HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University field hockey head coach Becca Kohli has announced that Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) and Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.) will once again serve as team captains for the 2009 season in addition to Katie Van Nostrand (Derry, N.H.). Last season, Quinnipiac finished the year at 5-13 overall and 3-4 in Northeast Conference play.
"Our team is looking to these three players to take us from an average team to one of excellence in all that we do," Kohli said. "We are looking for leadership from them to bring together a very talented team and ultimately put more marks in the wins column."
Grossman was named to the 2008 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-Mideast Region Second Team following a season that saw the junior netminder also be named to the NEC First Team and earning NEC Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Last season, Grossman posted a 2.56 goals-against average as well as a .730 save percentage over 1,200 minutes in 16 games in goal. Grossman had one individual shutout against Saint Francis in a 1-0 win on Oct. 24 while she also combined for a shutout with back-up goalkeeper Amanda DeLouise in a 5-0 win over Siena on Oct. 19. Grossman was sixth in the NEC with 96 saves, fifth in saves per game with 6.40, fourth in goals-against average and sixth in save percentage.
Hartnett had a banner year for the Bobcats, earning NEC First Team honors after she turned in career-high totals in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14). Against NEC competition, she led the team with two goals and two assists. Against Siena, Hartnett scored twice and assisted on a third goal. She also scored the game-winning goal against Fairfield.
"Lauren is a seasoned captain that brings a level of trust and comfort to the team," Kohli said. "Jenna will also return as a captain that brings our team discipline and accountability."
Van Nostrand will serve as a captain for her senior season. Van Nostrand landed on the NEC First Team as well after a successful junior campaign that saw the Pinkerton Academy graduate establish herself as one of the dominant defenders in the conference. Van Nostrand anchored a Bobcat defense that ranked third in the NEC in fewest goals allowed (42) and third in goals-allowed per game (2.47).
"Katie will be joining the captains for her senior year," Kohli said. "We look forward to seeing her learn from the best while also lending her skills for the future of our team."