Men's Lacrosse Concludes 2010 With Senior Day Saturday
Bobcats (7-6, 3-3 ECAC) vs.
Fairfield University Stags (8-5, 4-2 ECAC)
Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field - Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats Conclude 2010 Season Saturday
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team concludes the 2010 season Saturday, when it plays host to intrastate ECAC foe Fairfield on Senior Day. At stake is third place positioning in the ECAC, as the Bobcats are currently a game back of the Stags and a win would give QU the tiebreaker. The Bobcats are coming off a tough, 7-6, loss to Bryant last Saturday, while the Stags fell at No. 3 Maryland, 17-4.
Scouting the Fairfield Stags
Fairfield is led by Sam Snow, whose 27 points lead the Stags. Max Trunz has taken the assists lead with 13, while Brent Adams has a team-best 16 goals. Steve Golmont has taken the majority of the face-offs for the Stags, winning exactly 50 percent (102-204). Drew Palmer leads the Stags' defense with 18 caused turnovers and 39 ground balls. Joseph Marra has been fantastic in net for Fairfield, with a 7.64 goals-against average (4th-NCAA) and .608 save percentage (2nd-NCAA).
Prior to Saturday's game, the Bobcats will honor their 15-member senior class. Ted Dimond, Jimmy Gianfelice, Crandon Leahy, Garett Kerr, Ben Mullaney, Jamie Prudden, Drew Falkenhan, Zach Dendas, Mitch Cooper, Alex DeAlmeida, Bailey Tuthill, Alex Marotto, Todd Kaiser, Matt Baker and Mike Bucchino will be honored prior to their final game at Quinnipiac.
With seven goals and an assist last week, Christian Haggerty reached 20 goals and 23 assists for the season, becoming just the fourth player in Quinnipiac history to compile a 20-20 year. Haggerty joined Joe Baglio (49 G, 29 A in 2001) as the only other Quinnipiac player with a 20-20 season at Division I, while Brian Perry (33 G, 25 A in 1998) and P.J. Gillard (24 G, 21 A in 1995) achieved the feat at the Division II level.
Oppenheimer Climbs Quinnipiac Career Goals List
With a goal May 1 against Bryant, Jack Oppenheimer pushed his career total to 55, good for 13th in Quinnipiac history.
The Bobcats ranked sixth in the nation in caused turnovers per game, entering the week averaging 10.31 per game.
Quinnipiac entered the week eighth in the nation in ground balls per game (35.38). Individually, Zach Pall ranks sixth with 6.25 ground balls per game.
Haggerty's Heck of a Week
Three days after dishing out five assists against Bellarmine, April 24, Christian Haggerty proved he could score himself with five goals at Sacred Heart, April 27.
Trick Hat Trick
Jack Oppenheimer compiled hat tricks in each of three straight games for the Bobcats, April 17-27. He started the streak with three goals at Holy Cross, before scoring six times against Bellarmine and three more at Sacred Heart.
With 75 ground balls so far this season, Zach Pall ranks third all-time on the Quinnipiac single-season ground balls list. He passed Joe Baglio's 73 ground balls in 1999 at Sacred Heart, and trails only Baglio's 112 in 2001 and 80 in 2000 for most in a single season at Quinnipiac.
To Have You
Junior transfer Christian Haggerty leads the Bobcats in points (43), with 20 goals and 23 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 ranked 14th in the nation to begin the week at 1.77 assists per game.
Oppenheimer Goals: The Right Way To Score
With 30 goals this season, Jack Oppenheimer leads the Bobcats and has moved into 12th all-time on the Quinnipiac single-season chart. Oppenheimer led the Bobcats in both points (26) and goals (20) in 2009.
Benz, But Don't Break
Senior goalie Kevin Benzing has been his typical steady self in net for the Bobcats this season, maintaining an 8.69 goals-against average and a .552 save percentage while posting a 7-6 record. His save percentage ranked 19th nationally to begin the week, while his goals-against average was 17th.
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.
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.
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.