HAMDEN, Conn. – Earning the Northeast Conference Regular-Season Title came with plenty of recognition for the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team, as the Bobcats were rewarded with four All-NEC honors at the annual NEC Championship banquet on York Hill Campus at the Quinnipiac University Club on Thursday night. Head Coach Eric Da Costa was tabbed the NEC Coach of the Year and senior Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wis.) was named to the NEC First Team, while seniors William Daniels (Clackamas, Ore.) and Robbie McLarney (Londonderry, N.H.) were named to the NEC second team.
The NEC Coach of the Year accolade is the first of Da Costa's career with the Bobcats. In 2007, Da Costa was selected as the NSCAA/Adidas North Atlantic Division I Coach of the Year in just his third season with the Bobcats. Under his guidance, Da Costa turned a 2012 team that was selected to finish eighth in the NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll into the Regular-Season Champions and host of the NEC Championship. Da Costa and the Bobcats compiled a 10-5-2 record overall, including an 8-1-1 mark in conference competition. The 10 regular-season wins ties the Division I record for wins in a single season.
The Bobcats leading scorer, Philip Surprise, earned his second trip to the NEC First-Team and fourth career conference accolade. Suprise ranked amongst the conference leaders in several categories in 2012, including goals, goals per game, points, and points per game. He posted a career-best eight goals and two assists for team-leading 18 points this season. Suprise netted his 25th career goal for the Bobcats against Fairleigh Dickinson last weekend, moving into eighth place all-time in goals, ninth place all-time in points (59), and remains in one assist shy of cracking top 15 all-time.
Fellow classmate and striker, William Daniels, earned an All-NEC laurel for the first time in a Bobcats' uniform. Daniels came to Quinnipiac from Mount Ida College in 2009, and put together his best campaign to date with six goals and one assist for 13 total points. Between the two schools, he has compiled 21 goals and three assists for a total of 45 points at the collegiate level. Daniels had several memorable moments in 2012, highlighted by a pair of game-winning goals; one at Bryant and another at Robert Morris.
Quinnipiac's final senior to be honored by the NEC was Robbie McLarney, who provided an immediate impact after transferring from Rutgers University this year. McLarney anchored a formidable midfield this year, leading the conference with seven assists to go along with three goals for a total of 15 points. McLarney put away the game-winner against the Blue Devils (11/2), allowing the Bobcats to play in the winner-take-all match last Sunday against FDU. McLarney has six goals and 11 assists for his career between the two schools.
As the #1 seed, the Bobcats will host the #2 seed Fairleigh Dickinson University, #3 seed Monmouth University and #4 seed Saint Francis University (Pa.) in the 2012 NEC Tournament at West Haven High School this coming weekend. Quinnipiac opens the four-team playoff against the Red Flash on Friday morning at 11 a.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 is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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