QU Men’s Soccer Picked Second in MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll; Doig and Esche Tabbed To All-MAAC Preseason Team

QU Men’s Soccer Picked Second in MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll; Doig and Esche Tabbed To All-MAAC Preseason Team

EDISON, New Jersey – The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team was selected to finish second in the 2015 MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted by the league's eleven head coaches. The 2014 regular season conference champions return 19 letterwinners, including two Preseason All-MAAC selections, in junior James Doig (Liverpool, England) and senior Tobias Esche (Bremen, Germany).

Fresh off two consecutive regular season championships, including a MAAC Postseason Title, Quinnipiac collected 95 points to take the second slot in the poll. Monmouth, who took home the 2014 MAAC Championship was picked to finish first for a third straight year with 111 points. Iona and Rider tied for third with 87 points while Fairfield rounded out the top five (83). Siena (77), Canisius (52), Marist (44), Manhattan (39), Saint Peter's (26) and Niagara (25) wrapped up the bottom half of the poll.

Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Monmouth 111
2. Quinnipiac 95
T3. Iona 87
T3. Rider 87
4. Fairfield 83
5. Siena 77
6. Canisius 52
7. Marist 44
8. Manhattan 39
9. Saint Peter's 26
10. Niagara 25

Monmouth and Rider combined to account for six of the 12 players while Quinnipiac and Siena each had two. Monmouth's goalkeeper, Eric Klenofsky was tabbed the Preseason MAAC Player of the Year.

The Bobcats finished the 2014 campaign with an undefeated conference record of 7-0-3 and an overall mark of 10-4-5. Their ten wins tied the highest win total in Division I era with the 2012-2013 team. The 2014 MAAC Coach of the Year, Eric Da Costa, will lead the Bobcats in his 11th season at Quinnipiac. Included in the 19 returnees are three All-MAAC selections; Doig, Esche, and Shaquille Huggins (Trinidad and Tobago).

Last season, the Bobcats' defense led the conference with 54 saves on an average of 5.40 per game. They ranked second in the MAAC in goals allowed (6) and goals against average (0.56) and were third in the league with five shutouts. Quinnipiac returns several key players from their defensive unit, but must fill the void at goalkeeper left by two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year, Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain).

Preseason All-MAAC Team
Dave Nigro Forward Monmouth
Florian Valot Forward Rider
Alexander Tejera Forward Siena
James Doig Midfield Quinnipiac
Christian Flath Midfield Rider
Luke Fairlamb Midfield Saint Peter's
Thomas Teupen Back Canisius
Angus Hastings Back Fairfield
Jordan Scarlett Back Iona
Abraham Bartoah Back Manhattan
Derek Luke Back Monmouth
Tobias Esche Back Quinnipiac
Sonimi Halliday Back Rider
Danilo Markovic Back Siena
Eric Klenofsky Goalkeeper Monmouth
Preseason Player of the Year
Eric Klenofsky Goalkeeper Monmouth

Senior Tobias Esche will look to lead the defense after two stellar years with the Bobcats including consecutive selections on the All-MAAC First Team. After transferring from North Carolina, Esche has started 38 games in two seasons with Quinnipiac. Fellow seniors Erik Panzer (Nelson, New Zealand), Stevenson Hawkey (Pennington, New Jersey) and Nick Lasewicz (Southbury, Connecticut) will join Esche in the back.

In 2014, Quinnipiac ranked second in the MAAC in goals (19) and goals per game (1.90), while finishing third with 51 points and 13 assists. Offensively, the Bobcats will look to junior James Doig who finished last season ranked third on the team with 10 points. Doig led the conference with six assists while adding two goals off 14 shots. Senior James Greco (Long Valley, New Jersey) and sophomores Shaquille Huggins and Max Rothenbuecher (Munich, Germany) will look to capitalize off Doig's playmaking abilities. Quinnipiac also welcomes seven newcomers to the upcoming 2015 campaign.

Quinnipiac will start the season on the road against Boston College on Friday, August 28 at 4 p.m. before taking on the University of Connecticut in Storrs on Monday, August 31.