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Athlete of the Year: Graciano Brito

By Tyler Chaput

Senior soccer player, Graciano Brito, has been selected as the 2008-2009 WQAQ Sports Department Athlete of the Year. Brito was named the Northeast Conference’s Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.

On his way to earning the award, Brito established himself as the most prolific scorer in Quinnipiac Division I history with a total of 40 goals and 92 points.

This past season alone saw Brito tally a record 18 goals and 39 points.

His tremendous combination of size and speed was unmatched by any defender, or any player at all, in the entire conference.

The WQAQ Sports Department admires everything Brito has done for Quinnipiac and the men’s soccer program. We wish him the best with any future endeavors, whether it involves soccer or not.

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Athlete of the Semester: Graciano Brito

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By Steven Ceruti

Add another accolade to the illustrious college career of men’s soccer forward Graciano Brito. After winning his second straight NEC Player of the Year award Brito is the pick for WQAQ Athlete of the Semester after he lead the Bobcats to the NEC playoffs and set a Quinnipiac single-season Division I record for goals and points in a season.

The co-captain of the team was clearly the leader and came up clutch for the Bobcats all season long, whether it was a big goal or fighting through all the double teams he faced all year long. Graciano was clearly head and shoulders above the rest when it came to performance and constantly reminded opponents of his serious speed and goal scoring ability. Brito, who played and started in all 19 of the Bobcats games this season, tallied 18 goals and three assists to give him 39 points on the year. The senior’s play all year long was what enabled Quinnipiac to make a postseason run. His value couldn’t have been on display more than in the Bobcats’ final game of the season against Mount St. Mary’s, a game which they needed to win. Brito scored two goals in the 3-0 victory, propelling Quinnipiac to the NEC tournament.

He will certainly be missed by Coach Eric Da Costa and by all his teammates next season but all were glad to have played alongside him. Coming into the year, he knew he had the chance to do something special but he would also face the best defenses his opponents could throw at him. However, he fought through the adversity and when teams double and triple teamed him, it opened up more opportunities for his teammates to show what they could do and he had confidence they could get the job done.

Brito has also recently been named to the NEC all-tournament team along with his teammate Freddy Hall, an award he was very much deserving of. Graciano finishes his Quinnipiac career with 40 goals and 92 points, both Bobcat Division I records and the 10-win season he was a part of is something he was very proud of. Brito will go down as one of the greatest players in Quinnipiac history, Northeast Conference history and he will undoubtedly have a bright future ahead of him. We wish him the best of luck and thank him for his hard work and great play over his four years here at Quinnipiac University.

Bobcats’ season ends with semifinal loss to FDU

By Jamie Palatini

(HAMDEN, Conn.) – Junior forward Samson Maljani’s goal early in the first half proved to be the difference maker, as the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights defeated Quinnipiac’s men’s soccer team 2-0 in the semifinals of the Northeast Conference Tournament, ending the Bobcats’ playoff run. With the loss, the Bobcats end the season with an overall record of 10-5-4. FDU advances to the NEC championship game where they’ll play the fourth seeded Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, who upset the top seeded Monmouth Hawks earlier in the afternoon.

Despite the loss, Quinnipiac head coach Eric Da Costa was proud of his team’s effort against a very talented FDU squad.

“These moments are never easy,” Da Costa said. “We wanted more out of today and played well enough to win, but Fairleigh Dickinson is a good team and very deserving.”

The Knights jumped on the board at the 14 minute mark of the first half. Maljani received a pass at the top of the box from teammate Serge Zulu. He spun and fired a shot into the upper right corner that eluded Quinnipiac goalkeeper Freddy Hall to give FDU the 1-0 advantage. The goal was the first that Hall had allowed in over 369 minutes.

With their one-goal lead, FDU sat back and stifled the Bobcats’ offense. Quinnipiac had three shots on goal in the first half, none of which troubled FDU goalkeeper Majdi Zaineh. NEC Player of the Year Graciano Brito was draped with two or three Knights’ defenders every time he touched the ball and was only able two shots on goal.

