Quinnipiac Chronicle Sports Awards 2022-23


Photos by Daniel Passapera/Aidan Sheedy/Photoillustration by Cameron Levasseur

Quinnipiac has won six MAAC championships (men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s tennis, golf) and one national championship (men’s hockey) thus far in 2022-23.

Chronicle Sports Staff

 In conjunction with the final print issue of the 2022-23 school year releasing this week, The Quinnipiac Chronicle sports staff put together its collective picks for 10 annual awards, given to Quinnipiac athletes and coaches for noteworthy performance in their respective seasons. 

The awards are as follows: men’s most valuable player, women’s most valuable player, men’s best newcomer, women’s best newcomer, men’s most improved, women’s most improved, men’s coach of the year, women’s coach of the year, men’s team of the year and women’s team of the year. 

Voting for each award was open to the entire staff of the Chronicle’s sports section beginning on April 15 and closing on April 23. A total of 17 members participated in the vote. 


Men’s MVP: Yaniv Perets

Aidan Sheedy

The backbone of the men’s hockey team, Perets had another record season en route to a national championship and an NHL contract. In 41 starts in 2022-23, the sophomore recorded a 1.49 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He also stopped 13 shots in an overtime victory over Minnesota to clinch the championship. 

Women’s MVP: Rebecca Cooke

Daniel Passapera

Leading the women’s soccer team to an NCAA tournament appearance, Cooke dominated every offensive category for Quinnipiac. Her 22 goals and 51 points led the Bobcats by a long shot and also all of NCAA Division I. 

Men’s Best Newcomer: Collin Graf

Aidan Sheedy

Coming in as a transfer from Union, the sophomore rewrote the Quinnipiac record books. Graf led the men’s hockey team in goals (21) and points (59), the latter number tied for the most in a single season in program history. 

Women’s Best Newcomer: Damla Gunes

Cameron Levasseur

Settling into the starting setter role as a freshman, Gunes led the volleyball team to its first-ever conference title. Her 865 assists were good for third in the MAAC, resulting in her being named to the All-Rookie Team. 

Men’s Most Improved: Jacob Quillan

Aidan Sheedy

Dramatically improving his point total from nine as a freshman to 38 as a sophomore, Quillan capped off a tremendous second year with the men’s hockey team by scoring the game-winning goal in the national championship game. 

Women’s Most Improved: Jackie Grisdale

Peyton McKenzie

The Bobcats starting guard had a year to remember. Starting in every game and leading the women’s basketball team in minutes, her 9.9 points per game finished second on the team while her field-goal percentage finished fourth. 

Men’s Coach of the Year: Rand Pecknold

Aidan Sheedy

After 29 seasons with the men’s hockey program, Pecknold finally reached the top of the mountain, completing a program-record 34-win season with the first national championship in program history. 

Women’s Coach of the Year: Kyle Robinson

Cameron Levasseur

In his fourth season at the helm of the Quinnipiac volleyball program, Robinson took his squad on a Cinderella run in the MAAC Tournament, defeating No. 3 Iona, No. 7 Rider and No. 1 Fairfield en route to the team’s first conference title. 

Men’s Team of the Year: ice hockey

Aidan Sheedy

The men’s hockey team had its most successful season in program history in 2022- 23. The Bobcats won the Belpot and CT Ice trophies, Heroes Hat and Cleary Cup as ECAC Hockey regular season champions before ending the season with their first national championship. 

Women’s Team of the Year: women’s soccer

Daniel Passapera

The women’s soccer program went 15-3-1, including a 9-0-0 record at home, to win its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000. Led by head coach Dave Clarke, the Bobcats scored 54 goals and knocked off the Niagara Purple Eagles 4-0 in the MAAC title game.