HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University field hockey head coach Becca Kohli announced her team awards at the 2009 Quinnipiac Field Hockey Banquet at Eli's On Whitney Restaurant in Hamden, Conn. on Sunday, March 22nd. Among those honored at the event were team captain's Megan Sciascia (Cheshire, Conn.) and Lauren Hartnett (Walpole, Mass.). Also honored at the event were Katie Van Nostrand (Derry, N.H.), Bonnie Shea (Walpole, Mass.) and Brandy Longacre (Bethlehem, Pa.).
Sciascia was given the program's top honor, the Tara Thibeault Most Valuable Player Award, after earning All-Northeast Conference Honors for the second consecutive season as she was named to the NEC Second Team. This season, Sciascia emerged as a dominant two-way play in the NEC as she totaled career highs in goals (two), assists (three) and points (seven).
Hartnett was award the Best Offensive Player award after she reached career highs in goals (five), assists (four) and points (14). In conference play, Hartnett led Quinnipiac in scoring against NEC teams after she finished the year with two goals and two assists for six points in conference play. Hartnett was one of three Quinnipiac field hockey players this year to earn NEC First Team honors.
Van Nostrand earned her first All-NEC honors, joining Hartnett on the conference's first team, after emerging as one of the NEC's top defensive players. This season, the Quinnipiac defense ranked among the conference leaders in fewest goals allowed and goals-against average due in large part to the increased role by Van Nostrand. For her efforts, she was given the Nina Walker Most Improved Player Award.Shea was honored with the Zag Team Player Award, given to a Quinnipiac player whose ability to think outside-the-box on the field and also be an asset to her community. Shea was a solid contributor to the Bobcats' midfield as she started in 17 of Quinnipiac's 18 games.
Finally, Longacre earned the Jill DiSanti Best Defensive Player award after a break-out season that saw the senior defender log over 1200 minutes on the field while starting in all 18 games for Quinnipiac. Longacre was a driving force to the Bobcats' defense that ranked among the conference leaders.