Women's Soccer To Host First MAAC Game on Wednesday, Sept. 25 Against Siena at 3 PM; Game Available Live on YouTube
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-4-1, 1-0 MAAC)
Siena College Saints (4-5, 0-1 MAAC)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 – 3 p.m.
QU Soccer Field – Hamden, Conn.
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Bobcats Host First MAAC Game
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team host their first conference game as a member of the MAAC on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when the Siena Saints make a trip to Hamden. 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.
Quinnipiac's game against Siena will be streamed live across the world on YouTube.com. Bobcat fans can access live video - with play-by-play and color commentary provided by QBSN - by clicking on the appropriate links at QuinnipiacBobcats.com or by visiting YouTube.com/quinnipiacathletics, clicking on "Videos" and then "Events".
Last Time Out
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team picked up their first win of the season on Saturday after defeating the Saint Peter's Peacocks, 3-0. The win came in the Bobcats first-ever conference game as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Freshman Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) led the Bobcats with a goal and two assists.
A First for Quinnipiac
With a win over Saint Peter's last Saturday the women's soccer team picked up the first MAAC win in any sport for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats women's soccer team was the first Quinnipiac team to win a game at the Division I level in 1998.
Scouting the Saints
Siena is off to a 4-5 start. They are coming off a 1-0 loss at Rider on Saturday, Sept.21. Siena returns 19 players including eight players who made at least 10 starts in 2012. The 2012 team went 6-11-1 overall and 2-6-1 in the conference. The Saints are led by forward Brittany Pfaff. Pfaff was 2012 Second Team All MAAC and has collected two MAAC player of the week awards including this past week. Pfaff has nine of the team's 14 goals and 22 of the team's 47 points. Pfaff had a hat trick on Wednesday, Sept. 18. With a goal in double overtime in the 104th minute Siena went on to defeat Vermont 3-2. The week of August 26 saw Siena sweep the MAAC weekly awards with Pfaff winning offensive player of the week, junior goalkeeper Taylor Booth winning defensive player of the week, and freshman Tara Sobierajski winning rookie of the week.
Series History with Siena
The Bobcats have an all-time record of 3-4 against the Saints. The most recent game came on September 16, 2012 in Loudonville, N.Y when the Saints defeated the Bobcats 1-0 in overtime on a Brittany Pfaff goal. Quinnipiac has a 2-1 record at home and a 1-3 record on the road against Siena.
Fontaine Named MAAC Rookie of the Week
After a game in which she had four points freshman Jessica Fontaine (Enfield, Conn.) has been named the MAAC Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week, announced Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 by the league's office. Fontaine was a key contributor in the Bobcats first win as a member of the MAAC. Fontaine finished the day on Saturday with a goal and two assists as the Bobcats opened conference play with a 3-0 win over Saint Peter's
Grodzki & Graessle Combine For Clean Sheet
On Saturday,Sept. 21 sophomore goalie Natalie Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) and junior goalie Tori Graessle (Millburn, N.J.) combined for a shutout in the Bobcats' first game as a member of the MAAC against Saint Peter's. Grodzki played 76 minutes in net making two saves while Graessle finished out the final 14 minutes of the win. Grodzki also posted a clean sheet on Sunday Sept. 8 through two overtimes against Holy Cross.
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)
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.
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.
#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 finish their two game home stand on Saturday September 28 when they host the Rider Broncs. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM.