March 11, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Game Central: Quinnipiac at Hartford - Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 4 PM

Quinnipiac University (1-2, 0-0 MAAC) at
University of Hartford (2-3, 0-0 AE)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 4:00 PM
Al-Marzook Field • West Hartford, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. Hartford:
6-8
Last Meeting: March 16, 2013 • L, 11-10

INSTATE RIVALRY RENEWED
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (1-2, 0-0 MAAC) renews it's instate rivalry with Hartford University (2-3, 0-0 AE) on Wednesday, March 10, 2014. The Bobcats travel to Al-Marzook Field for a 4 p.m. clash with the Hawks in West Hartford. Quinnipiac looks to avenge its heartbreaking one-goal loss last season.  

ALL-TIME AGAINST THE HAWKS
The Bobcats currently hold a 6-8 mark in a series that dates back to QU's inaugural season at Division I.  Quinnipiac rattled of five straight wins from 2004-2008, but have dropped four straight since. Last season, Quinnipiac fell short on its home turf, 11-10. Gill Conners made 20 saves in goal, while Michael Sagl, Matt Diehl and Jake Emms each registered a goal and an assists in the losing effort. 

SCOUTING THE HAWKS
Hartford enters Wednesday's matchup with a 2-3 overall record. Hartford opened the season with a win at Richmond (19-11) and then another win at Manhattan (12-7) while mixing in a 7-5 loss to Bryant during the three-game stint. However, Hartford has suffered back-to-back losses since the win over the Jaspers, dropping a 12-7 decision to Brown and an 11-10 loss against Siena. The Hawks most recent loss to the Saints was in heartbreaking fashion, falling short in quadruple overtime on a goal with 1:31 remaining in the fourth extra frame. Ty Schuldt led Hartford with three goals in the game. The Hawks' offense is led by Kevin O'Shea who has 15 goals and six assists this year. Two others, Jaedon Henderson and Tate Kilidonas have eight points at the strength of five goals and three assists. Frank Piechota has started all five games in goal, making 42 saves for a 9.07 goals against average. 

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST HARVARD
Quinnipiac featured both a balanced attack and tremendous goaltending in its latest non-conference lacrosse match, but suffered a tough loss to Harvard University, 10-8, at Soldiers Field in Cambridge, Mass. Quinnipiac's attack featured seven players in the scoring column by game's end. Quinnipiac's defense was solid with nine of Harvard's 19 turnovers being forced. However, the Bobcats were called for nine infractions and served nine minutes on the man-down. Harvard converted on three of those chances. The Crimson managed to sustain a lot of the game's possession by way of the faceoff circle as well (14-7). 

SAGL'S STREAK
Michael Sagl scored a goal and assisted on another to extend his point streak to 21 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 20 of the 21 games. He is tied for 21st in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak. 

IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Michael Sagl continues to climb upwards in the three major offensive categories in Quinnipiac history. He ranks 11th all-time in points (93); fourth all-time in assists (47); and 18th all-time in goals (46). 

CONNERS CONTINUES TO SHINE
Gill Conners had 17 saves against Harvard. He is averaging 13.7 saves per game, and he has a .661 save percentage and an 8.58 goals against average. He is among the national leaders for all three categories. 

HE SHOOTS HE SCORES
Dylan Webster has 59 career goals at Quinnipiac. That figure has him ranked 59th on Quinnipiac's all-time leader list. He had a goal in the game against Harvard. 

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
Tom Gilligan has four points through three games this year. He had his first goal of the season against Harvard.

SOPHOMORE CLASS STEPS UP
Ryan Keenan, Connor Meth and Nate Nibbelink each factored heavily in Quinnipiac's effort against Harvard. Keenan had two goals and an assist, Meth had a goal and two assists and Nibbelink scored a goal. They have 16 points in the first three games. 

CORCORAN CHIPS IN
Pat Corcoran tallied an assist against Harvard, which followed a game where he had two goals and an assist. He upped his career totals to 29 goals and 19 assists. He also had a career high of five caused turnovers. 

DIEHL LENDS A HELPING HAND
Matt Diehl tallied two assists against Providence (3/1) and now has 31 assists for his career at Quinnipiac. That number has him tied for 15th on the all-time list. He also added his 28th career goal at Harvard. 

ONE OF THE NATION'S BEST
Quinnipiac has 26 caused turnovers through its first three games which again has them among the nation's best. They are tied 21st in the country for the category. Pat Corcoran and Michael Sagl the team with six and five, respectively. 

WELL DOWN WELDON
Evan Weldon has two career goals at Quinnipiac, both coming in games this year. He netted the first of his season against Brown (2/22) and the second against Providence (3/2). 

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. 

MAAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dylan Webster was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, announced Monday, March 3, 2014 by the league office. Dylan Webster and played crucial role in the 16-9 victory over Providence (3/1). Webster netted a career high six goals while adding two assists for another career best of eight points. Webster scored twice in the first quarter and twice in the second aiding an 11-2 lead at halftime for the Bobcats. He capped off his scoring summary with a goal apiece in both the third and fourth quarters. Webster's career day came due in large part to his efficiency with the ball. He took eight shots, seven of which were on target, and six of which found the back of the cage.

MAAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gill Conners was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, announced Monday, March 3, 2014 by the league office. Gill Conners stood on his head for nearly 57 minutes, and allowed Quinnipiac to coast past the Friars (3/1). The senior from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. finished with a season high of 19 saves, allowing seven goals on 26 shots faced. Conners made four saves in each of the first two quarters, stopped eight shots in the third and made three in limited action in the fourth. He posted a .731 save percentage and also snagged three ground balls in the triumph. 

THE ROOK
Zach Vehar provided a big boost to the Quinnipiac attack by way of the faceoff circle against Providence (3/1). He went 16-of-26 against the Friars, helping the Bobcats to an 18-11 advantage for the game. He also netted his first career goal. 

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
Quinnipiac's 16 goals against Providence (3/1) were the most in a game since scoring 16 against Wagner back on April 30, 2011. Nine different players scored against the Friars.

Up Next
Quinnipiac is back in action with its MAAC opener on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The Bobcats take on Manhattan College at the QU Lacrosse Turf Complex at 12 p.m.