LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. –Quinnipiac field hockey senior Kimberly Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.) was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Year at the conference’s annual year-end banquet, announced by the conference office today.. Cunniff was also named to the All-NEC First Team, along with teammate Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa) while Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) was named to the All- NEC Second Team.
Cunniff transitioned back to her original defensive position after starting as a forward last season. Cunniff had a banner year, totaling 14 goals and four assists for a career-best 32 points. In doing so, she became just the third player in program history to reach the 30-point mark in a season. Her 14 goals this season are the second most in program history while her 25 career goals rank fourth all-time at Quinnipiac.
Cunniff had her first career hat trick against Lehigh on Sept. 14, that was sandwiched between a goal against nationally-ranked Penn State and Quinnipiac’s first goal in its win against Harvard on Sept. 18, making her the first player in program history to score five consecutive team goals. Cunniff also had a two-goal performance against Siena for her second multiple-goal game of the season.
McCreedy earns her third All-NEC honor of her career, including her second first team selection. McCreedy had a record-breaking year, surpassing the single-season and career assist marks on her way to a career-best 14 assists for the year. With more than half of her career assists coming in 2011, McCreedy currently sits at a Quinnipiac record 26 all-time assists. The fifth-year Bobcat also scored three goals. Her three-assist performance in the Bobcats’ 5-2 win against Sacred Heart, that clinched a berth in the NEC Tournament, was a career-best for McCreedy.
Notarianni earns her second straight All-NEC selection after totaling eight goals and five assists for a career-best 21 points. In the process, she became the seventh player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 50-point mark while also becoming the fourth player in program history to total 20 goals and 10 assists for her career.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Friday, Nov. 4 when it faces conference-ranked No. 2 Monmouth at 11 a.m. in the Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals.