Northeast Conference Tournament
No. 3 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-3-6, 6-2-2 NEC) vs.
No. 2 St. Francis (NY) College Terriers (10-6-1, 7-2-1 NEC)
Friday, November 13, 2009 - 1:30 p.m.
The Great Lawn - West Long Branch, N.J.
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team will take on St. Francis (NY) Friday afternoon in semifinals of the 2009 Northeast Conference Tournament at 1:30 p.m., at Monmouth's Great Lawn in West Long Branch, N.J. The Bobcats are seeded third in the conference's postseason tournament with a 6-2-2 NEC record and 20 points. The Terriers are the second seed with a 7-2-1 NEC mark and 22 points. In the one meeting this season, the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in Hamden on Oct. 25. The hosts from Monmouth will take on Fairleigh Dickinson in the first game of the day.
Scouting the Terriers
St. Francis finished the season with two more points than Quinnipiac on the strength of seven conference wins. A loss in the team's second to last game of the regular season was the only set back in the four weeks of play as the team posted a 6-1-1 mark in the final month of the season. The team is led by a balanced offensive attack that features three players with double-digit scoring with Jeverton De Lorenzi leading the way with 14 points. St. Francis features a league-best eight players with multiple goals this season, including De Lorenzi and Semso Nikocevic with five apiece. Goalkeeper Chris Antonio has started 16 games in goal for the Terriers, recording five shutouts and nine wins.
Follow The Action
Friday's games can be heard via the NEC website. This season, the conference will utilize a new live video stream for fans to watch the action at home or at work. Northeast Conference.TV is a free live video service provided by the Pack Network. The NEC will also be providing live audio for the game and fans can follow the action via Monmouth's live stats.
What a Finish
Philip Suprise's (Milwaukee, Wis.) team-leading seventh goal of the season came with just eight minutes left in the team's final regular season game of the season at CCSU on Friday. Suprise's tally was the game's lone goal of the game as the Bobcats won their ninth game of the season with the 1-0 victory against their intrastate rivals.
Lending a Helping Foot
Assisting on Suprise's goal was junior Dominic Adams (John Dial, Trinidad and Tobago). Adams made a centering pass into the box to set up the freshman forward with the goal. The assist was the first of the season for Adams.
Ending On High Note
Senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) ended the season with his ninth shutout of the season. After a down two-game stretch the previous weekend, Hall regained his form and turned aside every CCSU shot in the final game of the regular season. It was also the ninth win of the season for Hall.
Back to Where They Belong
For the first time in program history, Quinnipiac will be making a trip back to the NEC Tournament in consecutive seasons. The Bobcats had never qualified for the league's postseason play in back-to-back seasons prior to 2009. Quinnipiac made the tournament for the first time since 2004 when it qualified with a 5-2-2 NEC mark last season.
Jubilant Junior Year
Defender Pierre Soubrier (Aurignac, France) did not score a goal in his first two seasons with the Bobcats. This season, Soubrier is second on the team with four goals and second in scoring with eight points. The first two goals of the season came via the penalty kick for the third-year Bobcat.
What Happened Last Time?
A first-half goal by junior Tolle Staffanson (Goteborg, Sweden) helped Quinnipiac to the 1-1 tie with St. Francis on Oct. 25. A late goal by the Terriers in the 86th minute on a penalty kick tied the game and neither team would score in the extra 20 minutes of play to lead to the draw. The Bobcats have not beaten the Terriers since the 2005 season and trail the all-time series, 3-4-4. This marks the first time that the two teams have met in postseason play.
Quinnipiac fell in the semifinals of the 2008 NEC Tournament also held at Monmouth. The Bobcats dropped a 2-0 contest to eventual tournament champion Fairleigh Dickinson in the second game of the first day. Hall and Graciano Brito were named to the NEC All-Tournament Team for their efforts.
