Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-5) vs.
University of Detroit Mercy Titans (0-6)
Sunday, March 22, 2009 11 a.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Hamden, Conn.
Sunday Morning Match-Up With Detroit
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team plays host to Detroit Mercy, Sunday morning at 11. Bobcat Channel subscribers will be able to access a live video webcast of the game, while WQAQ will provide live audio. The Bobcats are coming off a tough 7-6 loss at Providence, Wednesday. In the program's first season, Detroit is 0-6 this year. Most recently, the Titans fell Friday at Bryant, 15-6.
Scouting the Detroit Mercy Titans
The Titans are led by Matt Gregson, whose eight goals lead the team and his five assists are tied for first. Pat O'Shea shares the assist lead with Gregson and John Nowicki, while sharing the second-best goal total (5) with Vince Wigdahl. Vince Diana has seen the majority of time in net for the Titans, allowing 16.3 goals per game while compiling a .441 save percentage.
Junior Ben Mullaney became just the 11th Bobcat to scoop up 100 career ground balls in the Bobcats' loss at Providence, March 18. With 101 ground balls, he's tied for ninth in Quinnipiac Division I history.
Shots Bouncing Off Benzing
Kevin Benzing entered the week ranked 26th and 28th in the nation in save percentage (.545) and goals-against average (9.51), respectively. Those figures only improved, Wednesday, as Benzing held Providence to just seven goals, while making the stop on 10 of 17 opportunities. Benzing's save percentage now stands at .552, while is goals-against average shrunk to 9.07.
Oppenheimer: The Right Way To Play
Jack Oppenheimer owns the team lead in goals (9) and points (13), and is second in assists (4). After opening the season with a goal and four assists against Wagner, Oppenheimer followed with three goals at St. John's, two at Lafayette, one at Brown and two against Air Force.
Kelly Creeping Up The Charts
With two goals at Providence, sophomore Kevin Kelly is now tied for second on the team in goals (6) and is third in points (8).
The Bobcats got a goal apiece from Alex DeAlmeida, Zach Dendas, and Ted Dimond, Feb. 28, at Lafayette. Dendas and Dimond also added an assist each.
Dendas Delivers; Kerr Connects
Zach Dendas and Garett Kerr scored twice each in the Bobcats' Feb. 21 loss at St. John's. Dendas also added an assist.
Dimond Sparkles In Opener
Junior Ted Dimond scored three goals to lead the Bobcats to a 13-5 win at Wagner, Feb. 14. Dimond led the Bobcats with 17 goals in 2008.
Gast From the Past
After missing all of last season due to injury, Mike Gast scored two goals in his return to the Bobcats' line-up, Feb. 14 at Wagner.
Benzing Begins Strong
Goalie Kevin Benzing stopped 15 shots, while allowing just five goals at Wagner.
Mullaney Picks Up His Game
Ben Mullaney scooped up seven ground balls and won 12-of-20 face-offs in the Bobcats' season opener at Wagner.
Top Cats Return
Top point scorers Gary Messina, Ted Dimond and Garett Kerr all return for the Bobcats. Messina led Quinnipiac with 26 points, including 10 goals and a team-high 16 assists last season. Dimond scored a team-high 17 goals, while Kerr added 16 goals.
Didn't You Used To Play Here?
2008 All-GWLL Second Team selection Drew Maceranka returns to the Bobcats as an assistant coach. Maceranka anchored the Quinnipiac defense last season and earned a spot on the North team at the USILA North/South All-Star Game.
The Bobcats return to GWLL action, Saturday, when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State. The opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.