April 2, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Hosts Mount St. Mary's Saturday at Noon

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-5, 0-1 NEC) vs.
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (4-7, 0-1 NEC)
Date:
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Mount: 2-4
Last Meeting: March 31, 2012 (W, 12-8)

Quinnipiac Last Five: 0-5
Mount Last Five: 2-3
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Audio: Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN)

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bring on the Mount
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-5, 0-1 NEC) resumes Northeast Conference play on Saturday, April 6th against Mount St. Mary's (4-7, 0-1 NEC). Each team fell in its NEC opener which sets the stage for a crucial showdown at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m. 

All-Time Against Mount
With its win last season, Quinnipiac snapped a three-game slide against the Mountaineers. The Bobcats are 2-4 against the Mount all-time in a series that dates back to the 2000 campaign. Quinnipiac is 0-2 at home, 2-1 on the road and 0-1 when playing at a neutral site. 

Last Time Against Mount
Matt Diehl led a potent Bobcats' offense with five goals as the Bobcats upended the 2012 Northeast Conference's preseason favorite Mount St. Mary's, 12-8, at Waldron Family Stadium last season. QU's attack was absolutely stellar on a misty day in Emmitsburg, putting 16 of their 22 shots on target and controlling 14-of-24 face-offs. Diehl totaled six points in the game, adding an assist to go along with his five goals. Joining Diehl with multi-goal games were attackmen Basil Kostaras and Matt Kycia. Kostaras had two goals and two assists and Kycia scored his first and second career goals. Michael Sagl, Dylan Webster and Brendan Wilbur wrapped up the scoring column for the Bobcats. 

Scouting the Mountaineers
Mount St. Mary's enters this matchup with a 4-7 record after dropping its third straight game last weekend. Mount St. Mary's was stunned in Fairfield with a 14-5 loss at Sacred Heart in its conference opener. Brett Schmidt had two goals and an assist in the loss, but with the two goals extended his scoring streak to 39 consecutive games, which is the longest streak in the nation. Andrew Scalley added a pair of assists for the Mount, while goalkeeper Frankie McCarthy had eight saves in his first collegiate start. Scalley leads the Mountaineers and the NEC in points per game (5.09), assists per game (2.73) and is tied for first with Brett Schmit in goals per game (2.36). 

Last Time Out Against Bryant
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team dropped its Northeast Conference opener last Saturday as the Bobcats fell on the road to Bryant, 17-7, at the Bulldog Turf Complex. Quinnipiac was led by Brendan Wilbur who tallied his eighth and ninth goals of the season. Pat Corcoran finished with a goal and an assist; while Michael Sagl, Chris Messina, Matt Diehl and Connor Meth each added one apiece. Billy Oppenheimer was credited with an assist. 

He's Going Streaking
Michael Sagl scored a goal in the third quarter against Bryant (3/30) to extend his point streak to 12 straight dating back to last season. Furthermore, he has registered at least two points in 11 of those 12 games. He is leading the team in points (28), goals (14) and assists (14). 

Meth onto the Score Sheet
Freshman Connor Meth notched his first career goal against Bryant (3/30). Meth scored in the final quarter with 8:36 left to conclude the scoring column for the Bobcats. Meth also nabbed his first groundball as well. 

Into The QU Record Books
Basil Kostaras has embedded his name into the career record books at Quinnipiac. Continuing to climb the ladder, Kostaras ranks 16th in goals scored (52), 19th in points (79) and is just three assists shy of 15th (27) for the category. 

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 over 6.75 groundballs per game, ranking him 15th in the nation. 

Groundball King
Dylan Webster moved into sole possession of third place in career groundballs (175). He also sits right behind Kostaras in 17th place in goals scored (44). 

Giving is Caring
Michael Sagl has 31 career assists, good enough for 13th on the all-time list at Quinnipiac. He has 14 this year, which is third among NEC players and good enough for top-30 in the nation in assists per game. 

He's Really Good
Gill Conners has 108 saves through the first eight games in net for the Bobcats. Conners is tied for seventh in the nation and leads the NEC in saves per game (13.50) and is 16th in the nation and leads the NEC in saves percentage (.565). 

Wreaking Havoc
Quinnipiac is tied for 11th in the nation and is second in the conference in caused turnovers per game (9.00). This includes a season-high of 14 against Detroit Mercy (3/2).

LaxPower Power Ratings
The Bobcats are ranked 42nd in the LaxPower Power Ratings, which updated on a daily basis. 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.

Up Next
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 9 with its final non-conference game of the season. The Bobcats welcome Harvard to the QU Lacrosse Turf for a 4 p.m. tilt.