September 5, 2013

Men's Soccer Travels to Lafayette on Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1-1, 0-0-0 MAAC)
Lafayette College Leopards (1-0-2, 0-0-0 Patriot League)
Saturday, September 7, 2013 – 2 p.m.
Oaks Stadium - Easton, Pa.

Multimedia vs. LC
Live Stats
Quinnipiac Game Notes


Road Trip Finale
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team's (0-1-1, 0-0-0 MAAC) three-game road trip will come to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Bobcats are set for a non-conference clash with Lafayette College (1-0-2, 0-0-0 Patriot League) in Easton, Pa. The second meeting all-time between the two programs in set for 2 p.m. at Oaks Stadium on LC's campus.

On The Air
Fans that can't make the trip this weekend can follow all the action live online. Live stats are available for Quinnipiac's match against Lafayette on Saturday.  

Series History against Lafayette
The Bobcats claimed bragging rights last season as Quinnipiac defeated Lafayette in the first ever meeting between the two squads. Graduate Philip Suprise recorded his second career hat trick in the game to lead Quinnipiac past Lafayette, 3-1, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Machel Baker assisted Suprise on the team's second goal. 

Scouting the Leopards
Lafayette enters this weekend with a 1-0-2 mark through its first three games of the season. Most recently, Lafayette's first road test of the season resulted in a scoreless draw against St. Peter's, one of Quinnipiac's fellow MAAC affiliates, on Wednesday (Sept. 4) at Jaroschak Field. Lafayette goalkeeper Nathan McDonald made four saves and walked away with his 12th career shutout. Peter Adubato leads the team in goals (2) while Alec Golini leads the team in assists (2).  

Offense Clicking Early
Quinnipiac graduated 72 percent of its scoring from a year ago, but hasn't skipped a beat on the offensive side of the ball. Quinnipiac has averaged two goals per outing through four games (including preseason), including a pair of goals against BIG EAST foe Providence and ACC power Boston College. 

Baker, Hinde Lead Attack
Machel Baker and Simon Hinde accounted for all four goals in the season-opening weekend. Baker tallied a goal and an assist against Providence (Aug. 30) and then scored again against Boston College (Sept. 2). Hinde factored in both outings as well, collecting a goal in each game including a penalty kick against the Eagles. 

That's Three for Nicol
Sam Nicol collected his third career assist against Boston College (Sept. 2) when he connected with Baker in the 12th minute of play. It was his first of the 2013 campaign. 

Coach of the Year
Head Coach Eric Da Costa is currently 55-62-27 overall (.479) and 33-29-14 (.526) in conference competition. Da Costa led the Bobcats to the 2012 regular-season title and was named Coach of the Year by his peers. 

MAAC Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was tabbed sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Monday, August 26, 2013.

Rk.         Teams (Pts.)
1.            Monmouth (111)
2             Iona (110)
3.            Fairfield (97)
4.            Niagara (78)
5.            Siena (76)
6.            Quinnipiac (72)
7.            Canisius (48)
8.            Marist (46)
9.            Saint Peters (34)
10.          Manhattan (30)
11.          Rider (24) 

MAAC/College Sports Madness Preseason Honors
Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia earned preseason recognition with a trip to the College Sports Madness MAAC Preseason and the MAAC Preseason teams. Angoitia started in all 18 games last year, posting a 10-5-2 record and a total of five shutouts. He also finished with a microscopic 1.12 goals against average and a .788 save percentage. 

2012 Season In Review

The Defense
Quinnipiac graduated a good portion of its arsenal on the offensive end, but returns its entire line behind the ball in 2013. Brandon Strain-Goode leads the unit with the most experience under his belt. Strain-Goode has started in every game since joining the squad back in 2010, which included 18 last season. Also joining the backline for a second year are sophomores Erik Panzer and Stevenson Hawkey. Panzer and Hawkey each played a significant role for Quinnipiac as freshmen in 2012. 

The Attack
The Bobcats' attack returns three forwards and six midfielders from last year's squad. Juniors Machel Baker and Ola Ogunjobi led all returning forwards with two goals apiece. Baker netted goals last season against Mount St. Mary's (Oct. 21) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (Oct. 26). Ogunjobi netted a big goal for the Bobcats on Sept. 30 against St. Francis (N.Y.) by heading in the Bobcats' second goal in a 3-2 victory. Simon Hinde will anchor the midfield after finishing second on the team in 2012 with seven assists, which leads all returners. These three will look to help fill the void left by departed All-Conference performers Phillip Surprise (nine goals, two assists), William Daniels (six goals, one assist) and Robbie McLarney (four goals, seven assists). 

2012 Regular-Season Title
The 2012 Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (10-5-3, 8-1-1 NEC) won six straight games to close out the regular-season and claimed their first title in program history. Quinnipiac went on to host the NEC Tournament but fell short in the semifinals by virtue of penalty kicks to conclude the campaign. 

Quinnipiac in the Postseason
The Bobcats made their fifth NEC playoff appearance last year. The Bobcats lone win came back in 2009 when they outlasted the Terriers in penalty kicks to advance to the championship game. 

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team consistently found its name in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll last season. The Bobcats climbed to as high as fourth in the regional census. 

There's A First for Everything
Erik Panzer and Machel Baker each collected their first career goals last year in the win against Mount St. Mary's (10/21).  Panzer provided the game-winner in the 36th minute, while Baker added some insurance in the 50th minute of play. 

Ward On Board
Justin Ward recorded his first career goal for the Bobcats last season against the Bulldogs of Bryant University (10/14). Ward finished off a play in the 90th minute, granting him his first points in a Bobcat uniform. 

All Hail Hawkey
Stevenson Hawkey netted his first career goal last year against LIU Brooklyn (10/7); a goal that couldn't have come at a better time. Trailing 2-1 with 2:30 seconds remaining in regulation, Hawkey connected on a blast from outside the 18-yard box to send the game into overtime. 

One of the Best
Philip Suprise concluded his career in 2012, and will have his name embedded in the record-books for quite some time. With his the tally in the NEC Semifinals against Saint Francis University, he moved into eighth place all-time in goals (26), ninth place all-time in points (61), and remains in one assist shy of cracking top 15 all-time. 

Brian Vincent Alumni Game
The Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation honored Brian Vincent, class of 1986, on September 22, 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 each year. 

Following Freddy
Former Quinnipiac University men's soccer goalkeeper Freddy Hall made his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut with Toronto FC on August 25. Hall was the first player in Quinnipiac history to sign an MLS contract.  Hall has made three starts since joining the club. 

Looking Ahead
The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 11 with their 2013 home-opener from the QU Soccer Field. Quinnipiac welcomes Loyola (Md.) to Hamden for a 4 p.m. start.