Kyra Ochwat, Vicki Kuhn and Kiera Kelly Named All-MAAC; 14 Bobcats Earn Academic Recognition

Kyra Ochwat, Vicki Kuhn and Kiera Kelly Named All-MAAC; 14 Bobcats Earn Academic Recognition

BUFFALO, New York – Three Bobcats – seniors Kyra Ochwat (Farmingdale, New York) and Vicki Kuhn (East Hampstead, New Hampshire) as well as freshman Kiera Kelly (West Islip, New York) – of the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team were tabbed with All-MAAC honors, as announced by the league office on Thursday night. Both Ochwat and Kuhn were named to the All-MAAC Second Team while Kelly earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team. In addition to the athletic awards, 14 Bobcats were recognized for their academic achievements as well.

The most dynamic offensive player in the history of Quinnipiac lacrosse, Ochwat finishes her career as the most decorated Bobcat in program history as she becomes the first Quinnipiac women's lacrosse player to earn four straight All-Conference nods. She earns the All-MAAC Second Team honor after posting 55 points in her senior campaign on the strength of 40 goals and 15 assists. Ochwat closes out her career as the all-time leading point producer (215) and goal scorer (157) in program history. In her 2015 season, she ranked 3rd in the MAAC in goals per game (2.50), 9th in assists per game (0.94), 4th in points per game (3.44) and 2nd in shots per game (5.44). She also rounded out her game this season with single-season career-highs in ground balls (16) and draw controls (27).

"We are very proud of Kyra and everything she accomplished on the lacrosse field during her career," Quinnipiac head coach Danie Caro said. "For a student-athlete to earn conference recognition in every season they compete is a tremendous and rare achievement. More importantly, Kyra has earned academic honors every year she has been eligible, and has been a role model for academic and athletic success. We will certainly miss her next year."

Kuhn has been the Bobcats' best defender for the better part of three seasons now as she earns her third straight All-Conference honor to close out her career with the Bobcats. In her senior campaign, Kuhn started all 16 games and finished with 20 ground balls, 12 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers while playing the most minutes of anyone on the team to earn All-MAAC Second Team honors. The two-time team captain also chipped in one goal and one assist on the season as Kuhn was moved all around the field of play as the season progressed from her usual defensive position into more of a midfielder role.

"Vicki is a fierce competitor on the field, and her third all-conference recognition is a testament to the respect she's earned around the league," Caro said. "She has worked very hard to take her game to the next level during her career and we are very proud of her."

Kelly was a dynamic defensive player for the Bobcats all throughout the season as she earned a unanimous selection onto the MAAC All-Rookie Team. One of just four players to make it to the All-Rookie Team via a unanimous vote, Kelly took the starting job in the third game of the season and logged considerable minutes throughout her freshman campaign. In 16 games played (14 starts), Kelly became the first freshman in program history to lead the team in both ground balls (41) and caused turnovers (19) in a single-season. She ranked 3rd in the MAAC and 25th in the nation in ground balls per game (2.56) while she also sat 6th in the MAAC and 93rd in the nation in caused turnovers per game (1.19). Kelly picked at least two ground balls in 11-of-16 games throughout 2015 while she caused at least one turnover in 12-of-16 games this season.

"Kiera's unanimous selection to the All-Rookie team is an exciting accomplishment for her," Caro said. "She is one of the hardest working players on our team and has been an absolute pleasure to coach. I have no doubt that her career can follow the same trajectory as Vicki's. She has tremendous role models mentoring her, and has been smart enough to learn all she could from them."

The MAAC also released the MAAC All-Academic Team which saw 14 Bobcats on the list: Ochwat, Kuhn, Aileen Carey (Long Beach, New York), Briana Fountain (Marshfield, Massachusetts), Alexandra Hlesciak (Lumberton, New Jersey), Devin Kelly (Miller Place, New York), Carly Knowles (Garden City, New York), Danielle La Rocca (Voorhees, New Jersey), Rachel Massicotte (Wayland, Massachusetts), Michele Merwin (North Haven, Connecticut), Kelsey Mumford (Bow, New Hampshire), Audrey Samuelman (North Andover, Massachusetts), Trinity Scanlon (Upton, Massachusetts), Samantha Tilts (Port Washington, New York).

To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Quinnipiac, who saw 70 percent (14-of-20) of eligible student-athletes make the MAAC All-Academic team, led all conference schools on percentage-based statistic.

"The academic success our team has had this year is intentional," Caro said. "Both assistant coaches Brittany (Hauser) and Katy (Delagi) have invested a significant amount of time and effort in our academic mentoring and monitoring program over the past two years in order to ensure that our student-athletes have the support they need to achieve their academic goals. Our players have worked very hard to take advantage of the academic offerings at Quinnipiac, so it's very gratifying to see them recognized by the MAAC."

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