October 3, 2013

Women's Soccer Travels to Iona on Saturday, Oct. 5th at 1 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-4-3, 2-0-2 MAAC)
Iona College Gaels (3-5-3, 2-0-1 MAAC)
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – 1 PM
Mazzella Field – New Rochelle, N.Y.

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Quinnipiac Travels to Iona 
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team travels to New Rochelle, NY on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 PM. The matchup is a battle between the undefeated Bobcats (2-0-2 MAAC) and undefeated Gaels (2-0-1 MAAC). Iona was projected to finish seven in the MAAC this season while the Bobcats were projected to finish 8th. Quinnipiac currently sits in second in the MAAC trailing top seeded Monmouth by one point while Iona is tied for third trailing Monmouth by two points.

Last Time Out
Sophomore Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) showed why she was recently voted MAAC Defensive Player of the Week and Quinnipiac Women's Athlete of the Month for September. Grodzki recorded her third and a half shutout on Wednesday evening as the Quinnipiac University women's soccer team battled Fairfield to a 0-0 draw through double overtime at Lessing Field in Fairfield, Conn.

Scouting the Gaels
Iona is off to a 3-5-3 overall start (2-0-1 MAAC). Iona is coming off a 1-0 win over Saint Peter's on Wednesday, Oct.2. The Gaels have also defeated Canisius (1-0) and tied Manhattan (1-1). Iona returns 19 players from last year's squad. Nine of those players made at least ten starts last season. The 2012 team went 7-9-3 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference. They fell to top seeded Marist 2-0 in the MAAC semifinals. The Gaels return Trista Rivera for her senior season and Melissa Frederick for her junior season. Rivera started all 19 games last year making 4 shutouts. Coming into her senior season Rivera had made 52 starts and had 11 shutouts in her career. Melissa Frederick returns for her junior year after a three goal year in 2012. She was named to the All MAAC Rookie Team in 2011. 

Series History with Iona
Quinnipiac and Iona have faced off 12 times in the last 27 years. The Bobcats hold a 9-3-0 series advantage. This will be the first conference matchup between Iona and Quinnipiac. The rivalry dates back to Sept. 20, 1987 when the Bobcats defeated the Gaels 6-1 in Hamden, Conn. That game was the first game ever played in the history of the Quinnipiac Women's soccer program. The most recent matchup came on Sept. 30, 2007 when Quinnipiac defeated Iona 3-0 in the 20 year anniversary game between the two opponents. 

Grodzki Named Defensive Player of the Week
After two stellar performances last week, sophomore Natalia Grodzki (Bartlett, Ill.) has been named the MAAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, announced Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 by the league's office. Grodzki was instrumental in net for the Bobcats, which included a week that saw the Bobcats go 1-0-1 to put them on top of the MAAC table.

Bobcats Stay Defensively Sound
Continuing where they left off last year the Bobcats have posted four shutouts in nine games played. That is good enough for a 0.44 shutout percentage. They are tied with Arizona State for 77th in the country in shutout percentage.

McKeever Doubles Up
With a penalty kick goal against Siena senior Aine McKeever tallied her second goal of the season which equals her career high for a season. The defender/midfielder is tied with freshman Jessica Fontaine for the team lead in goals.

Fontaine Is Honored
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 Sat. 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.

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.

#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 play host to Niagara on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM.