EDISON, N.J. – Quinnipiac juniors Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and Vicki Kuhn (East Hempstead, N.H.) were named to the All-MAAC First Team while senior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was named to the All-Rookie team as announced today by the league office. The All-MAAC first team, second team, and All-Rookie teams were selected by a vote of the league coaches.
"We're extremely proud of Kyra, Vicki, and Kelly for their conference recognition. They are truly deserving of these honors, and we're excited that we get to work with them again next year," said Head Coach Danie Caro.
Ochwat was arguably the best offensive player in the MAAC as she drew constant double teams, but still managed to put up career numbers in 2014. In conference play Ochwat led the MAAC with 3.38 goals per game and was second with 4.48 points per game. Overall Ochwat was second in the MAAC in goals per game (2.93) and only trailed Canisius's Maria Kotas (2.94). Ochwat was fourth in assists per game (1.20), second in points per game (4.13), and second in shots per game (5.60). Ochwat was 15th in the nation in points per game, 21st in goals per game, and 32nd in total goals. The All-MAAC selection was the third straight selection for Ochwat as she was named to the All-NEC First Team in 2013 and to the All-NEC Rookie Team in 2012.
"The fact that Kyra finished the season leading the conference in points is a testament to her impact on our team. She always drew our opponent's top defenders, and often drew multiple defenders, yet was able to still produce points for us. She is a fierce competitor and works hard to continue improving every day," stated Caro.
Kuhn was the best defensive player for Quinnipiac's backline. She constantly drew the opponent's best player and held them to below their season averages. Kuhn was second on the team in ground balls (25), fifth in draw controls (16), and second in caused turnovers (18). Kuhn' s 1.20 caused turnovers per game ranked seventh in the MAAC. The award was the second straight conference award for Kuhn. Kuhn was named to the All-NEC Second Team in 2013.
"Vicki is a leader on defense for us. She is very consistent and raised her level of play as the season progressed. She is one of the hardest workers on the team, and her on-field intensity sets a standard for the whole team," said Caro.
Babstock made a smooth transition from the ice to the lacrosse field. She helped take some of the load off of Ochwat's shoulders offensively. Despite joining the team five games into the season the season Babstock was second on the team in scoring. Babstock scored at least a point in all 10 games. She totaled 21 points at the strength of 14 goals and seven assists. Babstock had a career day in her first career start against Manhattan on March 29th. Babstock scored a career high four goals en route to the Bobcats first win of the season.
"Kelly did a very good job for us this season, despite missing the first third of our games. She is fun to watch, fun to coach, and willing to do whatever it takes to make a play. We can't wait to have her for the whole year next year so that we can work with her to further develop her game," stated Caro.
In addition to the All-MAAC awards, Quinnipiac named 12 players to the All-Academic team. In order to make the All-Academic team a player must hold a cumulative GPA of a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. A player must complete two semesters at their institution to qualify. Quinnipiac placed the third most players to the team. Named to the team were Ochwat, Kuhn, Allison Boudreau (Canton, Mass.), Aileen Carey (Long Beach, N.Y.), Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Mass.), Kayla Fu (Severna Park, Md.), Phoebe Laplante (Acushnet, Mass.), Shana Maglio (Garden City, N.Y.), Rachel Massicotte (Wayland, Mass.), Emily Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.), Trinity Scanlon (Upton, Mass.), and Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, N.Y.).
"Our team has always taken great pride in achieving academically. We have been very fortunate to have student-athletes who can perform on the field and in the classroom, and this group serves as role models for our younger players," said Caro.
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