Quinnipiac (0-1, 0-0 MAAC) at
Providence (2-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Bryant Turf Complex • Smithfield, R.I.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 • 4:00 PM
All-Time Series vs. Providence: 7-5
Last Meeting: March 12, 2014 • L, 13-12
QU Last five: 0-1
PC Last Five: 2-0
A TRIP TO RHODE ISLAND
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 MAAC) takes a trip to the Ocean State on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats will challenge the Providence College Friars (2-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) at the Bryant University Turf Complex in Smithfield, R.I. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE FRIARS
Quinnipiac has enjoyed a bit of success against the Friars, holding a 7-5 mark in the all-time series. Providence won the first meeting between the two schools when Quinnipiac was transitioning to Division I. Since joining the top division, Quinnipiac is 7-4 which includes winning four of the last six meetings.
LAST TIME AGAINST PROVIDENCE
In a game that featured two of the nation's five remaining undefeated teams, it was the visiting Friars of Providence College who came out on top with a 13-12 victory over the Bobcats at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field last year in Hamden, Conn. Providence regained the lead with three goals in the fourth quarter, and left Quinnipiac with a loss, the first of its 2013 season, to the New England rival.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS
Providence is 2-0 after its first two games of the 2014 campaign. With wins over Vermont and Boston University, Providence is 2-0 for the second straight year. Alex Corboy leads the team with six goals and one assists through the two games. Sean Wright has three goals and two assists, while Joseph Fitzpatrick has two goals and two assists thus far. Providence locked down defensively, holding Vermont to six goals and BU to seven goals – with Tyler Himes turning aside 22 shots through all 120 minutes of action between the pipes.
Michael Sagl scored a goal and assisted on two others in the team's season-opener to extend his point streak to 19 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 18 of the 19 games. He is on the cusp of joining the nation's leaders for the category.
ONE OF THE NATION'S BEST
Quinnipiac caused 11 turnovers in its season-opener which has them among the nation's best again. They are tied sixth in the country for the category. Gill Conners, Nate Nibbelink and Michael Sagl each caused two in the game against Brown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quinnipiac is back in action at Harvard University on Tuesday, March 4. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Ohiri Field in Cambridge, Mass.