March 23, 2009

Erin Coffey Named NEC Defensive Player Of The Week

HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) of the Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team was honored as the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Coffey led the Bobcats with 10 ground balls and eight caused turnovers in the Bobcats' two games over the weekend against Detroit Mercy and Sacred Heart. This is the first time that Coffey has been recognized by the league with a weekly accolade during her career and joins fellow senior Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.) as the only two members of the team to take home NEC awards this season.

In Quinnipiac's 17-7 win against Detroit, Coffey picked up six ground balls, had one draw control and caused four turnovers. She followed that performance with four more ground balls, four caused turnovers and another draw control against intrastate rival Sacred Heart. Coffey anchors the Bobcats' defense this year, leading the team with 18 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. She is also the NEC leader in caused turnovers per game (2.17) and second in ground balls per game (3.0).

"I am very pleased that Erin was recognized by the NEC," said Head Coach Danie Caro. "Sometimes the best defenders don't always have big stat numbers, so it's hard for them to win awards. In this case, Erin had a big-numbers week, but even when she doesn't have the numbers, she is one of the best one-on-one defenders in the conference. She is playing the best lacrosse of her career right now, which is what you want from your seniors."

Coffey and the Bobcats return to action on Sunday, Mar. 29, when they host the NEC opponent Long Island. The Bobcats and Blackbirds are set to square off from the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field at noon.