April 9, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Looks For Second Straight Win Tuesday against Harvard

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-5, 1-1 NEC) vs.
Harvard University Crimson (4-6, 1-2 Ivy)
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Harvard: 0-4
Last Meeting: April 9, 2013 (L, 18-4)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
Harvard Last Five: 2-3

Quinnipiac Hosts Harvard
Fresh off a crucial NEC win on Saturday, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (4-5, 1-1 NEC) looks for a second straight win on Tuesday, April 9th against Harvard University (4-6, 1-2 Ivy). The New England rivals will meet for the fifth time on Mount Carmel Campus, with faceoff set for 4 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. 

All-Time Against Harvard
Harvard has had great success in the all-time series with Quinnipiac, owning a 4-0 mark since the series started back in 2004. Last season, the Crimson handed the Bobcats an 18-4 loss at Harvard Stadium in Boston. Quinnipiac is 0-2 when playing in Hamden. 

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard enters Tuesday's contest having lost three straight, falling to 4-6 on the season. On Sunday, the Crimson took a 12-9 lead over No. 2/2 Cornell with 9:48 remaining but succumbed to a late rally as the Big Red stormed back for a 14-12 victory in front of 3,043 fans at Harvard Stadium. Devin Dwyer turned in a five-point performance to lead the Harvard attack with two goals and three assists. The freshman added two ground balls and caused one turnover. Peter Schwartz netted three goals for his second hat trick of the year and added one assist, as Alex White and Murphy Vandervelde chipped in two goals apiece. Dwyer and Schwartz lead the team with 29 points (13g, 16a) and 28 points (14g, 14a), respectively, on the season. In net, Harry Krieger has a 9.92 goals against average and saves 54.6 percent of shots faced. 

Last Time Out Against Mount St. Mary's
Matt Diehl and Billy Oppenheimer led the attack Saturday afternoon, as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team defeated Mount St. Mary's, 12-8, at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Led by Diehl and Oppenheimer, the Bobcats featured eight players in the scoring column in one of the team's best offensive efforts to date. Brendan Wilbur nabbed his second hat trick of the season, while Pat Corcoran added two goals for his fourth multi-goal game this year. Michael Sagl, Basil Kostaras, Dylan Webster and Tom Gilligan each added one for the Bobcats. For the game, Quinnipiac outshot Mount St. Mary's, 35-29; grabbed a 31-28 advantage in groundballs; and a controlled the faceoff, 12-11. However, the big discrepancy on the stat sheet came in the turnover category, where Quinnipiac tallied a plus-nine, 15-6, advantage for the game.

Conners Earns NEC Honors for Third Time
Gill Conners was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week, announced Monday, April 8, 2013 by the league office. Conners, who picked up his third weekly honor of the season, helped the Bobcats even their NEC record at 1-1 with a 13-save performance in a 12-8 win over Mount St. Mary's (4/6). He made three saves in the first, four in the middle stanzas and two in the final 15 minutes of play. The league's leader in saves per game (13.44) and save percentage (.571), he also nabbed two ground balls in the game.  

Kind of a Big Diehl
Matt Diehl snatched a season-high four points on the strength of two goals and two assists in the win over Mount St. Mary's (4/6). Diehl is fifth on the team in points (14), coming off of eight goals and six assists. 

Oh Billy Boy
Billy Oppenheimer extended his point-streak to four straight games, compiling a goal and three assists in the win over Mount St. Mary's (4/6). Oppenheimer matched a career high with the four points, while setting a new career best in assists in a single game. He also caused a turnover and picked up a groundball to complete a stellar all-around performance. 

Gilligan's Island
Tom Gilligan registered a career high of three points against Mount St. Mary's (4/6). Gilligan scored a goal and assisted on two others – giving the junior midfielder three goals and four assists on the season. 

He's Going Streaking
Michael Sagl scored a goal and dished out two assists against Mount St. Mary's (4-6) extend his point streak to 13 straight dating back to last season. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 12 of those 13 games. He is leading the team in points (31), goals (15) and assists (16). 

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 (53); is tied for 17th in points (80) 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 7.22 groundballs per game, ranking him seventh in the nation. 

Groundball King
Dylan Webster moved into sole possession of third place in career groundballs (186). He also sits right behind Kostaras in a tie for 17th place in goals scored (45). 

Giving is Caring
Michael Sagl has 33 career assists, good enough for 12th on the all-time list at Quinnipiac. He has 16 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 121 saves through the first nine games in net for the Bobcats. Conners is ninth in the nation and leads the NEC in saves per game (13.44) and is 12th in the nation and leads the NEC in saves percentage (.571).

Wreaking Havoc
Quinnipiac is 10th in the nation and second in the conference in caused turnovers per game (9.44). This includes a season-high of 14 against Detroit Mercy (3/2).

Up Next
Quinnipiac resumes Northeast Conference action on Saturday, April 13th with the first of three straight to close the regular season. The Bobcats begin the final stretch at Sacred Heart in Fairfield at 7 p.m.