Benzing, Webster Honored With NEC Weekly Awards

HAMDEN, Conn. - Senior men's lacrosse goalie Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) and freshman midfielder Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) have been selected the Northeast Conference Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, the league office today announced. The award is the second of Benzing's career and the first of the year for both players. In addition, Benzing won a pair of weekly honors in the past two years from ECAC Lacrosse and the Great Western Lacrosse League.

Benzing had a spectacular week between the pipes for the Bobcats, posting a .721 save percentage and a 6.00 goals against average as the Bobcats split a pair of games, falling at Fairfield, 7-5, before defeating Holy Cross, 10-5, in their home opener. The senior started the week by making 12 saves while allowing seven goals at Fairfield on Tuesday. The netminder also amassed three ground balls and one caused turnover in the process. Benzing returned to his post with greater vigilance against Holy Cross, snagging 19 saves and limiting the Crusaders to just five goals in the Bobcats' win. The senior made several of his saves on one-on-one opportunities, while adding four ground balls and one caused turnover to his column.

After remaining scoreless through his first two games as a rookie, Webster came charging onto the scene with a vengeance in Quinnipiac's bout with Holy Cross on Saturday. The midfielder scored three goals and added an assist in the Bobcats' victory. He put forth a versatile effort, scooping three ground balls, causing one turnover and winning two-of-five face-off opportunities. In an earlier game against Fairfield, the Ontario native showed similar defensive prowess, tallying a trio of ground balls, causing one turnover and triumphing in four-of-five face-off scenarios. He finished the two-game stint with six ground balls, two caused turnovers and six-of-10 face-off victories.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, March 12, when they travel to Providence. Opening face-off from the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex is scheduled for 2 p.m.