Saturday, April 14, 2012 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-7, 2-0 NEC) vs.
Bryant University Bulldogs (10-2, 2-0 NEC)
QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.
Senior Day; No .19 Bryant, Quinnipiac Square Off In NEC Showdown Saturday
Saturday's 1 p.m. faceoff at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field will feature two of the three remaining unbeaten teams in the Northeast Conference, as the Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-7, 2-0 NEC) welcome No. 19 nationally ranked Bryant University (10-2, 2-0 NEC) to Hamden. Prior to the start of the game, Head Coach Eric Fekete and Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald will honor the five senior class members for their hard work and dedication to the program.
All-Time Against Bryant
The meeting on Saturday will mark just the third time that the two teams will square off. In their first encounter, Bryant escaped with a 7-6 victory back in 2010 in Hamden. However, Quinnipiac avenged the one-goal loss with a thrilling one-goal win of its own last season.
Last Time Against Bryant
Seeing action in just his second game last season, Brendan Wilbur scored twice, including the game-winning goal as time expired, as the Bobcats erased a four-goal second-half deficit to defeat Bryant, 13-12, at the Bryant Turf Complex. "It was great to win the first NEC game in league history," said Head Coach Eric Fekete after the victory. "We buckled down at halftime and focused on the adjustments we needed to make and the guys played a great second half." Basil Kostaras had two goals and two assists, while Dylan Webster also found the back of the net for the Bobcats. Turnovers played a large role in the outcome, as QU forced 17 Bryant miscues, opposed to 12 from the visitors.
Scouting the Bulldogs
The Bulldogs present a daunting challenge for the Bobcats on Saturday afternoon. Bryant is currently riding a 10-game winning streak and recently cracked top-20 in the national poll at No. 19. The key to Bryant's success comes via the faceoff, where it holds a .644 team faceoff percentage, good enough for first in the country. Freshman Kevin Massa is the main reason for the feat, taking 172-of-267 (.642) faceoff attempts in his rookie campaign. Offensively, sophomore Colin Dunster leads a potent attack with 27 goals and seven assists for a total of 34 points. Joining Dunster in the attack is junior Peter McMahon, who also creates havoc on the offensive end. He has 17 goals and a league-best 18 assists thus far. On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs have been the toughest NEC team to score on this season. Senior goalkeeper Jameson Love has stopped 61.7 percent of the shots he has faced, allowing 7.64 goals per game.
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 the Shane Doyle providing color commentary for the broadcast. Fans can also tune into live stats 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 four goals away (36), six assists away (22) and seven points (58) away from cracking top-20 in all three categories.
Copp Causin' Turnovers
Chris Coppolecchia is tied for first in the nation in caused turnovers per game after forcing 14 of them in the last three games. He is averaging three per outing, placing him atop the Northeast Conference as well.
Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster currently ranks seventh in the country in groundballs per game. The sophomore attackman is averaging 6.40 per game, also placing him third in the Northeast Conference.
Lending A Helping Hand
Freshman Matt Diehl has stepped into his midfield role very nicely this season. Diehl has 14 assists thus far, accumulating to a 1.4 per game average. He is sixth in the Northeast Conference and ranks 40th in all of Division I.
It Was A Good Run…
After his 10th and 11th goals of the season against Wagner on April 7, Basil Kostaras had recorded a point in 13 straight games, a streak that dated back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras had 23 goals and nine assists during the span. Unfortunately, he was unable to collect a point at Harvard on Tuesday night.
During its previous three-game winning streak (Binghamton, Mount St. Mary's, Wagner), Quinnipiac was terrific on the defensive end. The Bobcats forced 37 turnovers, held opponents to just 66 percent when attempting to clear the zone and allowed just eight goals per game. Freshman Dylan Torey has allowed 22 goals and saved over 50 percent of the shots faced.
What's The Diehlio
Matt Diehl scored five goals, including the game-winner, and totaled six points against the Mountaineers on March 31. Diehl marked career-highs in both goals and points in the victory, which featured four goals in the second half to help QU pull away for the win. He has now scored at least one goal and tallied one or more points in his last six games, a stretch in which the Bobcats have gone 3-3 as a team.
NEC's Best Of The Week
Matt Diehl and Chris Coppolecchia were awarded weekly honors by the Northeast Conference, announced on Monday, April 2, 2012 by the league office. Diehl earned his first career NEC Player/Rookie of the Week accolade, while Coppolecchia was tabbed the NEC Defensive Player of the Week.
Fitting In Nicely
Freshman Michael Sagl was named the Quinnipiac's Athlete of the Month for the month of March, announced Wednesday, April 14, 2012. Michael Sagl was tremendous offensively for the Bobcats this past month, leading the team in several statistical categories. He netted a team-best 13 goals and handed out seven assists for a team-leading total of 20 points. Sagl registered a goal in each of his seven outings for the month, including two, four-goal games against Detroit Mercy and Binghamton.
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, April 21 with an NEC match-up at Robert Morris. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m. in Moon Township, Pa. For all the latest news, scorers and highlights pertaining to the Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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