Men's Soccer Hosts Northeast Conference Opponents #10 Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's

Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-5-1) vs.
#10 Monmouth University Hawks (6-1-0)
Quinnipiac Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

Sunday, October - 3, 2010 - 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-5-1) vs.
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (3-5-0)
Quinnipiac Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Prepare For Conference Play
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team will host its first two conference games of the season at Quinnipiac Soccer Field on Friday, Oct. 1 against #10 Monmouth University and Sunday, Oct. 3 against Mount. St. Mary's University.

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Live Stats for Friday and Sunday afternoon's games against Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's will be available. To access live stats, please click on the appropriate links on men's soccer schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.

Scouting Monmouth
The Hawks come into Quinnipiac as the 10th ranked team in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings. Monmouth dropped from its previous week's ranking of fourth after a 2-0 loss to Loyola University on Sept. 25. The Hawks are led by senior midfielder Ryan Kinne, who has five goals and three assists on the season. Coming off the bench for Monmouth is freshman forward Jacob Rubinstein, who is second on the team in goals (3) and points (7). Junior midfielders Max Hamilton and Cesar Blacido, as well as sophomore midfielder Ryan Clark, control the middle of the pitch for the Hawks. Monmouth senior goalkeeper Bryan Meredith has allowed five goals all year, posting a .70 goals-against average and a .839 save percentage.

All-Time Against The Hawks
Friday's Northeast Conference game will be the 13th time the two squads have faced each other. Quinnipiac is 3-8-1 all time against Monmouth. The last meeting between the two schools was on Nov. 15, 2009 in the NEC Championship game. Monmouth's two goals early in the second half were too much for Quinnipiac to overcome, as the 2-1 final went in Monmouth's favor.

Scouting Mount St. Mary's
The Mountaineers come into Quinnipiac in the midst of a three game losing streak. In its last contest, Mount St. Mary's was defeated by Cal State Bakersfield, 3-2, in an overtime match. The loss was the second overtime defeat for the Mountaineers this season. Junior forward Chris Wheeler leads the pack with eight goals on the year. Senior Eric Detzel is the focal point of the midfield, as he has collected five assists to go along with one goal on the season. Senior midfielder Will Thomas is third on the team in both goals (2) and points (5). The goalkeeping situation for the Mountaineers is one for concern, as neither Chris Davis nor Peter Steve has claimed ownership in net. Davis' relatively low save percentage of .556 narrowly beats Steve's save percentage of .500. Davis also holds a 1.97 goals-against average compared to Steve's 2.90 goals-against average.

All-Time Against The Mountaineers
Sunday's NEC Conference game will be the 12th time the two teams have faced each other. Quinnipiac is 3-7-1 all time against the Mountaineers. The last meeting between the two came on Oct. 30, 2009 in which Mount St. Mary's earned the victory, 4-3, in an overtime thriller.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac was defeated by Stony Brook University, 3-2, on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. Quinnipiac took an early 2-0 lead in the first half, but a relentless Seawolves squad registered three unanswered goals, two in the second half, to emerge with the victory.

Rothbart Steps Up
Junior defender Matthew Rothbart (Cheshire, Conn.) recorded his first two career goals against Stony Brook on Sunday, Sept. 26. Rothbart now leads the team in goals and points (4), as the scores were the second and third goals for the Bobcats this season.

Silva Distributes
Senior forward Fabricio Silva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) registered his first assist of the season on Sept. 26 against Stony Brook. After missing the entire 2009 season due to injury, the assist was Silva's first point since an assist against St. Francis College on Oct. 12, 2008.

Road Tests
Quinnipiac plays its next three games on the road, all against fellow NEC opponents. The Bobcats will first travel to DeGol Field in Loretto, Pa. to face Saint Francis (Pa.) University on Friday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. Quinnipiac faces Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. Quinnipiac then travels to Smithfield, R.I. to face Bryant University on Friday, Oct. 15 for a 3 p.m. start.