April 17, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Game Central: Quinnipiac hosts Siena - Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12 PM

Quinnipiac University (5-6, 3-2 MAAC) vs.
Siena College (7-4, 4-0 MAAC)
Saturday, April 19, 2014 • 12:00 PM
QU Men's Lacrosse Turf • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. SC (DI): 3-2 (3-0)
Last Meeting: April 21, 2001 • W, 15-7

WIN AND YOU'RE IN
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (5-6, 3-2 MAAC) has put itself in prime position to qualify for the 2014 MAAC Championships. The Bobcats host first place Siena College (7-4, 4-0 MAAC) on Saturday, April 19 at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field, and with a win would clinch a spot in the upcoming tournament. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m.   

ALL-TIME AGAINST SIENA
The Bobcats own a 3-2 record against Siena; however both of those losses came when Quinnipiac was transitioning to a Division I program. Since Quinnipiac became an accredited Division I affiliate, the Bobcats are 3-0 and have outscored the Saints, 40-24. Their most recent meeting was back in 2001, when Quinnipiac claimed a 15-7 win up in Albany. QU won 12-5 in 2000, and 13-12 in 1999.

SCOUTING THE SAINTS
Siena College enters Saturday's matchup with a 7-4 overall record and a 4-0 mark in MAAC play. Winners in four of their last five games, the Saints are one win away from clinching the MAAC Regular-Season Title. Siena has wins over Marist, Monmouth, Canisius and most recently Detroit. Nate Barry scored the game-tying goal with 4:02 remaining in regulation and then fired home the game-winner with 3:07 left in overtime to lift the Saints past the Titans in a rematch of last season's conference title game.  Kyle Curry finished with a hat trick and Conor Prunty added a pair of goals in the game. Tommy Cordts made 12 saves for the Saints, which have had five of their past seven games decided by one goal - including three that have gone to overtime. Richie Hurley leads the team in scoring with 19 goals and 34 assists. Prunty has 16 goals and seven assists, and Colin Clive has 18 goals and two assists. Cordts boasts a 9.21 goals against average and a .543 save percentage in goal.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST FAIRFIELD
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team went toe-to-toe with nationally-ranked No. 15 Fairfield on Tuesday evening, but a flurry of fourth quarter goals secured a non-conference victory, 15-10, for the visiting Stags on a rainy day at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Quinnipiac and Fairfield played fairly even through the first three quarters and into the final 15 minutes. After holding a 7-5 lead at the break, the Stags rallied off four of the game's next six goals to take an 11-7 lead with 14:46 remaining in regulation. The Bobcats got two back, but the Stags pulled away in the closing minutes.

SAGL'S STREAK
Michael Sagl had an assist in the fourth quarter against Fairfield, and extended his point streak to 30 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 27 of the 30 games. He is tied for 13th in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak, and is one of 14 players to have recorded a point in 30 straight games.

ALL-TIME ASSIST LEADER
With his lone assist against Fairfield, Michael Sagl (63) tied Joe Baglio's all-time assist record at Quinnipiac. Sagl also ranks seventh all-time in points (120) 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 (1.95).

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.

WEBBY CHASING 100
Dylan Webster finished with two goals and an assist against Canisius (4/12). 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 273 career ground balls at Quinnipiac, which has him ranked second in Division I history. He trails the leader Joe Baglio '02 by 28.

THE NATION'S BEST
Gill Conners finished with seven saves against Canisius (4/12). 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.

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 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 Fairfield. With the assist, he moved into a tie for 13th place on Quinnipiac's all-time assists list. Diehl has 35 goals and 33 assists at Quinnipiac.

CONTROLLING THE X
Zach Vehar has been sensational at the X this season for the Bobcats. He is 119-of-214 (.556) from the circle which has him ranked 22nd in the nation. He also has 67 ground balls and ranks seventh all-time for most ground balls in a single season. He is averaging 5.9 per game, ranking top 25 among NCAA Division I players. He was 14-of-28 against Fairfield and scooped up 10 ground balls.

STANDOUT SOPHOMORE
Keenan score twice against Fairfield on Tuesday. He ranks second on the team in goals (21) and third on the team in points (24) this year. He has 23 goals, four assists and 27 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.

MATTY ICE
Matt Kycia registered two goals against Canisius (4/12). 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.

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
Tom Gilligan is already approaching a season-high point total this year. He has nine points at the strength of five goals and four assists. He has 11 goals and 12 assists during his career. He factored in against Fairfield with a goal and an assist.

THE CLASS HELPER
Connor Meth is second on the team in assists (10). Meth took matters into his own hands against Fairfield, netting two goals for the Bobcats. He has seven goals and 10 assists this year.

THE OLD STATE LINE KID
Nate Nibbelink has four goals and three assists this season. Nibbelink scored his fourth goal of the season against Fairfield when he netted Quinnipiac's 10th and final goal of the game.  

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.

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

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). He had his first assist of the season against Fairfield.

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.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Zach Vehar played a huge role in Quinnipiac's six-goal fourth quarter comeback on against Canisius (4/12). 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.

UP NEXT
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 22 with a cross-town clash with nationally-ranked No. 11 Yale. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium in New Haven.