The Quinnipiac Bobcats are the 68th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Bobcats finished 12-4 overall, and 6-0 in MAAC play. Quinnipiac won the MAAC Tournament over Marist to gain their first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament. They followed that up by defeating America East champion Hartford in the NCAA Play-In game, before falling to Maryland, 13-6, in the First Round. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Bobcats make a short trip to Providence to take on Brown in their season opener on February 19. Their home opener is on February 25 against Bellarmine. Now their home games this year won’t technically be home. Quinnipiac will be playing their home games at Yale’s Reese Stadium this year, as the school completes construction of a new outdoor facility, which the team will be at come 2018.
Quinnipiac will begin March in New Jersey, first taking on NJIT on March 4, before taking on Princeton on the 7th. The Tigers are the only addition to the team’s schedule in 2017, while Marquette and Fairfield are off. The Bobcats return to their temporary home for three straight games, beginning with defending America East champion Hartford on March 11. MAAC play will open up on March 18, as the team welcomes Monmouth. The homestand wraps up with Detroit Mercy coming to town on March 26.
April opens up with the Bobcats heading to Riverdale, New York to take on Manhattan on April 1, before playing their final home game of the regular season on April 8 against Marist in a rematch of last year’s MAAC title game. The two teams have met in the past two MAAC championship games, with Marist winning back in 2015. After a two week break, Quinnipiac finishes their season with road games in New York state. They’ll travel to Loudonville to take on Siena on April 22, followed by the regular season finale on April 28 against Canisius.
Head coach Eric Fekete loses six seniors from last year’s team, including attackman Ryan Keenan, who led the team with 51 points. Brian Feldman and Foster Cuomo are the other two attackmen returning, with Cuomo moving from midfield. Drew D’Antonio and James Byrnes serve as possible options for the final starting spot. At midfield, the Bobcats lose Connor Meth, who was fourth on the team in points with 24. Anthony Carchietta, Kevin Diehl, Ryan Corcoran, Matt Frost, and Ryan Lawson return to Hamden after serving big roles last year. Tyler Liotta (not related to Ray) and Jimmy Oates are transfers from Hofstra, while Alex DiSalvo returns after suffering a season-ending injury 10 games in. Riley Palmer and Adam Bellamy are big returns on defense, with Jack Hill being a possible option at LSM. Joe Murphy and David Glynn return as short stick defensive midfielders. Jack Brust is back for his senior season in goal, while Will Vitelli remains at the face-off X in his junior year.
With Quinnipiac releasing their schedule, the MAAC becomes the seventh conference to have all their teams release their schedules.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.