February 27, 2010

Men's Lacrosse Opens 2010 Season Saturday Against No. 10 Loyola (Md.)

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 ECAC) vs.
Loyola (Md.) University Greyhounds (1-0, 0-0 ECAC)
Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Open 2010 Season, ECAC Play At Home Saturday Afternoon
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team opens the 2010 season and plays its first ECAC Lacrosse game Saturday afternoon against nationally-ranked No. 10 Loyola (Md.) at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey and Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bobcats are coming off a highly-successful fall season in which they won the inaugural Connecticut Cup, besting Yale twice, as well as fellow ECAC foe Fairfield. The Greyhounds are coming off an impressive overtime victory at then-No. 11 Navy to open the 2010 season.

Scouting the Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds
The Greyhounds are led by Cooper MacDonnell, who scored six of Loyola's eight goals against Navy, including the game winner with nine seconds left in overtime. Matt Langan paced the Greyhounds with a pair of assists, while Jake Hagelin made four saves to earn the win in net.

30 'Cats Back
The Bobcats return 30 of 35 letter winners from a year ago, including the team's top eight goal scorers. Junior Jack Oppenheimer scored a team-high 20 goals last season, while classmate Kevin Kelly was close behind with 17. Senior Ted Dimond also contributed double-digit goals with 12. Seniors Todd Kaiser (7), Garett Kerr (7), Alex DeAlmeida (5), Mike Gast (5), and Zach Dendas (5) all return for the Bobcats' offense.

Benzing Buoys Defense
Senior goalie Kevin Benzing returns as the Bobcats' last line of defense for his third straight year as Quinnipiac's starting goalie. Benzing had a .549 save percentage and a 9.07 goals-against average last season.

Mullaney In The Middle
Face-off specialist Ben Mullaney also returns for the Bobcats after winning exactly half of the face-offs he took last season (111-222).

Bobcats In Season Openers
Though the Bobcats are just 7-11 all time in season openers and 4-6 at Division I, they've won their last two.

On Deck
The Bobcats play host to Wagner, Wednesday at 3 p.m.