September 2, 2012

Suprise Nets Hat Trick; Propels Men's Soccer Past Lafayette, 3-1

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HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) recorded his second career hat trick on Sunday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team cruised past Lafayette, 3-1, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. With the win, the Bobcats claimed bragging rights in the first ever meeting between the two squads. More importantly, QU improved to 2-1 on the season, while the visiting Leopards fell to 1-2 in non-conference action.

Scoring chances came early and often in this one, as both teams charged out of the gate offensively. Quinnipiac, who found two first half goals against Holy Cross last week, needed just eight minutes to find the scoring column. Suprise pressured the Leopards' backline and forced a miscue by the center back at the top of the 18-yard box. The senior striker raced to the ball, and ripped a shot that clipped the left post and across the goal line for an early 1-0 lead.

Lafayette would answer about 15 minutes later, when a crafty build-up resulted in the equalizer. Sean Peckham sent a ball in from the left wing, where Alec Golini hit a one-time blast past the outstretched arms of sophomore Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) to knot the game up at one-apiece.

Nonetheless, the Bobcats came charging back and produced what proved to be the game-winner in the 37th minute. Sophomore Machel Baker (Spanish Town, Jamaica) collected a ball on the right side of the field, made a quick move and whipped a cross into the middle of the box. Suprise darted towards the near posted and redirected a header past the Leopards' goalkeeper Nathan McDonald for his second goal of the game. The Bobcats' defense clamped down for the remaining eight minutes and took a 2-1 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

After the intermission, Quinnipiac put the game out-of-reach in the 58th minute, when Suprise completed his hat trick. Fellow classmate William Daniels (Clackamas, Ore.) served a perfect through-ball behind the last defender right to a wide-open Suprise. He took one touch to avoid a sliding McDonald and calmly placed a shot into the back of the net for the game's final goal.

Angoitia made six saves on the afternoon, three in the first half and three in the second half, in his eighth career win. His counterpart McDonald turned aside three shots in the losing effort.

With the six-point performance, Suprise moved into a two-way tie for 10th on the all-time scoring list and 13th on the all-time points list at Quinnipiac. Suprise collected his first hat trick back in his freshman campaign against Bryant, when the Bobcats handed the Bulldogs a 3-0 loss at the QU Soccer Field.

Quinnipiac is back next weekend with another difficult non-conference challenge. The Bobcats head down to Loyola (Md.) for a Saturday night showdown in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.  

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012 Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu