Men's Soccer Travels To Face Monmouth And Mount St. Mary's This Weekend

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Friday, October 21, 2011 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-5-0) (3-1-0 Northeast Conference) vs.
Monmouth University Hawks (9-4-0) (3-1-0 Northeast Conference)

The Great Lawn - West Long Branch, N.J. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011- 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-5-0) (3-1-0 Northeast Conference) vs.
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (6-6-1) (3-3-0 Northeast Conference)

Waldron Family Stadium – Emmitsburg, Md. 

Down South NEC Action
The Quinnipiac men's soccer team (5-5-0) (3-1-0 NEC) heads south for the weekend when it travels to face Monmouth (9-4-0) (3-1-0 NEC) on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. before taking on Mount St. Mary's (6-6-1) (3-3-0 NEC) on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. 

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Live stats for this weekend's games can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com

About Monmouth
The Hawks are coming off a 1-0 loss to Sacred Heart on Sunday, Oct. 16. Sacred Heart's Marcello Castro netted the game-winning goal in the 71st minute of play on a penalty kick attempt after a Monmouth penalty in the goalkeeper's box. On the season overall, junior Ryan Clark leads the team with three goals and six assists, followed by freshman Kalle Sotka's eight points (three goals, two assists), sophomore Joseph Schmidt (three goals, one assist) and senior RJ Allen's (one goal, five assists) seven points. Alex Blackburn has accumulated a .780 save percentage to go along with a .68 goals against average on the year.

All-Time Against The Hawks
Friday's contest will be the 14th time the two sides face each other, as Monmouth holds a 3-8-2 all-time series lead. In their last meeting on November, 7, 2010, the two teams played to a 1-1 double overtime tie. Sophomore forward Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) netted Quinnipiac's goal in the 18th minute of play to end Quinnipiac's 2010 regular season with a solid performance against the number 11th ranked team in the country.  Sophomore goalkeeper Josh Lavallee (Upland, Calif.) made nine saves for the Bobcats. 

About  Mount St. Mary's
The Mount are coming off a 3-1 win over Bryant on Sunday, Oct. 16. Junior Alex Oxford, sophomore Jimmy Oxford and freshman Zoncher Dennis each scored for Mount St. Mary's, helping to even the squads NEC record to 3-3. Junior goalkeeper Peter Steve made six saves in net for the Mount in the win. Overall, Dennis leads the squad with 21 points (10 goals, one assist), followed by senior Chris Wheeler (three goals, four assists) and senior Ian Hendrie's (two goals, six assists) 10 points. 

All-Time Against The Mount
Sunday's game will be the 13th time the two sides face each other, as Mount St. Mary's leads the all-time series with a 4-7-1 mark. In their last meeting on October 3, 2010, the Bobcats came away with a 2-1 win over the Mount. Junior Matthew Rothbart (Cheshire, Conn.) netted the game-winning goal in the 87th minute of play for Quinnipiac, leading the squad to its first NEC victory of the season. Sophomore Josh Lavallee made five saves in net for the Bobcats. 

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac fell to Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-1, suffering its first NEC loss of the season on Sunday, Oct. 16. Junior Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) scored a goal for Quinnipiac in the 23rd minute of play, but two second half tallies by the Knights helped give Fairleigh Dickinson its fourth NEC win of the season. Freshman Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) made four saves in net for the Bobcats. 

Crucial Weekend
Entering Friday's contests, Quinnipiac, Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's are all tied for fourth place in NEC action with nine points (three wins apiece). 

Suprise On A Roll
Philip Suprise has kept pace with the league leaders all season, ranking fourth overall in the NEC in points (12) and points per game (1.20). The junior has scored a goal in each of the team's last three games and is tied for the team lead in goals (four) and is first in assists, with four. 

There's A Theme Here…
The Bobcats' last five games have all ended in 2-1 scores. Overall, six of the Bobcats' ten games have had final scores of 2-1, with Quinnipiac going 3-3 in those games. 

Season Schedule
Following this weekend's games, the Bobcats will finish its stretch of four straight road games when it travels to face Central Connecticut on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.

Quinnipiac hosts Long Island on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m. before visiting Sacred Heart on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will play their final regular-season on their home field when they host St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.

Contact: Ross Bennett, rsbennett@quinnipiac.edu