October 10, 2013

Women's Soccer Hosts Niagara on Saturday,Oct.12 at 1 PM; Live Video Available on Youtube

Niagara University Purple Eagles (4-10, 3-3 MAAC)
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-5-3, 2-1-2 MAAC)
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 – 1 PM
QU Soccer Field– Hamden, Conn.

Multimedia vs. Niagara
Live Stats
Live Video
Quinnipiac Game Notes


Quinnipiac Hosts Niagara
The Quinnipiac University women's soccer team plays host to Niagara University on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1 PM. The matchup is a battle between the (2-1-2 MAAC) Bobcats and the (3-3 MAAC) Purple Eagles.  Niagara was projected to finish fifth in the MAAC this season while the Bobcats were projected to finish 8th. Quinnipiac currently sits in seventh in the MAAC trailing top seeded Monmouth by five points while Niagara sits in seventh trailing Monmouth by four points.

Multimedia Links
Quinnipiac's game against Niagara 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". QBSN Chairman Kevin Noonan (QU '14) and Tom Albanese (QU '15) will be on the call.

Last Time Out
Iona's Nicole Paulucci (Manalapan, NJ) scored a goal in the first minute of overtime to lead the Gaels to a 1-0 win against Quinnipiac Bobcats in their MAAC matchup in New Rochelle, N.Y. Quinnipiac suffers their first loss in MAAC play as they move to 2-1-2 in conference play and 2-5-3 overall. Iona improves to 3-0-1 in conference play and 4-5-3 overall. 

Scouting the Purple Eagles
Niagara is off to a 4-10 overall start (3-3 MAAC). The Purple Eagles are coming off a 1-0 loss at home on Wednesday, Oct.9.  Niagara returns 17 players from last year's squad. Four of those players made at least ten starts last season. The 2012 team went 8-9-1 overall and 3-5-1 in the conference.
The Purple Eagles return forwards Catherine Meyer and Haillie Price for their junior seasons. Price and Meyer were tied for the team lead with 11 points last season. Meyer made 14 starts last year while Price was named MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year and to the First Team All WNY Women's College team.  Claire Feiertag will be in goal for the Purple Eagles after a year where she started every game in goal as a freshman. She was named to the All-MAAC Rookie team in 2012.

Series History with Niagara
Quinnipiac and Niagara have never faced off in their history.

Take a look into the Quinnipiac Women's Soccer Program
Using a GoPro Hero 2 camera Senior Aine McKeever (Derry City, Northern Ireland) and the Quinnipiac women's soccer team filmed and edited their day to day activities inside the program. Here is the October edition video.

 

Grodzki in the Record Books
Sophomore goalkeeper Natalia Grodzki (Barlett, Ill.) finds herself in the Quinnipiac Single Season record books. With a 1.05 goals against average she sits tenth all-time and seventh in Division I history in that category with a minimum ten games started requirement.

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 ten 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 as of October 4th.

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 travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take Marist on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.