No. 20 Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Heads to Maryland to take on Vermont on Friday Night

No. 20 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
University of Vermont Catamounts (1-4, 0-0 AE)
Date:
Friday, March 8, 2013
Time: 7:45 PM
Location: Severna Park High School – Severna Park, Md.
Series vs. Vermont: 1-5
Last Meeting: February 24, 2007 (L, 15-8)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-0
Vermont Last Five: 1-4
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Take On Catamounts
The nationally-ranked No. 20 Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (2-0, 0-0 NEC) will look to remain unbeaten when the Bobcats head to Severna Park, Md. on Friday, March 8, 2013 for a neutral site affair with the University of Vermont (1-4, 0-0 AE). Faceoff is set for 7:45 PM at Severna Park High School. 

All-Time Against Vermont
Quinnipiac mustered a 9-8 win back in 2002, but have not been able to defeat Vermont since. The Bobcats are just 1-5 in six meetings with the Catamounts – which features four, one-goal losses for the Q. 

Last Time Against Vermont
Tucker Prudden and Mike Stottler each registered four points in the game, but the Bobcats fell in their 2007 season-opener to Vermont, 15-8, at the QU Lacrosse Turf in Hamden. Prudden finished with two goals and two assists and Stottler added four goals in the losing effort. Roger Fish made five saves, but the Bobcats were outmatched by the balanced attack of the Catamounts. 

Scouting the Catamounts
A tough non-conference schedule has the Catamounts off to a 1-4 start through five games of the 2013 season. Two of the four losses have to come to ranked opponents, No. 10 Colgate and most recently No. 10 Virginia. The Cavaliers tallied two goals in the final 4:14 of the fourth quarter to edge Vermont, 12-10, in non-conference action on Tuesday. Tim Yager led the Catamounts with four goals, while Drew Philie and Graham Horvath each chipped in two apiece. Philie leads the team in points (9 goals and 2 assists) with Horvath leading the team in goals scored (10). 

On The Air
Friday's game can be heard live through UVMAthletics.com by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

Last Time Out Against Detroit Mercy
For the second week in a row, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team used fourth-quarter heroics to overcome a deficit as the Bobcats defeated the University of Detroit Mercy, 12-10, at Titan Field in Detroit, Mich. Basil Kostaras and Michael Sagl each recorded hat tricks for the Bobcats, who improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 2008 campaign. Pat Corcoran also chipped in multiple goals with two in the second half. Chris Messina, Carmen French, Brendan Wilbur and Tom Gilligan each added one goal apiece, while Jay Binkowski (2), Dylan Webster and Messina each tallied assists. Webster compiled a team-high seven ground balls, with French leading the team in caused turnovers (3).  

USILA Nationally Ranked
For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was ranked in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Poll, announced on Monday, March 4, 2013. The Bobcats garnered No. 20 in the census, while also receiving votes in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll as well. Quinnipiac earned the respect of the voters by its 2-0 start – which features two wins on the road at Brown and Detroit Mercy. 

Fifth In NEILA Poll
Quinnipiac moved up a spot to No. 4 in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coaches' Poll, announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The weekly poll is compiled of the top eight Division I lacrosse teams in New England. 

LaxPower Power Ratings
The Bobcats worked its way into seventh place on the LaxPower Power ratings, released on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The computer power rating for college lacrosse is based on margin of victory calculations, including a 10-goal limit constraint. In addition, predictions are made for the selection of teams to the men and women's NCAA championship tournament for Divisions I, II, and III, which is predicated on strength of schedule, ratings percentage index, quality wins, win-loss records, and polls. 

NEC Offensive Player of the Week
Sophomore Michael Sagl was named the Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Week, announced on Monday, March 4, 2013. Sagl provided the Bobcats with his third career hat trick on Saturday afternoon, helping Quinnipiac to a 12-10 win over Detroit Mercy. Sagl paced the Bobcat offense with five points, scoring three goals, including one man-down, and dishing out two assists in the win. His five-point outing was one shy of his career high which he set last year with four goals and two assists against the Titans. Sagl already has 21 goals and 20 assists in a Bobcat uniform.  

Basil Into The QU Record Books
Basil Kostaras has embedded his name in the career record books at Quinnipiac. The senior midfielder ranks 16th all-time in goals scored (43) and 20th in points (67).  He is also six assists shy of 15th (24) for the category as well. 

Strong Showing  For Wilbur
In their first game of the season against Brown (2/23), Brendan Wilbur led the Bobcats with three goals, caused three turnovers and picked up a ground ball in the win. Dating back to last season, with his goal against UDM (3/2) he has at least one point in 10 straight games – the longest active streak on the team. 

Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster finished in a two-way tie for 13th in the country in groundballs per game last season, and is once again among the nation's best in 2013. The sophomore attackman is averaging 8.5 ground balls per game, ranking him fifth in the NCAA. He also has two goals and two assists for a total of four points.

Weekly Awards For The Goalie
Gill Conners played a key role in Quinnipiac's season-opening win at Brown (2/23) and earned NEILA Player of the Week and Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. Conners posted 20 saves in Quinnipiac's 9-7 win, making three stops in the first quarter and six in second. After the break, he matched his second quarter output with six more in the third before capping the game with five in the fourth, including one with just 31 ticks to play.  He also nabbed three ground balls in the win. The 20 saves are the most by a Quinnipiac goalie since the 2004 campaign.

Up Next
Quinnipiac returns to the turf on Tuesday, March 12 with its first home game of the 2013 season. The Bobcats will take on NEILA foe Providence (3 PM) at the QU Lacrosse Turf.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu