Men’s Soccer Places Three on NSCAA All-North Atlantic Region Team

HAMDEN, Conn. – The hardware continues to mound for the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team as three players – senior Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia), junior Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) and sophomore Tobi Esche (Bremen, Germany) – were all selected to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's All-North Atlantic Region Team.

The North Atlantic region consists of teams and players within the MAAC and the Northeast Conference. At season's end, Quinnipiac was ranked second in the poll behind St. Francis (N.Y.) who compiled a 12-win season in the NEC. The Bobcats and the Terriers were the only two teams to place three players on the final ballot. 

Simon Hinde led Quinnipiac in goals and points this year, with most of his goals coming at crucial junctures in the season. Hinde led the conference in game-winning goals, but perhaps the biggest goal of the season came against UConn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hinde netted the equalizer late in the second half, which also served as his conference-leading and 10th goal of the season. Hinde also added an assist earlier in the year to finalize a 21-point season for the senior midfielder. He finished his career with 11 goals and five assists for a total of 27 points.

Borja Angoitia was voted the top goalkeeper in the MAAC in early November, and now adds best goalkeeper in the region to his résumé. Angoitia put together a historic season in 2013, and is building a strong case to go down as Quinnipiac's best goalkeeper in program history. Angoitia posted a record of 7-4-7 and was 17th in the country with a .698 goals against average. He set a new program record with 10 shutouts and finished second in QU single-season history with his GAA and tied for sixth with a .843 save percentage. Angoitia is second in career GAA, wins and shutouts.  

Quinnipiac posted the nation's 13th best defense during the season, and Tobi Esche contributed greatly to the success. Quinnipiac led the league in shutouts (11) and goals against average (0.69), and was second in goals allowed (16). In addition to his defensive contributions, Esche also chipped in with a goal and two assists this season. He scored the game-winner against Marist in a 1-0 win, while assisting on both goals in a 2-0 victory over Fairfield University. 

NSCAA Mission
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First Team      
Pos. Player Class School Hometown
K Borja Angoltia Jr. Quinnipiac Bilbao, Spain
D Andy Cormack Jr. St. Francis (N.Y.) Plymouth, England
D Matt Jeffery Jr. Monmouth Freehold, N.J.
D Nicholas Walker Sr. Fairleigh Dickinson Port of Spain, Trinidad
M Franklin Castellanos Sr. Iona Dover, N.J.
M Simon Hinde Sr. Quinnipiac Canberra, Australia
M Ignacio Magnato Jr. Iona Madrid, Spain
M Joseph Schmid Sr. Monmouth Kingston, Pa.
F Neco Brett So. Robert Morris Kingston, Jamaica
F Kevin Correa So. St. Francis (N.Y.) Flushing, N.Y.
F Reco McLaren Sr. Fairfield Bridgeport, Conn.
Second Team      
Pos. Player Class School Hometown
K Daniel Valcicak Sr. Saint Francis (Pa.) Herndon, Va.
D Francis DeVries Fr. Saint Francis (Pa.) Christchurch, New Zealand
D Tobias Esche So. Quinnipiac Bremen, Germany
D Conor Quaiter Fr. Central Connecticut State York, England
M James Beeston Sr. Siena Newcastle-Under-Lym, England
M Marco Drjlic Jr. New Jersey Institute Of Technology Koper, Slovenia
M Brett Laroque So. Bryant Ottawa, Ont.
F Sammy Adjei Sr. Iona Newark, N.J.
F Gabriel Bagot Sr. St. Francis (N.Y.) New York, N.Y.
F Nick Kolarec Sr. Saint Francis (Pa.) Pittsburgh, Pa.
F Ajani Samuels Jr. Canisius Savanna la Mar, Jamaica