Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-6, 1-2 GWLL) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (3-8, 1-3 CAA)
Saturday, April 11, 2009 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Hamden, Conn.
Pioneers Part Deux
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team play the second in a three-game homestand Saturday, when it welcomes the Sacred Heart Pioneers to Hamden. The Bobcats earned an 11-10 win against the No. 19 Denver Pioneers last time out. Meanwhile, Sacred Heart is coming off a 7-6 loss at Delaware Wednesday. The Bobcats and Pioneers have beaten the then-No. 19 team in the nation in each of the past two weekends. Sacred Heart beat Villanova, 8-7, in five overtimes March 28, before Quinnipiac beat Denver, April 4.
Scouting the Sacred Heart Pioneers
The Pioneers are led by Timmy Katz, whose 16 goals and 22 points are both team highs. Dan Casciano is close behind at 15 goals and 19 points. Bobby Rushton has also tallied double-digit with 12 goals. Evan Morgan leads Sacred Heart with nine assists, while Bobby Karl is close behind with eight helpers. Zach Smith has taken the majority of the Pioneers' face-offs, winning 91-of-193 opportunities (.472). Zach Frank has been fantastic in net, stopping 59.3 percent of the shots he's faced for a 10.14 goals-against average. He made 22 saves to spearhead SHU's five-overtime win against Villanova.
Kaiser Steps Up
Junior Todd Kaiser scored four goals and added two assists as the Bobcats earned an 11-10 win against No. 19 Denver, the first win against a nationally-ranked team in program history. Included in the performance were points on four consecutive goals to turn a 6-3 Bobcats deficit into a 7-6 lead in the third quarter. Quinnipiac never trailed again. For his effort, Kaiser was named both the Great Western Lacrosse League and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Player of the Week.
Bobcats Back In the NEILA Rankings
After a five-week hiatus, the Bobcats returned to the NEILA rankings, following their April 4 win against No. 19 Denver. The Bobcats settled into the No. 7 position.
Messina Moves Up The Career Assists Chart
With two assists against Denver, April 4, senior Gary Messina moved into a tie for 14th all-time on the Quinnipiac career assists list. Of his 28 career assists, 26 have come in the last two seasons. Messina racked up 16 assists (T-8th QU single season) in 2008, and currently leads the Bobcats with 10 assists so far in 2009.
Shots Bouncing Off Benzing
Kevin Benzing entered the week ranked 18th and 25th in the nation in save percentage (.575) and goals-against average (8.62), respectively. He stopped 16 shots in the Bobcats win against No. 19 Denver, his fifth career performance of 15 saves or more.
Ben Mullaney became just the 11th Bobcat to scoop up 100 career ground balls in the Bobcats' loss at Providence, March 18. With 111 ground balls, he's tied for seventh in Quinnipiac history.
Oppenheimer: The Right Way To Play
Jack Oppenheimer owns the team lead in goals (12) and points (17), and is tied for third in assists (5). After opening the season with a goal and four assists against Wagner, Oppenheimer followed with three goals at St. John's, two at Lafayette, two against Air Force and one each against Brown, Denver, Detroit and Ohio State.
Dimond Shines In Quinnipiac Victories
Junior Ted Dimond scored three goals and added two assists in the Bobcats' 15-4 win against Detroit, March 22. He also scored three times to lead the Bobcats to a 13-5 win at Wagner, Feb. 14.
Bobcats Pick Up 57 Ground Balls
The Bobcats scooped up 57 ground balls against Detroit, March 22. The 57 ground balls are a Quinnipiac single-game high for the last two seasons. 25 QU players picked up at least one.
Kelly Creeping Up The Charts
With two goals each at Providence and against Detroit, sophomore Kevin Kelly is now third on the team in goals (8) and points (11).
The Bobcats got a goal apiece from Alex DeAlmeida, Zach Dendas, and Ted Dimond, Feb. 28, at Lafayette. Dendas and Dimond also added an assist each.
Dendas Delivers; Kerr Connects
Zach Dendas and Garett Kerr scored twice each in the Bobcats' Feb. 21 loss at St. John's. Dendas also added an assist.
Gast From the Past
After missing all of last season due to injury, Mike Gast scored two goals in his return to the Bobcats' line-up, Feb. 14 at Wagner.
Benzing Begins Strong
Goalie Kevin Benzing stopped 15 shots, while allowing just five goals at Wagner.
Mullaney Picks Up His Game
Ben Mullaney scooped up seven ground balls and won 12-of-20 face-offs in the Bobcats' season opener at Wagner.
Top Cats Return
Top point scorers Gary Messina, Ted Dimond and Garett Kerr all return for the Bobcats. Messina led Quinnipiac with 26 points, including 10 goals and a team-high 16 assists last season. Dimond scored a team-high 17 goals, while Kerr added 16 goals.
Didn't You Used To Play Here?
2008 All-GWLL Second Team selection Drew Maceranka returns to the Bobcats as an assistant coach. Maceranka anchored the Quinnipiac defense last season and earned a spot on the North team at the USILA North/South All-Star Game.
The Bobcats conclude the home portion of their schedule April 18, when they play host to Notre Dame. Prior to the 11 a.m. start, the Bobcats will honor their four-member senior class as part of Senior Day Ceremonies.