HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced that seniors Nicole Lewis (Amherst, N.Y.) and Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) as well as junior Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.) have been named captains for the upcoming 2012 season.
Lewis enters her fifth season at Quinnipiac after a break-out season that saw the senior goalkeeper post an 11-7 record while ranking among the conference and national leaders in save percentage (.776) and goals-against average (2.57). She completed her senior season in the cage with the fourth most saves in a season (173) in Quinnipiac history. Upon the completion of her undergraduate time at Quinnipiac, Lewis was honored as the top graduate in Quinnipiac School of Health Science while earning a degree in athletic training with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.97.
In a double-overtime, shoot-out victory against Yale, Lewis stopped 19 of 21 shots on goal. She also stopped 12 against nationally-ranked Penn State before posting back-to-back double-digit save performances with 14 against Columbia and 20 against Maine in an overtime loss. She had three straight double-digit save showings against Monmouth (11), Siena (13) and Rider (13) before stopping eight against Sacred Heart in a 5-2 NEC Tournament-clinching victory in the Bobcats' final home game of the season. In a 1-0 NEC Tournament semifinal nail-biter, Lewis stopped 10 of 11 shots on goal.
"Nicole Lewis has proven herself to be valuable to us in all facets of the game while also capitalizing on her ability to motivate those around her," Main said. "She is focused, goal-oriented and is able to achieve on the field while also leading off the field."
Since arriving at Quinnipiac in the fall of 2012, Taylor has started all but three games in her two-season career with the
Bobcats. Taylor is an athletic defenseman who emerged as a sophomore as a dominant force in the Bobcats' back field.
"On the field, Jennalise Taylor is our team's voice because of her capacity to understand the game on a variety of levels," Main said. "She is a tremendous, vocal captain and will be looked upon to guide the team through the complexities of our game as we evolve into a NEC Championship contender."
Zimniski also returns for her fifth year after sitting out her freshman season as a red shirt. Zimniski was a 2010 All-Northeast Conference Second Team honoree after totaling five assists as a major component of Quinnipiac's dominant offensive special teams. Zimniski has started in every game for the Bobcats in the last three seasons, totaling one assist last season.
"Lauren Zimniski is our most experienced captain and player and will be looked upon to be dynamic in specialty situations including attack and defensive penalty corners," Main said. "She is a natural leader whose growth as an athlete has put in a place to be successful, while making our program successful."
Quinnipiac opens the 2012 preseason on Thursday, Aug. 16 when they travel to Storrs, Conn. to face UConn in an exhibition game. After a a second exhibition game against Providence on Sunday, Aug. 19, Quinnipiac opens its regular season on the road when it heads to Worcester, Mass. to face Holy Cross on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. The Bobcats' home-opener takes place on Sunday, Aug. 26 when they host Colonial Athletic Conference (CAA) Tournament participant Towson at 12 p.m. before closing out the month with a home game against nationally-ranked Boston College at 3:30 p.m.