#2 Quinnipiac Takes On #1 Monmouth in MAAC Men’s Soccer Championship on Sunday at 1 PM; Fan Buses Depart at 11:15 AM

#2 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-4-6, 7-1-2 MAAC)
#1 Monmouth University Hawks (8-6-5, 7-2-1 MAAC)
Sunday, November 17, 2013 – 1 p.m.
Lessing Field – Fairfield, Conn.

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2013 MAAC Championship
In thrilling fashion, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team (9-4-6, 7-1-2 MAAC) has fulfilled its goal of making the MAAC Championship game, and will look for a berth in the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Joining the Bobcats in the final match is top-seeded Monmouth University (8-6-5, 7-1-2 MAAC) who also advanced by way of penalty kicks in the semifinals. Courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics, there will be FREE fan buses for transportation. The buses will leave from North Lot on Main Campus at 11:15 AM.

2013 MAAC Men's Soccer Championship Schedule

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013                    Semifinal: #1 Monmouth def. #4 Manhattan                   0-0 (3-0 PK)
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013                    Semifinal: #2 Quinnipiac def. #3 Iona                             1-1 (7-6 PK)

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013                  Championship: #2 Quinnipiac vs. # 1 Monmouth            1:00 PM 

On The Air
All Tournament games will be streamed live on MAAC TV at MAACSports.com. Courtesy of Fairfield University Athletics, live stats for each game will also be available. Each link can be found on www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com

How The Bobcats Got Here
Borja Angoitia showed the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Bobcat nation why he was selected as the league's top goalkeeper on Friday night. The Spanish native scored on the first penalty kick and made the decisive save on the final one to propel the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team to a 7-6 victory over Iona College in a pivotal shootout in the MAAC Semifinals from Lessing Field. Brandon Strain-Goode scored the lone goal in regulation for Quinnipiac, with the assist coming off the foot of Ola Ogunjobi

2013 NCAA Tournament
The winner of the MAAC Championship will receive the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. First round NCAA action begins November 21 on campus sites. 

Quinnipiac In DI Playoffs
The Bobcats are making their sixth Division I conference playoff appearance this weekend, holding a 2-5 mark all-time in tournament play. The Bobcats first win came back in 2009 when they outlasted St. Francis Brooklyn in penalty kicks in the Northeast Conference Semifinals to advance to the championship game. 

Scouting the Hawks
The Hawks defeated Manhattan in penalty kicks in the MAAC Semifinals in the first leg of the tournament to advance to the championship game. Monmouth suffered its first loss in over a month its regular season finale against Canisius. After a difficult non-conference slate that featured five losses, Monmouth, just like Quinnipiac, greatly enjoyed competition in the MAAC. The Hawks went 7-1-2 in conference play and with its win over the Bobcats earned the top seed of the tournament. Monmouth features a balanced attack with nine players in the scoring column this season, but has seen most of its offense from Jacob Rubinstein and Dave Nigro. Rubinstein has four goals and one assist, which include two game-winners from Rubinstein. Nigro has three goals and one assist. In goal for the Hawks, Eric Klenofsky has emerged as the starter at the strength of a 0.24 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. 

All-Time Against Monmouth
The Hawks have fared well in the all-time series dating back to the inaugural meeting when QU first joined NCAA Division I. MU is 12-3-2 against QU and 8-0-2 in their last 10 meetings. Back on Oct. 26, the Bobcats suffered its first loss in MAAC play in a 1-0 decision at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. 

Coach of the Year
Head Coach Eric Da Costa is currently 64-65-32 overall (.497) and 40-30-16 (.558) in conference competition. Da Costa was named Coach of the Year by his peers in 2012 and earned College Sports Madness Coach of the Year honors in 2013. 

Regular Season Champs Again
The Bobcats won their second consecutive regular season conference title this year. Quinnipiac is 8-1-3 in their last 12 games, and haven't surrendered a loss in its last five. Over the past two seasons, Quinnipiac is 15-2-5 in games played after Sept. 24, and 14-2-4 against conference opposition. 

Nine is Fine
Quinnipiac picked up its ninth win of the season at Rider (11/9) and moved into third place during the Division I era for most wins in a season. The nine wins are also good enough for fourth place all-time at Quinnipiac. The Bobcats can eclipse last year's season total with two straight wins to finish the campaign. 

The Best in the MAAC
Quinnipiac leads the league in shutouts (10), goals against average (0.67) and goals allowed (14) this season. The Bobcats entered this week in a tie for eighth place in the nation in shutout percentage and are 13th in goals against average. Quinnipiac's backline consists of Stevenson Hawkey, Erik Panzer, Tobi Esche, Ashton Pett and Borja Angoitia in net. 

NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Regional Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was ranked fifth in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men's Soccer North Atlantic Regional Poll. 

You Can't lose If They Don't Score
The Bobcats' defense has posted clean sheets in 10 of its last 15 games - against the Holy Cross (9/14), Army (9/18), Yale (9/28), Iona (10/5), Niagara (10/12), Marist (10/16), Manhattan (10/23), Fairfield (10/30), Saint Peter's (11/2) and Rider (11/9). 

