November 12, 2013

Men's Cross Country's Brendan Copley and Field Hockey's Jess Rusin Earn Quinnipiac's October Athlete of the Month Honors

Quinnipiac field hockey senior Jess Rusin and men's cross country sophomore Brendan Copley were named the Quinnipiac October Athletes of the Month. 

Rusin led Quinnipiac with seven goals and three assists for the month of October on her way to the Quinnipiac program record for goals and points scored. Rusin broke the goals scored record with the 32nd marker of her career in a 3-0 win against Robert Morris on Oct. 18. She would go on to break the career points record in her next outing. For the year, she has scored a program single-season record 15 goals to go along with five assists for 35 points, also a single-season record.

Rusin scored in each game she played, while also picking up assists in wins against Yale, Brown and Sacred Heart to start the month. She scored twice against Robert Morris before finishing with goals against Rider and Monmouth to give her a six game point-streak for the month. 

Also nominated: Women’s Cross Country – Niamh Ashe; Women’s Rugby – Natalie Kosko; Women’s Volleyball – Allison Leigh; Chelsea Laden - Women's Ice Hockey

Brendan Copley caps an amazing month by winning his second Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Month Award. Already the University’s Athlete of the Month in August, Copley shined with three outstanding performances in October starting with the Paul Short Run where he finished 14th out of 372 runners with a time of 25:47 in the 8k event.

Copley’s breakout performance came the following week where he finished the New England Championships from Franklin Park in 24:58, good enough for 20th place and an All-MAAC Runner of the Week award. His finishing time was the second-fastest ever for any Bobcat competing at Franklin Park behind only Quinnipiac Hall of Famer John Ciccarelli who ran the meet in 24:38 back in 2006. Copley’s time outkicked those of other distinguished Quinnipiac alum in Roland Lavalee (25:09, 1997) and Tom Martin (25:09, 2004). He finished up the month with a 4th place finish (out of 119 competitors) at the CCSU Mini Meet for his third Top 5 result of the season. 

Also nominated: Men’s Ice Hockey's Michael Garteig, men's soccer's Simon Hinde