This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week award goes to the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team. The Bobcats have received votes in the weekly USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey polls for the first time in the program’s history. Quinnipiac swept the No. 10-ranked Syracuse University Orange over this past weekend after completing a conference sweep by defeating Dartmouth and No. 3 Harvard at the TD Bank Sports Center. This weekend, the team extended their program-record winning streak to six games with a sweep of Wayne State. By picking up their 12th victory of the season on Friday, the Bobcats have broken the program’s record for most wins in a season, when they went 11-21-2 during the 2003-2004 campaign. This season the Bobcats are 13-7-6, and will head back into ECAC play this weekend.
This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week award goes to Brandon Wong (Victoria, B.C.) of the men’s ice hockey team.
Quinnipiac Bobcats' senior forward Brandon Wong
Wong, a senior assistant captain, scored the game tying and game winning goals to lead Quinnipiac to a 5-4 overtime home victory over No. 10 Massachusetts. Wong also had two goals in the Bobcats’ 7-4 loss at Yale on Friday night. Wong has been receiving recognition for his solid start and was a guest on “ECAC Hockey Weekly” on 91.5 FM WRPI.
By Tom Butto
Senior Mike Atkinson
This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week award goes to Mike Atkinson (Sparta, N.J.) of the men’s ice hockey team. Atkinson, a senior assistant captain, scored three goals, two of which were short handed, in a 4-2 win against ECAC foe Clarkson University.
With Atkinson’s hat trick, Quinnipiac improved to 5-1-0 overall with a 2-0-0 mark in the conference. The last time Quinnipiac won five of their first six games was in the 2000-2001 season.
Atkinson’s two shorthanded goals came in the second and third periods. He added his third to complete the hat trick on an empty netter late in the third period.
The Bobcats return to action this weekend, with home games against Harvard and Dartmouth.
By Tom Butto
This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week honor goes to Quinnipiac University women’s ice hockey freshman Heather Hughes (Stoufville, Ontario).
Quinnipiac women's ice hockey freshman Heather Hughes
Hughes had a career game on Saturday night with her first collegiate hat trick on her way to four points against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She scored Quinnipiac’s second, third, and fifth goals of the game as well as assisting on the fourth as the Bobcats defeated RPI 6-1. With her performance, Hughes now leads the team in goals and points.
The Bobcats women’s hockey team had a banner weekend in its own right by defeating Union 3-0 in addition to Saturday’s victory. They will now head on a four game road trip beginning this weekend with Harvard and Dartmouth.
By Tom Butto
This week’s WQAQ Athlete of the Week honor goes to Quinnipiac University women’s tennis freshman Rachel Cantor (Short Hills, N.J.)
Cantor has continued her impressive freshman campaign by earning Northeast Conference Women’s Tennis
Freshman Women's Tennis Player Rachel Cantor
Rookie of the Week for the fourth time in seven weeks. This week marks the second straight week she has won the award.
In her last tournament, the ITA Northeast Regional Championships, she advanced to the Round of 64 before falling to
Brown University’s Bianca Aboubakare, the fourth seeded player in the tournament.
For the fall, Cantor finished with a 12-5 record, including a 7-2 singles mark.
By Tom Butto
This week’s unanimous pick for WQAQ Athlete of the Week is Freddy Hall (St. George’s, Bermuda) of the Quinnipiac men’s soccer team.
Quinnipiac senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall
Hall continued to do what he does best; put up shut outs. He helped the Bobcats stay undefeated with six saves in a double overtime tie in the NEC opening game against Robert Morris. Hall came back two days later with his second consecutive shutout, and fifth of the year, in a 3-0 win against St. Francis (Pa.). Hall stopped all 11 shots on goal, including a penalty kick with six seconds left in regulation. The Bobcats are now 1-0-1 in the conference and 4-0-5 overall.
Hall, a senior, is an early candidate for Athlete of the Semester and Athlete of the Year. He is third in NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer with a .930 save percentage, and has played more games and logged more minutes than the two keepers ahead of him.
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.