Women's Soccer Looks For Third Win At Holy Cross Sunday

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-0, 0-0 NEC)
Vermont Catamounts (1-3, 0-0 AE)
Friday, August 31, 2012 - 3 p.m.
QU Soccer Field - Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 NEC)
Holy Cross Crusaders (1-0-1, 0-0 Patriot League)
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 1 p.m.
Linda J. Smith Soccer Stadium - Worcester, Mass.

Game Filled Weekend
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team continues the 2012 season when they play a non-conference game against American East affiliate, Vermont on Friday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. at the QU Soccer Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats then hit the road on Sunday, Sept. 2 to take on the Crusaders of Holy Cross at 12 p.m. at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium in Worcester, Mass.

On The Air
Friday's game can be heard live through the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN) by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Live statistics will also be available.

Scouting The Catamounts
The Catamounts are off to a 1-3 start for the 2012 season. Junior defender Alexa DeMaio, an America East All-Conference First Team pick last season. DeMaio started all 19 games and anchored a strong Vermont's defense. Ellie Mills, a junior forward, appeared in 16 games and earned nine starts finishing the 2011 season as the team-leader in goals (5) and ranked second overall in points (10). Sophomore Kerry Glynn appeared in all 19 games, starting 18 of them as a rookie. Glynn was named to the America East All-Rookie Team a year ago.

Scouting the Crusaders
The Crusaders are now 1-0-1 on the season. Sophomore midfielder Gina Righini is the top returning scorer for the Crusaders in 2012. Righini started all 17 games for Holy Cross last season, and led the team with four goals for eight points. Following the conclusion of the season, Righini earned second team All-Patriot League honors. Sophomore goalkeeper Carly McCabe is a solid presence in the net for Holy Cross. Last season, McCabe started 14 games and posted a 1.23 goals against average with 86 saves and an .827 save percentage. She placed fourth on the all-time school single-season list for the lowest goals against average.

Series History With Vermont
Friday's contest will be the Bobcats first meeting against the American East League Catamounts.

Series History with Holy Cross
The Bobcats will match up for the sixth time against the Crusaders. The team is 4-1 against Holy Cross over the last five years and look to keep their winning record while on the road against their Patriot League opponent.

The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team upended Providence College, 1-0, at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Junior Anie McKeever's blast from 20-yards out proved to be the difference en route to a season-opening victory against the BIG EAST rival.

Kelley's A Keeper
Senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week along with College Sports Madness Conference Player of the Week, announced on Monday, August 27, 2012. Kelley played an exceptional role in the Bobcats victory over BIG EAST rival Providence College in their season-opener. The Simsbury, Conn. native had five saves in 90 minutes of action against the Friars to preserve her first shutout of the season.

McKeever Lucky Draw
Junior Aine McKeever scored the Bobcats lone goal in the first half of Sunday's play against Big East rival Providence College. This marks McKeever's first goal of the season for Quinnipiac and her fourth career goal in Bobcat uniform.

NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth out of 11 teams, in the 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats finished last season 5-10-1 overall and at 4-6-0 in conference play. Quinnipiac has brought onboard five new freshmen to round off their roster at 25, along with 20 returning players for the season.

2012 NEC Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Saint Francis (PA) (6)
2. LIU Brooklyn (5)
3. Monmouth
4. Sacred Heart
5. Central Connecticut
6. Quinnipiac
7. Bryant
8. Robert Morris
9. Wagner
10. Fairleigh Dickinson
11. Mount St. Mary's

 The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats will resume their season on the road on Friday, September 7th, against New Jersey Institute of Technology. Kickoff is set under the lights at 7 p.m. at Lubetkin Field in Newark N.J. Quinnipiac will then return home for Sunday September 9th when they take on University of Hartford of the American East Conference at 2 p.m. on QU Soccer Field.

Contact: Bethany Buckholz; bethany.buckholz@quinnipiac.edu