April 30, 2010

Men's Lacrosse Welcomes Bryant Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-5) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (10-5)
Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Play Host To Bryant In Non-Conference Finale Saturday
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team plays host to Bryant Saturday in its final non-conference game of the season. Since an April 17 loss at Holy Cross, the Bobcats have won their last two games against Bellarmine and Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs also last fell to the Crusaders, April 20, while defeating No. 11 Yale and Dartmouth in their last two games. The two teams have never met.

Scouting the Bryant Bulldogs
Bryant is led by Max Weisenberg, whose 27 goals and 38 points lead the Bulldogs. Matt Larson in second on the team in goals (22), while Travis Harrington is second in points (29). Peter McMahon and JK Poirier have 13 assists apiece to lead the Bulldogs, while Weisenberg and Harrington have 11 each. Andrew Hennessey (.661) and Evan Roberts (.567) have split face-off responsibilities, while Jameson Love has seen all but two minutes in net this season. Love has compiled an impressive 6.38 goals-against average and .590 save percentage.

Haggerty's Heck of a Week
Three days after dishing out five assists against Bellarmine, April 24, Christian Haggerty proved he could score himself with five goals at Sacred Heart, April 27.

Hat Trick Hat Trick
Jack Oppenheimer has compiled hat tricks in each of the last three games for the Bobcats. He started the streak with three goals at Holy Cross, before scoring six times against Bellarmine and three more at Sacred Heart.

Well-Grounded Man
With 75 ground balls so far this season, Zach Pall ranks third all-time on the Quinnipiac single-season ground balls list. He passed Joe Baglio's 73 ground balls in 1999 last time out at Sacred Heart, and trails only Baglio's 112 in 2001 and 80 in 2000 for most in a single season at Quinnipiac.

Causing Havoc
The Bobcats ranked fifth in the nation in caused turnovers per game, entering the week averaging 10.45 per game. With nine caused turnovers at Sacred Heart, the Bobcats' average is now 10.33 per game.

Glad To Have You
Junior transfer Christian Haggerty leads the Bobcats in points (40), with 18 goals and 22 assists. His assist total also leads Quinnipiac, and ranks fifth on the program single-season list. Haggerty is the first Bobcat to reach as many as 17 assists in a season since both Joe Baglio (29) and Jeff Speed (24) did so in 2001. He ranked eighth in the nation to begin the week at 2.0 assists per game.

Oppenheimer Climbs Quinnipiac Career Goals List
With three goals April 27 at Sacred Heart, Jack Oppenheimer pushed his career total to 54 goals, good for 14th in Quinnipiac history.

Lucky Sevens
Quinnipiac entered the week seventh in the nation in both face-off winning percentage (.567) and ground balls per game (35.73), paced by Zach Pall, who was fourth nationally in both categories (6.8 gbpg, .607 face-off winning percentage).

Oppenheimer Goals: The Right Way To Score
With 29 goals this season, Jack Oppenheimer leads the Bobcats and has moved into 12th all-time on the Quinnipiac single-season chart. Oppenheimer led the Bobcats in both points (26) and goals (20) in 2009. With two games remaining this season, he's already surpassed both marks.

Benz, But Don't Break
Senior goalie Kevin Benzing has been his typical steady self in net for the Bobcats this season, maintaining an 8.84 goals-against average and a .551 save percentage while posting a 7-5 record. His save percentage ranked 19th nationally to begin the week, while his goals-against average was 20th.

Bellarmine Blowout
After defeating Bellarmine by one goal in three of four wins in the all-time series prior to their April 24 pairing with the Knights, Quinnipiac left no doubt in a 20-7 victory. Jack Oppenheimer led the way with six goals, second-most in Quinnipiac single-game history, while Christian Haggerty dished out five assists.

Kaiser Creeps Up Quinnipiac Scoring List
With his 40th career goal, April 24 against Bellarmine, Todd Kaiser moved into a tie for 16th on the QU All-Time scoring list.

Gettin' After Ground Balls
The Bobcats won a decisive victory in the ground-ball game at Air Force, April 9, scooping up 34 to the Falcons' 15.

Simply the Best
For his 21-save effort at Hobart on March 20, Kevin Benzing was named the ECAC Lacrosse and Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The 21 saves were the most in the nation in a single game during that week, and a career high for the senior goalie.

Marotto Makes His Mark
Alex Marotto scored three goals, all in the decisive second half, March 20 at Hobart. Marotto tied the game at 4-4, before later adding insurance goals to push the Bobcats' lead to 7-4 and 9-7.

New Addition
Junior transfer Christian Haggerty had a team-high six points (two goals, four assists) in the Bobcats' 12-2 win over Providence, March 13. For his effort, he was named the ECAC Lacrosse Co-Player of the Week.

Three For All
Christian Haggerty, Peter McNichols and Jack Oppenheimer each contributed three goals and an assist in the Bobcats' 13-8 victory, March 7 at Detroit-Mercy.

Saving Face
The Bobcats won 22-of-26 face-off opportunities against Wagner. Zach Pall led the way, going a perfect 7-for-7, while Derek Flynn (8-for-10) and Jay Binkowski (7-for-9) were also extremely efficient.

Kaiser Connects
Todd Kaiser led the Bobcats with a goal and an assist in Quinnipiac's season opener against No. 10 Loyola, Feb. 27.

Benzing Sends Back 16 Shots
Kevin Benzing did all he could to keep the Bobcats in the game, Feb. 27, against nationally-ranked No. 10 Loyola. Benzing stopped 16 of the 27 shots he faced on the day.

30 'Cats Back
The Bobcats returned 30 of 35 letter winners from 2009, 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.

On Deck
The Bobcats conclude the 2010 regular season next Saturday, when they play host to intrastate ECAC foe Fairfield. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field.