Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Announces 2014 Schedule

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac men's soccer head coach Eric Da Costa has released the team's 2014 schedule, one that includes games against two teams that reached the 2013 NCAA tournament and home games against Boston College and Providence.

"We're excited about the 2014 campaign," said Da Costa. "As always, we look to play the most challenging non-conference schedule that we possibly can in order to prepare ourselves for conference play. We've done a good job of putting together another very competitive schedule with traditional teams that we have played in the past in Boston College, Providence and Yale, but then we've also added Northwestern, NIU and Columbia. We're definitely excited about the competitive nature of our schedule and hoping that it puts us in good position come conference play."

Quinnipiac will take on two first-time opponents in 2014, headlined by a trip to Illinois to take on Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University. Quinnipiac opens with NU on Aug. 29 in the Sheraton Chicago-Northbrook Lakeside Classic, a team that collected 10 wins last year and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Two days later, Quinnipiac takes on NIU (Aug. 31) in another first-time clash for the Bobcats.

The nine-game home schedule begins the following week when Quinnipiac welcomes Boston College and Providence College to the QU Soccer Field. The Bobcats battled the ACC foe to a 2-2 draw through double-overtime last year and look to pick up their second win of the series on Sept. 4. Over the weekend, Quinnipiac takes on Providence College (Sept. 7), in search of its first win against the BIG EAST regional rival.

The eight-game non-conference slate wraps up with four games in the last two weeks of September. Quinnipiac travels to Army (Sept. 13) and Holy Cross (Sept. 17) before hosting a pair of Ivy League opponents in Columbia (Sept. 20) and cross-town rival Yale (Sept. 26). In 2013, the Bobcats played Army to a 0-0 tie and picked up 1-0 road wins over Holy Cross and Yale. Quinnipiac and Columbia renew a series that hasn't seen action since 2008 when the Bobcats claimed a 2-1 win in double overtime. QU is 2-1-1 against the Lions.

With its out-of-conference schedule in the rearview mirror, Quinnipiac begins its quest for a third straight regular-season title on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at home against Niagara. Over the weekend, Quinnipiac heads up north to Canisius (Oct. 4) which serves as the first of five away games in October and November – Marist (Oct. 15), Saint Peter's (Oct. 25), Iona (Nov. 1) and Fairfield (Nov. 5). Quinnipiac went unbeaten in six games (3-0-3) against those opponents last year, allowing just two goals combined through the six matches.

Quinnipiac resumes conference play at home on Oct. 11 against Rider University. The remaining home games include Monmouth (Oct. 18), who the Bobcats defeated in the 2013 MAAC Championship game, Manhattan (Oct. 22) and Siena (Oct. 29).

After the regular-season finale against Fairfield, the MAAC Championships take place in the first week of November. The MAAC has added two more teams to the tournament, allowing the top six teams to compete for the league's automatic bid. The quarterfinals are set for Nov. 8; the semifinals on Nov. 14; and the championship will take place on Nov. 16.

The Bobcats finished the 2013 campaign with an overall record of 9-5-7, tying the second highest win total in the Division I era, with a mark of 7-1-2 in MAAC play. QU returns 20 players from last year's squad including All-MAAC selections Borja Angoitia, Tobias Esche, Machel Baker and James Doig. The Bobcats claimed a share of the regular-season title and won the MAAC Championship to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament – the first in program history.

2014 Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
August      
Sun. 17 at Connecticut # Joseph J. Morrone Stadium - Storrs, Conn. 7:00 PM
Fri. 22 at Bryant # Bulldog Stadium - Smithfield, R.I. 12:00 PM
Fri. 29 at Northwestern Lakeside Athletic Field - Evanston, Ill. 7:00 PM
Sun. 31 at Northern Ill. Northern Illioni Soccer Field - DeKalb Ill. 1:00 PM
September      
Thu. 4 Boston College QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn. 4:00 PM
Sun. 7 Providence QU Soccer Feld - Hamden, Conn. 2:30 PM
Sat. 13 at Army Army Soccer Field - West Point, N.Y. 7:00 PM
Wed. 17 at Holy Cross Holy Cross Soccer Field - Worcester, Mass. 7:00 PM
Sat. 20 Columbia QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn. 3:00 PM
Fri. 26 Yale QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn. 4:00 PM
Tue. 30 Niagara * QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn. 2:00 PM
October      
Sat. 4 at Canisius * Canisius Soccer Field - Buffalo, N.Y. 7:00 PM
Sat. 11 Rider * QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn. 3:00 PM
Wed. 15 at Marist * Gartland Athletic Field - Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 7:00 PM
Sat. 18 Monmouth * QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn. 3:00 PM
Wed. 22 Manhattan * QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn. 4:00 PM
Sat. 25 at Saint Peter's * Joseph J. Jaroschak Field - Jersey City, N.J. 2:00 PM
Wed. 29 Siena * QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn. 3:00 PM
November      
Sat. 1 at Iona * Mazzella Field - New Rochelle, N.Y. 3:00 PM
Wed. 5 at Fairfield * Lessing Field - Fairfield, Conn. 7:00 PM
Sat. 8 at MAAC Championships MAAC Championship - Quarterfinals (Higher Seed) TBA
Fri. 14 at MAAC Championships MAAC Championship - Semifinals (Highest Seed) TBA
Sun. 16 at MAAC Championships MAAC Championship - Final (Highest Seed) TBA

Home Games In Bold To Be Played At QU Soccer Field
* - Denotes Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
ALL DATES/TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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