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Fairleigh Dickinson Knights


FDU men lose at Quinnipiac, will play NEC tournament there starting Friday

HAMDEN, Conn. -- The Fairleigh Dickinson men dropped a winner-take-all Northeast Conference match to Quinnipiac at the QU Soccer Field, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon.

Had the Knights won, they would have hosted the NEC tournament next weekend.

Instead, the Bobcats won the NEC regular season title and will host the competition as the top seed, while finishing the regular season on a six-match winning streak to improve to 10-5-2 and 8-1-1. The second-seeded Knights saw their nine-match unbeaten streak come to an end and finished the regular season at 9-5-4 and 6-1-3.

“It just was not our day today,” FDU coach Seth Roland said. “Give credit to Quinnipiac for getting a good result and winning a well-deserved regular season title. We will regroup and will start preparing for the NEC Tournament on Tuesday.”

Quinnipiac grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead. William Cavallo scored the first of his two goals in the 29th minute to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. The goal snapped FDU’s shutout streak of 654 minutes and its six-game shutout streak.

Four minutes before halftime, Phillip Surprise, who assisted on the first goal, found the back of the net on a feed from Robbie McLarney to put Quinnipiac up, 2-0.

Quinnpiac goalkeeper Borja Angoitia made two saves in the first half on shots by freshmen Sam Durkot (sixth minute) and Simon Doherty (13th minute).

Needing to outscore the Bobcats by at least a 2-0 margin in the second half, FDU came out with two corner kicks and two shots by sophomore Anders Vest-Hansen.

The Knights, however, could not get anything going.

The home team sealed the regular season title in the 81st minute on Cavallo’s second goal.

The Bobcats outshot the Knights, 9-8.

In the NEC tournament, FDU will take on Garden State rival and No. 3 seed Monmouth in the second semifinal on Friday. Kickoff time has not been determined. Quinnipiac will meet fourth-seeded Saint Francis (Pa.) in the first semifinal. The winners will play for the NEC Tournament title next Sunday.

The Knights and the Hawks battled to a scoreless tie at Monmouth on Oct. 5. The draw snapped an eight-match losing streak in the series for FDU.

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