January 31, 2013

Simon Hinde and Brandon Strain-Goode To Lead Men's Soccer For 2013 Season

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University men's soccer head coach Eric Da Costa has announced that seniors Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) and Brandon Strain-Goode (Toronto, Ontario) will serve as the team captains for the 2013 season. Hinde and Strain-Goode were instrumental in Quinnipiac's Northeast Conference Regular-season title last year and look forward to leading the Bobcats in the MAAC.

"Everyone on the squad respects both Brandon and Simon," said Da Costa. "They lead in different ways but both have excellent leadership qualities. This team has great personality and tremendous character. With strong passionate leadership, we will go a long way and I am looking forward to both these guys stepping into their new roles."

Hinde put on the Bobcats uniform for the first time last season and played a large role in Quinnipiac's midfield. Hinde registered a goal and four assists for a total of six points in his inaugural season. Hinde trailed just one teammate in assists (McLarney – 7), aiding a Bobcats attack that finished first or second in the NEC in points (89), goals (32) and assists (25). It also marked the best season offensively since the 2000 campaign and second-best since Quinnipiac joined the NCAA's highest division. Hinde scored his goal in the memorable comeback against LIU Brooklyn, where Quinnipiac erased a two-goal deficit late in the second half. Hinde also tallied an assist in the NEC Semifinals against Saint Francis University.

Strain-Goode will lead the Bobcats on the other side of the ball, looking to emulate last year's success. Quinnipiac finished fourth in the league in goals allowed (21), goals against average (1.12) and shutouts (5) – due in large part to limiting shots on target. The Bobcats will return four of their five starting defenders next season, led by their senior defender, Strain-Goode. In addition to their defensive responsibilities, they accounted for three goals and three assists on the season.

In their most recent campaign, the Bobcats, under the direction of head coach Eric Da Costa, claimed their first regular-season title in program history at the strength of an 8-1-1 mark in conference action. Quinnipiac has made five trips to the NEC Tournament – nearly capturing its first NCAA Tournament berth back in 2009.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule updates as well as the latest news and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Schedule will also be available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu