Quinnipiac University (5-5, 3-2 MAAC) vs.
No. 15/17 Fairfield University (9-3, 2-1 ECAC)
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 • 4:00 PM
QU Men's Lacrosse Turf • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. FFLD (DI): 1-4 (1-4)
Last Meeting: March 19, 2013 • L, 11-10
The highly coveted men's lacrosse matchup between Quinnipiac University (5-5, 3-2 MAAC) and nationally-ranked No. 15/17 Fairfield (9-3, 2-1 ECAC) will take place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. The Bobcats and the Stags are set to meet for the sixth time in program history at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m.
ALL-TIME AGAINST FAIRFIELD
Quinnipiac is 1-4 in the all-time series against Fairfield. The series began back in the 1999 campaign, when the Stags handed the Bobcats a lopsided loss in Fairfield. However, the series offers a competitive rivalry over the past four years, with each game being decided by less than three goals. Quinnipiac earned its first victory in the 2010 season with an 11-10 win in Hamden. Last year, Fairfield edged Quinnipiac, 11-10, on its home turf.
SCOUTING THE STAGS
Nationally-ranked No. 15/17 in the NCAA lacrosse polls, Fairfield was rolling along as one of the hottest teams in the country until this past weekend. The Stags went out to Colorado and took a 16-8 loss to Air Force, dropping the Stags to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in ECAC play. Freshman Dave Fleming had a four-point effort with three goals and an assist for Fairfield, while sophomore TJ Neubauer and freshman Jake Knostman each scored twice. For the season, Fairfield is led offensively by Colin McLinden who has 13 goals and 24 assists this year. Featuring a balanced attack, three players - Eric Warden (26), Neubauer (23) and Fleming (20) – have 20 goals on the season with four others having 10 goals. Goalkeeper Jack Murphy boasts an 8.72 goals against average and a .536 save percentage. The 16 goals allowed at Air Force was the most allowed in 2014.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST CANISIUS
As thrilling an ending one may ever see in a men's lacrosse game, a monstrous comeback bid by Quinnipiac University came up just short in an 11-10 loss to Canisius College before nearly 500 people at the QU Lacrosse Turf Saturday afternoon. Six unanswered goals in the fourth quarter pulled the Bobcats to within one goal with one minute to play, but a stellar defensive stand finalized a heartbreaking defeat for the home team.
Michael Sagl extended his point streak to 29 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 27 of the 29 games. He is tied for 13th in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak.
FIVE POINT GAMES
Michael Sagl netted two goals while adding four assists against Monmouth (4/5) 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.
CHASING THE BEST
Michael Sagl ranks seventh all-time in points (119); second all-time in assists (62); and 16th all-time in goals (57). With his three points at Marist (3/22), Sagl became the 10th Quinnipiac player to record 100 career points. Sagl ranks 18th in the nation in assists per game (2.00).
WEBBY CHASING 100
Dylan Webster finished with two goals and an assist against Canisius. He has 97 career points at the strength of 73 goals and 24 assists – needing just three 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 is tied for seventh all-time in goals scored.
SCOOP THEM UP
Dylan Webster has 272 career ground balls at Quinnipiac, which has him ranked second in Division I history. He trails the leader Joe Baglio '02 by 29.
THE NATION'S BEST
Gill Conners finished with seven saves against Canisius. He holds a .598 save percentage, a 9.17 goals against average, and averages 12.8 saves per game. He ranks fourth in the nation in save percentage and saves per game, and ranks 23rd in goals against average.
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 128 on the season, and remains seven away from cracking top 10 all-time for most in a single-season at QU.
HE'S KIND OF A BIG DIEHL
Matt Diehl had two goals and an assist against Canisius. With the assist, he moved into a tie for 14th place on Quinnipiac's all-time assists list. Diehl has 33 goals and 32 assists at Quinnipiac.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Zach Vehar played a huge role in Quinnipiac's six-goal fourth quarter comeback on Saturday afternoon against Canisius. He was 19-of-25 (.760) on the faceoff, a career high for the Hudson, Ohio native, while also collecting a career high 14 ground balls in the game. He was 6-of-7 from the X when Quinnipiac mounted its furious comeback in the final 15 minutes. In the first half, Vehar netted his second goal of the season as well.
Keenan scored again against Canisius, ranking second on the team in goals (19) and third on the team in points (22). He has 21 goals, four assists and 25 total points in his career. Keenan netted the game-winning goal against Stony Brook (4/1), which also completed his first career hat trick. Ryan Keenan followed with a career high five goals in the team's win over Monmouth (4/5) for his second career hat trick.
Matt Kycia registered two goals against Canisius He upped his season-point total to 10 at the strength of six goals and four assists. He has 10 career goals and four career assists at Quinnipiac.
Tom Gilligan is already approaching a season-high point total this year. He has seven points at the strength of four goals and three assists. He has 10 goals and 11 assists during his career. He factored in against Canisius with his fourth goal of the season.
THE CLASS HELPER
Connor Meth is second on the team in assists. He had an assist against Canisius, upping his season totals to five goals and 10 assists.
Nate Nibbelink has three goals and three assists this season. Nibbelink had a goal and an assist against Manhattan (3/15), and had an assist against Canisius.
CORKY CHIPS IN
Pat Corcoran scored two goals and assisted on three others in a five-point afternoon against Monmouth (4/5). 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.
Henry Graves scored his second career goal against Detroit (3/29). Graves' first career goal came at Providence (3/1).
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).
DEFENSE STANDS STRONG
Quinnipiac consistently has one of the best defensive units in the nation, and 2014 isn't any different. The Bobcats rank 32nd in goals allowed (9.8) and 32nd in caused turnovers (7.2) per game. They also rank 19th in ground balls per game (31.0).
NEILA WEEKLY POLL
The Bobcats were ranked seventh in this week's edition of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (NEILA) poll.
Quinnipiac is back in action with a crucial MAAC game on Saturday, April 19 against Siena College. The Saints are undefeated in league play, while the Bobcats need a victory to secure a spot in the playoffs. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field.