HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac junior Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) was named the Northeast Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 27. Cunniff is the second Quinnipiac player to earn the award this season after classmate Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clark Summit, Pa.) won the award on Aug. 30.
Cunniff had a monster week for the Bobcats, accounting for three of the team's four goals across two games that produced a 1-1 record. The Bobcats dropped a 6-1 decision on the road on Friday, Sept. 24 against Maine, but it was Cunniff goal that prevented the shutout by the Black Bears. Cunniff's goal came in the second half and answered a string of five straight goals by Maine.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, Cunniff helped the Bobcats improve to 2-1 at home for the year with a two-goal performance as Quinnipiac came-from-behind to knock off Lafayette, 3-1, at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex. Cunniff, known for her hard shot, sent a blast through traffic in front of the Leopards' goal to tie the game in the second half. She scored again to give Quinnipiac a lead before a security goal by Kristen Engelke gave the Bobcats a two-goal cushion.
Cunniff is now tied for the team lead with four goals, which also figures in as the third highest total in the NEC. Cunniff also has two game-winning goals, good for the second in the conference rankings.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 5 when it hosts Brown University at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex in Hamden, Conn. at 4 p.m. The Bobcats will be sponsoring a fund raiser that day to support Breast Cancer Awareness through the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Bobcat fans are invited to wear pink that day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness, while parents of both teams will be holding a bake sale at the field to raise funds. The Bobcats will open Northeast Conference play on Sunday, Oct. 10 when it travels to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart at 12 p.m. They will then host Rider on Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. and Monmouth on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.