April 11, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Travels to Sacred Heart Saturday Night

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (4-6, 1-1 NEC) at
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (2-8, 2-0 NEC)
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Campus Field – Fairfield, Conn.
Series vs. Sacred Heart: 4-8 (4-5 DI)
Last Meeting: April 28, 2013 (L, 13-9)
QU Last Five: 1-4
SHU Last Five: 2-3

The Home Stretch
Only three conference games are left on the 2013 schedule for the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (4-6, 1-1 NEC), and with two wins would clinch its fifth straight postseason appearance. The Bobcats open their final stretch on Saturday, April 13 when they head over to Fairfield for a clash with Sacred Heart University (2-8, 2-0 NEC). Faceoff is scheduled 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 an 8-4 mark against QU since the 1996 season, but the two teams are much more competitive since joining Division I. SHU holds a 5-4 advantage since 1999 (DI), but advantage tends to go with the home team in the rivalry. SHU is 4-1 when playing in Fairfield. 

Scouting the Pioneers
The Pioneers may by clicking on all cylinders just at the right time. Sacred Heart posted eight straight losses to start the season, but is 2-0 since Northeast Conference play started. The Pioneers cruised past Mount St. Mary's, 14-5, in their NEC-opener, and most recently, defeated Wagner, 21-8, in Staten Island last weekend. The Pioneers last scored at least 20 goals in a game on March 3, 2007 when Sacred Heart won 22-5 over Wagner. Matt Gannon and Cody Marquis each led the Pioneers with six points. Gannon had a career-high six assists, the most by a Sacred Heart player since Peter Greco had six in the game against Wagner on March 3, 2007. Gannon leads the attack with 29 points on 24 assists and five goals, while Matt King has 18 goals and seven assists. 

Last Time Out against Harvard
Dylan Webster scored two goals and assisted on another for the Bobcats, but it was not enough as Harvard University outlasted Quinnipiac University in New England men's lacrosse action on Tuesday at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Webster collected nine groundballs and went 10-of-18 on the faceoff in a stellar all-around effort. Brendan Wilbur extended his multi-goal streak to four straight with two goals while four others, Pat Corcoran, Nate Nibbelink, Jake Emms and Tom Gilligan, each finished with a goal. 

Welcome to College Lacrosse, Nate
Nate Nibbelink scored his first career goal with 6:24 remaining in the fourth quarter against Harvard (4/9). Nibbelink received a pass from Dylan Webster and ripped a shot into the net for the milestone marker. 

Rookie Milestones
Ryan Keenan recorded his first career assist when he assisted Brendan Wilbur in the third quarter against Harvard (4/9). The Oshawa, Ontario netted his first career goal back in March against Vermont (3/8). 

He's Going Streaking
Michael Sagl dished out two assists against Harvard (4/9) to extend his point streak to 14 straight dating back to last season. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 13 of those 14 games. He is leading the team in points (33), goals (15) and assists (18).

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 17th in points (81) and is just two assists shy of 15th (28) 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 7.4 groundballs per game, ranking him eighth in the nation. 

Groundball King
Dylan Webster moved into sole possession of third place in career groundballs (195). He also sits right behind Kostaras in 17th place in goals scored (47).

Giving is Caring
Michael Sagl has 35 career assists, good enough for 12th on the all-time list at Quinnipiac. He has 18 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 130 saves through the first 10 games in net for the Bobcats. Conners is tied for seventh in the nation and leads the NEC in saves per game (13.00) and is tied for 22nd in the nation and third in the NEC in save percentage (.546). 

Gilligan's Island
Tom Gilligan registered a career high of three points on a goal and two assists against Mount St. Mary's (4/6). Gilligan scored again in the following game against Harvard (4/9) – giving the junior midfielder four goals and four assists on the season. 

Wreaking Havoc
Quinnipiac is 10th in the nation and second in the conference in caused turnovers per game (9.40). This includes a season-high of 14 against Detroit Mercy (3/2).

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.

Oh Billy Boy
Billy Oppenheimer made it four straight games with a point, 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.

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.

Up Next
Quinnipiac resumes Northeast Conference action on Saturday, April 20th with its final home game of the regular season. The Bobcats will celebrate Senior Day at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field with an NEC showdown against Wagner College. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m.