Velaj, McLoughlin, And Strassner Named To All-Northeast Conference Teams

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac women's soccer junior Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) was selected to the Northeast Conference All-Conference first team, as announced at the annual NEC Tournament Banquet. In addition, senior Meagan McLoughlin (Rocky Hill, Conn.) and sophomore Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.) were named to the All-NEC Second Team.

Velaj ranked fourth in the conference with 19 points this season, earning a spot on the all-conference first team for the third consecutive season. The junior forward led the Bobcats with seven goals and five assists this fall. Velaj earned two adidas/NEC Player of the Week awards this season, after compiling her fourth career hat trick against Dartmouth during the week of Sept. 20 and scoring the game-winning goal against Sacred Heart the week of Nov. 1.

McLoughlin rightfully earned a spot on the All-NEC second team, as she became a leader for the Bobcats in her final season. The midfielder started in all 17 games for the Bobcats this fall, tallying two goals and two assists on the year.

Strassner, the 2009 NEC Rookie of the Year, picked up her second career all-conference honor after notching five goals and two assists this season. Appearing in every game for Quinnipiac, the sophomore led the Bobcats with three game-winning goals.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Nov. 5, in the Northeast Conference Tournament hosted by Long Island at Fairleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, N.J. The Bobcats will face second-seeded Saint Francis (Pa.) at 2:30 p.m. at the University Field.