April 24, 2013

Taylor Healy Named Women’s Soccer Player of the Year

HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Taylor Healy (Milford, Conn.) was named the Quinnipiac University Women's Soccer Player of the Year at the Quinnipiac men's and women's soccer program's annual banquet on Saturday, April 20. Senior Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn.) received the Players' Player of the year accolade.  While freshman Nicole Eriksen (Stamford, Conn.) was honored as the Newcomer of the Year.  Additionally Angela Ellison (Peabody, Mass.) was selected as the Academic Player of the Year and senior Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) earned Team Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

Healy, one of the team's hardest workers, excelled during her senior season for the Bobcats.  The defender ended the year with four points off of two goals this year against Central Connecticut and Wagner College.  The Milford, Conn. native appeared in all 17 games for Quinnipiac and started in 13.  She has provided the team with a strong back

"Taylor was our most consistent player throughout the season and turned in some very committed performances in the heart of our defense," said head coach Dave Clarke. "She also contributed a couple of important game winning goals in the NEC on set plays and deserves the recognition from the coaching staff. "

Edwards played an integral part in the Bobcats offensive line for Quinnipiac this year.  Edwards led the team with eight points in her senior campaign with two goals and four assists.  The Southington, Conn. native was named to the NEC First Team for her senior season.

"Shauna added the player's award to the other accolades she received from the NEC and NSCAA," said Clarke.  She had a great senior year and began to fulfill her undoubted potential.  I look forward to seeing how she progresses in her playing career beyond college."

Erikson made 13 starts, the most of any QU freshman during 2012. Erikson controlled the Bobcats' back line in her rookie campaign, earning the Young Player of the Year award.

"Nicole had a strong freshman year and turned in some excellent performances," said Clarke. "She probably played more than she expected in her first year, but the experience will stand to her for the remainder of her Quinnipiac career."

Ellison received the Academic honor for her sophomore campaign. Ellison made three appearances for the Bobcats midfield this year.  The sophomore earned the academic award after holding the highest GPA amongst her fellow teammates.

"Had Angela not been injured at Holy Cross she was on her way to being a candidate for Player of the Year," said Clarke. "She has achieved an extremely high GPA in the classroom in her first year and a half at Quinnipiac and this award has definitely been earned by the Physician Assistant major."

Kelley, Quinnipiac's starting goalkeeper, started in all 13 of the 14 contests this season.  Kelley made 46 saves and earned seven wins in her senior campaign.  Kelly also was tied for first place in the NEC this season with six shutouts.

"This award is given for a player who on and off the field and in the classroom represents Quinnipiac Women's Soccer with class and distinction and Jill Kelley has done that and more for her five years with the team," said Clarke. "The honor was well deserved."

The team also took the time to recognize five former Quinnipiac players that were named to Quinnipiac's Women's Top 25 All-Time Team; Alison Jaquith, Assistant Coach Justine Lombardi, Kyla Miles, Meagan McLoughlin, and Furtuna Velaj.

The Quinnipiac women's soccer team also recognized Mike Shaw for his dedication and support he has shown to the soccer program over the past two years.  

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu