's Positive Play co-captains for 2012-13, planning and executing the squad's service activities. "Both Mickey and Kyra did an admirable job selecting activities for their teammates to participate in, seeking out opportunities that were meaningful to the groups we served, while also being fun and rewarding to participate in," said Caro. "I am proud of them, and all of my players, for really embracing the idea that serving others is a lofty goal, and one that can also help them to grow as people."
Previous Lacrosse MVPs:
2012: Marissa Caroleo '12
2011: Marissa Caroleo '12
2010: Katie Latonick '10
2009: Ashley Valentine '09
2008: Tiffany Manzi '09
2007: Hannah Nelson '09
2006: Vanessa Miranda '06
2005: Christy Smallman '05
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