September 26, 2013

Women's Soccer Hosts Rider on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-4-2, 1-0-1 MAAC)
Rider University Broncs(4-4, 1-1 MAAC)
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 – 1 p.m.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.

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Quinnipiac Game Notes


Bobcats Wrap up Two Game Homestand

The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team finish up their first conference home stand as a member of the MAAC on Saturday, Sept. 25 when the Rider Broncs make a trip to Hamden. 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.

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Rider will be streamed live across the world on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by QBSN - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events".


Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team picked up their fourth point in MAAC conference play after a 1-1 draw against the Siena Saints on Wednesday at the QU Soccer Field. The tie came in the first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) home game for the Bobcats. Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) made seven saves on the day including stopping a penalty kick from defending MAAC Player of the Week Brittany Pfaff. Senior midfielder Aine McKeever (Derry City, Northern Ireland) scored the only goal of the game for Quinnipiac in the 84th minute.

Scouting the Broncs
Rider is off to a 4-4 start. They are coming off a 2-1 loss at Canisius on Wednesday, Sept.25 after defeating Siena in their MAAC opener 1-0. Rider returns 10 players including six starters. The 2012 team went 10-4-3 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference. The Broncs are led by forward Jennifer Meier. Meier was a 2012 First Team All MAAC player. Meier continues to climb up the Rider record books. Coming into the season she was 5th on Rider's all-time scoring list with 45 points and 5th in goals. Rider's offense does not fall solely on the foot of Meier as Rider returns forward Bridgette Bartkowski for her senior season. Bartkowski is sixth all-time in Rider assists, 15th in points, and 18th in goals. Rider also returns MAAC Rookie of the Year Tara Ballay. In 2012 Ballay was 7th in the MAAC in points per game. (0.69)

Series History with Rider
The matchup on Saturday will be the first meeting between the Bobcats and Broncs in their history.

Fontaine Is Honored
After a game in which she had four points freshman Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) has been named the MAAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week, announced Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 by the league's office. Fontaine was a key contributor in the Bobcats first win as a member of the MAAC. Fontaine finished the day on Saturday with a goal and two assists as the Bobcats opened conference play with a 3-0 win over Saint Peter's

McKeever Doubles Up
With a penalty kick goal against Siena senior Aine McKeever tallied her second goal of the season which equals a career her career high for a season. The defender/midfielder is tied with freshman Jessica Fontaine for the team lead in goals.

Grodzki & Graessle Combine For Clean Sheet
On Sat. Sept 21 sophomore goalie Natalie Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) and junior goalie Tori Graessle (Millburn, N.J.) combined for a shutout in the Bobcats first game as a member of the MAAC against Saint Peter's. Grodzki played 76 minutes in net making two saves while Graessle finished out the final 14 minutes of the win. Grodzki also posted a clean sheet on Sunday Sept. 8 through two overtimes against Holy Cross.

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)

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.

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.

#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 be on the road for the next two games. On Wednesday October 2nd they will travel to state rival Fairfield. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.