Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-2-2, 0-0 MAAC)
Holy Cross Crusaders (0-2-1, 0-0 Patriot League)
Saturday, September 14, 2013 – 3 p.m.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.
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Hosting Holy Cross
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (0-2-2, 0-0 MAAC) will play the second game of its current four-game home stand on Saturday, Sept. 14 against Holy Cross (0-2-1, 0-0 Patriot League). In search of its fourth straight win against the Crusaders, Quinnipiac hosts its New England rival at 3 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.
Quinnipiac's game against Holy Cross will be streamed live across the world 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 Holy Cross
Despite holding a sub-.500 record (4-6-1) all-time against the Crusaders, Quinnipiac enters this match-up having won the last three meetings. In 2007, the Bobcats escaped with a 1-0 victory on the road, followed by a 2-1 triumph at home in 2008. After a three-year hiatus, Quinnipiac renewed the rivalry last season with a 2-1 victory at Linda J. Smith Soccer Stadium in Worcester. The series' first began back in the 1997 season.
Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross enters Saturday with a 0-2-1 record after three non-conference matches. The Crusaders opened the season with back-to-back one-goal losses to Hartford (1-0) and Providence (2-1); but managed to earn their first point of the season with a tie at Dartmouth (1-1) last weekend. Senior Josh Cintas scored the team's lone goal and his first goal of the season against the Big Green. The goal was the eighth of his career. Junior goalkeeper Kevin Wright currently ranks second in the Patriot League with an .800 save percentage. His 5.33 saves per game are also second in the conference and 24th in the nation.
Last Time out against Loyola (Md.)
Junior goalkeeper Borja Angoitia recorded a season-high seven saves on Wednesday (9/11), but a late goal by the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year proved to be the difference in a 1-0 loss to Loyola (Md.) at the QU Soccer Field. For the second straight match, Quinnipiac's defense held its opponent scoreless through 80 minutes of soccer. However, the clean sheet came to a close in the 83rd minute, when sophomore forward Larry Ndjock netted the game-winner, leaving Quinnipiac its first home loss of the season.
College Sports Madness Player of the Week
Senior Simon Hinde was named to the College Sports Madness Men's Soccer MAAC Player of the Week, announced on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 by the website. Hinde was Quinnipiac's savior over the weekend, as the senior co-captain erased a 1-0 deficit in the 86th minute with his third goal of the season. With the Leopard goalkeeper out of position, Hinde received a pass from Machel Baker and placed a shot towards goal. In a last-ditch effort to preserve the shutout, a Lafayette defender sprinted after the ball in attempt to clear – but couldn't keep the ball from crossing the line - leaving a 1-1 deadlock.
NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was ranked sixth in the second NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I North Atlantic Regional Poll, announced by the association on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The NSCAA/Continental Tire College Rankings are an indicator of week-to-week status of qualified programs.
Baker, Hinde Lead Attack
Machel Baker and Simon Hinde accounted for all five goals through Quinnipiac's first four 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 55-63-28 overall (.478) 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.
The Bobcats are back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 18 with its third home game of the 2013 campaign. Quinnipiac welcomes Army for a 4 p.m. start at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.