LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Quinnipiac field hockey senior Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) was named the Northeast Conference Field Hockey Goalkeeper of the Year at the 2012 NEC Field Hockey Banquet at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J. The 2012 NEC Field Hockey Championship tournament is set to commence on Friday, Nov. 2 at Rider's Ben Cohen Field.
Lewis also gained All-NEC First Team honors in addition to her major award. Joining Lewis on the First Team were junior Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) and senior Lauren Zimniski (Dallas, Pa.) while junior Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) was named to the All-NEC Second Team.
Lewis is the just the second player in Quinnipiac history to earn Goalkeeper of the Year honors and the first since two-time honoree Jenna Grossman earned the award in 2008 and 2009. Lewis led the NEC with a .818 save percentage and a 1.44 goals-against average after posting an 11-2 record overall. In seven NEC games, Lewis was 5-2 with a 1.18 GAA and a .875 save percentage. She also led the NEC with four shutouts while ranking among the national leaders in all categories.
Zimniski earns her second All-NEC honor of her career after she was named an All-NEC Second Team Midfielder as a junior in 2010. Zimniski picked up a team-best eight assists, which also ranked fourth in the leage. She finishes her career with 14 for her career. Zimniski's 14 assists rank 18th all-time at Quinnipiac.
Danziger earns her first All-NEC honor after emerging as one of the most dynamic defensive players in the league. Danziger, a converted forward, scored twice and assisted on one more goal for five points. Danziger, and Lewis, back-boned a Quinnipiac defense that posted a conference-best five shutouts for the year while also allowing the second fewest goals in the conference and the fourth fewest shots per game.
Rusin had an incredible offensive season, finishing as the Bobcats' leading goal (9) and point (24) scorer. Rusin's nine goals rank seventh while her 0.50 goal per game average ranks eighth. Rusin's break-out year solidifies her as one of the top offensive players in program history. Through the regular season, Rusin has 23 career goals and 55 career points, ranking her seventh and eighth, respectively, all-time at Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac, the No. 4 seed in the weekend's tournament, will face Rider, the No. 1 seed, at 1:30 p.m. at Rider's Ben Cohen Field in the second of a pair of semifinal games. Monmouth and Saint Francis (Pa.) will face-off at 11 a.m. with the winner of both games squaring off on Saturday, Nov. 3 for the Northeast Conference Championship.