August 22, 2012

Men's Soccer Hosts #14 Boston College In Season-Opener On Friday

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 NEC)
Boston College Eagles (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
Friday, August 24, 2012 - 4 p.m.
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

2012 Season-Opener
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team will kick off the 2012 campaign on Friday, August 24, when the Bobcats host #14 nationally ranked Boston College. The Bobcats square off with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe at 4 p.m. on the QU Soccer Field.

All-Time Against BC
Quinnipiac holds a 1-5 record against Boston College, a rivalry that dates back to the 2004 campaign. In 2007, the Bobcats stunned the Eagles with a 2-1 victory in Boston, Mass. Despite the one-sided series, three of the six games have been decided by one goal.

Scouting the Eagles
Fresh off a 14-6-1 record and a trip to the 2011 NCAA Tournament's second round, Boston College looks for similar success in 2012. The Eagles have been ranked #14 in the NCAA's first poll and were recently selected to finish fourth in the ACC by coaches around the league. Senior Kyle Bekker will be the player to watch for Quinnipiac, as the Canadian native earned his way onto the All-ACC First Team a year ago. He finished the campaign with eight goals and seven assists, leading the team in both statistical categories. On the other side of the pitch, senior Justin Luthy returns for his final season. Luthy was in net for all 14 wins last season, posting 1.22 goals against average on the strength of 78 saves.  

On The Air
Friday's game can be heard live through the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN) by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live statistics will also be available.

QU In The Preseason Poll
The Bobcats were selected to finish eighth in the 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. In search for their first NEC title, the Bobcats will look to overpower Monmouth University from its impressive run over the last three years.

2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Monmouth (7)
2. FDU (2)
3. SFPA (1)
4. Sacred Heart (1)
5. SFNY
6. Mount
7. CCSU
8. QU
9. LIU Brooklyn
10. RMU
11. Bryant 

Suprise, Suprise
Top-scorer and captain, senior Philip Suprise, will return for his final year of eligibility. Surprise, a 2011 All-NEC First Team honoree, finished the 2011 campaign with five goals and four assists and has led the Bobcats in goals scored and overall points in each of the last three seasons. Surprise was the team's most dangerous player up top, leading the team in both shots (38) and shots on target (17) last year.

The Attack
Joining Suprise in the attack will be senior William Daniels, junior Ola Ogunjobi and sophomore Machel Baker. Ogonjobi registered nine points in his inaugural season at the strength of four goals and one assist. He was a formidable component Bobcats' offense, and should compete for an All-Conference selection at the end of the season. Daniels and Baker participated in 16 and 14 games, respectively, combining for two goals and two assists. 

Returning To Midfield
The Bobcats' midfield welcomes several additions, providing Coach Da Costa with eight players to choose from. Returning from a year ago will be senior William Cavallo and junior Tim Quigley, a tandem that combined for three goals and four assists in 2011. Senior Ryan Malki and sophomore Justin Ward will also compete for time on the pitch, each returning with experience from last season. 

Newcomers in the Middle
Joining the quartet will be a mixture of transfers, many with international experience. Coach Da Costa expects Robbie McLarney, Sam Nicol, Simon Hinde and Marcos Spanos to contribute immediately in 2012. McLarney enters the upcoming season as senior, while Hinde, Nicol and Spanos come to Quinnipiac as upper classman having played outside of the United States. 

Defense
On the other side of the pitch, Coach Da Costa returns four players will significant experience. Seniors Greg DiGiovine and Marijan Jurac, junior Brandon Strain-Goode and sophomore Zach Friedenreich return after a very productive offseason. The quartet compiled 35 appearances and 23 starts between them last season. The four returners will mesh together with five incoming players; Stevenson Hawkley, Justin Kody, Erik Panzer, Nick Lasewicz and Simon Brossier. With such a talented class, competition for playing time is fierce, a notion necessary for a successful campaign.

Between The Posts
Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia, returning for his sophomore season, is joined by freshmen Marc Meny and Jason Vancura. Angoitia claimed the majority of time between the posts last season, starting in all 14 games he appeared in. He turned away over 70 percent of the shots he faced, a season highlighted by a season-high 10 saves in a 2-1 win at Central Connecticut. Meny and Vancura will fill a backup role, but will compete with Angoitia for time in the box. 

Freddy Hall To MLS
Former Quinnipiac University men's soccer standout Freddy Hall signed a Major League Soccer (MLS) contract with Toronto F.C., announced back in July.  As per team and league policies, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hall became the first Quinnipiac player to sign an MLS contract. 

Looking Ahead
QU returns to the pitch on Thursday, August 30 with its first road game of the season. The Bobcats travel to Holy Cross for a 7 p.m. showdown against the Crusaders.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu