April 11, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Game Central: Quinnipiac hosts Canisius - Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 12 PM

Quinnipiac University (5-4, 3-1 MAAC) vs.
Canisius College (5-5, 2-2 MAAC)
Saturday, April 12, 2014 • 12:00 PM
QU Men's Lacrosse Turf • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. CAN (DI): 4-1 (4-1)
Last Meeting: March 12, 2006 • W, 9-4

QU HOSTS CANISIUS
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (5-4, 3-1 MAAC) puts the MAAC's longest active winning streak on the line Saturday, April 12 at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. In search of their fourth straight win, the Bobcats welcome Canisius College (5-5, 2-2 MAAC) to Hamden for the team's fifth conference game of the season. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m.

ALL-TIME AGAINST CANISIUS
Quinnipiac owns a 4-1 record against Canisius in a series that dates back to the 1999 season. They last met on March 12, 2006, where the Bobcats held the Griffs to just four goals in a 9-4 victory in Hamden. Quinnipiac is 4-0 against Canisius on its home turf, including a 15-0 decision in the 2002 campaign. QU is 2-1 against Canisius in MAAC play.

SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
Canisius enters Saturday's match with a 5-5 record and a 2-2 mark in conference play. The Golden Griffins have had their share of ups and downs this season, most notably, a 14-10 win over nationally-ranked Albany on March 25. Last weekend, Canisius picked up its second conference win of the season in a 9-4 win over Manhattan in Buffalo. Junior goalie Alex Govenettio and freshman midfielder Jeff Edwards were both honored by the MAAC on Monday after helping Canisius to the five-goal triumph. Govenettio stopped 10 shots en route to MAAC Goalkeeper of the Week laurels, while Edwards tallied five points at the strength of three goals and two assists. He was named the league's Rookie of the Week. Tim Edwards leads the team in scoring (8 goals, 20 assists and 28 points), while Vince Gravino leads the team with 15 goals.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST MONMOUTH
Quinnipiac University had its best offensive road effort in some 13 years last Saturday, as the Bobcats claimed a big 17-9 victory over Monmouth University in MAAC men's lacrosse action at Monmouth Stadium. Dylan Webster and Ryan Keenan each had monster games for the Bobcats, helping Quinnipiac extend its current win-streak to three straight games.

HIGH-FLYING OFFENSE
The 17-goal outburst was the most in a game since defeating Sacred Heart 18-9 back in 2011. Going back even further, it's the most goals scored in an away game since 2001 when Quinnipiac hung 24 in a 14-goal win at Boston College (3/28/01). Seven different players scored in the victory.

HIGH FIVE
Michael Sagl netted two goals while adding four assists against Monmouth for his eighth career five-point game. It was Sagl's second five-point game this season and second career game with four assists. Sagl had a career high of seven points when he tallied four goals and three assists in the NEC Semifinals last year.

SAGL'S STREAK
Michael Sagl extended his point streak to 28 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 26 of the 28 games. He is tied for 14th in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak.

CHASING THE BEST
Michael Sagl ranks seventh all-time in points (116); second all-time in assists (60); and 16th all-time in goals (56). With his three points at Marist (3/22), Sagl became the 10th Quinnipiac player to record 100 career points. Sagl ranks 19th in the nation in assists per game (1.89).

WEBBY CHASING 100
Dylan Webster netted five goals for the second time this season against Monmouth. He has 94 career points at the strength of 71 goals and 23 assists – needing just seven points to become the 11th Quinnipiac player to record 100 points in a career. He moved into 12th place on the all-time points list and ranks ninth all-time in goals scored.

SCOOP THEM UP
Dylan Webster has 271 career ground balls at Quinnipiac, which has him ranked second in Division I history. He trails the leader Joe Baglio '02 by 30.

THE NATION'S BEST
Gill Conners had another stellar performance with 15 saves against Monmouth. He has a .617 save percentage, an 8.95 goals against average, and averages 13.4 saves per game. He ranks third in the nation in save percentage and saves per game, and ranks 21st in goals against average.

300 SAVES
Gill Conners recorded his 300th save against Stony Brook (4/1) to become just the fifth goalie in Quinnipiac history to do so. He has 121 on the season, and remains 14 away from cracking top 10 all-time for most in a single-season at QU.

STANDOUT SOPHOMORE
Ryan Keenan scored a career high five goals in the team's win over Monmouth. It was his second career hat trick, while bumping his season total to 18. Keenan ranks second on the team in goals and third on the team in points (21). He has 20 goals, four assists and 24 total points in his career. Keenan netted the game-winning goal against Stony Brook (4/1), which also completed his first career hat trick.

FRESHMAN SNIPER
It was a career week for rookie Tom McNaney, as the first-year attackman polished off a seven-point week in two Bobcat victories. On Tuesday night at Stony Brook (4/1), McNaney netted his first career goal in the 12-11 victory. He actually finished with two of them while assisting on another, as his second snipe from the point tagged the upper left-hand corner to tie the score up at 11 apiece late in the fourth quarter. McNaney rallied off of that performance and finished with one goal and three assists in the 17-9 win at Monmouth. He has seven points in the last two games, and eight on the season.

CORKY CHIPS IN
Pat Corcoran scored two goals and assisted on three others in a five-point afternoon against Monmouth. It marked the fifth time he's had four or more points in a game – and matched a career high for points in a game (RMU, 4/21/12). Corcoran has 36 goals and 26 assists in his career at Quinnipiac.

MATTY ICE
Matt Kycia registered a goal and an assist against Monmouth. He upped his season-point total to eight at the strength of four goals and four assists. He has eight career goals and four career assists at Quinnipiac.

THE CLASS HELPER
Connor Meth is second on the team in assists. He had a goal in the win at Monmouth, upping his season totals to five goals and nine assists on the year.

NATE'S NIBBLIN
Nate Nibbelink has three goals and two assists this season. Nibbelink had a goal and an assist against Manhattan (3/15).

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
Tom Gilligan is already approaching a season-high point total this year. He has six points at the strength of three goals and three assists. He has nine goals and 11 assists during his career. He factored in against Stony Brook with his third goal of the season.

HE'S KIND OF A BIG DIEHL
Matt Diehl netted a pair of goals against Marist (3/22) and became the newest member of the 30-30 club. Diehl has 31 goals and 31 assists at Quinnipiac. He ranks 15th all-time at Quinnipiac in assists. Diehl had his 31st career goal against Detroit.

GRAVES SNIPES
Henry Graves scored his second career goal against Detroit (3/29). Graves' first career goal came at Providence (3/1).

THE ROOK
Zach Vehar has provided a big boost to the Quinnipiac attack by way of the faceoff circle. He is 86-of-161 (.534) which included a 16-for-26 showing against Monmouth. He ranks 32nd in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and 40th in ground balls per game (4.78).  

DEFENSE STANDS STRONG
Quinnipiac consistently has one of the best defensive units in the nation, and 2014 isn't any different. The Bobcats rank 28th in goals allowed (9.67) and 35th in caused turnovers (7.2) per game. They also rank 23rd in ground balls per game (30.67).

NEILA WEEKLY POLL
The Bobcats were ranked seventh in this week's edition of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (NEILA) poll.

WELL DONE 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.

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.

PRESEASON RECOGNITION
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.

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 Tuesday, April 15 when the Bobcats host in-state rival and nationally-ranked Fairfield. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field.