Women's Soccer Spends Weekend on the Road to Wagner Oct. 5 and Bryant Oct. 7

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Wagner College Seahawks (4-8, 1-2 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-3-2, 2-1-1NEC)
Friday, October 5, 2012 - Staten Island, N.Y.

Bryant Bulldogs (7-6, 2-2 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-3-2, 2-1-1NEC)
Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 3 p.m.
Bulldog Staduim - Smithfield, R.I.

Bobcats on the Road
The Bobcats head to Wagner on Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. to take on the Seahawks to continue conference play at Wagner College Stadium in Staten Island, N.Y. The Seahawks are ranked ninth in NEC play, 4-8 overall and 1-2 in the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats then travel to Smithfield, R.I to take on the Bryant Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium at 3 p.m. Bryant is ranked fourth behind Quinnipiac in the NEC with a 7-6 start overall and 2-2 in the NEC. 

Live stats will be available and can be accessed by visiting the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. 

Scouting the Seahawks
The Seahawks are off to a 4-8 start in the 2012 season and rank ninth in the NEC Conference.  Wagner suffered a recent setback to conference opponent LIU Brooklyn, losing, 3-0, to the Blackbirds, on Sunday Sept. 30. For the Seahawks, senior forward Julie Vigliotti leads the team with six goals and 13 points. In goal for Wagner is senior Lisa Capelli, this year she has 44 saves and holds a 2.10 goals against average for the season.

Series History with Wagner
Quinnipiac leads the all-time series with Wagner, 7-4-2. In its most recent meeting, the Bobcats fell the Seahawks, 0-1 on Oct. 16, 2011 at home on the QU Soccer Field.

Scouting the Bulldogs
The Bulldogs will play prior to meeting up with the Bobcats on Sunday against LIU Brooklyn set for, Friday, Oct. 5. Bryant stands currently at 7-6 to start and is 2-2 in NEC conference play ranking fourth behind the Bobcats. The Bulldogs are coming off a strong win against Northeast Conference opponent Central Connecticut, 2-1, over the weekend. Bryant juniors, Shana Follette and Ari Goldburg lead the team with four goals each this year.  In the goal junior, Lauren Viverito has 55 saves and a 1.44 goals against average.  

Series History with Bryant
Quinnipiac leads the all-time series with Bryant, 3-1. Last season, the Bobcats shut out the Bulldogs, 2-0, on Senior day at home against the Bulldogs on Nov. 4, 2011.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats continued games last weekend against the Blackbirds of LIU Brooklyn and the Hawks of Monmouth University.  Quinnipiac traveled to Brooklyn on Friday to take on LIU which resulted in a 0-0 (2OT) tie to the fifth ranked Blackbirds.  Quinnipiac then returned home to host number one ranked Monmouth on Sunday.  The Bobcats suffered their first NEC setback to the Hawks resulting in a 1-0 loss.

In Good Company
The Bobcats continue to place on the national leaderboard for the NCAA for the week of Oct. 1.  Quinnipiac has been placed at 11th overall for goals against average, .523, 14th for shutout percentage, .636, and tied for 25th in saves percentage, .857.  Also senior goalkeeper, Jill Kelley made the cut placing 16th out of 150 for her .567 goals against average for the year so far.  Kelley ranks behind opponents from top schools such as Florida State, UCLA, and North Carolina.

Nationally Ranked Figures
Quinnipiac last started a season 2-0 in NEC play back in 2007. The Bobcats ranked first in the NEC for the week of Sept 24. The Bobcats had been ranked 10th in the nation by the NCAA for shutout percentage .667, behind UCLA and Florida State with .778.  Quinnipiac also ranks 12th in goals against average with .541 just behind the leader UCLA posting .212.  Among the athletes recognized seniors Jill Kelley and Kemesha Woodfine also ranked in individual categories for the Bobcats.

Kelley Posting Up
Senior goalkeeper Jill Kelley was recognized by the NEC for a third time as Defender of the Week and College Sports Madness for Player of the Week for a second time this season for the week of Sept. 24. Kelley was placed on the NCAA radar rounding off the number 10 position in the nation for goals against average (.51) and placing 12th nationally in saves average (.867) for the week of Sept. 24. The veteran goalkeeper picked up her 24th career win against Central, and currently leads the NEC in goals against average and shutouts (5). For Kelley's career in goal she has tallied 16 shutouts between the posts and stands at 5-3 for the season. The Simsbury, Conn. native contributed to the Bobcats perfect start through her first four games of the season, posting a 0.25 goals-against average, and a .923 save percentage. She improved to 4-0. Kelley so far has been named by the NEC for Defensive Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks on Aug. 27 and Sept. 4.

Woodfine on The Radar
Senior forward Kemesha Woodfine leads all Quinnipiac players with three goals as the Bobcats picked up a pair of conference wins on the Sept. 21, weekend at home. Woodfine has been ranked 24th in the nation by the NCAA in game winning goals this season. The senior collected the game-winning goal on Friday, Sept. 21 in the Bobcats' 1-0 win in the conference opener against Fairleigh Dickinson on the Mount Carmel Campus.  Woodfine was also named the Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week and College Sports Madness Player of the Week, the week of Sept. 4.

Rookie Knows Best
Freshman Shannon Larkin was named the Northeast Conference Co-Rookie of the Week for the week of Sept. 10. The honor is the forward's first of her career. On Sept. 9, Larkin was able to capitalize on a ball fed by freshman Amanda Barroca for the game-winning goal. The tally was Larkin's first collegiate goal that led Quinnipiac to the 1-0 victory over Hartford.

Quinnipiac was nationally recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Sept. 24 , ranking the team tenth among BIG EAST components for their conference opening weekend going, 2-0.  Back on Sept. 11, the team was recognized by the NSCAA ranking the Bobcats ninth among Big East, America East and Patriot League components for their undefeated start of the season. This accomplishment adds to their best start in program history.

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.

The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats return home on Sunday, October 14, to take on Mount St. Mary's of Emmitsburg, Maryland.  The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on the QU Soccer Field. Oct. 14 will mark senior day for the ten Bobcat seniors, Jill Kelley, Chacha Naito, Maggie Yahn, Shauna Edwards, Paula Kennedy, Diana Di Muro, Crystal Burns, Kemesha Woodfine, Jillian Strassner, and Chrissy Fancy.

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