HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team announced its 2009 team awards. Five members of the Bobcats were honored in a ceremony Friday afternoon. Awards for best offensive and defensive players were handed out along with best midfielder, most improved and the Becca M. Kohli Award. The honors were voted on by the players following the conclusion of the season.
Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) was named the Outstanding Attacker of the Year after setting the program's single-season record for assists. Latonick finished the season with 44 assists, including eight against Long Island on March 29. She also recorded eight assists in the NEC Tournament, including five in the Bobcats' 11-9 semifinal victory against Mount St. Mary's. Latonick finished the season second on the team with 53 points.
Senior Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.) was named the team MVP earlier in the week and was also recognized as the Bobcats' best midfielder. Valentine posted a team-high 42 goals this season, while adding nine assists for 51 points. The 51 points were third on the team as she ended the season by scoring 26 goals and six assists in April. Valentine was one of four members of the Bobcats named to the Northeast Conference First Team following the conclusion of the regular season.
Senior Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.) was named the team's Outstanding Defender. Coffey was tied for first in the NEC with 25 caused turnovers, while second in caused turnovers per game with 1.56. She was third on the team with 32 ground balls this season, including six against Detroit on Mar. 20, while adding four caused turnovers in the game.
The team's Most Improved Player Award went to sophomore Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, Conn.). The second-year attacker finished the year with 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points, good for sixth on the team in scoring. She record a career-high four goals and six points at Saint Francis (Pa.) on April 9. Sinnigen appeared in 10 more games and registered 26 more points as she had the biggest increase in production on the team from the 2008 to 2009.
The Becca M. Kohli Ultimate Bobcat Award is given to the player who embodies the characteristics of the student-athlete. They must excel on the field and in the classroom and demonstrate loyalty and dedication to the team. This year's award was given to sophomore Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.). Last season's Most Improved Player, Matuszczak had four goals this season, while third on the team with 20 draw controls and added 15 ground balls.
The Bobcats' set numerous team records this season as they finished 13-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play for the second-consecutive year. The 13 wins were a single-season program record, while also putting together a nine-game win streak. Quinnipiac's .812 winning percentage was the best figure in the history of the NEC. The team's semifinal win against Mount St. Mary's was just the second postseason victory in program history.