HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was selected to finish second in the 2014 MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted by the league's eleven head coaches. Also released was the MAAC's Preseason All-Conference Team, in which three Quinnipiac student-athletes – Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain), Tobias Esche (Bremen, Germany) and Machel Baker (Spanish Town, Jamaica) – each found their names on the list.
Fresh off winning the MAAC Championship and making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, Quinnipiac collected 101 points and two first place votes in the poll. Monmouth, the runner-up of the 2013 conference tournament, was picked to win the league for a second straight year with 112 points. Iona (98), Fairfield (90) and Manhattan (64) rounded out the top five, while Siena (62), Canisius (57), Rider (49), Marist (35), Niagara (32), and Saint Peter's (26) wrapped up the bottom half of the census.
|Preseason Coaches' Poll|
Additionally, Quinnipiac and Iona accounted for six of the 12 players on the Preseason All-Conference Team. Iona's Ignacio Maganto was tabbed the Preseason MAAC Player of the Year.
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 Angoitia, Esche, Baker and James Doig (Liverpool, England).
In 2013, Quinnipiac led the league in goals against average, allowing 0.3 goals per game during MAAC contests and 0.69 over the entire season. The Bobcats posted 11 shutouts during the season, a figure that also led the MAAC. Angoitia, the 2013 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year and MAAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, returns for his senior season and will co-captain the squad. Angoitia posted a record of 7-4-7 and was 17th in the country with a .698 goals against average as a junior. He also set a new program record with 10 shutouts and finished second in QU single-season history with his goals against average (0.70) and tied for sixth with a .843 save percentage.
|Preseason All-MAAC Team|
|Daniel Laguna Kennedy||Forward||Manhattan|
|Emmanuel Senyah Ageymang||Back||Monmouth|
|Preseason Player of the Year|
Returning to the defensive unit with Angoitia and sharing captaincy is 2013 First Teamer Tobias Esche. Esche, who joined the Bobcats' roster before the start of last season, was fantastic in his first year with the program. He started in 20 games and chipped in with a goal and two assists – the lone goal serving as the game-winner against Marist College. Fellow center back Erik Panzer (Nelson, New Zealand) and outside backs Ashton Pett (Auckland, New Zealand) and Stevenson Hawkey (Pennington, N.J.) complete the defensive unit that recorded 11 clean sheets last year.
Offensively, Quinnipiac will lean on the shoulders of 2013 All-MAAC Second Teamer Machel Baker. Baker enters his senior season with six goals and six assists during his career at Quinnipiac. Last season, Baker finished second on the team in points (10) and goals (4) while adding two assists. The Jamaica native used a hot start scoring two goals and assisting on another through the first three games of the season. He also finished well with a strong showing in both the MAAC Tournament and the team's NCAA Tournament game against UConn.
All-Rookie Team selection James Doig and senior Raphael Carvalho (Danbury, Conn.) will anchor the middle of the field for the Bobcats. Doig started in all 19 games he appeared in and handed out three assists, while Carvalho started in all 21 games and had one assist. Quinnipiac also welcomes six newcomers for the upcoming 2014 campaign.
Quinnipiac will take on two first-time opponents to kick off the season at the Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Lakeside Classic. Quinnipiac opens with Northwester on Aug. 29, 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.
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