Hanne Walleck Selected to Play In NEWISA Senior Bowl

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior defender Hanne Walleck (South Glastonbury, Conn.) of the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team has been selected as one of seven fullbacks to play in the 2009 New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association Senior Bowl scheduled for next month. Walleck will play on a team of 21 women's soccer players from colleges and universities throughout New England. The game is currently scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. The location has not yet been determined.

"Hanne has had an excellent senior year for Quinnipiac and, despite playing at the back, her performances have been recognized by coaches throughout the region," said head coach Dave Clarke. "She is in very good company with those honored as the list includes some of the best players in New England. It is a nice honor for Hanne with which to finish her college soccer career."

Walleck was the only player on the Bobcats to play all 17 games in the 2009 season, starting every game on the back line. The senior anchored the defensive line up for Quinnipiac, helping the team to place fourth in the Northeast Conference in goals-allowed with 24. Walleck's defensive efforts were recognized by the NEC during the postseason, as she was named to the All-Conference Second Team and to the NEC All-Tournament Team.

"I couldn't have asked for a better senior season," said Walleck. "It's an honor to have been selected for the Senior Bowl, but it is also very bittersweet. It's nice to get recognized and receive these awards because they are something that I will always have, but I will miss my team and coaches who have helped me to where I am. With that being said, I am happy that I will have one last "hurrah" at the Senior Bowl with very notable players before my collegiate soccer career comes to a close."

Out of the 21 players selected to the NEWISA Senior Bowl, Walleck was one of two players chosen from the NEC. The other conference selection was senior midfielder and NEC Player of the Year, Leah Blayney, from Central Connecticut. The other 19 players that make up the teams come from twelve different universities, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, UConn, Boston College and Vermont.