Saturday, March 24, 2012 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-6, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Binghamton University Bearcats (2-4, 0-0 AE)
QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.
Men's Lacrosse Set To Host Binghamton On Saturday Afternoon
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-6, 0-0 NEC) returns to its home turf on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats welcome Binghamton University (2-4, 0-0 AE) to Hamden, Conn. The Bearcats own a 3-1 record all-time against QU, which includes a triumph in the lone encounter on Mount Carmel Avenue. Faceoff for the fifth meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Scouting the Bearcats
The Bearcats are off to a rocky start with a 2-4 mark and are currently riding a two game skid after Saturday's affair with Manhattan. Binghamton's last stitch effort to tie the game up in the waning moments of an up-and down game came up just short as the Jaspers escaped with an 11-10 victory afternoon at Gaelic Park. The Bearcats, who are 0-3 on the road, average nearly 10 goals per game, led by sophomore midfielder Michael Antinozzi. The Fallston, Md. native is currently tied for second in the nation with 3.83 goals per game, adding two assists on to his stellar start. His 23 goals thus far leave him just six goals behind the single-season record at BU. On the other end of the turf, senior Jordan Marra has had the most success in net this year. He has turned away 53 percent of the shots faced, allowing 10.58 goals per game.
Last Time Against Binghamton
In a low scoring contest, Binghamton edged the Bobcats, 6-3, back in 2005 at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bearcats boasted a 3-1 lead at the break and tacked on three straight to open a four-goal margin. The Bobcats got one back late in the fourth quarter, but couldn't overcome the deficit.
Last Time Out Against Hartford
Brandon Kuring and Dylan Webster accounted for 67 percent of the team's total offense (four goals each) on Saturday afternoon, but the Bobcats couldn't overcome a first-half deficit en route to a 15-12 loss to Hartford at Alumni Field. Basil Kostaras, Michael Sagl, Jay Binkowski and Matt Diehl concluded the scoring for QU. Diehl also chimed in with two assists, while Chris Coppolecchia caused two turnovers, picked up four groundballs and assisted on another, while Pat Corcoran registered an assist.
On The Air
Saturday'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. Chairman of QBSN Marc Schwartz will have the play-by-play call, with Gio Mio providing color commentary. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
Brandon Kuring and Daniel Webster each scored four goals against Hartford on Saturday. Kuring, who entered the game with one goal to his name, was tremendous adding two assists for a six-point outing. Webster continued his early season success with five groundballs to go along with his four points.
With his seventh goal of the season on Saturday, Basil Kostaras has now recorded a point in 11 straight games, a streak that dates back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras has 19 goals and seven assists during the span.
Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster currently ranks eighth in the country in groundballs per game. The sophomore attackman is averaging 6.50 per game, also placing him second in the Northeast Conference.
Copp Causin' Turnovers
Chris Coppolecchia ranks seventh in the nation in caused turnovers per game. He is averaging 2.33 per outing, placing him atop the Northeast Conference as well.
Basil Approaching QU Record Books
Basil Kostaras is inching closer towards embedding his name in the career record books at Quinnipiac. The junior midfielder is eight goals away (32), eight assists away (20) and 13 points (52) away from cracking top-20 in all three categories.
Another Hat Trick For Webster
Dylan Webster's tally in the fourth quarter against Saint Joseph's on Tuesday afternoon granted the sophomore attackman his second hat trick of the season. Webster opened the Bobcats' scoring column 7:08 seconds into the game, scored his second goal 3:58 seconds into the second frame and completed the trick early on in the last stanza.
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.
The Bobcats have started five or more freshmen in their first six games this season, the most in the Northeast Conference. Several have made an immediate impact both offensively and defensively for QU. Michael Sagl has eight goals and six assists, Matt Diehl has two goals and eight assists, Pat Corcoran has three goals and one assist, Leo Horine has two goals, and Paul Stevenson and Carmen French have 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 Feb. 26. 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.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, March 31 with its NEC opener at Mt. Saint Mary's. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. in Emmitsburg, Md. 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