Saturday, March 3, 2012 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-1, 0-0 NEC) at
Air Force Falcons (1-2, 0-0 ECAC)
Falcon Stadium – USAFA, Colo.
Bobcats Set For Air Force On Saturday Afternoon
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 NEC) will hit the road this weekend for its first away game of the 2012 schedule. The Bobcats head out west to the United States Air Force Academy (1-2, 0-0 ECAC) for a 1 p.m. (ET) showdown with the Falcons. The seventh meeting between the two schools will break the all-time deadlock, as the last Bobcats win in 2010 knotted the series up at three apiece.
Scouting the Falcons
Air Force enters this weekend's contest with a 1-2 record following its performance at the Denver University Face-Off Classic. The Falcons dropped a high-octane affair with Robert Morris, 17-14, before earning their first triumph of the campaign with a 15-6 decision over Michigan. Freshman Keith Dreyer scored 10 points (3g, 7a) over the weekend to lead the team, while sophomores Erik Smith (3g, 5a) and Mike Crampton (5g, 2a) added eight and seven points, respectively. In the match against NEC opponent Robert Morris, Smith and Crampton paced Air Force with three goals each, while junior Pat Harrison tallied a career-best four goals in the win over the Wolverines. Dreyer leads the Falcons' offense with 14 points, including a team-best 10 assists, while Crampton is the team's top goal scorer with eight tallies on the year.
Last Time Against Air Force
Christian Haggerty and Todd Kaiser scored two goals in the last encounter, as the Bobcats held on for an 8-6 victory over Air Force back in the 2010 season. The Bobcats boasted a 6-1 lead out of the gate and fended off a late charge from the hosting Falcons. Kaiser's two tallies in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference, granting Quinnipiac its fifth win of the season. Kevin Benzing made 11 saves between the pipes for the Bobcats.
On The Air
Saturday's game will be broadcasted live on the Air Force Falcons free online stream by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
Basil Kostaras netted a natural hat trick in the first quarter against Brown on Sunday. The junior midfielder put the Bobcats in front just four minutes into the game, followed with his second goal of the game two minutes later and completed the trick with 2:46 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Kostaras also added an assist on the afternoon.
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.
Upon returning from Colorado, the Bobcats resume play on Wednesday, March 7 at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Faceoff against Fairfield is set for 3 p.m. For all the latest news, scorers and highlights pertaining to the Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu