HAMDEN, Conn. - Two seniors on the Quinnipiac University women's
soccer team were named to the 2010 Northeast Conference
All-Tournament team after their playoff appearance against Saint
Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 5. Senior defenders Kyla Miles (Newtown,
Conn.) and Jen Hartman (Cranston, R.I.) each were selected to the
All-Tournament team, as announced by the conference this
Miles anchored the Bobcats' defense this season and in the playoff appearance against Saint Francis on Friday. After missing last season due to injury, Miles proved to be a consistent defender, starting in all 18 games and compiling two assists for Quinnipiac this fall. Miles will be returning on the Bobcats' squad next season.
"Kyla has had an excellent year and played every minute since recovering from her injury of last year, said Clarke. "She has been very consistent and especially since she slid into the center of defense. She played right back in Friday's semifinal and did a very good job on the NEC Player of the Year. Kyla's honor was well earned and she did not deserve to be on the losing side."
Hartman started on the back line in the postseason match, leading the Bobcats to a draw with Saint Francis. The central defender stepped up and helped hold the Red Flash to two goals on the game. Hartman started in six of nine appearances for Quinnipiac this year, after missing the 2009 season due to injury.
"Jen has bided her time this year because of the excellent form of Meag, Kyla and Becky, the three players with whom she has been competing for playing time," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Dave Clarke. "When Amanda Bilas got injured at Harvard, Jen came back into the starting lineup and had her three best games as a Quinnipiac player against Sacred Heart, Fairleigh Dickinson and St. Francis in the playoffs. She had a very composed game in the center of defense and hardly put a foot wrong."
Quinnipiac concluded the 2010 season at 5-2-3 in conference play and with a 7-7-4 overall record. The Bobcats played to a 2-2 draw against Saint Francis in the first round of the NEC Tournament, but were eliminated by a 3-1 disadvantage in penalty kicks. The Red Flash went on to defeat Long Island, 1-0, to win the NEC Championship on Nov. 7.