Women's Soccer Hosts Year End Awards Banquet
HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's soccer program held their annual year end soccer banquet this past weekend at the Laurel View Country Club. Senior Taylor Healey was named the team's Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Aine McKeever(Derry City, Northern Ireland) was named Club Player of the Year while Natalia Grodzki(Bartlett, Ill.) was named Player's Player of the Year. Angela Ellison (Peabody, Mass.) was named the Academic Player of the Year while Laura Nicholas (Derry City, Northern Ireland) was named Newcomer of the Year to round out the award winners.
The team also honored the four graduating seniors in McKeever, Healey, Mary Rose Corrado(Colchester, Conn.), and Beck Kiting (Canberra, Australia).
"It was a good event honoring both soccer programs and a great way to close out our first year in the MAAC. Taylor, Nat, Aine, Angela and Laura were all deserving of their awards. The senior video to close out the evening is always an emotional one for the seniors involved, in this case Aine, Beck, Mary and Taylor," said Women's Soccer Head Coach Dave Clarke.
Healey was a formidable piece to the Bobcats backline this past season and proved deserving of the Player of The Year Award for the second consecutive season. Healey appeared and started in all 16 games for the Bobcats in 2013. She has been a part of a Bobcat defense that was responsible for six shutouts in 2013 and 14 shutouts over the last two seasons. Quinnipiac was third in the MAAC this past season allowing only 1.19 goals per game.
McKeever had a career year offensively and was a key chip for the Bobcats midfield in 2013. McKeever appeared and started in all 16 games for Quinnipiac this season. She was second on the team in points as she registered career highs with three goals and seven points. McKeever finished 13th all-time for career appearances in a Bobcats uniform (65) and was named to the NEWISA Senior Bowl.
Grodzki was named Player's Player of the Year after a year that saw her finish in the top ten in Quinnipiac single season history with a 1.07 gaa. Grodzki currently ranks second all-time with a 0.96 career goals against average. With six shutouts in 2013 she upped her career shutout total to eight.
Ellison was named the Academic Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Ellison earned the academic award by holding the highest GPA amongst her teammates. Ellison had a career year on the pitch as she appeared in a career high nine games while making five starts in the midfield.
Nicholas finished out the awards as the freshman was named the team's Newcomer of the season. Nicholas made the second most starts for any freshman this season with 13. She appeared in 14 total games for the Bobcats backline and got started right away as she made her first career start in the first game of the season against Georgetown.
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