Sunday, February 26, 2012 – 12 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Brown University Bears (0-0, 0-0 NEC)
Quinnipiac University Lacrosse Turf Complex – Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Welcome Brown On Sunday For 2012 Season-Opener
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-0, 0-0 NEC) opens its 2012 campaign on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats will host Brown University (0-0, 0-0 NEC) at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Quinnipiac's quest for its second consecutive trip to the Northeast Conference Championship game begins with a 12 p.m. faceoff on February 26.
Scouting the Bears
With a record of 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the Ivy League, the Bears narrowly missed out on the conference tournament last year. Brown's defense is the driving force behind the team's success and will be led by junior defensemen Roger Ferguson. Joining Ferguson in the backfield will also be sophomore goalkeeper Will Round, who played behind All-Ivy League goalie Matt Chriss. Offensively, the Bears will look to Parker Brown, who returns for his senior year after leading the team in points (55) and assists (18), while placing second in goals with 22.
Last Time Against Brown
Kevin Kelly scored twice in the Bobcats' season-opener last year, but Quinnipiac was defeated by No. 20 nationally ranked (at the time) Brown University, 13-4, in Providence, R.I. Jack Oppenheimer and Billy Alessi each added a goal for the Bobcats, while Christian Haggerty and Matt Minor had assists. Kevin Benzing made 10 saves in losing effort.
On The Air
Sunday's game can be heard live through the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN) by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
Bobcats Grab Share of NEC Regular Season Championship
With a win in the final week of the 2011 season at Wagner and a Mount St. Mary's double-overtime defeat to Bryant, Quinnipiac claimed a share of the inaugural NEC Men's Lacrosse Regular Season Championship. By virtue of the Mountaineers' 16-10 victory against QU on April 16, Mount St. Mary's took the tie-breaker and the right to host the NEC Tournament.
A Postseason Appearance: Nothing New For QU
Quinnipiac made its third postseason conference tournament appearance in as many chances last season. QU faced Notre Dame as the No. 4 seed in both the 2008 and 2009 Great Western Lacrosse League semifinals, while ECAC Lacrosse did not sponsor a tournament in 2010, when QU finished third in the league.
With such a talented group full of youth, Quinnipiac will be heavily reliant on its veteran leadership. Captains Chris Coppolecchia, Jay Binkowski and Basil Kostaras will be called upon to lead a corps of inexperience in their quest for another Championship run.
Some New Faces
When asked about the 2012 season, Head Coach Erik Fekete always references the team's youth as his first obstacle. The Bobcats welcome 25 new faces to the program this year, a figure that includes 23 freshmen. In their first scrimmage, Fekete had eight newcomers on the pitch for the sound of the opening whistle.
NEC Honors Six Bobcats
Defenseman Jake Glebocki garnered an All-Conference First Team accolade last season, one of six Bobcats to be honored by the NEC. Christian Haggerty, Kevin Kelly, Basil Kostaras and Matt Minor also earned recognition with second-team laurels, while Dylan Webster was named to the All-NEC Rookie Team.
Basil's Five-Goal Flavor
Basil Kostaras erupted for a career-high five goals in the Bobcats' 16-10 victory at Wagner on April 30, 2011. His previous career high was two, established four times last season.
Webster Claims Six NEC Rookie Weekly Honors
Dylan Webster won a league-leading six NEC Rookie of the Week awards last season. He finished the season with 14 goals and eight assists for a total of 22 points.
Oppenheimer Reaches 100-Point Plateau
With a six-point effort at Wagner in the last game of the 2011 campaign, Jack Oppenheimer eclipsed the 100-point plateau for his career. He joins just eight other Quinnipiac players in the 20-year history of the program to register 100 career points.
Benzing Grabs Second In Saves
With 19 saves against Holy Cross March 5 last year, Kevin Benzing passed Mike Sturmer '99 (428) for second all-time at QU. He now stands at 524, 104 behind the all-time leader at Quinnipiac, T.J. Barnett '04 (628).
Haggerty Moves Up QU Career Assists List
In just two years at Quinnipiac, Christian Haggerty ranks fourth all-time in program history with 44 assists. He also ranks among QU's top-20 goal-scorers and point-leaders as well.
The Bobcats return to the field on March 3 with their first road match of the season. QU heads out west to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a non-conference affair with Air Force. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) For all the latest news, scorers and highlights pertaining to the Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio@quinnipiac.edu