Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1-2, 0-0 MAAC)
Loyola University (Md.) Greyhounds (2-0-1, 0-0 Patriot League)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – 4 p.m.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.
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Home At Last
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (0-1-2, 0-0 MAAC) completed its three-game road trip this past weekend and will play the first of four straight home games on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The Bobcats welcome Loyola University (Md.) to the QU Soccer Field for a 4 p.m. start.
Quinnipiac's game against Loyola (Md.) will be the first of nine home games to be streamed live on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by QBSN - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events".
Series History against Loyola (Md.)
Quinnipiac holds 1-3-1 record against the Greyhounds in a rivalry that dates back to the 2008 campaign. Last year, Loyola (Md.) escaped with a 2-1 victory in overtime when a goal in the 94th minute proved to be the difference in Maryland. However, Quinnipiac fares much better at home as the Bobcats are unbeaten when playing on Mount Carmel Campus (1-0-1).
Scouting the Greyhounds
Loyola (Md.) is unbeaten through its first three games, currently holding a 2-0-1 record. The Greyhounds earned a 1-1 draw at Saint Joseph's in their season-opener and has since followed with a pair of victories at La Salle (5-3) and against Saint Francis U (1-0). Loyola (Md.), the 2012 MAAC Champion, is led by sophomore forward Larry Ndjock. Ndjock is coming off a campaign that saw him lead the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in scoring and serve second-ranked freshman in the NCAA in goals (13) and points (29). A College Soccer News Preseason All-America Third Team selection this year, Ndjock was named the MAAC Rookie of the Year and selected to the All-MAAC First Team and MAAC All-Rookie Team a year ago. Ndjock has four goals through three games this year.
Last Time out against Lafayette
The Bobcats needed a late goal to do it, but nevertheless earned a point on the road with a 1-1 draw at Lafayette College on Saturday, Sept. 7. It marked the second-straight draw through double overtime for the Bobcats, who concluded their three-game, season-opening road trip with a 0-1-2 record.
Offense Clicking Early
Quinnipiac graduated 72 percent of its scoring from a year ago, but hasn't skipped a beat on the offensive side of the ball. Quinnipiac has averaged 1.8 goals per outing through five games (including preseason), including a pair of goals against BIG EAST foe Providence and ACC power Boston College.
Baker, Hinde Lead Attack
Machel Baker and Simon Hinde accounted for all five goals through Quinnipiac's first three games. Baker tallied a goal and an assist against Providence (Aug. 30); scored again against Boston College (Sept. 2); and then tallied an assist in the game against Lafayette (Sept. 7). Hinde factored in all three outings as well, collecting a goal in each game including the game-tying goal in the 86th minute in the tie against the Leopards.
That's Three for Nicol
Sam Nicol collected his third career assist against Boston College (Sept. 2) when he connected with Baker in the 12th minute of play. It was his first of the 2013 campaign.
Coach of the Year
Head Coach Eric Da Costa is currently 55-62-27 overall (.479) and 33-29-14 (.526) in conference competition. Da Costa led the Bobcats to the 2012 regular-season title and was named Coach of the Year by his peers.
MAAC Preseason Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was tabbed sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Monday, August 26, 2013.
Rk. Teams (Pts.)
1. Monmouth (111)
2 Iona (110)
3. Fairfield (97)
4. Niagara (78)
5. Siena (76)
6. Quinnipiac (72)
7. Canisius (48)
8. Marist (46)
9. Saint Peters (34)
10. Manhattan (30)
11. Rider (24)
MAAC/College Sports Madness Preseason Honors
Goalkeeper Borja Angoitia earned preseason recognition with a trip to the College Sports Madness MAAC Preseason and the MAAC Preseason teams. Angoitia started in all 18 games last year, posting a 10-5-2 record and a total of five shutouts. He also finished with a microscopic 1.12 goals against average and a .788 save percentage.
Robbie McLarney Signs Overseas
Former Quinnipiac men's soccer midfielder Robbie McLarney signed to play professionally with Waterford United F.C. in the First Division of the League of Ireland on August 6, 2013. He played in the friendly against Crystal Palace, and then made his Blues debut in the win over Longford Town at the end of August.
Freddy Inks MLS Contract
Former Quinnipiac University men's soccer goalkeeper Freddy Hall made his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut with Toronto FC on August 25, 2012. Hall was the first player in Quinnipiac history to sign an MLS contract. Hall made seven starts in the 2012 season.
Quinnipiac graduated a good portion of its arsenal on the offensive end, but returns its entire line behind the ball in 2013. Brandon Strain-Goode leads the unit with the most experience under his belt. Strain-Goode has started in every game since joining the squad back in 2010, which included 18 last season. Also joining the backline for a second year are sophomores Erik Panzer and Stevenson Hawkey. Panzer and Hawkey each played a significant role for Quinnipiac as freshmen in 2012.
The Bobcats' attack returns three forwards and six midfielders from last year's squad. Juniors Machel Baker and Ola Ogunjobi led all returning forwards with two goals apiece. Baker netted goals last season against Mount St. Mary's (Oct. 21) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (Oct. 26). Ogunjobi netted a big goal for the Bobcats on Sept. 30 against St. Francis (N.Y.) by heading in the Bobcats' second goal in a 3-2 victory. Simon Hinde will anchor the midfield after finishing second on the team in 2012 with seven assists, which leads all returners. These three will look to help fill the void left by departed All-Conference performers Phillip Surprise (nine goals, two assists), William Daniels (six goals, one assist) and Robbie McLarney (four goals, seven assists).
2012 Regular-Season Title|
The 2012 Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (10-5-3, 8-1-1 NEC) won six straight games to close out the regular-season and claimed their first title in program history. Quinnipiac went on to host the NEC Tournament but fell short in the semifinals by virtue of penalty kicks to conclude the campaign.
Quinnipiac in the Postseason
The Bobcats made their fifth NEC playoff appearance last year. The Bobcats lone win came back in 2009 when they outlasted the Terriers in penalty kicks to advance to the championship game.
NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team consistently found its name in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll last season. The Bobcats climbed to as high as fourth in the regional census.
There's A First for Everything
Erik Panzer and Machel Baker each collected their first career goals last year in the win against Mount St. Mary's (10/21). Panzer provided the game-winner in the 36th minute, while Baker added some insurance in the 50th minute of play.
Ward On Board
Justin Ward recorded his first career goal for the Bobcats last season against the Bulldogs of Bryant University (10/14). Ward finished off a play in the 90th minute, granting him his first points in a Bobcat uniform.
All Hail Hawkey
Stevenson Hawkey netted his first career goal last year against LIU Brooklyn (10/7); a goal that couldn't have come at a better time. Trailing 2-1 with 2:30 seconds remaining in regulation, Hawkey connected on a blast from outside the 18-yard box to send the game into overtime.
One of the Best
Philip Suprise concluded his career in 2012, and will have his name embedded in the record-books for quite some time. With his the tally in the NEC Semifinals against Saint Francis University, he moved into eighth place all-time in goals (26), ninth place all-time in points (61), and remains in one assist shy of cracking top 15 all-time.
Brian Vincent Alumni Game
The Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation honored Brian Vincent, class of 1986, on September 22, a beloved member of the QU community who passed away in February of 2011. Vincent was a soccer hall of famer who always treasured the opportunity to come back to play in the annual alumni soccer game. The endowment will be used to fund the Brian Vincent '86 Memorial Men's Soccer Alumni Game each year.
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 14 with its second home game of the 2013 campaign. Quinnipiac welcomes Holy Cross for a 3 p.m. start at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.