Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse Announces 2011 Team Awards

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team announced its 2011 team awards in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Awards for outstanding attack, midfielder, and defensive player were handed out along with honors for most improved player and the Becca Main Kohli Ultimate Bobcat Award. The Bobcats finished the 2011 season with a 13-5 record after winning their first Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship on their home field on May 1, 2011.

Senior Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury Park, Mass.) was named the team's Outstanding Attack Player after a strong final campaign with the Bobcats. Sinnigen was named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Team after establishing new career highs in goals (19), assists (25) and points (44). She racked up five points in a game on four separate occasions this spring, and had a total of 12 multi-point outings.

"Christine really reached her potential this season," Head Coach Danie Caro said. "She elevated her game and became a true offensive threat every time she touched the ball. She was a big part of the team's offensive success this year."

Junior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) was honored as the team's Outstanding Midfielder. Gibney's 38 goals this season were second on the team, and she finished third in overall points (53). Her performance in the regular season earned her a spot on the All-NEC First team, while her eight goals and four assists in two NEC Tournament games earned the NEC Tournament MVP award. She was a two-time NEC player of the Week (March 28 and April 5) and ranked eighth overall in the conference for points per game.

"Devon had a great year for us and has proven she is a true two-way player," said Caro. "She has always been a talented player, but this year she relished the challenge of being a shut-down defender, and that made her even more valuable to the team."

Junior goalkeeper Noelle Martello (Westbury, N.Y.) was honored as the Outstanding Defensive Player by the team after being named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Team and leading the league's goalkeepers in save percentage (.510). She was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week in the final week of the regular season, and was named to the NEC All-Tournament Team after posting a .647 save percentage and 6.00 GAA in two NEC tournament games. Martello captured the program record for wins in a season with 12, and is currently ranked third among Division I goalkeepers with a .510 save percentage.

"Noelle really matured this season," Caro said. "Her presence in the net was a steadying influence on our defense, and she became a more vocal leader as well. She was an integral part of our success this year."

The team's Most Improved Player honor went to redshirt junior Jennifer Skipper (Centerport, N.Y.). Skipper became a fixture in the lineup in mid-March and came on strong at the end, finishing with 24 points on 18 goals and six assists. Her defining moment came in the NEC Tournament where she posted six goals, seven points, one ground ball, two draw controls and two caused turnovers to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.

"Skip is one of the hardest working people on the field. She just never stops moving all game long, and that's helped her to really improve her play this season," Caro said. "Even when she's not putting points on the board, the contributions she makes in slowing our opponent's transition, gaining possession off the draw, and maintaining possession in our offensive end are invaluable to the team."

The Becca Main Kohli Ultimate Bobcat Award is given to the player who best embodies the characteristics of the ideal 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 senior midfielder and team captain Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.). Named to her third straight NEC All-Tournament team in 2011, she set the NEC tournament record for points (13) and assists (7) in a tournament. She finished the season as the Bobcats second leading scorer with 57 points (32 goals, 25 assists), and passed the 100th career point mark in the team's 13-12 overtime victory against Columbia on April 6. She was also named to the All-Northeast Conference Second Team, and was the NEC Player of the Week on March 21, 2011.

"Lauren had a great career at Quinnipiac, and this award is the perfect recognition for her," Caro said. "She has always placed the interests of her teammates and the program first, and she has been a great role model for all student-athletes at Quinnipiac."

The team's Most Valuable Player award was previously announced at the 2010-11 Athletics and Recreation Athletics Awards program held on May 4, 2011 at the TD Bank Center. Junior Marissa Caroleo was honored after leading the Bobcats in scoring with 63 points and becoming the first player in program history to score more than 50 goals in a season, finishing with 53. She was named All-Northeast Conference First Team and the Northeast Conference Player of the Year in 2011, and earned a spot on the 2011 All-Tournament team after posting six goals, three assists, four ground balls, four draw controls, and three caused turnovers in tournament play.

"Marissa had a great year for us. She not only led the team in scoring, but she also did all the little things for us that don't show up on the stat sheet," Caro said. "I still think she can continue to improve her game and have an even better season next year."

Previous Lacrosse MVPs:

2010: Katie Latonick '10

2009: Ashley Valentine '09

2008: Tiffany Manzi '09

2007: Hannah Nelson '09

2006: Vanessa Miranda '06

2005: Christy Smallman '05