Saturday, April 28, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-9, 2-2 NEC) at
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (3-9, 0-4 NEC)
Campus Field – Fairfield, Conn.
Men's Lacrosse Takes On Intrastate Rival Sacred Heart On Saturday Night
Already having the #3 seed locked up in the upcoming 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-9, 2-2 NEC) heads on the road for a tune-up game Saturday night. The Bobcats will look to play spoiler on Sacred Heart's (3-9, 0-4 NEC) Senior Night, making the trek down Route 95 to Fairfield. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. at Campus Field.
All-Time Against Sacred Heart
In a series that dates back to Quinnipiac's Division II days, the Bobcats and the Pioneers are quite familiar with each other. SHU holds a 7-4 mark against QU since the 1996 season, but the two teams have split eight encounters in Division I. In addition, according to previous seasons, advantage tends to go to the home team. The host team holds a 3-1 record dating back to the 1999 campaign.
Scouting the Pioneers
Sacred Heart boasted a tremendous start to the 2012 campaign, however, has struggled mightily since the midway mark. The Pioneers, who were once ranked in the NEILA Regional Poll, are currently in the midst of a five-game losing streak, a stretch that began back on March 24. Among the five losses, four of them have come at the expense of an NEC opponent, most recently a one-goal setback to Mount St. Mary's last Saturday. The league's third ranked offensive is led by sophomore attackman Mike Mawdley. He sits third among all NEC players with 26 goals (2.17 per game), and ranks second on the team in total points (26). Fellow classmate Cody Marquis leads the team in points with 14 goals and 13 assists for a season-total of 27 points. On the other side of the ball, sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Hughes has seen the majority of the action between the pipes. He has allowed 10.81 goals per game and turns away over 50 percent of the shots faced.
Last Time Against SHU
Jack Oppenheimer tallied a career-high seven points in their last meeting, as the Bobcats overwhelmed intrastate Northeast Conference rival Sacred Heart, 18-9, on Senior Day at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field. Oppenheimer's seven points (five goals, two assists) are the most by a Quinnipiac player since 2002. Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) and Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) also chipped in hat tricks with three goals apiece, while Webster also added a pair of assists. Christian Haggerty had a five-point day with two goals and three assists, while Brendan Wilbur and Kevin Kelly had a goal and two assists each. Basil Kostaras, Tom Gilligan and Mike Gast also scored once each for Quinnipiac, while Jay Binkowski added an assist.
On The Air
Saturday's game can be seen on SHU's live video feed by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
A Postseason Appearance: Nothing New For QU
Fresh off a 2011 NEC Regular-Season Championship, Quinnipiac will make its fourth postseason conference tournament appearance in as many chances next week. The Bobcats clinched the #3 seed in the 2012 Tournament, and will play either Robert Morris or Bryant in the Semifinals. 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.
Freshman Pat Corcoran notched a career-high five points against Robert Morris last Saturday. Corcoran led the Bobcats with a career-best four goals, all coming consecutively in the first quarter, and then added an assist in the second frame. He has nine goals and four assists for a total of 13 points on the season.
No Big Diehl
With his assist on Saturday at Robert Morris, freshman Matt Diehl is currently riding the longest point-streak on the team. He has registered a point in eight straight games, a span that includes 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points.
Leading The NCAA
Chris Coppolecchia leads the nation in caused turnovers per game after forcing 24 of them in the last five games. He is averaging 3.33 per outing, placing him atop the Northeast Conference as well. Coppolecchia notched a career-best with seven of them against #19 Bryant on April 14. He also just moved into eighth place all-time in career ground balls.
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 three goals away (37), six assists away (22) and six points (59) away from cracking top-20 in all three categories.
Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster is currently tied for seventh in the country in groundballs per game. The sophomore attackman is averaging 6.67 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 16 assists thus far, accumulating to a 1.33 per game average. He is seventh 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 April 10.
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.
Quinnipiac returns to the turf on Friday, May 4 with the opening round of the NEC Championships. The highest seed will host the tournament, with QU taking on the #2 seed in the single-elimination clash. For all the latest news, scorers and highlights pertaining to the Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio@quinnipiac.edu