Field Hockey
Becca Main

Becca Main

Title: Head Coach
Phone Number: (203) 582-5319
Email Address: main@quinnipiac.edu
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Penn State '94
Experience: 20th Season

Now entering her 20th season in 2014, Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main has built the Bobcats into an annual power, first in the Northeast Conference and now in the newly formed Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. A formidable regional opponent for years, Main's program continues to ascend to new heights as the Bobcats are coming off the best record in program history (14-7) in 2013 as well as the first MAAC Championship in the history of Quinnipiac Athletics.

With field hockey being added as a sport to the MAAC on July 1, 2013 a new era of field hockey was born. Main's program continues to ascend to new heights and has found itself with the likes of Quinnipiac basketball and ice hockey as a recently upgraded Sport of Emphasis at the university. The new Tier 1 upgrade to sport of emphasis promises a new premier playing field and additional support for the program.

Main broke out in 2013 as her leadership was a driving force behind the Bobcats’ MAAC Co-Regular Season Championship, preceding her team’s spirited run in claiming the first MAAC Championship in school history. Her team scored back-to-back wins over Bryant and Robert Morris to secure the MAAC Championship and earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003. Quinnipiac finished the 2013 season with the most victories (14) in a single season in the program’s 19-year history and saw seven players named All-Conference. 

A four-time Coach of the Year and three-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year, Main has also brought Quinnipiac to three NCAA tournament appearances (2001, 2003, 2013).

She had established the program as one of the elite in the Northeast Conference and is prepared to defend the MAAC Championship as their title defense is set to begin this fall. In 16 seasons as a Div. I program, Quinnipiac has registered an 88-39 (.693) mark against intra-conference opponents in regular-season play and has advanced to the conference tournament in 14 of 16 opportunities.

During Main’s tenure in Hamden, she has coached 78 All-Conference players, 18 NFHCA Mideast Region All-Americans, three Northeast Conference Players of the Year, three NEC Goaltenders of the Year, one Rookie of the Year and a Defensive Player of the Year, as well as three NEC Tournament MVP’s and five NFHCA North-South Senior Game participants. After just one season as a member of the MAAC, Main has had seven of her players named All-Conference, one Offensive Player of the Year, one Co-Player of the Year, one Co-Goalkeeper of the Year, and one MAAC Tournament MVP in addition to 13 All-Academic honorees.  

In 19 years, Main has tallied a record of 161-184 winning her 100th game in 2006 versus St. Francis (PA) and her 150th in 2013 at home against St. Joseph’s. A highly respected member of the field hockey community, she has reached the end of her six-year stint as President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association after four years as the First-Vice President of the NFHCA. Main was also the National Chair of the NFHCA All-American Committee and Hall of Fame Committees.

In 2012, Quinnipiac advanced to the NEC Tournament for the sixth time in eight years after Bobcats matched their all-time best mark for wins (12). Main's team featured the 2012 NEC Goalkeeper of the Year in Nicole Lewis, who was joined on the NEC First Team by Lauren Zimniski and Amanda Danziger while Jess Rusin earned Second Team honors. 

In 2011, Main led a squad that featured the 2011 Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in Kimberly Cuniff, as well as three all-Northeast Conference selections in Cunniff, Kaitlyn Notarianni and Megan McCreedy. The Bobcats advanced to the Northeast Conference Tournament for the fourth straight season. 

In 2010, Main ’s Bobcats featured five all-Northeast Conference honorees, at Tina Watkins and Kim Cunniff earned first-team honors while Lauren Zimniski, Kaitlyn Notarianni and Katie Van Nostrand landed on the second team. In addition, Watkins was named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-Mideast Region Second Team. 

In 2009, Jenna Grossman was named the Northeast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season. Grossman headlined a list of four Bobcats to earn all Northeast Conference honors this year, including fellow First Team selection Megan McCreedy and Brandy Longacre. Senior Bonnie Shea was named to the All-NEC Second Team. 

In addition, Grossman and Longacre were named to the 2009 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-Mideast Region Second Team. Off the field, the Bobcats featured 15 Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll selections and 13 NFHCA Academic squad honorees, while Quinnipiac was named an NFHCA Academic Team for the sixth straight year. 

In 2008, four players earned All-Northeast Conference Honors, headlined by NEC Goalkeeper of the Year honors for Jenna Grossman, the second of her career.  Lauren Hartnett, Megan Sciascia and Katie Van Nostrand were also honored by the NEC. Grossman also became the Bobcats’ 12th NFHCA Mideast All-region player. The team had 12 players earn NFHCA Academic squad honors while posting a 3.33 GPA to receive NFHCA National Academic Team honors.

In 2007, four players earned All-NEC awards (Megan Dahle,  Megan Sciascia, Megan McCreedy and Jenna Grossman) with also one also earning Regional All-American honors (Dahle). Quinnipiac also continued to excel in the classroom, as ten players earned NFHCA National Academic squad honors and the team earned NFHCA National Academic Team recognition for the fourth year in a row with an overall team G.P.A of 3.29.  In addition, senior Megan Dahle joined Lisa Scavotta as the team’s second NEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award when she notched a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the fall of 2007.  

In 2006, the team also made the history books with the garnering of its first National All-American as goalkeeper Erin McKay earned NFHCA Third team National All-American status. In 2006, the Bobcats lost to the eventual NEC Champion in the semifinals of the NEC tournament where Quinnipiac had been in 8 of the last 9 conference championships.In 2004, Quinnipiac matched its single-season with 12 wins a year ago, closing with a 12-8 mark. For her efforts, she was recognized as the NEC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Quinnipiac reached the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons in 2003 by virtue of a 2-1 win over Rider in the NEC tournament finals. The Bobcats played one of the toughest schedules in the nation in 2003 and nearly upset ACC member Virginia on the road in early October. In all, six players earned All-NEC honors under Main ’s guidance, with two more taking Regional All-America honors.

The 2002 season produced another milestone for Main , who guided the Bobcats to a perfect 11-0 mark in NEC action. It was the first time in league history that a team closed the regular season undefeated. The Bobcats also reached the NEC championship game for the fourth straightseason in 2002, losing to conference rival Rider, 2-0.

The 2001 campaign was a magical one for Quinnipiac, as the Bobcats reached the NCAA Play-in game before falling to Cal-Berkeley. Quinnipiac closed the year with a 12-8 mark, setting a new benchmark for wins in a season.

In their inaugural Division I season in 1998, the Bobcats finished with a 9-9 record and a share of the Northeast Conference regular-season title (6-2, tied with Sacred Heart) in 1998. Main was awarded with NEC Coach of the Year honors.

In Quinnipiac’s final season in Division II (1997), Main led her team to its second straight seven-win season and a berth in the Northeast-10 semifinals, while garnering the conference’s “Coach of the Year” award. In just its second year as a varsity sport in 1996, Main guided Quinnipiac to seven wins and a third-place finish in the Northeast-10.

A 1994 graduate of Penn State, Main was a four-year standout for the Lady Lions, earning Mideast Regional All-America status three times and leading the team to three Final Four appearances. The Big Ten Conference “Defensive Player of the Year” recipient in 1993, Main also earned NFHCA All-America honors in both her junior and senior campaigns. A standout student as well, she was a three-time Academic All-America selection as she earned a B.S. in health education and exercise science.

After graduation, Main  competed on the U.S. National Elite Team, traveling to San Diego, Holland, Argentina, and Ireland, where she was a reserve member of the squad that earned a bronze medal at the 1994 World Cup.

A member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and U.S. Field Hockey Association, Main was an active participanet in the Futures program and the High Performance Trainer Centers as a coach and player for the New England Fury.

A native of Yardley, Pa., and Pennsbury High School - a three sport athlete (field hockey, Basketball, track) at Pennsbury, Main  was inducted into the Pennsbury Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2006.  Main  also served as the head coach of the women’s lacrosse program at Quinnipiac from 1996-2000 and in 2002.

Many of Quinnipiac’s Field Hockey players have gone on to coach throughout the Northeast region including Julie Ryan (Smith) a 2002 graduate of Quinnipiac. Ryan currently serves as Head Coach at Babson University in Massachusetts after completing coaching stints at Yale University, Springfield College and Boston College. A 2005 graduate for the Bobcats, Jill Disanti is currently serving as first Assistant at Monmouth University in New Jersey after a two year stint as an assistant with her alma mater. Cheryl Torino Canada, a 2006 graduate from Quinnipiac spent a year at her high school, North Branford, Connecticut, and helped coach them to their first CIAC state title in 20 years. Torino Canada went on to coach at  the University of Rochester before returning to her alma mater where she was recently named the Bobcats’ associate head coach in Jan. 2014. Another former All-NEC performer Eileen Gallagher served as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac from 2004-08 before taking the head coaching position at Cheshire High School where she is currently entering her seventh season at the helm. Former All-NEC standout Jaime Cassesse has been on the Bobcats' staff for the last four seasons while last year's NEC Defensive Player of the Year and All-NEC student-athlete Kimberly Cunniff joined the Bobcats' coaching staff for the 2012 season. Kaitlyn Notarianni also joined the coaching ranks as a member of the staff at William & Mary in 2012-13 and is now coaching at the Fieldston Academy located in the Bronx, N.Y.

