HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman goalkeeper Biz Cook (Appleton, Wis.) of the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was named the adidas/Northeast Conference Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week after she helped the Bobcats shut out Robert Morris and Saint Francis (PA) in their final regular-season weekend series, earning a bid into the postseason. This is the second time Cook has been recognized by the conference this season.
"Biz has come in and done very well for us and has improved with each game," said head coach Dave Clarke. "She made an important save in Friday's 3-0 win over Robert Morris that allowed us to go on and win the game comfortably. It was the turning point in the match for us and the win and shut out secured our place in the playoffs."
Cook added to her impressive record this season, earning both wins against conference opponents Robert Morris on Oct. 30 and against Saint Francis (PA) on Nov. 1. The rookie's record improves to 7-1-1 on the year, as the Bobcats shut out the Colonials, 3-0, on Friday, and blanked the Red Flash, 1-0, on Sunday. Cook split time in net with junior goaltender Kendra Margulies (Weston, Mass.), earning both starts and recording 141 minutes between the posts.
The rookie pulled down 15 saves on the weekend, boosting her season tally to 46 stops on the year. Her most impressive save of the weekend came in the second half against Robert Morris on Oct. 30. Holding on to a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute of play, the Bobcats committed a foul just outside the 18-yard box. The original kick was blocked by a set of Bobcat defenders, where midfielder Katie Castner collected the loose ball and blasted a low shot towards the right corner of the net. Blocked by the chaos of players inside the box, Cook was screened during Castner's shot until the last second when the keeper spotted the blast and laid out with a one-armed save to keep the shutout alive. Her save restored the team's momentum, and the Bobcats came back to score back-to-back goals in the 64th and 72nd minute of play, clinching a berth into the NEC Tournament.
Since her first appearance in net on Oct. 4, Cook has climbed the NEC leader boards and remained atop the rankings in the conference. The freshman currently ranks third in goals-against average (0.98) and save percentage (.836). She ranks fourth in shutouts per game with 0.33.
The Bobcats return to action Friday, Nov. 6 in the Northeast Conference Tournament hosted by Central Connecticut State in New Britain, Conn. Since Quinnipiac clinched third place in the conference, they will play second-seeded Monmouth University at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Connecticut Soccer Field.