Regular-Season Title On The Line; Men's Soccer Hosts FDU On Sunday Afternoon
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-5-2, 7-1-1 NEC)
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (9-4-4, 6-0-3 NEC)
Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 1 p.m
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.
Championship On The Line
The Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-5-2, 6-0-3 NEC) and the Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights (9-4-4, 6-0-3 NEC) will play for the Northeast Conference Regular-Season Title on Sunday afternoon at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. A win or a tie for the hosting Bobcats will grant them their first title in program history and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Prior to the start of today's game, the Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics and Recreation will honor the accomplishments of the Bobcats' senior class. Philip Suprise, Ryan Malki, Marijan Jurac, William Daniels, Robbie McLarney, Greg DiGiovine and William Cavallo will conclude their illustrious careers at the end of the 2012 season.
All-Time Against Fairleigh Dickinson
Fairleigh Dickinson has been Quinnipiac's most difficult opponent in the NEC, holding just a 3-14 mark all-time against the Knights. The Bobcats last win came in 2009 when the Bobcats outlasted FDU in a 1-0 thriller in Teaneck, N.J.
Scouting the Knights
Fairleigh Dickinson really hit its stride over the past eight games, posting an unblemished 5-0-3 mark during the stretch. Led by a stingy defense, the Knights have surrendered just two goals over the last eight games, collecting six shutouts in the process. The high-powered defense is joined with a middle of the pack offense, which boasts a 1.31 goals per game average. Jack McVey and Nico Wright lead the attack with five goals apiece, while goalkeeper Jacob Lissek has eight shutouts between the posts.
On The Air
This weekend's games 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.
Playoffs, We're Talking About Playoffs!
Quinnipiac has won its last four games in impressive fashion and is looking to make some noise in the 2012 NEC playoffs. Head coach Eric Da Costa and his squad clinched their first playoff berth in three years thanks to a 3-1 victory over Robert Morris. QU can even host the tournament with two wins this season.
NEC Player of the Week
Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia helped the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team to a pair of wins in Pennsylvania and was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Week for his efforts between the posts. It's the first career accolade for Angoitia and marks the second time a Bobcat has received the honor this season. Angoitia combined for 11 saves and one assist as the Bobcats went 2-0 over the weekend.
Quinnipiac has allowed just one goal over in its last four games, outscoring its opponents, 10-1. The Bobcats' posted three straight shutouts prior to their 3-1 win against RMU, the longest stretch without allowing a goal since the 2009 campaign.
NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team has climbed higher in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll, announced by the association on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. The Bobcats were picked sixth in this week's edition, a two-spot jump from last week's census.
The Bobcats will take part in the 2012 Northeast Conference Championship next weekend. The tournament begins on Friday, November 2 with FDU, Monmouth, and an opponent to be named after this weekend. The highest seed will host the event.
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