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Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-5-2, 4-3-1 NEC)
Robert Morris (1-15-2, 1-6-1 NEC)
Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2 p.m.
Joe Walton Stadium- Moon Township, Pa.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (8-5-2, 4-3-1 NEC)
St. Francis (Pa.) (11-4-2, 8-0 NEC)
Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 1 p.m.
DeGol Field - Loretto, Pa.

The Final Test
The Bobcats finish up their 2012-13 season on the road this weekend.  Friday, October 26, at 2 pm the Bobcats face off against Robert Morris on Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, Pa. Sunday, October 28,  Quinnipiac will take on the Red Flash of St. Francis (Pa.)  at 1 pm on DeGol Field in Loretto, Pa.  This road trip will mark the last chance the Bobcats have to make a play off bid in the Northeast Conference Semifinals and Championship taking place next weekend.

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

Scouting the Colonials
The Colonials are off to a 1-15-2 start in the 2012 season and rank 11th in the NEC Conference.  The Robert Morris recently played Sacred Heart to a 0-1 heartbreaking loss last weekend, Sunday, Oct. 21. Leading the Pioneers for 2012 is junior Alexa Sarsfield with two goals on the year. In goal for the Colonials is freshman Chelsea de Jager and sophomore Becky Schoenecker totaling 126 saves so far on the year.

Series History with Robert Morris
Quinnipiac leads the all-time series with Robert Morris, 10-2-1. In its most recent meeting, Quinnipiac defeated Robert Morris, 3-2, in the conference showdown Oct. 7, 2011 on the QU Soccer Field. 

Scouting the Red Flash
The Red Flash are off to a 11-4-2 start in the 2012 season and rank first going 8-0 in the NEC Conference.  St. Francis recently played Monmouth to a 3-2 victory last weekend on Sunday, Oct. 21. Leading the Red Flash in goals for the 2012 season is Tesa McKibben with 14 goals and 10 assists this year totaling 35 points in her junior campaign. In goal for St. Francis is veteran goalkeeper Brianna Butcher who has 85 saves for the year and boast only 15 goals allowed.

All-Time Against The Red Flash
Quinnipiac matches up in all-time series meetings with Saint Francis (Pa.), 5-5-4. Last year, the Bobcats fell to the Red Flash, 3-0, on October 9 while hosting St. Francis at home.

Last Time Out
The Bobcats played Sacred Heart on Tuesday, Oct. 23 to a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the interstate rival Pioneers. With the loss the Bobcats fall three points behind Sacred Heart, ranking them tied in the fifth secede in the conference. Quinnipiac outshot Sacred Heart, 10-7, and surrendered a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. Quinnipiac falls to 4-7-4 in the all-time against the Pioneers, a rivalry that dates back to the 1990 season. 

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.

Senior Day
Quinnipiac honored its ten graduating student-athletes on Sunday October 14, against Mount St. Mary's. The Bobcats recognized seniors Jill Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.), Chacha Naito (Oneonta, N.Y.), Maggie Yahn (Sharon, Conn.), Shauna Edwards (Southington, Conn), Jillian Strassner (Avon, Conn.), Paula Kennedy (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.), Diana Di Muro (Orlando, Fla.), Crystal Burns (Overland Park, Kan.), Kemesha Woodfine (Stamford, Conn), and Chrissy Fancy (Orleans, Mass.) for their accomplishments while at Quinnipiac.

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
Quinnipiac travels to Robert Morris the following Sunday, October 26 to take on the Colonials. Robert Morris takes the number eight position in the NEC going 1-12-1 for their 2012-13.

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