March 12, 2010

Men's Lacrosse Plays Host To Providence Saturday At 2 p.m.

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-1) vs.
Providence College Friars (0-2)
Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 2 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.

Bobcats Play Host To Providence Saturday Afternoon
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team plays host Providence, Saturday afternoon in Hamden. The Bobcats look to avenge a tough 7-6 defeat last March 18 in Providence, when the Friars scored six of the game's final seven goals to erase an early 5-1 Bobcats advantage. Quinnipiac is coming off a pair of victories against Wagner and Detroit-Mercy, while the Friars have lost their first two games on the road at Presbyterian and Jacksonville.

Scouting the Providence Friars
The Friars (0-2) are led by three scorers with two goals each. Jackson Fallon, Evan Olsen and Evan Helda have two goals each, while Pete Wujciak has scored once and holds the team lead in assists (2) and points (3). Frank Cicero has seen the majority of time in net, holding opponents to a 7.19 goals-against average with his .524 save percentage. Garrett Kanter has a team-high seven ground balls, while Fallon has won 11-of-19 face-offs.

Three For All
Christian Haggerty, Peter McNichols and Jack Oppenheimer each contributed three goals and an assist in the Bobcats' 13-8 victory, March 7 at Detroit-Mercy.

A-Pall-ing Performance
Zach Pall has won 19-of-25 face-off opportunities this season. He won 12-of-18 face-offs at Detroit-Mercy, and picked up a career-high 13 ground balls in the process. Pall also won all seven of his face-off opportunities against Wagner.

Saving Face
The Bobcats won 22-of-26 face-off opportunities against Wagner. Zach Pall led the way, going a perfect 7-for-7, while Derek Flynn (8-for-10) and Jay Binkowski (7-for-9) were also extremely efficient.

Benz, But Don't Break
Senior goalie Kevin Benzing has been his typical steady self in net for the Bobcats this season, maintaining an 8.09 goals-against average and a .615 save percentage while posting a 2-1 record.

Kaiser Connects
Todd Kaiser led the Bobcats with a goal and an assist in Quinnipiac's season opener against No. 10 Loyola, Feb. 27.

Benzing Sends Back 16 Shots
Kevin Benzing did all he could to keep the Bobcats in the game, Feb. 27, against nationally-ranked No. 10 Loyola. Benzing stopped 16 of the 27 shots he faced on the day.

30 'Cats Back
The Bobcats return 30 of 35 letter winners from a year ago, including the team's top eight goal scorers. Junior Jack Oppenheimer scored a team-high 20 goals last season, while classmate Kevin Kelly was close behind with 17. Senior Ted Dimond also contributed double-digit goals with 12. Seniors Todd Kaiser (7), Garett Kerr (7), Alex DeAlmeida (5), Mike Gast (5), and Zach Dendas (5) all return for the Bobcats' offense.

On Deck
The Bobcats return to ECAC Lacrosse action Saturday, March 20, when they travel to Hobart. Opening face-off from McCooey Field in Geneva, N.Y., is scheduled for 1 p.m.