The Numbers Don’t Lie
By Jamie Palatini
It has been said by many that a sportswriter should only use stats when he has nothing else to say.
It is a statement usually gleaned through much fact. But in the case of the Quinnipiac Men’s Soccer team, statistics are glaring examples of why this team is one of the best in the northeast.
First is the Bobcats’ outstanding record. Quinnipiac stands at 9-0-3 overall, 6-0 on the road, undefeated through 12 games. The only other undefeated team in NCAA Division I soccer? The No. 1 Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Bobcats also boast a 3-0-2 conference record, good enough for third in the NEC.
You can’t win without scoring goals, and no one knows that better than star forward Graciano Brito. Brito leads the nation in goals per game (1.00), and second in the nation in points per game (2.25). Furthermore, he has been scoring goals at clutch moments for the Bobcats; four of Brito’s 12 goals are game winners.
Not to be outdone is Quinnipiac’s outstanding goalkeeper Freddy Hall. Hall is the NCAA Division I leader in saves per game (7.45) as well as save percentage (.921). Who knew the small nation of Bermuda produced such great goalies?
Quinnipiac was ranked 15th in the first RPI poll of 2007. RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) is used to determine at-large bids for the NCAA tournament. The Bobcats also have a quality win against Boston College, who is ranked 12th in the nation and 3rd in RPI.
Of course, these are all just numbers. But they tell the story of one of the most improved teams in all of college soccer. And if players like Brito and Hall continue their dominant play, the Bobcats will find themselves poised for not only their first NEC Championship, but their first NCAA Tournament birth as well.
NOTES: Quinnipiac’s 9-0-3 overall record has earned them the number one spot in the NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic Regional Rankings. The Bobcats moved to the top spot after two 1-1 ties this past weekend against Robert Morris and St. Francis (PA).
The Bobcats were also ranked 15th in the first NCAA RPI poll of 2007. RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) is one of many tools used by the NCAA in determining at-large bids for the NCAA tournament. Quinnipiac also received votes in this week’s NSCAA/adidas National Rankings.