October 5, 2012

Rich Klauber and Jess Rusin Named Quinnipiac's September Athletes of the Month

Quinnipiac men's cross country senior Rich Klauber and field hockey junior Jess Rusin have been named Quinnipiac's September Athletes of the Month. 

Klauber wins the Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Month for September after finishing as a two-time Northeast Conference Athlete of the Week and establishing a new personal-best time. The senior and former 2008 NEC Outstanding Performer of the Year has excelled in his first year back with the Bobcats after transferring to La Salle in 2010. He won his first NEC Athlete of the Week on Sept. 5 after placing 2nd (out of 63 runners) at the Stony Brook Invitational with a time of 19:17.38. He combined with freshman Brendan Copley (Colchester, Vt.) to sweep the NEC weekly awards and lead Quinnipiac to a 2nd place finish at the meet. He followed up with an 11th place showing at the Shawn M. Nassaney Race, held at the host site of this year’s NEC Championship in Smithfield, R.I. Just this past week on Oct. 2, Klauber won the NEC Athlete of the Week again for his stellar outing at the Lehigh Paul Short Men’s Brown 8k Run on Sept. 29. He dominated the competition and finished in 6th place out of 225 runners in the event that featured 33 collegiate teams. Quinnipiac went on to finish 12th at the event and Klauber established a new personal-best time of 25:23. 

Also nominated: Men's soccer's Philip Suprise.

Rusin had an incredible month for the Bobcats, leading the team in goals (6), assists (4) and points (16) in nine games for the month of September. Rusin also had five multiple-point games on her way to becoming the first player in Quinnipiac field hockey history to score 20 career goals by her junior season, while also becoming the 10th player all-time to hit the mark.

Against Yale on Sept. 2, Rusin accounted for both of Quinnipiac's goals in a 3-2 loss. Against Vermont, she had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win. She went on to string together a three-game point streak with a goal and an assist against Lafayette on Sept. 16, an assist against Maine on Sept. 21 and a goal against American. She closed out the month with a goal and an assist against Harvard on Sept. 30. 

Also nominated: Women's cross country's Becca White, women's soccer's Nicole Erickson, women's volleyball's Brittanie Robinson and women's rugby's Elisa Cuellar.