HAMDEN, Conn. The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team landed in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Regional Rankings this week. The Bobcats are ranked seventh in the most recent poll after posting a 1-1 record this past week against Northeast Conference opponents, Long Island University and St. Francis (N.Y.). Quinnipiac defeated Long Island, 3-0, on Friday before falling to the No. 2 Terriers Sunday, 2-1.
Quinnipiac's Dwayne Mars (St. Michael, Barbados) scored two goals against the Blackbirds, including the game winner that broke a scoreless tie in the 85th minute. He added his second of the match and third of the season just over two minutes later as the Bobcats won in their first NEC game this season.
Graciano Brito (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde) added an insurance goal at Long Island 59 seconds after Mars' second tally of contest. His goal against the Terriers Sunday afternoon was his conference-leading 11th goal of the season. The goal marked the fourth straight game that he scored as he now leads the NEC in goals (11), points (22) and points per game (2.0).
Brito is tied for the nation's lead in goals per game (1.0) with Doug Demartin of Michigan State and Andy Stadler of George Washington and ninth in points per game. With his 32nd career goal Friday at Long Island, Brito became the all-time leading goal scorer in the program's Division I history and second all-time.
The Bobcats return to action on Friday, Oct. 17, as they host Fairleigh Dickinson at 3 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Soccer Field.