Quinnipiac University (5-8, 3-3 MAAC) vs.
Air Force (8-4, 3-1 ECAC)
Saturday, April 26, 2014 • 12:00 PM
QU Lacrosse Turf Field • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. Air Force (DI): 3-4 (3-4)
Last Meeting: March 3, 2012 • L, 13-3
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The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (5-8, 3-3 MAAC) wraps up regular-season play this weekend, Saturday, April 26 against the United States Air Force Academy (8-4, 3-1 ECAC). The Bobcats and the Falcons are set to square off at 12 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Prior to faceoff, Quinnipiac will honor its senior class members with a brief ceremony.
THE SENIOR CLASS
Eight senior class members will graduate this May, finalizing their men's lacrosse careers at Quinnipiac University. Leo Horine, Gill Conners, Tom Gilligan, Henry Graves, Brandon Kuring, J.B. Marston, Chris McMahon, and Dylan Webster will play their final home game at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field.
ALL-TIME AGAINST AIR FORCE
This will be the eighth all-time meeting between Quinnipiac and Air Force with the Falcons holding a mere 4-3 advantage. Quinnipiac seeks revenge on Saturday after falling to Air Force in its most recent encounter two years ago in Colorado. Prior to that, the teams were all square at 3-3. Quinnipiac earned victories in 2002, 2008 and 2010 – earning its last win with an 8-6 triumph at USAFA.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS
Air Force earned national recognition after hanging a six-game winning streak through the heart of the season. However, that run came to an end last Saturday when the Ohio State Buckeyes handed the Falcons an 8-6 loss at Ohio Stadium. Sophomore Christopher Allen was the Falcons' leading scorer in the defensive battle, registering his third hat trick of the season. Prior to the game, Air Force had won seven of eight and eight of its last 10 games. The Falcons have three common opponents with Quinnipiac: defeating Marist (17-9) and Fairfield (16-8) while dropping a 7-6 decision to Canisius. Air Force boasts a +3.25 scoring margin for the season, averaging 12.00 goals per game and allowing just 8.75 goals per game. Mike Crampton leads the team in scoring with 33 goals and 16 assists. Brett Dadiego will likely see time between the pipes, owning a 7.43 goals against average and a .525 save percentage for the season.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST YALE
It was a career night for sophomore Ryan Keenan, but nationally-ranked No. 13 Yale University was too much for the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs topped the Bobcats, 14-11, at Reece Stadium in New Haven – renewing a rivalry that hadn't seen action since the 2002 campaign.
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.
Ryan Keenan recorded career highs in goals (6) and points (7) against Yale. Keenan upped his season total to 29 goals, which has him ranked 13th all-time for most goals in a single season. It was his third career hat trick and second career five-point game. He has 31 goals and seven assists through his short career at Quinnipiac.
ALL-TIME ASSIST LEADER
Michael Sagl (67) added to his all-time assists lead with three of them against Yale on Saturday. He also ranks fifth all-time in points (125) and is tied for 15th all-time in goals (58). Sagl became the 10th Quinnipiac player to record 100 points earlier this year at Marist (3/22), and then became Quinnipiac's all-time leader in assists in the game against Siena (4/19).
Michael Sagl extended his point streak to 32 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 29 of the 32 games. He is 11th in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak, and is one of 13 players across the country 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 13 saves against Yale. He holds a .569 save percentage, a 10.22 goals against average, and averages 12.75 saves per game. He ranks fourth in the nation in saves per game, 10th in save percentage, and ranks 37th 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 153 on the season and ranks sixth for the most saves in a single-season.
WEBBY JOINS 100 POINT CLUB
Dylan Webster finished with two goals and two assists against Siena (4/19), 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 275 career ground balls at Quinnipiac, which has him ranked second in Division I history. He trails the leader Joe Baglio '02 by 26.
HE'S KIND OF A BIG DIEHL
Matt Diehl extended his scoring streak to four straight games with a goal at Yale. Diehl is 13th on Quinnipiac's all-time assists list, and is moving closer to cracking top 20 in goals scored. Diehl has 38 goals and 34 assists at Quinnipiac.
Matt Kycia registered a goal and an assist at Yale, scoring for the fourth time in his last five games. He upped his season-point total to 13 at the strength of eight goals and five assists. He has 12 career goals and five career assists at Quinnipiac.
Tom Gilligan finished with an assist against Yale to extend his point streak to four straight. He has 12 points at the strength of six goals and six assists this year. He has 12 goals and 14 assists during his career at Quinnipiac. He has six points in his last four games.
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 11th goal of the season against Yale, upping his career totals to 38 goals and 26 assists at Quinnipiac.
THE OLD STATE LINE KID
Nate Nibbelink has five goals and three assists this season. Nibbelink scored his fifth goal of the season against Yale when he netted an unassisted marker in the third quarter of play.
FOLLOWING IN HIS BROTHER'S FOOTSTEPS
Kevin Diehl, the brother of Matt Diehl, found the back of the cage for the first time in his career at Yale. The rookie midfielder scored in the second quarter off a feed from Michael Sagl.
THE X FACTOR
Zach Vehar has been sensational at the X this season for the Bobcats. He is 145-of-273 (.531) from the circle which has him ranked 34th in the nation. He also has 78 ground balls and ranks sixth all-time for most ground balls in a single season. He is averaging 6.00 per game, ranking 21st among NCAA Division I players and tied for second among MAAC players.
THE CLASS HELPER
Connor Meth continued his stellar play of late with a goal and two assists against Siena (4/19). 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.
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).
Quinnipiac ranks among the nation's leaders in ground balls this year. The Bobcats scoop up 30.9 per game which has them ranked 20th in the country.
NEILA WEEKLY POLL
The Bobcats were ranked eighth in this week's edition of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (NEILA) poll.