Tuesday, March 13, 2012 – 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-4, 0-0 NEC) at
Saint Joseph's University Hawks (2-4, 0-0 A-10)
Finnesey Field – Philadelphia, Pa.
Bobcats Take Road Trip To Philly; Men's Lacrosse At Saint Joseph's Tuesday Afternoon
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-4, 0-0 NEC) makes its way to the City of Brotherly Love on Tuesday afternoon, as the Bobcats are set for a non-conference clash with Atlantic-10 member Saint Joseph's University (2-4, 0-0 A-10). The Bobcats have fared well against the Hawks in the Division I era, taking three out of the four meetings dating back to the inaugural 1999 season. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Finnesey Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
Scouting the Hawks
Saint Joseph's erased a 0-2 start to the 2012 campaign with back-to-back wins two weeks ago, but failed to extend the winning streak. The Hawks dropped the first two games of their current four-game home stand, falling to Drexel and Brown at Finnesey Field. Offense has certainly not come easy for the Hawks this year, boasting more than 10 goals just one time in six games. Sophomore Ryan McGee leads the attack with nine goals and six assists, while also snatching a team-best 22 groundballs. Right behind him is junior Kyle Williams who has chipped in with six goals and four assists on the year. Conversely though, the Hawks' strength resides on the other end of the turf. Senior goalkeeper Griffin Ferrigan has been solid in his final season between the pipes, allowing just over eight goals per game. He has 61 saves, stopping .587 percent of the shots on target.
Last Time Against Saint Joseph's
The Bobcats captured a 12-5 victory at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field back in 2005. Quinnipiac opened the scoring column with two goals in the first five minutes and never looked back, handing Saint Joseph's its fourth loss of the season.
NEC Rookie Of The Week
Freshman Michael Sagl was tabbed the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, announced on Monday, March 12, 2012 by the league office. Sagl had the hot stick for the Bobcats last week, as the West Islip, N.Y. native scored five times and handed out three assists in two home games. Against now No. 13 nationally ranked Fairfield, Sagl assisted on his team's first goal in the opening quarter before striking late in the fourth during a comeback attempt that fell short, 9-6. He then reeled off a career-high four goals – all in the second half - and picked up two assists in a 13-10 loss to Detroit Mercy.
Way To Go Webster
2011 All-Rookie Team honoree Dylan Webster scored a career-high four goals against No. 17 nationally ranked Fairfield on March 7. The sophomore attackman from Brampton, Ontario netted a goal in each quarter, including a game-tying tally three minutes into the second frame.
With his sixth goal of the season on Saturday, Basil Kostaras has now recorded a goal in nine straight games, a streak that dates back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras has 18 goals and six 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 four games this season, the most in the Northeast Conference. Several have made an immediate impact both offensively and defensively for QU. Michael Sagl has six goals and four assists, Matt Diehl has four assists, Pat Corcoran has two goals, Leo Horine has one goal, and Carmen French has a helper. On the other side, Dylan Torey has started in goal every game 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.
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.
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.
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.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday against intrastate rival Hartford. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Hartford, Conn. 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