Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-6, 0-2 GWLL) vs.
University of Denver Pioneers (6-4, 1-0 GWLL)
Saturday, April 4, 2009 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Begin Three-Game Homestand Against DU
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team returns home Saturday to begin a three-game homestand against Great Western Lacrosse League foe Denver. Quinnipiac is coming off an 8-2 defeat at Ohio State, March 29. Meanwhile, the Pioneers won last time out against Bellarmine, 12-9, in Louisville. Matthews led the way with five goals, while Baxter added three. The Pioneers will be without Jamie Lincoln, Ilija Gajic and Brad Richardson, who were dismissed from the team earlier this week. Lincoln scored six goals against the Bobcats last year, while Gajic had two assists.
Scouting the Denver Pioneers
The Pioneers are led by Charley Dickenson, whose 10 goals and team-high 20 assists give him a team-best 30 points. Joey Murray's 18 goals are a team-best, while Mark Matthews (17) and Alex Gajic (15) are close behind. Todd Baxter has also reached double-digits with 10 goals. Ben Wahler has won 103-of-187 face-off opportunities and has scooped up a team-high 54 ground balls. Peter Lowell has seen the majority of time in net, compiling a 9.28 goals-against average and .536 save percentage.
Dimond Shines In Quinnipiac Victories
Junior Ted Dimond scored three goals and added two assists in the Bobcats' 15-4 win against Detroit, March 22. He also scored three times to lead the Bobcats to a 13-5 win at Wagner, Feb. 14.
Bobcats Pick Up 57 Ground Balls
The Bobcats scooped up 57 ground balls against Detroit, March 22. The 57 ground balls are a Quinnipiac single-game high for the last two seasons. 25 QU players picked up at least one.
Ben Mullaney became just the 11th Bobcat to scoop up 100 career ground balls in the Bobcats' loss at Providence, March 18. With 103 ground balls, he's eighth in Quinnipiac history.
Shots Bouncing Off Benzing
Kevin Benzing entered the week ranked 22nd and 23rd in the nation in save percentage (.567) and goals-against average (8.43), respectively.
Oppenheimer: The Right Way To Play
Jack Oppenheimer owns the team lead in goals (11) and points (15), 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, two against Air Force and one each against Brown, Detroit and Ohio State.
Kelly Creeping Up The Charts
With two goals each at Providence and against Detroit, sophomore Kevin Kelly is now third on the team in goals (8) and points (11).
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.
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 continue their three-game homestand, April 11, when they play host to intrastate foe Sacred Heart. The opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field.