FDU sealed the fate of the Bobcats with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. Following a Quinnipiac foul, the Knights had a free kick just outside the penalty box, and made the most of it. Fernando Huthmacher took the free kick and Zulu, whose shot made it past a diving Hall to give the Knights the two goal lead.

With the season ending on Friday, the Bobcats lost more than just the game. They said goodbye to a player who has been one of the most prolific scorers in the NEC in Graciano Brito. Over his four-year career, Brito tallied 40 goals and 92 points, both of which are Quinnipiac records. This year he also broke the school’s single-season scoring record with 18 goals, topping the mark of 17 set by Everson Marciel in 2001.

Although Quinnipiac will lose Brito next season, things aren’t as bad as they may seem for Eric Da Costa’s team. They’ll return the rest of their starters for the 2009 season when they’ll look to build off of this season’s success.

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Quinnipiac storms into postseason with four-point weekend

By Jamie Palatini

(HAMDEN, Conn.) – Last season, Quinnipiac’s men’s soccer team went winless in its final seven games and missed the postseason by a single point.

This season, they did not allow history to repeat itself.

The Bobcats played Monmouth to a scoreless tie on Friday and defeated Mount St. Mary’s 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to earn the third seed in the Northeast Conference tournament this upcoming weekend. Goalkeeper Freddy Hall notched shutouts in both games for Quinnipiac, and senior forward Graciano Brito scored two goals in the Bobcats’ wins over The Mount. Brito also broke the program’s Division I record for most goals in a season with 18, eclipsing Everson Marciel’s mark of 17.

“We’re ecstatic. We’ve worked all year for this. From day one, our goals have been to make it to make it to the postseason and to win the NEC Championship,” Da Costa said. “To wait for it to come down to the last game, and to win in the fashion we did puts the icing on the cake.”

Friday’s game against Monmouth, the top team in the NEC, was a chess match from start to finish. Heavy rains the night before made for poor playing conditions, and while both teams had scoring opportunities, neither squad was able net that elusive first goal.

That put Bobcats in a must-win situation on Sunday afternoon against a Mount St. Mary’s team that was also fighting for a spot in the NEC tournament.

Brito opened up the scoring for Quinnipiac in the 20th minute. Johan Karlhagen made a pass to Brito, who split two Mountaineers’ defenders in the middle of the field and beat Mount St. Mary’s goalkeeper Chris Davis to give the Bobcats the 1-0 advantage.

Freshman Durval Pereira added to that total 14 minutes later with his sixth goal of the season. Pereira stole the ball from a Mountaineers’ defender, then hit a chip shot high over Davis to give Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead. Brito put the nail in the coffin late in the second half. Junior co-captain Shane Recklet found Brito along the sideline, who then moved past a defender and put his shot off in the inside of the far post to score his record breaking 18th goal of the season. Despite scoring twice and grabbing the team record for goals, Brito was quick to acknowledge those around him.

“I have to say thanks to my teammates,” Brito said. “They are the ones who work hard all game, and just because I scored two goals doesn’t mean that I’m the hero.”

Sunday’s 3-0 win was the third straight shutout for Hall and the Bobcats, who have now gone 355 minutes without allowing a goal. Hall now has seven shutouts on the season, and Da Costa has preached defense to his team since day one.

“We said in the beginning of the year, if we’re going to win a championship this year it’s going to be on the backs of our defenders,” Da Costa said.

The NEC is made up of 10 teams, but there are only four playoff spots up for grabs, so every regular season game is critical. Quinnipiac ended up on the short end of things last season. After storming out of the gates to one of the best records in the nation, they fell apart down the stretch and missed the tournament by a single point.

“The NEC is a coin toss, and to get into the tournament is the biggest challenge,” Da Costa said. “Once you get there, you throw all your chips into the pile, and you hope your cards are better than the cards that the other guys are holding.”

As the third seed in the tournament, Quinnipiac is matched up against the second seed Fairleigh Dickinson in the semifinals on Friday afternoon at Monmouth University. If the Bobcats advance, they’ll face the winner of the Monmouth/Mount St. Mary’s game. Quinnipiac’s junior goaltender made it clear where he thinks his team will finish.

“I think we’re going to win it. The way we’re playing right now, I don’t see any team beating us.”

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