Main resides in Southington with her two sons, Lucas and Zachary.

Year                                       Overall Record Conference Record
1995 1-4 -
1996 7-8 3-3!
1997 7-11 4-2!
1998 (First Div. 1 Season) 9-9 6-2^!
1999 10-10 7-1^$#
2000 9-12 6-4^
2001 12-8 10-2^$#
2002 12-8 11-0^$
2003 9-11 3-2^#
2004 5-14 4-4
2005 9-10 5-3^
2006 10-9 6-2^
2007 5-13 3-4
2008 5-13 3-4^
2009 6-12 5-3^
2010 8-10 4-3^
2011 11-8 5-2^
2012  12-7  5-2^ 
2013 14-7 5-1~%+
All-Time (19 Seasons) 161-184 (.467) 95-44 (.683)
DI (16 Seasons)  146-161 (.475) 88-39 (.693)
! – DII  Northeast-10 Conference Record  
^ - Northeast Conference Tournament Participant
$ - Northeast Conference Regular Season Champion
# - Northeast Conference Tournament Champion
~ - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Participant
% - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Regular Season Champion
+ - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Champion

 

All-Time All-MAAC Selections
2013 Jess Rusin (First Team)
  Cate Colucci (First team)
  Amanda Danziger (First Team)
  Christa Romano (First Team)

Jennalise Taylor (First Team)
  Meg Conaboy (Second Team)
  Danielle Allan (Second Team)


All-Time All-NEC Selections
2012 Nicole Lewis (First Team)
  Amanda Danziger (First team)
  Lauren Zimniski (First Team)
  Jess Rusin (Second Team)
2011 Kimberly Cunniff (First Team)
  Megan McCreedy (First Team)
  Kaitlyn Notarianni (Second Team)
2010 Kimberly Cunniff (First Team)
  Tina Watkins (First Team)  
  Kaitlyn Notarianni (Second Team)
  Lauren Zimniski (Second Team)
  Katie Van Nostrand (Second Team)
2009 Megan McCreedy (First Team)
  Brandy Longacre (First Team)
  Jenna Grossman (First Team)
  Bonnie Shea (Second Team)
2008 Lauren Hartnett (First Team)
  Jenna Grossman (First Team)
  Megan Sciascia (Second Team)
2007 Megan Dahle (First Team)  
  Megan McCreedy (Second Team)
  Megan Sciascia (Second Team)
  Jenna Grossman (Second Team)
2006 Jaime Cassesse (First Team)
  Meghan DeCesaris (First Team)
  Jenna Grossman (First Team)
  Jennifer Kinchla (Second Team)
  Ann Maria Mangano (Second Team)
2005 Danielle Avenoso (First Team)
  Jaime Cassesse (First Team)
  Kara Weber (Second Team)
2004 Jill DeSanti (Second Team)
2003 Jill DeSanti (First Team)  
  Erin McKay (First Team)  
  Meredith Klein (Second Team)
  Chelsea Osbrey (Second Team)
  Eileen Gallagher (Second Team)
  Kara Weber (Second Team)
2002 Chelsea Osbrey (First Team)
  Courtney Ryan (First Team)
  Jackie Langenstein (First Team)
  Danielle Avenoso (Second Team)
  Jill DeSanti (Second Team)
  Erin McKay (Second Team)  
2001 Heather Caby (First Team)  
  Julie Smith (First Team)  
  Kristin Crosby (First Team)
  Courtney Ryan (First Team)
  Julie Champagne (First Team)
  Jackie Langenstein (Second Team)
  Sarah Mathers (Second Team)
2000 Catie Canetti (First Team)  
  Kristin Crosby (First Team)
  Courtney Ryan (First Team)
  Jamie Glendening (First Team)
  Erin Begley (Second Team)
  Sarah Mathers (Second Team)
1999 Denice Horsfield    
  Lauren Labrecque    
  Sarah Mathers