Velaj and Edwards Named NEWISA All-New England

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn.) and junior Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) of the Quinnipiac women's soccer team were recently named New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England for Division I. Velaj was selected to the All-New England first team, while Edwards garnered second team honors.

Velaj receives the first team accolade after leading the Bobcats with 14 points and six goals during the 2011-12 season. Velaj started in each of Quinnipiac’s 16 games, adding two assists on the year. Although this is the first time Velaj has been recognized with the first-team award, the 5-6 forward/midfielder received All-New England second team honors for the past three seasons. Recently, Velaj was chosen to play in the 2011 NEWISA Senior Bowl, where she tallied an assist.

“The All-New England selection is another good honor for Furtuna,” said Head Coach Dave Clarke. “She’s in good competition and it’s a validation for some of her performances against the non-conference opposition. To go out again with another All-New England accolade is credit for Furtuna and the program.”

Edwards earns her first All-New England laurel after ranking second on the team with nine points in her junior campaign. Edwards made 15 starts, notched three goals and tied for a team-high three assists while leading the Bobcats’ midfield and defense.

“Shauna’s recognition is well deserved,” said Clarke. “It’s been a long process with getting her to believe in the ability that she has. “As we went through the season, I think she started to understand that she can contribute more to the team and she did. For her, this may be the first of a lot of recognition in the next twelve months.”

Quinnipiac was the only Northeast Conference institution recognized in the NEWISA All-New England Division I women’s soccer poll.

2011 NEWISA All-New England for Division I

First Team
GK           Erin Quinlan                            Hartford                         Sr(*)      
B             Alaina Beyer                            BC                                  Sr(*)
B             Allison Kagawa                        Brown                            Sr
B             Jewel Robinson                       Central  Connecticut       So
B             Lindsey Kowal                         Harvard                          Sr
B             Meghan Collins                        UMASS                            Sr
M            Kristie Mewis                            BC                                  Jr(#)
M            Meredith Speck                        Yale                                Fr
F             Vicki DiMartino                          BC                                  Jr(*)
F             Melanie Baskind                       Harvard                          Sr
F             Furtuna Velaj                         Quinnipiac                     Sr
F             Melissa Gavin                           Yale                                 Fr

Second Team
GK           MC Barrett                                Brown                            So
GK           Jessica Dulski                            UCONN                          Sr
GK           Emily Cota                                 UMASS                           Jr
B             Kelly Matthews                          Northeastern                Sr
B             Shauna Edwards                     Quinnipiac                    Jr
M            Riley Houle                                 UCONN                          Fr
M            Devin Prendergrast                    UCONN                          So
M            Caitlin Alves                                Hartford                        Jr            
M            Peyton Johnson                          Harvard                        So
F             Danielle Schulmann                   UCONN                          Jr
F             Amelia Pereira                           Hartford                        Jr            
F             Julie Morrissey                           UMASS                          Sr
F             Veronica Napoli                         Northeastern                Sr

(*)-denotes leading vote-getter at that position
(#)-denotes leading overall vote getter for the Division

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