February 20, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Game Central: Quinnipiac vs. Brown - Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 12 PM

Quinnipiac (0-0, 0-0 MAAC) vs.
Brown (0-0, 0-0 Ivy)
QU Lacrosse Turf Field • Hamden, Conn.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 • 12:00 PM
All-Time Series vs. Brown:
1-4
Last Meeting: Feb. 23, 2013  W, 9-7
QU Last five: 0-0
Brown Last Five: 0-0

THE 2014 SEASON OPENER
For the fourth straight year, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-0, 0-0 MAAC) opens its season against Brown University (0-0, 0-0 IVY). The Bobcats and the Bears are set to meet on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden.  QU's quest for its sixth consecutive postseason appearance begins at 12 p.m. 

ALL-TIME AGAINST BROWN
Quinnipiac snapped its four-game slide against Brown last year with an impressive 9-7 victory on the road. Quinnipiac and Brown have faced just one time in Hamden, back in 2012 when Brown handed Quinnipiac a 12-7 defeat.  

LAST TIME AGAINST BROWN
Goalie Gill Conners stifled the Bears offense with 20 saves in goal, and the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Brown, 9-7, in the season-opener for both teams. Dylan Webster chipped in with three points at the strength of two goals and an assist, which featured two huge goals in the final quarter. He added a team-best 10 ground balls and was 12-of-19 on the faceoff. Michael Sagl picked up two goals and an assist, while Matt Diehl added a goal. Conners collected 11 of his 20 saves in the second half of play. The 20 saves are the most by a Quinnipiac goalie since the 2004 campaign. 

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Coach Lars Tiffany's Brown men's lacrosse team features explosive attack and midfield units, veteran goalie play, and a young defense as the Bears vie for the Ivy League Championship after posting an 8-6 overall mark last season. Tiffany's high scoring attack unit returns intact with sophomore Henry Blynn (27 goals), senior captain Sam Hurster (22 goals) and junior Nick Piroli (14 goals) accounting for 45-percent of the Bears offense in 2013. Sophomore Brendan Caputo is a solid midfield scorer (10 goals), while senior Steven Chmil is expected to be the engine that drives the midfield. Add sophomore attackmen Kylor Bellistri (6 goals) and Bailey Tills (6 goals), and junior middy Tim Jacob to the mix, and the Bears have several options to attack the cage. Brown features two battle-tested goalies, sophomore Jack Kelly and senior Will Round, who split time a year ago. Kelly started nine games and is an athletic keeper, who posted a 9.30 goals against average and a 7-4 record.  Round was a second team All-Ivy selection in 2012, and returns after posting a .571 save percentage. 

THE CAPTAINS
Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse head coach Eric Fekete has announced that four returning upperclassmen - Gill Conners, Brandon Kuring, Michael Sagl and Greg Pendergast - will serve as team captains for the 2014 season. 

SAGL'S BREAKOUT YEAR
Sagl, who was named to the NEC All-Conference Team for the second straight year, flourished in his sophomore season with the Bobcats. He finished the season with 51 points on 26 goals and 25 assists, which ranked him among the NEC's top three for points and assists. He was the first Quinnipiac player back in to reach the 50-point plateau in a single-season since Mike Baglio, Joe Baglio and Alan LoGiudice each did it during the 2001 campaign. Sagl has compiled 42 goals and 42 assists through his first two years; placing him in a tie for sixth place in assists, a tie for 16th in points and within the top 20 in goals scored in program history. 

SAGL'S STREAK
Michael Sagl scored four goals and assisted on three others in the team's last game in 2013 to extend his point streak to 18 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 17 of the 18 games. 

THE NETMINDER
Conners was an instrumental piece to Quinnipiac's success in 2013 as the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. native served as the top goalie in New England. Conners had 195 saves through 14 games in net for the Bobcats. He was fifth in the nation and led the Northeast Conference in saves per game (13.93) and was 15th in the nation and second in the NEC in save percentage (.563). Conners had 10 or more saves in all but two games, including seven games with at least 15 saves and two with 20 saves. With his effort, the NEC first-teamer also moved into third place on Quinnipiac's all-time single-season saves list. 

NO BIG DIEHL
Diehl, also an All-Conference honoree for the second straight year, really hit his stride midway through the 2013 season. At the strength of 14 goals and 12 assists, Diehl was fifth on the team in points with 26. He has registered multiple points in eight games last year which included four of the five conference games. The highlight of his campaign came on two separate occasions where he posted two goals and two assists in wins over Mount St. Mary's and Wagner. 

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Dylan Webster finished in a two-way tie for 13th in the country in groundballs per game in 2012, and was once again among the nation's best in 2013. The attackman averaged 8.64 groundballs per game, ranking him third in the nation and second in the Northeast Conference. He set the DI Quinnipiac program record with 121 ground balls in a season, and needs just 59 more to catch Joe Baglio's career ground ball record. 

CORKY CONTRIBUTES
Pat Corcoran posted career highs with 17 goals and 11 assists last year. He was second on the team and had 10 multiple-point games on the season. He snatched four-point games against Fairfield and Wagner. 

NEC HONORS QUINNIPIAC PLAYERS
Five members of the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team were presented with All-Northeast Conference honors last year. Junior goalie Gill Conners earned a selection to the NEC's First Team, while Michael Sagl, Brendan Wilbur and Matt Diehl were all tabbed to the NEC's Second Team. Also honored by the league was freshman Dylan Baumgardner who earned a trip to the NEC All-Rookie Team. 

ALL-NEILA
Two members of the 2013 Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team were named to the Division I all-region team selected by the 48 schools that belong to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA). Gill Conners was named the top goalie in New England while Pat Corcoran garnered second team honors. 

A POSTSEASON APPEARANCE: NOTHING NEW FOR THE Q
Quinnipiac earned a trip to the postseason for the fifth straight year last season. The Bobcats claimed a share of the NEC Regular Season Title in 2011 and garnered the #2 seed, and followed with a #3 seed last year. QU faced Notre Dame as the #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. 

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 last season. The Bobcats were ranked No. 20 in the census. 

MOVE TO THE MAAC
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents revealed with unanimous approval for Quinnipiac University to join the MAAC, effective as of July 1, 2013. After 15 years as a Northeast Conference affiliate, Quinnipiac is officially a member of the MAAC with competition slated for the 2013-14 academic year. 

Up Next
Quinnipiac is back in action on at Providence College on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Friar Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I.