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Three Sports to be Discontinued

by Jeremy Schilling

The recession has officially hit Quinnipiac Athletics. Men’s golf, men’s outdoor track and women’s volleyball will be cut by the end of the spring semester. The following is the posting on MyQ from Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell:

“As part of the University’s budget deliberations for next year and beyond, three of its NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic programs – men’s golf, men’s outdoor track and women’s volleyball – will be discontinued effective at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. At the same time the cheerleading program will be elevated to a competitive, varsity status.

All athletics programs were reviewed within the context of conference, NCAA and federal guidelines. The review considered projected cost savings, facility and scheduling issues, gender equity and programs’ competitive aspirations.

“It was an extremely difficult decision. A variety of scenarios were explored to continue to provide gender-equitable and competitive opportunities for the greatest number of male and female student-athletes in these fiscally challenging times,” said Jack McDonald, director of athletics and recreation. “The student-athletes, coaches and staff associated with all of the affected programs have continually represented Quinnipiac in the highest manner possible, both on and off the field of competition. We will, of course, honor existing scholarship agreements with those student-athletes affected by the changes and who choose to remain at Quinnipiac.”

These athletics budget reductions are in addition to previously announced decisions to freeze senior management salaries, freeze, and in some cases, eliminate a number of planned faculty and administrative searches, and to reduce virtually all operating budgets by 5%. A broader salary freeze for all administrators and faculty also is under consideration.”

Stay with WQAQ Sports for more on this developing story.

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Feldeine named NEC Player of the Week
by Jeremy Schilling

Quinnipiac junior guard James Feldeine was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. This is the first time Feldeine has received this honor in his career at Quinnipiac. Feldeine recorded his second double-double of the season and third of his career in Saturday’s victory over Wagner. He scored 19 points and recorded 10 rebounds.

For the season, the leading scorer on the Bobcats (5-3, 2-0 NEC) is averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, both ranking in the top 10 in the conference. In addition, he is shooting just over 46 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free-throw line, both good for top 15 rankings in the conference.

The Bobcats return to action when on Wednesday, when they travel to Hanover, N.H., to take on the Dartmouth Big Green. The tip is scheduled for 7 p.m

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Bobcats finish 19th as O’Connor finishes Ninth
by Jeremy Schilling

The Quinnipiac University men’s golf team got closer to the end of their fall season with a 19th place finish out of 44 teams at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship this past weekend at The Captains Golf Club in Brewster, Mass. Senior Captain Ian O’Connor finished ninth in the individual competition, a season highlight for him.

As a team, the Bobcats shot a two-day score of 642. Bryant University won the Championship with a team score of 604. They were followed by Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut.

Individually, O’Connor shot a 71 on day two to follow his first round 79 for a combined score of 150. Rounding it out for the Bobcats was Rookie Chris Connell, who Head Coach John O’Connor sent out there after joining the team just last week for his first event. He went 85-73 for a 36-hole total of 158.

Next up on the fall slate for the Bobcats is the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational at the Quail Valley Golf Club in Littlestown, Pa.

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Bobcats Finish 10th at ECAC Championships
By: Jeremy Schilling

(HAMDEN, Conn). The Quinnipiac University Men’s golf team finished in a tie for 10th last weekend at the ECAC Championships. They shot a 3-day team score of 934. Yale University won the tournament with a score of 892. They were followed by Columbia with 893 and Bucknell with 896.

Individually the Bobcats were led once again by Brady Giroux, who finished in a tie for 25th among 68 players with a 54-hole score of 230. He was followed by Captain Ian O’Connor who shot a 232, Charlie Niland with 236, Ben Cooke with 240 and Ryan Reynolds with 248. Individually, the Championship was won by Ben Wescoe of Yale who shot a 3-day score of 217.

The Men’s golf team continues their play this weekend, October 19 and 20, with the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship at the Captains Golf Course, which is located in Brewster, Mass.

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Bobcats Shave Heads for Good Cause
By: Jeremy Schilling

(HAMDEN, Conn.)- $110,000. It can pay for a nice car, a nice house, numerous rounds of golf at some posh places, among so many other luxuries. But it can also make a distinct difference in fighting and helping children with cancer. And that’s exactly what the Quinnipiac Men’s Hockey team did along with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation last Saturday afternoon, October 3, with their first Blades and Shaves event. Following the annual Blue-Gold intra-squad scrimmage – the teams first action on the TD Banknorth Sports Center rink so far this year – every single member of the hockey team, plus Head Coach Rand Pecknold and QU Athletics’ Sports Information Director Ken Sweeten all shaved their heads, with the proceeds going to St. Baldrick’s.

Also on Saturday, St. Baldrick’s, in turn, gave $110,000 to Yale-New Haven Hospital for cooperative research to help their continued fight against childhood cancer. On a day that, for some, had mixed emotions – these days it seems like everyone knows someone that has been afflicted with cancer – it turned into a day of smiles and laughs.

“Blades & Shaves exceeded our wildest expectations,” Pecknold told quinnipiacbobcats.com. “We far eclipsed our fundraising goal in support of medical research for children’s cancer and also helped spread awareness about the disease and the damaging effect it has on kids. I want to personally thank everyone – including my student-athletes and staff – who so generously donated their money, time or hair to help make this event so successful.”

Overseen by the MSG Network’s Deb Placey and led by Pecknold and Captain Dan Henningson the players and staff got shaved, one by one. Laughs and cheers erupted from both players and onlookers. They all knew it was for a good cause – and they all knew that by simply shaving their heads, they were making a difference in someone’s life, and possibly working to save some at the same time. It was a fun time had by all.

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Bobcats Finish 12th at MacDonald Cup
By: Jeremy Schilling

(HAMDEN, Conn.)-The Quinnipiac University Golf team continued their fall season last weekend with a 12th place finish out of 15 teams in the MacDonald Cup hosted by Yale University. They had a three-day combined score of 922. The winner of the tournament was Big 12 powerhouse, University of Oklahoma, who had a 54-hole team score of 860. They were followed by Yale, Bryant University, Sacred Heart University and Binghamton University.

Individually, the Bobcats were led once again by Brady Giroux who finished in a tie for 38th amongst 81 players with a combined score of 228. He was followed, one stroke behind, by Charlie Niland. Ryan Reynolds was third for the Bobcats with a three-day total of 234, followed by Jason Loranger with a 235. Next was Ian O’Connor with 238 and Matt Dean, making his first tournament appearance, who had a 257. Jason Thresher from Bryant University won the individual competition with a total of 208, shooting rounds of 71-68-69.

The Bobcats continue their fall play with the ECAC Championships this weekend, October 10-11, at Long Island National Golf Club in Riverhead, NY.

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(Editor’s Note: This article was first posted on the WQAQ Sports Site.)

Bobcats Finish 3rd at Dartmouth Invitational
By: Jeremy Schilling

(HAMDEN, Conn.)- They are getting on the right track. The Quinnipiac University Bobcats men’s golf team finished 3rd out of 9 teams on September 20-21 at the Dartmouth Invitational. Their two-day score of 600 was 9 shots behind first place finisher Bryant University, who had a 36-hole score of 591, and 7 shots behind second place Dartmouth College, who had a 593.

Leading the Bobcats individually was Brady Giroux, whose 36-hole score was a 149. That put him 7th overall in the individual competition. He was followed Ian O’Connor, who shot a 150. Ryan Reynolds and Ryerson Stinson were next with a 151. Charlie Niland had a 152 and Jayson Loranger finished with a 158.

The next tournament on the fall slate for the Bobcats is the Yale Invitational, this weekend, at the Yale Golf Club in New Haven, CT.

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