QU Field Hockey Adds Three More to Incoming Class of 2019

QU Field Hockey Adds Three More to Incoming Class of 2019

HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac field hockey head coach Becca Main and the rest of her staff have announced the addition of three more players from across the world who'll be joining the Bobcats for the 2015 fall season. The three additions to the Class of 2019 class include: Theresa Kaussner (Hamburg, Germany), Elisa Ruiz Martinez (Madrid, Spain) and Kelly Winterbottom (Burlington, Connecticut). The three committed players join a list of six more Class of 2019 additions - Camryn Dias (Hopedale, Massachusetts), Rachel Foley (Davis, California), Kyla Johns (Darien, Connecticut), Kendall Nickel (Flemington, New Jersey), Selina Reichert (Lower Hutt, New Zealand) and Hannah Teicher (Bethesda, Maryland) - to make up the Bobcats' nine-member Class of 2019.

The forward and midfield positions were emphasized in this class as eight of the nine Class of 2019 members, including all eight field players, have experience controlling the action in the midfield and scoring goals on the forward line. The addition of both Kaussner, Ruiz Martinez and Reichert as freshmen ups the Bobcats' total to five players who hail from a foreign country. In addition to Dias being Quinnipiac field hockey's first gray shirt athlete - graduating high school early and joining the roster in the Spring semester - Foley (California) and Reichert (New Zealand) are the first student-athletes to join the field hockey program from each respective hometown.

Quinnipiac University Field Hockey Incoming Class of 2019 Additions

#17 Theresa Kaussner 
Midfield
Hamburg, Germany
Major: Undecided

Team/Individual Awards:

  • 2009 Hamburg Outdoor Champion
  • 2011 3rd Place German Outdoor Championships
  • 2012 3rd Place German Outdoor Championships
  • 2013 Hamburg Outdoor Champion
  • 2013 3rd Place German Outdoor Championships
  • 2013 3rd Place German Indoor Championships
  • Captain of High School Field Hockey Team for Two Years
  • Played Field Hockey in Australia for Six Months

Theresa Kaussner on Signing With Quinnipiac:

"This fall I'm most looking forward to being able to combine my passion for field hockey with the experience of American college life. I'm really looking forward to becoming a Bobcat and meeting the team in August."

QU Head Coach Becca Main on Theresa Kaussner:

"We anticipate seeing Theresa in our starting line-up immediately. She is a seasoned and mature player and her skills in the midfield will be utilized to improve our attack transition. Theresa hails from Hamburg Germany and has spent time in Australia fine-tuning her field hockey skills. We will look to Theresa to help boost our scoring and specialty units on the field."

#21 Elisa Ruiz Martinez 
Midfield
Madrid, Spain
Major: Communications

Team/Individual Awards:

  • 2009-10
  • "Club Campo Villa de Madrid" Tournament Gold Medal
  • 2010-11
  • "Club Campo Villa de Madrid" Tournament Gold Medal
  • Junior Championship Indoor Field Hockey / Gold Medal
  • Tribute Exemplary Sportsman from Madrid
  • 2011-12
  • Junior Championship Green Hockey / Gold Medal / Captain
  • Senior's Cup Green Hockey / Gold Medal
  • Spanish Championship Selection Under-16 / Gold Medal
  • Spain Division Player Honor 
  • 2012-13
  • Won Senior's Cup Green Hockey / Gold Medal
  • Senior's Championship Green Hockey / Silver Medal
  • Cup Indoor Hockey / Silver Medal
  • Spanish Championship Selection Under-16 / Gold Medal
  • High PROGRAM PERFORMANCE in CAR Blum, University Complutense, Madrid
  • 2013-14
  • Won Senior's Cup Green Hockey / Gold Medal
  • Won Senior's Cup Indoor Hockey / Gold Medal
  • Senior's Championship Green Hockey / Gold Medal
  • High PROGRAM PERFORMANCE in CAR Blum, University Complutense, Madrid Under-18

Elisa Ruiz Martinez on Signing With Quinnipiac:

"I really want to start training with the team. It is a dream come true to come to America, to learn more hockey and studying for my degree at Quinnipiac! I'm ready to be a Bobcat!!" 

QU Head Coach Becca Main on Elisa Ruiz Martinez:

"Elisa is a highly recruited athlete from Spain that adds a ton of speed and stickwork to our midfield, especially in her one-on-one skills and we are ecstatic that she chose Quinnipiac to call her home away from home. We are excited to see her add to our midfield roster and possible forward line. Her family is committed to seeing Elisa play American hockey and we are pleased to make her a Bobcat."

#22 Kelly Winterbottom 
Midfield
Burlington, Connecticut
Lewis Mills High School
Major: Physical Therapy

Team/Individual Awards:

  • Freshman Year
  • Lost in Semifinals to Lauralton Hall, 2-1
  • Sophomore Year
  • Lost in First Round of State Championships to Suffield, 2-1
  • Varsity Starter
  • Junior Year
  • Lost in First Round of State Championships to Haddam-Killingworth, 1-0
  • Third Place in Berkshire League
  • Second Team All-Berkshire
  • Varsity Starter
  • Team Captain
  • Senior Year
  • Won Class S State Championship
  • Won Berkshire League Championship
  • Second Team All-Berkshire
  • Varsity Starter
  • Team Captain
  • Won Sportsmanship Award
  • High School National Academic Squad Scholar of Distinction
  • All-Courant Team

Kelly Winterbottom on Signing With Quinnipiac:

"I am looking forward to coming to Quinnipiac this fall because I will be able to make friends with and learn from both my teammates and other students that I meet. I can't wait to become part of the Bobcat family and take the next step towards becoming a stronger person athletically and academically!"

QU Head Coach Becca Main on Kelly Winterbottom:

 "There is a heightened level of excitement when we find such a brilliant student-athlete in our own backyard.  Kelly will continue the tradition of Connecticut athletes becoming Bobcats and her attention to the total game, including the off field academic, fitness and strength, will make her a valuable asset to the Bobcats in her first two years.   She hails from Captain Megan Osanitsch's high school and there are many similarities between them that make us very hopeful for Kelly's future at Quinnipiac University."