September 5, 2012

Men's Soccer Travels South To Maryland; Set For Loyola On Saturday Night

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-1, 0-0 NEC)
Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds (1-1-1, 0-0 MAAC)
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Ridley Athletic Complex - Baltimore, Md.

A Trip To Maryland
After a second straight win, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (2-1, 0-0 NEC) hits the road for its toughest test away from home thus far. The Bobcats travel down south to Baltimore for a Saturday night showdown with the Greyhounds of Loyola University Maryland. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

All-Time Against Loyola (Md.)
Quinnipiac holds 1-2-1 record against the Greyhounds, a rivalry that dates back to the 2008 campaign. The Bobcats are in search for their first win in Baltimore, as the home team in the series remains undefeated. Last time at Loyola, the Greyhounds escaped with a 2-1 triumph at the Ridley Athletic Complex back in 2010.

Scouting the Greyhounds
Loyola (Md.) enters this match-up with a 1-1-1 record through its first three games of the 2012 season. After failing to score a goal in their first two matches, the Greyhounds bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Cal State Northridge on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Larry Ndjock scored his first-ever collegiate goal and then tacked on a second, the game-winner, to lead Loyola past the Matadors at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Junior goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper has saved eight shots and allowed two goals in three outings.

Last Time Against The Greyhounds
Senior forward William Cavallo's goal in the 53rd minute of play was all the Quinnipiac men's soccer team needed, as it defeated Loyola (Md.) in a defensive battle, 1-0, last season at Quinnipiac Soccer Field. Cavallo's first goal of the season came at the most opportune time for the Bobcats, which granted the squad its second victory of the season. Philip Suprise assisted Cavallo on the play.

On The Air
Saturday's game can be seen and heard live by clicking the appropriate links on the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live statistics will also be available.

Last Time Out
Philip Suprise scored three goals on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats 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. Borja Angoitia made six saves for Quinnipiac, three in the first half and three in the second half, in his eighth career win.

Not 1, Not 2, But 3…
Philip Suprise recorded his second career hat trick in the 3-1 win over Lafayette on Sunday. He scored twice in the first half and added an insurance tally in the second to complete his second career three-goal effort. Suprise became the first NEC player to record a hat trick this season.

NEC Co-Player of the Week
Philip Suprise was named the Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week, announced on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by the front office. Suprise's seven point week was enough to earn him the award. In addition to his natural hat trick, Suprise added an assist in the 2-1 win at Holy Cross.

Three Straight For Daniels
William Daniels improved his point-streak to three games against Lafayette on Sunday. Daniels assisted Suprise on his final tally, giving Clackamas, Ore. native five points on the season.

Making His Mark
With the six-point performance on Sunday, 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.

Lending A Helping Hand
Machel Baker collected his first point of the season with an assist against Lafayette. Baker created Suprise's second goal against the Leopards, giving the sophomore his third career assist.

Looking Ahead
QU returns to the pitch on Friday, September 14, with a non-conference home game against Yale. The intrastate showdown is set for 4 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu