11 - Furtuna Velaj
Furtuna Velaj
Height: 5-6
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Stamford, CT
High School: Westhill
Position: F/M

As a junior in 2010: Appeared in all 18 games for the Bobcats, starting in 17 of those games…Led Quinnipiac with 19 points, seven goals and five assists…Tallied a team-high 75 shots on the year...Ranked second in the Northeast Conference in shots (75) and shots-per-game (4.17)…Ranked in the top five in the NEC in categories including points (19), points-per-game (1.06), goals-per-game (0.39), assists (5), and assists-per-game (0.28)…Was selected to the 2010 All-Northeast Conference first team…Was named to the 2010 New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England second team for Division I for the third consecutive year…Was named the adidas/NEC Player of the Week  twice during the 2010 season on Nov. 1 and Sept. 20…Was chosen as Quinnipiac’s Female Athlete of the Month for September…Was featured on ESPN.com on Oct. 4 in an article written by ESPN.com’s Graham Hays…Was featured in the Connecticut Post on Sept. 3 in a story written by Bill Paxton…Scored two game-winning goals on the year, including a lone goal against Sacred Heart to lift the Bobcats to a 1-0 victory on Oct. 29…Compiled her fourth career hat trick in Quinnipiac’s 3-1 win against Dartmouth on Sept. 17.

As a sophomore in 2009: Saw action and started in 16 games as a sophomore…Was named team Player of the Year after leading the team in goals (11), assists (8), points (30), game-winning goals (3) and shots (80)… Her eight assists helped rank her 15th nationally in assists per game (0.53)…Led the Northeast Conference in goals per game (0.73), points per game (2), and held a three-way tie in goals (11)… Was named adidas/NEC Player of the Week twice, first being for the week of Sept. 21 after scoring three goals and tallying one assist on the weekend against Siena College and University of Rhode Island……Was named adidas/NEC Player of the Week again during the week of Oct. 19 after scoring one goal and having four assists against NEC opponents Long Island and Wagner… Scored the game-winning goal on Oct. 23 against Mount St. Mary’s with only one second remaining in double overtime…Helped the Bobcats clinch playoff berth after recording the third hat trick of her career against Robert Morris on Oct. 30…Earned her first academic honor, after being named to the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District I University Division Second Team on Oct. 30, after holding a 3.66 grade-point average… Earned a spot on the NEWISA All-New England Second Team and the NEWISA All-New England Second Team… Was named to the 2009 NEC All-Conference First Team, for the second year in a row.

As a freshman in 2008: Started all 16 games last season for the Bobcats, one of two Bobcats to do so in 2008...Led the Northeast Conference in goals (15), points (31) and game-winning goals (7)...Named Brine/NEC Rookie of the week on Sept. 22 after scoring five of Quinnipiac's six goals against the New Jersey Institute of Technology and tallied the most points in a game for an NEC team since Mary Adelsberger of Mount St. Mary's totaled 10 points against Delaware State on Sept. 17, 2003... Her 10 points marks the most points scored by a Quinnipiac soccer player at the Division I level...Was named Brine/NEC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 29 after breaking a scoreless tie with Canisius College with eight minutes to play in the game, reaching nine goals faster than any other women's soccer player in Quinnipiac's Division I history...Was named Brine/NEC Player of the Week and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week during the week of Oct. 6 after scoring three goals past the 80th minute to propel the Bobcats to an overtime victory over Robert Morris on Oct. 3...Was named Brine/NEC Rookie of the Week on Oct. 27 when she scored back-to-back goals and tallied an assist in the win against Fairleigh Dickinson on Oct. 24...Was named the Eli's Restaurant Group's Athlete of the Month for August, September and October...Was named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team...Was named to the NSCAA Division I All-Northeast Regional Second Team and the NEWISA All-New England Second Team.

Before Quinnipiac: Played soccer and basketball all four years at Westhill...Also suited up for CFC...Was the team leading scorer at Westhill in her sophomore (17), junior (17) and senior (10) years...Was the team assist leader in her freshman (15) and sophomore (10) years...Was named Team MVP in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons...Was named All-State and All-FCIAC in those same years...Was named Second Team All-FCIAC in her freshman season...Helped her CFC club team become PDA and State Cup Champions in 2007.

Personal: Born in Kosovo, but now lives in Stamford, Conn...Daughter to Binake and Mhill Velaj...Has four siblings: Simone, Nol, Aulona, and Linda, who plays soccer at the University of Bridgeport...A Political Science major with a minor in Journalism.