Women's Soccer To Host Holy Cross on Sunday, Sept. 8; Game Available Live on YouTube

Holy Cross Crusaders (0-3, 0-0 Patriot League)
Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-3, 0-0 MAAC)
Sunday, September 8, 2013 – 1 P.M.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.

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Quinnipiac Finishes Home Stand
The Bobcats finish up a three game home stand this weekend when they host the Holy Cross Crusaders on Sunday, September 8th at 1 PM. The Bobcats opened their home stand with a 3-2 loss to Saint Joseph's and a 1-0 loss to Brown.

Scouting the Crusaders
The Crusaders enter the weekend with an 0-2 record. They play host to Manhattan College on Friday before making the trip to Hamden to take on the Bobcats. The Crusaders have yet to score a goal this season after losing to the University of Maine in overtime on August 23 and losing to Wagner 2-0 on September 1. The Crusaders are led by junior midfielder/forward Gina Righini. Righini led the Crusaders with 12 points last season on five goals and two assists. Defensively the Crusaders are led by Ally Pasquariello who started all 18 games last season anchoring a Holy Cross defense that posted a 1.52 goals against average. Pasquariello was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on October 15, 2012. Holy Cross also returns 15 players from last year's roster including eight starters.  

Series History with Holy Cross
The Bobcats hold a 7-4-0 series advantage against the Crusaders. The most recent meeting came on September 2, 2012 when Quinnipiac took the match in Worcester, MA 1-0. The Bobcats hold a 5-1-0 series record at home and a 2-3-0 record when they face the Crusaders on the road.

The Senior Class
Quinnipiac brings back four seniors for the 2013 campaign. Taylor Healey, Beck Kiting, Aine McKeever and Mary Corrado are all set for one last go in a Bobcats' uniform. Healey played in all 17 games last season while starting in 13 of them and had two goals on the year. Kiting started all 17 games last year and had two game winning goals for the Bobcats including one against Mount St Mary's (10/14) in the 106th minute. McKeever played in all 17 games, which included 14 in a starting role, scoring one goal and assisting on two others while Corrado played in three games.

A First for Fontaine
On Sunday, September 1st freshman forward Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) scored her first career goal in the third minute off a set piece from Senior Aine McKeever. Fontaine a highly recruited forward out of Northwest Catholic High School led her squad to a 38-0-2 over her last two years. She was named the 2012 CJSA Female & NSCAA Connecticut High School Player of the Year and was a two time Gatorade Player of the Year Candidate.

New Conference brings New Opportunities
After being in the Northeast Conference for the past 15 seasons the Bobcats begin their inaugural season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). As members of the Northeast Conference they went 72-50-18 in conference play and 126-117-26 overall. They appeared in the four-team NEC tournament six times, the NEC Final two times, won a regular season championship in 2001, and an NEC Title and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. The 2000 team was the first Quinnipiac team in any sport to make the Division 1 NCAA tournament. The Bobcats open MAAC play September 21 when they head to Jersey City to take on Saint Peter's.

Shutdown defense
The Quinnipiac women's soccer team defense ranked nationally in two NCAA defensive statistics and goals against average in 2012. The team posted a .737 goals against average which ranked 34th nationally while they were tied with Western Illinois for 42nd in the nation with a .471 shutout percentage.

MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Bobcats, who have advanced to postseason play in three of their last five seasons, will look to turn some heads in their first season in the MAAC.

Rk. Team (Pts)
1 Fairfield (115)
2 Marist (113)
3 Monmouth (86)
4 Rider (69)
5 Niagara (68)
6 Siena (64)
7 Iona (62)
8 Quinnipiac (59)
9 Canisius (45)
10 Manhattan (32)
11 Saint Peter's (13)

#15 for Clarke
Head Coach Dave Clarke enters his 15th season at the helm of the Bobcats women's soccer program while entering his first season in the MAAC Conference. Through his first 14 seasons at Quinnipiac, Clarke owns a 117-110-24 record. He picked up his 100th career win back in the 2010 campaign with a win over Bryant University.

Going to Disney World
The MAAC hosts one sport every year as a part of a four sport rotation at the ESPN World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 MAAC Women's Soccer Tournament will be the tournament held at the complex. Instead of the normal four team format every MAAC Conference team qualifies for the tournament held from October 31st to November 2nd.

The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats will travel to Burlington, Vt. to take on the Catamounts on Friday, September 13 in their final non-conference game of the 2013 season.