Devon Gibney and Kaitlyn Kelly Honored With NEC Weekly Awards
HAMDEN, Conn. -Junior Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y) and sophomore Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) were honored with the first weekly Northeast Conference awards of the 2010 season for the Bobcats. Gibney was named the NEC Player of the Week, while Kelly was honored with the NEC Defensive Player of the Week award. The two members of the Bobcats were honored after guiding the team to a 1-1 weekend, including its first win of the season in its first NEC contest of 2010.
"I'm very pleased that Devon (Gibney) and Kaitlyn (Kelly) have been recognized for their efforts this past week," head coach Danie Caro said. "What's more important to me, though, is that those performances came during a two-game stretch where we played well as a team and took some strides towards our team goals with an NEC win."
Gibney earns her first career Player of the Week nod after scoring eight goals and adding three assists for 11 points against Fairfield and Bryant. Scoring four goals in each game, Gibney dished out two assists against the Stags on Thursday to match a career-high six points before recording five points in the team's conference opener on Saturday. Her six ground balls against Bryant are the second most by any Quinnipiac player this season, while her five caused turnovers are a Bobcats' record in 2010. Gibeny has been honored once before by the league, claiming Co-Rookie of the Week honors in the final week of last season.
"Devon is playing at a really high level for us right now," Caro said. "Not only is she scoring goals and playing good defense, but she's doing all the little things that make good players great."
Kelly earned her first NEC weekly award this week. Her seven ground balls against Bryant are a team high this season. Kelly was a major contributing factor as the Bobcats were able to clog the neutral zone and stop the Bulldogs from getting good offensive position in the second half to mount a comeback on Saturday. The team's best defensive player through the first four games, she is the team leader with 14 ground balls and 11 draw controls, while ranking third with five caused turnovers.
"Kaitlyn has really become a significant presence for us on the field this year. She is directing the defense and making plays for us, and if she keeps it up, every one of our opponents will have to change their game plan to account for her."
Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Mar. 19, as it plays host to California-Berkeley. The Bobcats and Golden Bears will play at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field at 3 p.m.