HAMDEN, Conn. – A non-conference match at Boston College and nine home contests highlight a challenging 2013 slate for the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team. The campaign features a total of 18 games, 10 of which come against Quinnipiac's new foes of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
"This is an exciting year for us," said head coach Eric Da Costa, who was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year just a year ago. "We enter into a new era as a member of the MAAC Conference and we look forward to the new challenges it will present. Our team and staff are looking forward to competing against new opponents and visiting new campuses. We are not taking this challenge lightly and our goal will be to compete for a playoff bid in this year's MAAC tournament."
Gearing up for a second straight regular-season title, the Bobcats non-conference schedule presents a daunting task early on. Quinnipiac opens the season with its first three games on the road, beginning with Providence College on Friday, August
30 at Clay Field in Rhode Island. The Friars picked up just four wins in 2012; however two of those wins came against NCAA Tournament teams in Northeastern and UConn.
Quinnipiac remains on the road to complete its three-game swing against Boston College (9/2) and Lafayette (9/7) – two teams who earned bids to the big dance last year. In 2012, the Bobcats suffered a mere 2-1 loss in its season-opener to the Eagles, but notched a 3-1 victory against the Leopards two games later.
The 2013 home-opener awaits Quinnipiac midway through the week on Wednesday, September 11 at the QU Soccer Field. The first of four straight home games kicks off against Loyola (Md.) at 4 p.m. After that, Quinnipiac welcomes Holy Cross (9/14), Army (9/18) and Hartford (9/25) before taking on cross-town rival Yale on Saturday night (9/28). The Bobcats and the Bulldogs will square off under the lights at 7 p.m. in New Haven at Reece Stadium. Yale outlasted QU, 1-0, in their lone meeting last year.
"As has always be en the case our non-conference schedule continues to be difficult," said Da Costa. "We will again face the toughest competition in the region as we look to prepare our team for a grueling conference schedule. We will face stiff competition and the experiences will prepare us for the meat of our schedule in conference play."
The all-important Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule begins on the first weekend in October. Quinnipiac hopes that a hot start is in store as the Bobcats host three of their first four MAAC opponents. QU welcomes Iona for its conference-opener on Saturday, October 5 before hitting the road for a clash with the reigning MAAC champion, Niagara (10/12). The following week consists of home games against Marist (10/16) and Canisius (10/19). Both matches are set for 4 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field.
After a week on the road at Manhattan (10/23) and Monmouth (10/26), Quinnipiac returns home for its final two home games of the regular season. The Bobcats welcome intrastate rival Fairfield to Hamden on Wednesday, October 30 before hosting Saint Peter's on the weekend (11/2). Quinnipiac will honor its senior class members with Senior Day prior to its kickoff with the Peacocks.
The top four teams in the league standings will make their way to Lessing Field at Fairfield University for the MAAC Championships. The tournament semifinals will take place on Friday, November 15 with the championship game to follow on Sunday, November 17. The winner will receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
2013 Quinnipiac Men's Soccer Schedule
|Friday, Aug. 30, 2013||at Providence||4:00 PM|
|Monday, Sept. 02, 2013||at Boston College||5:00 PM|
|Saturday, Sept. 07, 2013||at Lafayette||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013||LOYOLA||4:00 PM|
|Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013||HOLY CROSS||4:00 PM|
|Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013||ARMY||4:00 PM|
|Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013||HARTFORD||4:00 PM|
|Friday, Sept. 27, 2013||at Yale||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, Oct. 05, 2013||IONA*||1:00 PM|
|Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013||at Niagara*||1:00 PM|
|Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013||MARIST*||4:00 PM|
|Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013||CANISIUS*||1:00 PM|
|Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013||at Manhattan*||3:30 PM|
|Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013||at Monmouth*||1:00 PM|
|Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013||FAIRFIELD*||2:30 PM|
|Saturday, Nov. 02, 2013||ST. PETER'S*||1:00 PM|
|Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013||at Siena*||2:00 PM|
|Saturday, Nov. 09, 2013||at Rider*||1:00 PM|
|Friday, Nov. 15, 2013||MAAC Championship @ Fairfield||1:00 PM|
|Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013||MAAC Championship @ Fairfield||1:00 PM|
Home Games in Bold to be Played at QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus
* - Denotes MAAC Conference Game
The Bobcats claimed their first Northeast Conference Regular Season Title in program history at the strength of an 8-1-1 mark in league play last year. Quinnipiac made five trips to the NEC Tournament – nearly capturing its first NCAA Tournament berth back in 2009. Quinnipiac officially joined the MAAC on July 1.
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