September 20, 2012

Alumni Day: Men's Soccer Hosts Vermont On Saturday Afternoon

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-4, 0-0 NEC)
Vermont Catamounts (3-3-2, 0-0 AE)
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 2 p.m.
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

Alumni Day
On Saturday, September 22, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (2-4) welcomes Vermont to Mount Carmel Campus for Alumni Day at the QU Soccer Field. Prior to the 2 p.m. kickoff, former Quinnipiac players will reunite with present Bobcats for a friendly game at 10 a.m. At the conclusion of the game, everyone will enjoy a small lunch before the team's final non-conference clash with the Catamounts.

Brian Vincent Alumni Game
The Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation will honor Brian Vincent, class of 1986, a beloved member of the QU community who passed away in February of 2011. Vincent was a soccer hall of famer who always treasured the opportunity to come back to play in the annual alumni soccer game. The endowment will be used to fund the Brian Vincent '86 Memorial Men's Soccer Alumni Game, with the inaugural match set for Saturday morning. 

All-Time Against Vermont
Saturday will mark just the fourth meeting all-time between the two clubs, a series that dates back to the 1999 campaign. Quinnipiac holds a 2-1 record against the Catamounts, as the Bobcats broke the tie with a 2-1 triumph in September of 2009.

Scouting the Catamounts
The Catamount's 3-3-2 mark is a bit deceiving considering their recent unbeaten streak over the past two weeks. After a 1-3 start, Vermont has boasted a 2-0-2 mark since which includes a win against CCSU, ties against Niagara and Cornell, and a win against Hofstra. Most recently, senior D.J. Edler scored twice as Vermont exploded for four goals en route to a 4-1 victory at Hofstra on Wednesday night. The Atlanta, Ga. native leads the team with three goals for a total of six points thus far. On the other end of the pitch, junior goalkeeper Conor Leland is off to a stellar start ranking among the Division I leaders in save percentage (.900).

Last Time Against Vermont
Kevin Nunes, class of 2010, scored his first-career goal and added an assist to lead the Bobcats past Vermont, 2-1, at the QU Soccer Field back in 2009. QU put away two goals within a four-minute span in the second half to improve to 1-1 against the Catamounts at home. Nick Pelicaen scored the first goal, followed by Nunes' game-winner in the 60th minute.

On The Air
Saturday'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.

Last Time Out
For the second consecutive game, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team featured the better team on the pitch but couldn't come away with the victory. The Hartford Hawks outlasted the Bobcats, 2-1, at Al-Marzook Stadium on Wednesday night, a result that ended in a third straight loss for QU.

That's Five In A Row…
Philip Suprise registered the lone tally against Hartford, scoring his fifth straight goal for the Bobcats. The senior forward has five goals in the last four games, accounting for all of the team's offense during the stretch. Furthermore, he moved into 10th place all-time in points (52), eighth place all-time in goals (22) and remains in two assists shy of cracking top 15 all-time.

Milestone Reached
With his goal against Loyola (Md.) (Sept. 8), Philip Suprise reached the 50-point plateau for his career at Quinnipiac.  

Looking Ahead
After the conclusion of QU's final non-conference match, the Bobcats look ahead to Northeast Conference competition. Quinnipiac endures its first weekend of NEC action, playing host to Monmouth on Friday, September 28, and then traveling to St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday, September 30. Game times are set for 3:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu