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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Notes from the week at Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac field hockey

Sophomore forward Jess Rusin (Garwood, N.J.) had a hand in four goals as the Bobcats bounced Colgate, 6-0. The sophomore forward’s hat trick was the first at Quinnipiac since Kaitlyn Notarianni scored three times in last season’s season opener, while she also assisted on a goal by Notarianni in the first half. Rusin’s previous career-high of two goals came against Sacred Heart last season. Rusin now has four goals and an assist through Quinnipiac’s first five games – matching her total in 18 games played last season. Rusin’s seven-points in a game are the most since 2001 when Chelsea Osbrey had three goals and an assist and Heather Cady had two goals and three assists in the Bobcats 9-0 win against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sept. 23, 2001.

Senior Kim Cunniff (Walpole, Mass.), a 2010 All-Northeast Conference First Team pick, scored her second and third goals of the season against Colgate and Penn State this weekend. Cunniff added a goal late in the Bobcats’ 6-0 win against Colgate before logging Quinnipiac’s only goal of the game against the No. 6 Nittany Lions. Cunniff now has three goals and an assist for the year.

Men’s Soccer

Junior Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) contributed to both Quinnipiac goals on Friday, Sept. 9 against Yale. The junior assistant captain provided an assist on the game’s first goal, helping Quinnipiac to a 1-0 lead at the time. Suprise laced a rocket of a goal (his first of the season) in the 85th minute of play to tie the score, 2-2. He now leads the team with four points on the season.


Women’s Soccer
Quinnipiac senior Furtuna Velaj (Stamford, Conn./Westhill) was recognized in an article written by ESPN.com’s Graham Hays. The article, “Santa Clara's Henninger has no equal,” highlights Santa Clara goalkeeper Bianca Henninger and features 10 NCAA Division I women’s soccer players, whom Hays feels will have great potential to make an impact this season. Last year, Hays also wrote a feature, “From refugee to soccer star,” on Velaj’s journey from her native Kosovo to the United States, as well as her future aspirations in political science following her collegiate career.

Volleyball

Senior setter Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) was named to the Quinnipiac/University of Hartford Invitational All-Tournament team after the she totaled 124 assists in 16 sets for a 7.75 per set average. Lawler also had 31 digs for a 1.94 per set average. Against La Salle in a five-set thriller in which Quinnipiac won their home opener, Lawler had 42 assists and eight digs, as well as two service aces. Against Navy, Lawler crept towards an unconventional triple-double with seven aces, while settling for a double-double of 38 assists and 13 digs. She had 23 assists against Delaware State and 21 against Hartford, while also collecting five digs in each match. For the year, Lawler has 229 assists for a 6.74 per game average while also logging 20 service aces in 34 sets for a 0.59 per set average. For her career, she has 2,926 assists, leaving her 74 from 3,000.

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