Women's Soccer to Play Inaugural MAAC Game at Saint Peter's Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-4-1, 0-0 MAAC)
Saint Peter's Peacocks (1-4, 0-0 MAAC)
Saturday, September 21, 2013 –1 PM
Jaroschak Field– Jersey City, N.J.

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Bobcats Open Conference Play

The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team has their first conference game as a member of the MAAC on Saturday, Sept. 21 when they head to Jersey City, N.J. to take on Saint Peter's. 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.

Scouting the Peacocks
Saint Peter's is off to a 1-4 start. They are coming off a 2-0 win against VMI on Sunday, Sept.15. Saint Peter's returns eight players including five starters from a 2012 team that went 2-17 but was highlighted by a win over number one Marist. The win for Saint Peter's was Marist's only defeat in conference last season. The Peacocks are led by senior forward Emily Fenice. Fenice finished second on the team in points last season with nine on three goals and three assists. The Peacocks also have the defending MAAC Rookie of the Week in Ashley Drozd. Drozd had two goals last week on the way to picking up the team's first win of the season.

Series History with Saint Peter's
The Bobcats have an all-time record of 4-0 against the Peacocks. The most recent victory came on Sept. 2, 2007 in Jersey City. Quinnipiac has a 2-0 record at home and a 2-0 record on the road against Saint Peter's.

A Clean Sheet for Grodzki
Sophomore Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) posted a clean sheet on Sunday, Sept. 8th. The shutout was the third of her career. As a freshman in 2012 Grodzki had four appearances, three starts, two shutouts, and a 0.54 goals against average.

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, Sept. 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 record 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.  Fontaine currently leads Quinnipiac in shots with 10. Seven of those shots have been on goal.

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.

An Honor for Eriksen
Sophomore defender Nicole Eriksen (Stamford, Conn.) was named to the 2013 College Sports Madness MAAC Conference Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Second Team, announced on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by members of the association. The list of athletes includes the top players in women's soccer for the upcoming campaign.

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 have their first MAAC home game on Wednesday,Sept. 25 when they host the Siena Saints. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 PM.