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HAMDEN, Conn. – For the second consecutive season, Quinnipiac University men's soccer head coach Eric Da Costa has been named the conference's top coach at the end of the regular season. College Sports Madness recently announced that Da Costa was selected as the MAAC Coach of the Year in an article that was released on Friday, November 15, 2013. Senior midfielder Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) and junior goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) were named to the First Team.
Da Costa, who is in his ninth season at the helm of the program, led Quinnipiac to a 9-4-5 record and a share of the MAAC Regular Season Championship in 2013. For his career, he is 64-65-31 overall (.497) and 40-30-16 (.558) in conference competition, and with two wins this weekend would jump over the .500 mark. Furthermore, under Da Costa's direction, Quinnipiac has landed 10 players with All-Conference laurels over the past two seasons, which included a 2013 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year award for Angoitia. Da Costa was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year by his peers in 2012.
The College Sports Madness First Team selection for Hinde is his second end-of-the-season accolade thus far. Hinde led the Bobcats and MAAC in scoring through the regular season (9) and was amongst the conference leaders in points (19) as well. Included in the nine goals are five game-winners, one of which came in the team's final regular season game to clinch a share of the 2013 MAAC Regular Season Title.
Angoitia was hands down the best goalkeeper in the MAAC this year, and was presented with the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year award at the league's championship banquet on Nov. 14. Due in large part to his leadership and direction in the back, Quinnipiac leads the league in shutouts (10), goals against average (0.67) and goals allowed (13) this season. The Bobcats enter this weekend in a tie for eighth place in the nation in shutout percentage and are 13th in goals against average.
The Bobcats begin its quest for the MAAC Championship on Friday, Nov. 15 in Fairfield. No. 2 Quinnipiac will face No. 3 Iona in the semifinals at Lessing Field at 7 p.m. The finals will take place on Sunday, Nov. 17.
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