Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-7, 1-2 GWLL) vs.
University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0, 3-0 GWLL)
Saturday, April 18, 2009 11 a.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team closes the home portion of the 2009 season when it plays host to Notre Dame, Saturday at 11 a.m. Prior the game, the Bobcats will honor its four-member senior class. The Bobcats are coming off a 12-9 loss, April 11, to intrastate foe Sacred Heart. Meanwhile, the Irish fended off a 5-1 Denver run to defeat the Pioneers, 10-8, at Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos.
Scouting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The only undefeated team left in Division I, the 10-0 Irish are led by senior goalie Scott Rodgers, who's second in the nation in save percentage (.649) and fourth in goals-against average (6.91). Grant Krebs and Ryan Hoff lead Notre Dame in goals with 19 apiece, while Neal Hicks and Duncan Swezey have 17 each. Peter Christman has a team-leading 13 assists (29th-NCAA), while Swezey is close behind with 12. Trever Sipperly (.551 - 20th NCAA) and Jake Marmul (.528 - 29th NCAA) have split face-off responsibilities. Notre Dame enters Saturday's game ranked No. 3 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Sticks & Stones
The Bobcats have raised more than $10,000 this season to benefit prostate cancer research as part of the Prostate Cancer Foundation's "Sticks & Stones To Conquer Prostate Cancer" campaign. Saturday's game will feature a raffle and the sales of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream, t-shirts and wristbands as part of the culmination of the fundraising effort.
Seniors Say Goodbye
Seniors A.J. Alessi, Mike Annunziata, Pat Elliott and Gary Messina will play their last games at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Saturday. The group has helped the Bobcats to 24 wins in their four years, and an appearance in the inaugural Great Western Lacrosse League Tournament last season.
Bobcats Back In the NEILA Rankings
After a five-week hiatus, the Bobcats returned to the NEILA rankings, following their April 4 win against No. 19 Denver. The Bobcats settled into the No. 7 position before slipping into the eighth spot this week.
Shots Bouncing Off Benzing
Kevin Benzing entered the week ranked 22nd and 28th in the nation in save percentage (.561) and goals-against average (8.99), respectively. He stopped 16 shots in the Bobcats win against No. 19 Denver, his fifth career performance of 15 saves or more.
Ben Mullaney became just the 11th Bobcat to scoop up 100 career ground balls in the Bobcats' loss at Providence, March 18. With 126 ground balls, including 15 against Sacred Heart, he's seventh in Quinnipiac history.
Oppenheimer: The Right Way To Play
Jack Oppenheimer owns the team lead in goals (15) and points (20), and is tied for third in assists (5). After opening the season with a goal and four assists against Wagner, Oppenheimer followed with three goals against St. John's and Sacred Heart, two against Lafayette and Air Force and one each against Brown, Denver, Detroit and Ohio State.
Kaiser Steps Up
Junior Todd Kaiser scored four goals and added two assists as the Bobcats earned an 11-10 win against No. 19 Denver, the first win against a nationally-ranked team in program history. Included in the performance were points on four consecutive goals to turn a 6-3 Bobcats deficit at the half into a 7-6 lead by the end of the third quarter. Quinnipiac never trailed again. For his effort, Kaiser was named both the Great Western Lacrosse League and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Week.
Messina Moves Up The Career Assists Chart
With two assists against Denver, April 4, senior Gary Messina moved into a tie for 14th all-time on the Quinnipiac career assists list. Of his 28 career assists, 26 have come in the last two seasons. Messina racked up 16 assists (T-8th QU single season) in 2008, and currently leads the Bobcats with 10 assists so far in 2009.
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.
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 conclude the 2009 regular season, April 25, at Bellarmine. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky.