Men’s Soccer Hosts Fairfield in Crucial MAAC Contest on Wednesday Afternoon

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-4-4, 4-1-1 MAAC)
Fairfield University Stags (6-4-3, 3-2-2 MAAC)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – 2 p.m.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.

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Intrastate Showdown
The MAAC's best defense faces off against the league's top offense on Wednesday, Oct. 30 on Mount Carmel Campus. The second-place Bobcats (6-4-4, 4-1-1 MAAC) welcome Fairfield University (6-4-3, 3-2-2 MAAC) to Hamden for a 2 p.m. tilt at the QU Soccer Field. Despite being separated by just 30 miles, this will be the first meeting ever between the two programs. 

Scouting the Stags
Averaging 1.69 goals per game this year, Fairfield enters this match as the league's top offense so far. Led by Reco McLaren who has seven goals and three assists, the Stags have scored 22 times in 13 matches, including 12 in MAAC competition. Similar to the Bobcats, Fairfield has caught fire of late, boasting a 3-1-1 mark over its last five games. In its most recent game, three different players scored a goal as the Stags posted a 3-0 win over Rider University this past weekend. Freshman goalkeeper Joe Martin made four saves to record the shutout for Fairfield. He has a 1.36 goals against average for the season. 

Last Time out against Monmouth
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team had its six-game unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday night (10/26), as the Bobcats suffered its first loss in MAAC play in a 1-0 decision at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. The game featured the league's two remaining undefeated teams, and left the Hawks alone at the top of the table. 

Making Its Mark
The two newcomers to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University, serve as the top two teams in league play. The Hawks are atop the table with 19 points, while the Bobcats and Iona have 13 apiece. Fairfield has 11 and Manhattan has 10. All five teams are competing for just four playoffs spots to qualify for the MAAC Championships. 

Getting Hot at the Right Time
The Bobcats are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, which included a four-game winning streak until their loss to Monmouth. Over the past two seasons, Quinnipiac is 12-2-3 in games played after Sept. 24, and 11-2-3 against conference opposition. 

You Can't lose If They Don't Score
The Bobcats' defense has posted clean sheets in seven of its last 10 games - against the Holy Cross (9/14), Army (9/18), Yale (9/28), Iona (10/5), Niagara (10/12), Marist (10/16) and Manhattan (10/23). Quinnipiac is tied for 16th in the nation in shutout percentage. 

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was ranked third in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll. 

Vancura Gets The Nod
After starting in goal the last three games, senior Jason Vancura has two victories and a shutout for the Bobcats. Vancura made seven saves in the victory, including five in the second half, against Canisius (10/19) and then made five saves against Manhattan (10/23) to earn his first career shutout. He owns a career .650 goals against average.

TopDrawerSoccer Goal of the Week
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team's second goal against Canisius College on Saturday, Oct. 19 was featured on as the Goal of the Week. Senior captain Simon Hinde and the Bobcats caught the committee's attention with a beautiful goal in the 12th minute of play. 

He Shoots, He Scores
Simon Hinde scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season against Canisius (10/19), which has him ranked amongst the national and MAAC leaders. He has goals against Providence (8/30), Boston College (9/2), Lafayette (9/7), Holy Cross (9/14), Yale (9/28), Niagara (10/19) and the Golden Griffins. 

Baker Chips In
Machel Baker scored his third goal of the season in the win against Manhattan (10/23). Baker tallied a goal and an assist against Providence (8/30); scored again against Boston College (9/2); then tallied an assist in the game against Lafayette (9/7); and then scored against the Jaspers. Baker has five goals and four assists for his career. 

Pure Dead Brilliant
Scotland native Sam Nicol has two goals and an assist in his last three games for the Bobcats. Nicol scored the game's first goal against Canisius (10/19) and then assisted on the game-winner that same day as well. He followed that performance with a goal at Manhattan (10/23) – which eventually proved to be the game-winner. Nicol has two career goals and four career assists.  

Doig Dishin' Out Dimes
James Doig collected his third career assist against Canisius (10/19). He leads the team in assists and is tied for fifth overall in the MAAC. 

Looking Ahead
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, Nov. 2 with Senior Day from the QU Soccer Field. Prior to kickoff, the Bobcats will honor five senior class members for their hard work and dedication to the program. QU hosts Saint Peter's at 2 p.m.