Quinnipiac To Face Manhattan In Opening Round of MAAC Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 31; Live Audio Available At 12:30 PM

#7 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-7-5, 3-3-4 MAAC)
#10 Manhattan College Jaspers (5-12-1, 2-7-1 MAAC)
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 – 12:30 PM
ESPN Wide World Of Sports- Field 18– Orlando, Fla.

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Quinnipiac To Face Manhattan
The No. 7 seeded Quinnipiac University women's soccer team will face off against No. 10 seeded Manhattan College in the opening round of the MAAC Tournament on Thursday Oct. 31 at 12:30 PM. The game will be played at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando,Fla. The two teams last faced in the last week of the regular season on October 23. Quinnipiac won the first matchup when Manhattan came to Hamden 1-0. Jessica Fontaine scored the game winning goal in the 22nd minute while Natalia Grodzki made five saves on the day on her way to the clean sheet. 

 The MAAC Championship
All 11 teams in the MAAC will participate in the 2013 women's soccer championship, a single-elimination tournament, with the top five seeds receiving an opening round bye. In addition to top-seeded Monmouth, also receiving a first-round bye will be No. 2 seed Fairfield, No. 3 seed Iona, No. 4 seed Marist and No. 5 seed Rider. The opening round begins Oct. 31 at 11 a.m., when No. 6 seed Siena faces No. 11 Saint Peter's at 11:00 a.m. The second opening round game, at 12:30 p.m., features No. 7 Quinnipiac vs. No. 10 Manhattan. The third and final opening round match has No. 8 Niagara facing No. 9 Canisius at 2:00 p.m.

Last Time Out
Quinnipiac battled Monmouth to a 0-0 draw on Senior Day at the QU Soccer Field. With the draw, Quinnipiac earned the No. 7 seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament and will face off against the Manhattan Jaspers in the opening round.


On The Air
QBSN will be providing live audio of the opening round from Orlando, Fla. Joe Schiavone (QU '15) will be on play-by-play while Alex Cosgrove (QU '15) will provide color commentary.

Scouting the Jaspers
Manhattan finished the regular season with a 5-12-1 overall record (2-7-1 MAAC). The Jaspers fell to the Siena Saints 3-1 in their final regular season matchup on Saturday, Oct.26. Manhattan returns 19 players from last year's squad. Seven of those players made at least ten starts last season. The 2012 team went 5-12 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
The Jaspers return forwards Janie Schlauder and Martine Diamond for their senior seasons. Schlauder and Diamond were tied for the team lead in goals in 2012 with four goals each. Two of Diamond's four goals were game winners.Manhattan also returns 2012 All-MAAC Rookie team midfielders Emily Ude and Taylor Salkowsky for their sophomore seasons. 2012 Second Team All-MAAC forward Aislinn McIlvenny currently leads the team with six goals on the season. 

Series History Vs Manhattan
Quinnipiac has a 2-1-0 all-time record against Manhattan. The most recent game came just last Wednesday Oct. 23 when Quinnipiac defeated Manhattan 1-0 in Hamden, Conn. The Jaspers lone win in the series came on Sept. 27, 1998 2-1 in Hamden, Conn.

Grodzki in the Record Books
No stranger to a clean sheet, Grodzki has achieved five and a half on the season and six and a half for her career. With the shutout against Monmouth, Grodzki moved into a tie with Gwen Miller (QU '03) for tenth place all time in single-season shutouts. Grodzki is also 10th place all time in single season goals against with a 1.07 goals against and sits in second place all-time with a 0.97 career goals against average.

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, Oct 28, 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 and become the only team to shutout No. 1 seeded Monmouth. Grodzki also won the award on Monday, Sept. 30,2013.

A Milestone for Clarke
With a win over Manhattan on Oct. 23rd Head Coach Dave Clarke picked up his 120th career victory.

Fontaine Ties Team Lead
Freshman forward Jessica Fontaine scored her third career goal in Quinnipiac's 1-0 win over Manhattan on Oct. 23rd. She is now tied with Aine McKeever for the team lead in goals. Fontaine leads the team with nine points.

Lavoie Scores First Career Goal
Junior Jess Lavoie scored her first career goal on Oct. 19, 2013. She has appeared in 47 games as a Bobcat making 44 starts and has one goal and one assist for her career.

McKeever Sets Single Season High
With a penalty kick goal against Niagara senior Aine McKeever tallied her third goal of the season which sets her career high for a season. The defender/midfielder now leads the team in goals scored on the season. 

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.

A First for Quinnipiac
With a win over Saint Peter's on Saturday, Sept. 21 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 winner of the game between Quinnipiac and Manhattan will face off against the No. 2 seeded Fairfield Stags on Friday, Nov. 1st. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:15 AM. The quarterfinal game will be available live on ESPN3.