Men's Lacrosse Picked Fourth In NEC Preseason Poll

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team has been picked to finish fourth in the Northeast Conference, the league office announced Thursday night. The NEC coaches picked Robert Morris as the favorite to win the league's first-ever men's lacrosse championship, as the Colonials garnered four first-place votes.

Bryant is slated second in the conference with the two remaining first-place votes, while Mount St. Mary's was picked third. Following the Bobcats are Sacred Heart in fifth and Wagner in sixth.

Quinnipiac returns its top three point scorers from a year ago, including top goal-scorers Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) (32) and Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) (25). Haggerty also dished out a team-high 25 assists. Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) also returns after totaling 23 points on 12 goals and 11 assists as a junior.

The backbone of the Bobcats' defense, goalie Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) and defenseman Jake Glebocki (Wilbraham, Mass.) also return for their senior season. Benzing compiled an 8.69 goals-against average (15th-NCAA) and a .552 save percentage (20th-NCAA) in posting a 7-6 record in 2010. Glebocki anchored a Bobcats defense that held the opposition to just 8.57 goals per game last season. Starting all 14 games for Quinnipiac, he picked up 27 ground balls on the season.

Quinnipiac opens the 2011 season at Brown on Feb. 26. Opening face-off from Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I. is scheduled for 1 p.m.