Quinnipiac University (2-4, 1-1 MAAC) at
Detroit Mercy (4-4, 1-0 MAAC)
Saturday, March 29, 2014 • 12:00 PM
Titan Field • Detroit, Mich.
All-Time Series vs. DM (DI): 3-1 (3-1)
Last Meeting: March 2, 2013 • W, 12-10
THE MOTOR CITY
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (2-4, 1-1 MAAC) is set for its third conference game, and will head to Detroit Mercy (4-4, 1-0 MAAC) on Saturday, March 29, 2014. The Bobcats and the Titans square off for the fifth time in the all-time series with faceoff slated for 12 p.m. at Titan Field.
ALL-TIME AGAINST DETROIT MERCY
In four prior meetings between Quinnipiac and Detroit, the Bobcats have bragging rights with 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. QU defeated Detroit by a final score of 15-4 in 2009, and followed with a 13-8 win in 2010. In 2012, the Titans handed the Bobcats a 13-10 loss at the QU Lacrosse Turf in Hamden, but Quinnipiac avenged the defeat with a 12-10 victory in 2013. Last season, Michael Sagl netted a hat trick; Pat Corcoran had two goals; while Carmen French and Tom Gilligan each had a goal apiece.
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Detroit Mercy features a balanced team that enters Saturday's matchup with a 4-4 overall record and a 1-0 mark in MAAC play. The Titans most impressive victory came last Sunday, when the squad outlasted Canisius, 8-6, in Buffalo. Junior Shayne Adams had three goals and an assist and freshman Jason Weber made 17 saves in net as Detroit Mercy topped the Griffs. Canisius turned around and defeated nationally-ranked Albany on Tuesday. The Titans sport a balanced attack that has three players with at least 14 goals this season. Alex Maini has 14 goals and 14 assists, Shayne Adams has 19 goals and five assists, and Mike Birney has 14 goals and three assists. Weber has a 9.40 goals against average and a .630 save percentage.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST MARIST
Three different Bobcats – Michael Sagl, Matt Diehl and Ryan Keenan – each had two goals in the MAAC men's lacrosse match last Saturday, but a late Marist College rally left Quinnipiac with its first conference loss of the season, 13-8, at Tenney Stadium. Sagl led Quinnipiac's attack with three points in the game, while Diehl and Keenan had a pair of goals.
Michael Sagl grabbed two goals and an assist against Marist to extend his point streak to 25 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 23 of the 25 games. He is tied for 16th in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
With his three points at Marist, Michael Sagl became the 10th Quinnipiac player to record 100 career points. He ranks 10th all-time in points (101); third all-time in assists (51); and 18th all-time in goals (50).
THE NATION'S BEST
Gill Conners had another stellar performance with 16 saves against Marist. He has a .638 save percentage, an 8.64 goals against average, and averages 13.8 saves per game. He leads the nation in save percentage, ranks second in saves per game, and 14th in goals against average.
HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES
Dylan Webster ranks 18th on the all-time points list at Quinnipiac. He has 83 career points at the strength of 62 career goals and 21 career assists. He ranks 12th all-time in goals scored.
SCOOP THEM UP
Dylan Webster has 262 career ground balls at Quinnipiac, which has him ranked second in Division I history. He trails the leader Joe Baglio '02 by 39.
HE'S KIND OF A BIG DIEHL
Matt Diehl netted a pair of goals against Marist and is now a member of the 30-30 club. Diehl has 30 goals and 31 assists at Quinnipiac. He ranks 15th all-time in assists.
SOPHOMORE CLASS STEPS UP
Ryan Keenan, Connor Meth and Nate Nibbelink have each factored heavily this year on the Quinnipiac attack. Keenan has nine goals and three assists, Nibbelink has three goals and two assists, and Meth has two goals and seven assists. Keenan netted two goals against Marist, with Meth chiming in with two assists.
Matt Kycia scored for the third straight game against Marist. He netted a goal and upped his season-point total to four. He has seven career goals and three career assists at Quinnipiac.
Zach Vehar has provided a big boost to the Quinnipiac attack by way of the faceoff circle. He is 59-of-103 (.573) which included a 14-for-22 showing against Marist. He ranks 22nd in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and 33rd in ground balls per game (5.67).
DEFENSE STANDS STRONG
Quinnipiac consistently has one of the best defensive units in the nation, and 2014 isn't any different. The Bobcats rank 31st in goals allowed (9.67) and tied for 22nd in caused turnovers (8.0) per game. They also rank 16th in ground balls per game (32.2).
CORKY CHIPS IN
Pat Corcoran scored three goals and assisted on another in a four-point afternoon against Manhattan. It marked his third career hat trick and was also the third time he's had four points in a game. His career high of five points came back in 2012 at Robert Morris (4/21/12). Corcoran has 32 goals and 20 assists in his career at Quinnipiac.
Tom Gilligan has four points through six games this year. He has seven goals and 11 assists during his career.
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).
A HISTORY LESSON
Quinnipiac collected its 20th career MAAC win against Manhattan (3/15). The Bobcats were 6-2 in the MAAC in 1999, 4-5 in 2000 and 9-0 in 2001. The Bobcats claimed the regular season title in 2001.
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.
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.
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was selected to finish fourth in a preseason poll of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, head coaches released on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Gill Conners and Michael Sagl were chosen to represent Quinnipiac on the All-MAAC Preseason Team as well.
A LOOK AHEAD
Quinnipiac returns to action on Tuesday, April 1 with a non-conference clash at Stony Brook. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.