Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – 3 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-2, 0-0 NEC) vs.
#17 Fairfield University Stags (4-0, 0-0 ECAC)
Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.
Men's Lacrosse To Host No. 17 Fairfield On Wednesday Afternoon
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-2, 0-0 NEC) welcomes No. 17 nationally ranked Fairfield University (4-0, 0-0 ECAC) to the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Wednesday afternoon. Just 30 miles separate the two institutions, but the 3 p.m. tilt marks only the fourth time the teams have faced off. The Stags control a 2-1 series edge with each team sustaining home-field-advantage in the rivalry.
Scouting the Stags
Recently cracking the NCAA's national poll, No. 17 Fairfield enters this match-up with an unblemished record. The perfect start has been far from easy though, as the Stags have yet to find a win of more than three goals, including three straight overtime wins. In their last outing, senior John Snellman collected the game-winner just 44 seconds into the overtime period to give the Stags a 10-9 win over UMBC. Snellman, senior Brent Adams and junior Sam Snow spearhead a potent attack that averages over 10 goals per contest. The dynamic trio has combined for 32 of the team's 42 goals on the year, with Adams assisting on four others. On the other end, senior Charlie Cipriano has registered every minute between the pipes, turning away 40 of the 76 shots faced on target (.526).
Last Time Against Fairfield
Jack Oppenheimer scored a goal and added an assist, but the Bobcats fell on the road to Fairfield, 7-5, at Alumni Field. Christian Haggerty, Billy Alessi, Brandon Kuring and Basil Kostaras also scored goals for Quinnipiac. Kevin Benzing took the loss in net, stopping 12 shots. Sam Snow and Ryan Mulford led Fairfield with a goal and an assist each, while Doug Kuring, Marshall Johnson, Jordan Greenfield, Shawn Hanovich and Jay Duffy each scored once. Charlie Cipriano got the win in net for Fairfield, making eight saves.
On The Air
Wednesday'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.
With his fourth goal of the season on Saturday, Basil Kostaras has now recorded a goal in seven straight games, a streak that dates back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras has 16 goals and three assists during the span, including a five-goal performance against Wagner in the 2011 regular-season finale.
The Bobcats have started five or more freshmen in their first two games this season, the most in the Northeast Conference. Several have made an immediate impact both offensively and defensively for QU. Michael Sagl has one goal and one assist, Matt Diehl has three assists and Leo Horine has one helper. On the other side, Dylan Torey has started in goal for the Bobcats.
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.
Quinnipiac concludes its short home-stand on Saturday with a non-conference match against Detroit Mercy. The game is slated for 1 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. 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