NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Two members of the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team were named to the 2009 Northeast Conference All-Tournament Team after their postseason appearance against Monmouth University on Nov. 6. Senior defender Hanne Walleck (South Glastonbury, Conn.) and sophomore forward Kristina Del Mistro (East Williston, N.Y.) each earned a spot on the All-NEC team as announced by the conference this afternoon.
Walleck started on the Bobcats' back line in the playoff game, becoming the only player on the team to start all 17 games for Quinnipiac this season. The senior anchored the Bobcats' defense, holding the offensive-minded Hawks to one goal in the game. Walleck also contributed one shot on goal in the match-up against Monmouth. Throughout the 2009 season, Walleck became the Bobcats most dependable asset on their defensive line, helping the Bobcats to place fourth in the league in goals-allowed with 24. The senior also garnered All-Conference Second Team honors in her final season at Quinnipiac.
"Hanne has had a fantastic season and deserves the recognition she has received for her performance in the semifinal loss to Monmouth," said head coach Dave Clarke. "She played well and once again showed how accomplished a player she has become in her senior year. She has matured a lot as a player and she will be missed next season."
Del Mistro started in the midfield for the Bobcats in their postseason appearance against Monmouth on Nov. 6. The sophomore's speed generated several offensive efforts for the Bobcats in their scoring attempts on net. Del Mistro was a steady force on Quinnipiac's offense in 2009, ranking third on the team in points (8), goals (3) and assists (2).
"Kristina played very well in Friday's loss and on another day she might have scored or created a couple of goals," said Clarke. "In some big spots this season she has shown how much potential she has as a player and did so again against Monmouth. With another year of experience behind her hopefully she can dictate more games for us next season."
The Bobcats wrapped up the 2009 season with an 8-7-2 overall record and a 7-3-1 stint in the NEC. Quinnipiac fell to Monmouth, 1-0, in their first postseason appearance since 2004. The Hawks went on to win the NEC Championship, 1-0, against tournament host Central Connecticut on Nov. 8.