The Leader
Simon Hinde scored the game-winning goal in double overtime against Rider (11/9) to help Quinnipiac clinch a share of the regular season title. His nine goals this season have him just outside of 10th place all-time for most goals in a season at Quinnipiac, and have him ranked amongst the national and MAAC leaders. His five game-winning goals is tops in the conference as well. 

Angoitia in the Record Books
Borja Angoitia continues to climb upwards in Quinnipiac's all-time record books. He currently finds himself within the top two all-time in three career statistical categories at QU. He is second in career shutouts (15), goals against average (1.14) and all-time in wins (23). His nine shutouts this year also has him in tied for first in most shutouts in a single-season. 

He's Goode
Brandon Strain-Goode waited nearly four years to do it, but came through during the most opportune time for Quinnipiac. Strain-Goode scored his first career goal against Fairfield (10/30) – a goal that proved to be the difference in the decision. He ranks 16th all-time with 68 career appearances at Quinnipiac. He scored his second career goal against Iona in the MAAC Semifinals. 

Pure Dead Brilliant
Scotland native Sam Nicol has two goals and four assists this season for the Bobcats. Nicol scored the game's first goal against Canisius (10/19) and then assisted on the game-winner that same day as well. He followed that performance with a goal at Manhattan (10/23) – which eventually proved to be the game-winner. Nicol has two career goals and six career assists.   

The Hero
Machel Baker's fourth goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time, as the junior forward lifted the Bobcats to a 2-1 victory over Siena (11/6) in double overtime. Baker had a goal and an assist against Providence (8/30); scored again against Boston College (9/2); then tallied an assist in the game against Lafayette (9/7); and then scored against Manhattan (10/23). Baker has six goals and four assists for his career. 

Ogunjobi Into the Scoring Column
Ola Ogunjobi factored in Quinnipiac's 2-1 win at Siena (11/6), scoring the game-tying goal in the second half. He has seven goals and three assists for his career at Quinnipiac. He assisted Strain-Goode in the MAAC Semifinals. 

Hello Germany
Tobi Esche scored his first career goal against Marist (10/16) to lift the Bobcats to their second MAAC win of season. James Doig whipped in a cross from the left corner where Esche darted to the near post to flick a header into the top right corner for the game's lone goal. Esche helped the offense again in the team's most recent outing, dishing out two assists in the win over Fairfield (10/30). He has four career points at Quinnipiac. 

Doigy Being Doigy
James Doig has three assists for the Bobcats in his first year with the program. He picked up his third assist of the season against Canisius (10/19). 

Senior Day
Prior to their game against Saint Peter's (11/2), Quinnipiac University Men's Soccer Head Coach Eric Da Costa and Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald took a minute to recognize the senior class members of the men's soccer program. This group has enjoyed a tremendous stint in a Bobcats' uniform, a run that included a regular-season title last year. Seniors Brandon Strain-Goode, Simon Hinde, Ola Ogunjobi, Jason Vancura and Sam Nicol make up the graduating class.  

TopDrawerSoccer Goal of the Week
The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team's second goal against Canisius College on Saturday, Oct. 19 was featured on TopDrawerSoccer.com as the Goal of the Week. Senior captain Simon Hinde and the Bobcats caught the committee's attention with a beautiful goal in the 12th minute of play. 

Vancura Gets The Nod
Goalkeeper Jason Vancura made four straight appearances for the Bobcats and did not disappoint. In three starts, he had two victories and a shutout which kept Quinnipiac near the top of the conference standings. Vancura made seven saves, including five in the second half, against Canisius (10/19) and then made five saves against Manhattan (10/23) to earn his first career shutout. He owns a career .650 goals against average. 

Doig and Panzer Lend a Helping Hand
James Doig and Erik Panzer played large role in Quinnipiac's win at Yale (10/12), assisting on Simon Hinde's goal. The Bobcats earned a corner kick on the right side of the field, where Doig lined up a left-footed strike from the triangle. Doig whipped the cross into the box; Panzer rose up and knocked the ball down with his head to Hinde; who ripped a half-volley into the far left corner of the net. Doig was credited with his first career assist while Panzer earned his second. 

Not Once, But Twice
Borja Angoitia was named the MAAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the week leading up to Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Angoitia was sensational in Quinnipiac's lone game of the week, helping the Bobcats to a 0-0 draw through double overtime against Army. It was his second straight weekly laurel. 

MAAC Defensive Player of the Week
Borja Angoitia was named the MAAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the week leading up to Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Angoitia posted 10 saves in a 1-1 week for the Bobcats. In the first game of the week against Loyola (Md.) (9/11), Angoitia made seven saves in an unfortunate 1-0 loss. Angoitia was stellar all match, but a breakaway goal in the 83rd minute proved to be the difference in the losing effort. Angoitia followed that performance with three saves and his first clean sheet of the season in a 1-0 win over Holy Cross (9/14). Angoitia made two saves in the first half and one in the second to preserve the shutout. 

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 against Lafayette, 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. 

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. 

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.