Monthly Archives: May 2009

Under legal pressure, Quinnipiac reinstates volleyball

By Jeremy Schilling

Back on March 4, Quinnipiac University announced that due to the current economic downturn, they would have to cut the men’s golf team, men’s outdoor track, and the women’s volleyball team. As a result, on April 17, the volleyball team sued the school, claiming Title IX.

This was brought up later that month at an interview school President John Lahey had with The Quinnipiac Chronicle. He denied the accusations in the suit, but said he does understand what Title IX says. He went on to say that if the courts did in fact find that Quinnipiac was in violation, they would have to act further and cut more men’s sports.

Well, in a victory for the volleyball team, that is exactly what happened. It was announced today that volleyball is being reinstated, with men’s indoor track now being cut. The following was the news release put out by John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations:

“In light of recent judicial action, Quinnipiac University will eliminate men’s indoor track in addition to the previously announced elimination of men’s golf and men’s outdoor track. The University’s women’s volleyball program will be reinstated.

“The University’s Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs will immediately begin a comprehensive review of Quinnipiac’s offices of athletic compliance and the athletic director and where necessary, will make appropriate changes in the athletics department to ensure that Title IX reported participation numbers for all men’s and women’s athletic teams are accurate and adhered to by all coaches.

“During the 2009-10 year, the University will also be able to determine actual, as opposed to projected, participation numbers for its newly added women’s sport of competitive cheer.”

WQAQ Sports will continue to cover this story as it develops.

Athlete of the Year: Graciano Brito

By Tyler Chaput

Senior soccer player, Graciano Brito, has been selected as the 2008-2009 WQAQ Sports Department Athlete of the Year. Brito was named the Northeast Conference’s Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

On his way to earning the award, Brito established himself as the most prolific scorer in Quinnipiac Division I history with a total of 40 goals and 92 points.

This past season alone saw Brito tally a record 18 goals and 39 points.

His tremendous combination of size and speed was unmatched by any defender, or any player at all, in the entire conference.

The WQAQ Sports Department admires everything Brito has done for Quinnipiac and the men’s soccer program. We wish him the best with any future endeavors, whether it involves soccer or not.

Athlete of the Semester: Heather Schwartzburg

By Tyler Chaput

Strikeout machine, Heather Schwartzburg, has been chosen by the WQAQ Sports Department as the Athlete of the Semester. Despite never being selected as Athlete of the Week, her incredible consistency and overall performance have made her a stand-out selection.

The freshman from Mission Viejo, Calif., went 15-15 this season while posting a remarkable 1.64 ERA. Over the course off 200 innings, she struck out 206 total batters, leading the team and recording 145 more strikeouts than the next best Bobcat pitcher.

Schwartzburg also led Quinnipiac in opposing batting average, holding opponents to .196, and total appearances with 35.

This young work-horse certainly seems to be moving in the right direction. With one year under her belt, the future looks bright for Schwartzburg and the Bobcats.

Athlete of the Week: Bryn Doyle

By Tyler Chaput

This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week, and final Athlete of the Week for the Spring 2009 semester is Manchester, N.H.’s Bryn Doyle of the Quinnipiac baseball team.

In a 13-10 loss to Boston College on Tuesday, Doyle managed to extend his season-high and team-high hitting streak to 12 games.

Doyle scored three runs while driving in two more in the loss.

In his senior year, Doyle has played in 37 of the 39 games while starting in all 37. Despite the Bobcats’ 13-26 overall record, Doyle has been a consistent leader for Quinnipiac, as he leads the team in hits with 44.

Golf finishes 9th in last tournament

By Jeremy Schilling

As the result of the announcement earlier this semester that the golf team would be cut from the Quinnipiac University Athletics department after the 2009 season, the Bobcats knew that they needed to go out with a bang, and they traveled to ChampionsGate Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla., for the Northeast Conference Tournament to attempt to do that. They ended up with a ninth place team finish out of 11 teams and a 15th place individual finish by Senior captain Ian O’Connor.

The team shot a three-day score 945. Sacred Heart won the team portion with an 883, followed by Central Connecticut wit 909, Long Island University with 910, Robert Morris with 915 and St. Francis (Pa.) shot a 916 to round out the top five.

Individually O’Connor got that fifth place by shooting 72 on the final day for a 54-hole team score of 227. He was followed by Jayson Loranger who had a 235, Charlie Niland with a 241, Ryan Reynolds with a 242, and Ben Cook with a 265. Central’s Eric Hawerchuk shot a 212 to win the individual competition.

So after 12 events for the 2008-2009 school year, head coach John O’Connor and his team of 10 have hit their last QU golf shots for the foreseeable future.