April 21, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Game Central: Quinnipiac at No. 13 Yale - Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7 PM

Quinnipiac University (5-7, 3-3 MAAC) vs.
No. 11 Yale University (8-3, 3-2 Ivy)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 • 7:00 PM
Reese Stadium • New Haven, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. Yale (DI): 0-3 (0-3)
Last Meeting: March 22, 2005 • L, 13-3

CROSS-TOWN CLASH
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (5-7, 3-3 MAAC) has two games remaining on its non-conference schedule, beginning with nationally-ranked No. 13 Yale on Tuesday night. The Bobcats head over to Reece Stadium for a nighttime tilt with the in-state rival. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. under the lights.

ALL-TIME AGAINST YALE
Quinnipiac is 0-3 against Yale in a series that dates back to the 2002 campaign. Yale defeated Quinnipiac in the very first meeting by a count of 17-8, which was followed by a 14-8 win in 2003 and a 13-3 win in 2005. All three games were played in New Haven.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Quinnipiac had this portion of its schedule circled from the beginning, as the Bobcats continue a difficult stretch of lacrosse on Tuesday. Nationally-ranked No. 13 in the polls, Yale boasts an 8-3 overall record and is currently riding a four-game winning streak – all of which in games played away from home. Most recently, the Bulldogs took care of business in Ann Arbor, defeating the Wolverines 13-7 at Michigan Stadium. Conrad Oberbeck had a career-high six goals and eight points, Jeff Cimbalista notched a career-best four goals and Brandon Mangan scored once and had five assists as Yale got 14 saves from Eric Natale to gain some added steam heading into its final week of regular-season play. Oberbeck leads the team in scoring this season (29 goals and 10 assists) with Mangan standing right behind him with 33 points (16 goals and 17 assists). Natale owns one of the nation's best goals against averages, allowing 8.04 per game with a .549 save percentage.  

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST SIENA
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team dropped a crucial MAAC game to Siena College on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats were on the wrong end of an 18-12 final score from the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Quinnipiac's playoff hopes reside in results around the league next weekend.

THE PLAYOFF SCENARIO
MAAC men's lacrosse has three conference games left on the schedule this season, all of which will play a role in deciding the field of four teams in the MAAC Championships. With eight possible outcomes on Saturday, there are eight different scenarios remaining. Five outcomes have Quinnipiac in the playoffs, whereas three others have the Bobcats on the outside looking in.

WEBBY CHASING 100
Dylan Webster finished with two goals and two assists against Siena, and was the 11th player in Quinnipiac history to cross the 100-point plateau. He has 101 career points at the strength of 75 goals and 26 assists. He moved into 11th place on the all-time points list and ranks seventh all-time in goals scored.

SCOOP THEM UP
Dylan Webster has 274 career ground balls at Quinnipiac, which has him ranked second in Division I history. He trails the leader Joe Baglio '02 by 27.

ALL-TIME ASSIST LEADER
With his assist against Siena College, Michael Sagl (64) became Quinnipiac's all-time assists leader, surpassing Joe Baglio '02 on the list. Sagl also ranks seventh all-time in points (122) and is tied for 15th all-time in goals (58). With his three points at Marist (3/22), Sagl became the 10th Quinnipiac player to record 100 career points.

SAGL'S STREAK
Michael Sagl had a goal and an assist against Siena, and extended his point streak to 31 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 28 of the 31 games. He is tied for 11th in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak, and is one of 12 players to have recorded a point in 30 straight games.

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.

ONE OF THE NATION'S BEST
Gill Conners finished with 12 saves against Siena. He holds a .579 save percentage, a 9.85 goals against average, and averages 12.7 saves per game. He ranks fourth in the nation in saves per game, seventh in save percentage, and ranks 32nd 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 140 on the season and cracked top 10 for most saves in a single-season.

HE'S KIND OF A BIG DIEHL
Matt Diehl had two goals and an assist against Siena. With the assist, he moved into 13th place on Quinnipiac's all-time assists list. Diehl has 37 goals and 34 assists at Quinnipiac.

CONTROLLING THE X
Zach Vehar has been sensational at the X this season for the Bobcats. He is 134-of-244 (.549) from the circle which has him ranked 28th in the nation. He also has 74 ground balls and ranks seventh all-time for most ground balls in a single season. He is averaging 6.2 per game, ranking 21st among NCAA Division I players. He was 15-of-30 against Siena and scooped up seven ground balls.

STANDOUT SOPHOMORE
Keenan had his second four-point outing of the season with two goals and two assists against Siena. He ranks second on the team in goals (23) and third on the team in points (28) this year. He has 25 goals, six assists and 31 total points in his career. Keenan netted the game-winning goal against Stony Brook (4/1), which also completed his first career hat trick. 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 a goal in the fourth quarter against Siena. He upped his season-point total to 11 at the strength of seven goals and four assists. He has 11 career goals and four career assists at Quinnipiac.

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
Tom Gilligan finished with a goal and an assist against Siena – setting a new career-high for points and goals in a season. He has 11 points at the strength of six goals and five assists. He has 12 goals and 13 assists during his career. He has five points in his last three games.

THE CLASS HELPER
Connor Meth continued his stellar play of late with a goal and two assists against Siena. Meth ranks second on the team with 12 assists, adding eight goals for a season point-total of 20. He has five points in his last two games.

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 (4/15) 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 scored his 10th goal of the season against Siena, upping his career totals to 37 goals and 26 assists at Quinnipiac.

GRAVES SNIPES
Henry Graves scored his third career goal against Fairfield (4/15). 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 three career goals at Quinnipiac, each coming in games this year. He netted the first of his season against Brown (2/22) and the second against Providence (3/2). He scored Quinnipiac's last goal of the game against Siena just before the final buzzer sounded. He had his first assist of the season against Fairfield (4/15).

STAY HUNGRY
Quinnipiac ranks among the nation's leaders in ground balls this year. The Bobcats scoop up 30.8 per game which has them ranked 20th in the country.

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

UP NEXT
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, April 26 with its 2014 regular-season finale. The Bobcats take on Air Force on Senior Day at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m.