Bobcats (6-5) vs.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (3-9)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 7 p.m.
Campus Field - Fairfield, Conn.
Bobcats Travel To Intrastate Rival Sacred Heart Tuesday
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team travels south on the Merritt Parkway Tuesday night to face intrastate rival Sacred Heart at Campus Field. The Bobcats snapped a two-game losing skid in convincing fashion Saturday, defeating ECAC foe Bellarmine, 20-7. Meanwhile, the Pioneers have fallen in four straight contests to Mount St. Mary's, Lehigh, Bryant and Robert Morris. The Pioneers have taken the last two meetings from the Bobcats.
Scouting the Sacred Heart Pioneers
Timmy Katz is the runaway points leader for the Pioneers with 37, including a team-best 27 goals. Evan Morgan is Sacred Heart's assists leader with 13, and is tied for second in points (23) with Jon Flood. The next-best point total on the team is 10 (Matt Ferrino). Tom Trgo has seen the majority of time in net for the Pioneers, stopping 58.6 percent of the shots he's seen, while compiling a 10.15 goals-against average. Stephen Kontos is Sacred Heart's primary face-off man, winning 45.1 percent of his opportunities.
After defeating Bellarmine by one goal in three of four wins in the all-time series prior to their April 24 pairing with the Knights, Quinnipiac left no doubt in a 20-7 victory. Jack Oppenheimer led the way with six goals, second-most in Quinnipiac single-game history, while Christian Haggerty dished out five assists.
With 68 ground balls so far this season, Zach Pall ranks tied for fourth all-time on the Quinnipiac single-season ground balls list.
To Have You
Junior transfer Christian Haggerty leads the Bobcats in points (35), with 13 goals and 22 assists. His assist total also leads Quinnipiac, and ranks fifth on the program single-season list. Haggerty is the first Bobcat to reach as many as 17 assists in a season since both Joe Baglio (29) and Jeff Speed (24) did so in 2001. He currently ranks eighth in the nation at 2.0 assists per game.
Oppenheimer Climbs Quinnipiac Career Goals List
With six goals April 24 against Bellarmine, Jack Oppenheimer pushed his career total to 51 goals, good for 14th in Quinnipiac history.
The Bobcats ranked fifth in the nation in caused turnovers per game, entering the week averaging 10.45 per game.
Quinnipiac enters the week seventh in the nation in both face-off winning percentage (.567) and ground balls per game, paced by Zach Pall, who is fourth nationally in both categories (6.8 gbpg, .607 face-off winning percentage).
Kaiser Creeps Up Quinnipiac Scoring List
With his 40th career goal, April 24 against Bellarmine, Todd Kaiser moved into a tie for 16th on the QU All-Time scoring list.
Oppenheimer Goals: The Right Way To Score
With 26 goals this season, Jack Oppenheimer leads the Bobcats. Oppenheimer led the Bobcats in both points (26) and goals (20) in 2009. With three games remaining this season, he's already surpassed both marks.
Benz, But Don't Break
Senior goalie Kevin Benzing has been his typical steady self in net for the Bobcats this season, maintaining a 8.90 goals-against average and a .551 save percentage while posting a 6-5 record. His save percentage ranked 19th nationally to begin the week, while his goals-against average was 20th.
Gettin' After Ground Balls
The Bobcats won a decisive victory in the ground-ball game at Air Force, April 9, scooping up 34 to the Falcons' 15.
Simply the Best
For his 21-save effort at Hobart on March 20, Kevin Benzing was named the ECAC Lacrosse and Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The 21 saves were the most in the nation in a single game during that week, and a career high for the senior goalie.
Marotto Makes His Mark
Alex Marotto scored three goals, all in the decisive second half, March 20 at Hobart. Marotto tied the game at 4-4, before later adding insurance goals to push the Bobcats' lead to 7-4 and 9-7.
Junior transfer Christian Haggerty had a team-high six points (two goals, four assists) in the Bobcats' 12-2 win over Providence, March 13. For his effort, he was named the ECAC Lacrosse Co-Player of the Week.
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.
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.
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.
The Bobcats returned 30 of 35 letter winners from 2009, 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.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they play host to future Northeast Conference foe Bryant. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field.