Field Hockey Celebrates Championship Season at End of the Year Awards Banquet

HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Amanda Danziger (Smithtown, N.Y.) was the recipient of The Tara Thibeault Award, bestowed upon the team's Most Valuable Player, at the Quinnipiac University field hockey awards banquet on Saturday, April 5, 2014. She and four other student-athletes received laurels as the Bobcats celebrated the accomplishments of their championship season and the eight senior class members of the program.

Hosted by Laurel View Country Club in Hamden, Quinnipiac's 19th annual banquet was one of the best ever, following one of the most decorated seasons in program history. Quinnipiac won the first MAAC Tournament Championship in the conference's history while becoming the first team in the University's first year in the league. In addition, Quinnipiac advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

More importantly, though, Saturday was a celebration for eight senior class members who had a major impact on the team's success. These student-athletes accounted for 45 wins during their careers, while making four postseason tournament appearances – including their championship run in 2013. Danziger, Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.), Christa Romano (Madison, N.J.), Jessica Portal (Avon, Conn.), Jennalise Taylor (Yardley, Pa.), Cate Colucci (Gloucester, R.I.), Kacie McCreesh (Perkasie, Pa.) and Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) were each honored at the event.


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In addition to the seniors, five awards were handed out for individual accomplishments – headlined by Danziger's Player of the Year accolade. Danziger was named the MAAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after her penalty-stroke goal stood as the game-winner in the conference championship game against Robert Morris, giving the Bobcats their eighth conference championship all-time. The senior defensive star tallied career-highs in goals (5), assists (9) and points (19), while also finishing second on the team with five defensive saves. In addition, three of her five goals this season registered as game-winners.

Rusin, who led the team in goals and points this season, was selected as Quinnipiac's Best Offensive Player of the Year. Rusin completed an incredible senior season that capped of one of the most prolific scoring careers in Quinnipiac history. The senior forward tallied a program single-season record with 17 goals and 39 points on her way to breaking the career records in both categories. Rusin finished her career with 38 goals and 90 points, both serving as all-time records at Quinnipiac.

On the other side of the ball, The Jill DiSanti Best Defensive Player of the Year Award went to Cate Colucci. Colucci appeared in all 21 games for the Bobcats while leading the team in defensive saves. She had seven of them on the season – highlighted by two in the highly touted game at Boston College. Colucci finished her career with four goals and one assist in a Bobcat uniform.

The Nina Walker Most Improved Player of the Year Award, who is given to the player that made the most progress on the field, was given to Savanna Reilly (Hamden, Conn.). A hometown favorite, Reilly appeared in 18 games this season, registering a goal and four assists for the Bobcats. Reilly tallied her first career assist in a 4-0 win against Vermont, and netted her first career goal in a 4-2 win at Monmouth.  

The last of the individual awards went to Christa Romano who was the recipient of the Team Zag Award. This accolade is given to the player with the most creativity on the field, and the one that gives back to the community, friends, family and teammates. Romano played in all 21 games for the Bobcats, collecting three goals and seven assists for 13 points. Romano's third goal came in Quinnipiac's NCAA game at American which wrapped up a sensational career for the Madison, N.J. native.

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