Notes Courtesy of the NEC
2009 Head-to-Head Matchups
Monmouth (3-0) - St. Francis (NY) (0-2-1) - Quinnipiac (1-1-1) - Fairleigh Dickinson (1-2)
- Monmouth 1, Fairleigh Dickinson 0 Teaneck, N.J. October 4
- Monmouth 1, St. Francis (NY) 0 West Long Branch, N.J. October 9
- Quinnipiac 1, Fairleigh Dickinson 0 Teaneck, N.J. October 16
- Quinnipiac 1, St. Francis (NY) 1 (2 OT) Hamden, Conn. October 25
- Monmouth 2, Quinnipiac 0 West Long Branch, N.J. November 1
- Fairleigh Dickinson 3, St. Francis (NY) 1 Brooklyn, N.Y. November 2
- All-time NEC Tournament records: Monmouth (7-9), St. Francis (NY) (8-3), Quinnipiac (0-3), Fairleigh Dickinson (14-9-2)
- All-time NEC Tournament appearances (counting this year): Fairleigh Dickinson (16), Monmouth (12), St. Francis (NY) (nine), Quinnipiac (four)
- The top seed and NEC Tournament host has won only twice in the last eight years (FDU in 2003, Monmouth in 2006).
- Each of the four teams competing in the NEC Tournament are ranked in the NSCAA North Atlantic Region poll: Monmouth (#1), Quinnipiac (#4), St. Francis (NY) (#5) and Fairleigh Dickinson (#9).
- Monmouth has appeared in the NSCAA National Rankings for a program-record 10 straight weeks, coming in at #8 in the latest edition released Nov. 10. In October, the Hawks reached as high as #7, matching the national standing Fairleigh Dickinson attained during its 2005 campaign and marking a league-best in the modern era.
- Monmouth is 8-0-0 in Conference play at home this season, marking the first time in program history that the Hawks have gone unbeaten and untied on the Great Lawn.
- Against league opponents on the road, SFNY owns a 3-1-1 record, while Quinnipiac is 3-2 and FDU is 4-0-1.
- Fairleigh Dickinson is making its 15th postseason appearance overall and 11th in the past 13 years. Since 2000, the Knights have won five league championship titles in six appearances and own an 11-2 record in NEC tournament play.
- FDU has won a league-high six NEC tournament titles (1989, 2000-03, 2008), while SFNY has claimed four crowns (1991, 1995-96, 1998) and MU has captured two (1990 and 2006).
- Monmouth clinched its fifth straight NEC Regular Season Title with a 16-1-1 overall mark and an 8-1-1 record in league play. The eight NEC victories is the highest total in Conference play for any NEC team since Long Island and UMBC both went 8-1-1 in 2002.
- FDU needed to win its last five games in order to make it to the postseason and did just that by outscoring its opponents, 16-4, in the five-game span.
- SFNY earned its ninth berth to the NEC tournament and first since 2000 - a year that saw the Terriers also post records of 10-6-1 overall and 7-2-1 in league action to claim the second seed.
Directions To Monmouth University
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
From the Garden State Parkway:
Take Exit 105. The Parkway offramp leads directly onto Route 36 East. Continue on Route 36 East approximately three miles to Route 71 South. Go approximately one mile and Route 71 will fork left and become Cedar Avenue. Follow Route 71/Cedar Avenue for approximately one half mile. Turn right at the next traffic light onto Larchwood Avenue. Go a quarter mile, and make a left into the entrance of the Main Parking Lot.
From the NJ Turnpike:
From the South, take Turnpike North to Exit 7A. After the toll plaza, take I-195 East to Shore Points. Approaching Belmar, I-195 becomes NJ Route 138. After crossing the Garden State Parkway, exit right to NJ Route 18 North, marked Eatontown. Take the Deal Road exit and drive east to the intersection at Monmouth Road. Turn left and proceed to the third traffic light, which is Cedar Avenue. Turn right onto Cedar (also labeled NJ Route 71 South). Follow Route 71/Cedar Avenue for approximately one half mile. Turn right at the next traffic light onto Larchwood Avenue. Go a quarter mile, and make a left into the entrance of the Main Parking Lot.
From the NJ Turnpike:
From the North, take Turnpike South to Exit 11 (Garden State Parkway South). Take Exit 105 as outlined in #1 above.
From Trenton and Points West:
Take I-195 East, and follow directions outlined in #2 above.
From the Freehold Area: Take US Route 9 South to I-195 East. Follow directions outlined in #2 above.
From Coastal New England and Boston:
Take I-195 South to I-287 West to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Follow I-287 to the Garden State Parkway South. Follow directions outlined in #1 above.