September 10, 2013

Women's Soccer To Wrap Up Non-Conference Slate At Vermont on Friday, Sept. 13th at 4 p.m.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-3-1, 0-0 MAAC)
Vermont Catamounts (1-3, 0-0 America East)
Friday, September 13, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Virtue Field- Burlington, VT

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Bobcats Wrap Up Non-Conference Play

The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team wraps up non-conference play when they make a trip to Burlington, VT. to take on America East opponent, the University of Vermont, on Friday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Virtue Field in Burlington, VT.

Scouting the Catamounts
Vermont is off to a 1-3 start. The Catamounts opened the season with a 2-1 victory against Sacred Heart,but have been defeated in three straight matches. Last season the Catamounts finished with a 4-13-2 record,but made it to the America East Semifinals before falling to number one seeded Hartford. Vermont returns six starters for this season and 12 players overall from the 2012 squad. The Catamounts also return the 2012 America East First Team All-Conference defender/forward Haley Marks. Marks has tallied nine goals and 21 points through her first three seasons. Vermont also returns 2012 America East All-Rookie Team Goalie Ally Ramos after appearing in 18 games last season. Ramos compiled a 1.46 goals against average last season to go alongside a .783 save percentage. Ramos was named America East Rookie of the Week on October 15, 2012.

Series History with the University of Vermont
The Bobcats have an all-time record of 1-1 against the Catamounts. The Bobcats won the most recent matchup 2-1 on August 31, 2012 at the QU Soccer Field. The Catamounts lone win against the Bobcats came on September 17, 1999 when Vermont defeated Quinnipiac 3-2 in Burlington, VT.

A Clean Sheet for Grodzki
Sophomore Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) posted a clean sheet on Sunday, September 8th. The shutout was the third of her career. Grodzki is currently riding a 187 minute and 46 second scoreless streak. As a freshman in 2012 Grodzki had four appearances, three starts, two shutouts, and a 0.54 goals against average.

The Senior Class
Quinnipiac brings back four seniors for the 2013 campaign. Taylor Healey, Beck Kiting, Aine McKeever and Mary Corrado are all set for one last go in a Bobcats' uniform. Healey played in all 17 games last season while starting in 13 of them and had two goals on the year. Kiting started all 17 games last year and had two game winning goals for the Bobcats including one against Mount St Mary's (10/14) in the 106th minute. McKeever played in all 17 games, which included 14 in a starting role, scoring one goal and assisting on two others while Corrado played in three games. 

A First For Fontaine
On Sunday, September 1st freshman forward Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) scored her first career goal in the third minute off a set piece from senior Aine McKeever. Fontaine a highly recruited forward out of Northwest Catholic High School led her squad to a 38-0-2 record over her last two years. She was named the 2012 CJSA Female & NSCAA Connecticut High School Player of the Year and was a two time Gatorade Player of the Year Candidate.

 New Conference brings New Opportunities
After being in the Northeast Conference for the past 15 seasons the Bobcats begin their inaugural season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). As members of the Northeast Conference they went 72-50-18 in conference play and 126-117-26 overall. They appeared in the four-team NEC tournament six times, the NEC Final two times, won a regular season championship in 2001, and an NEC Title and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2000. The 2000 team was the first Quinnipiac team in any sport to make the Division 1 NCAA tournament. The Bobcats open MAAC play September 21 when they head to Jersey City to take on Saint Peter's.

Shutdown defense
The Quinnipiac women's soccer team defense ranked nationally in two NCAA defensive statistics and goals against average in 2012. The team posted a .737 goals against average which ranked 34th nationally while they were tied with Western Illinois for 42nd in the nation with a .471 shutout percentage.

MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team was selected to finish eighth in the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced by the league office on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The Bobcats, who have advanced to postseason play in three of their last five seasons, will look to turn some heads in their first season in the MAAC.

Rk. Team (Pts)
1 Fairfield (115)
2 Marist (113)
3 Monmouth (86)
4 Rider (69)
5 Niagara (68)
6 Siena (64)
7 Iona (62)
8 Quinnipiac (59)
9 Canisius (45)
10 Manhattan (32)
11 Saint Peter's (13)

#15 For Clarke
Head Coach Dave Clarke enters his 15th season at the helm of the Bobcats women's soccer program while entering his first season in the MAAC Conference. Through his first 14 seasons at Quinnipiac, Clarke owns a 117-110-24 record. He picked up his 100th career win back in the 2010 campaign with a win over Bryant University.

An Honor for Eriksen
Sophomore defender Nicole Eriksen (Stamford, Conn.) was named to the 2013 College Sports Madness MAAC Conference Women's Soccer Preseason All-Conference Second Team, announced on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by members of the association. The list of athletes includes the top players in women's soccer for the upcoming campaign.

Going to Disney World
The MAAC hosts one sport every year as a part of a four sport rotation at the ESPN World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The 2013 MAAC Women's Soccer Tournament will be the tournament held at the complex. Instead of the normal four team format every MAAC Conference team qualifies for the tournament held from October 31st to November 2nd.

The Look Ahead for the Bobcats
The Bobcats will have their inaugural game in the MAAC when they travel to Jersey City, N.J. on Saturday, September 21st to take on Saint Peter's. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Jaroschak Field.