Men's Lacrosse Challenges Mount St. Mary's In Sunday's NEC Championship Game

2011 Northeast Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament Championship Game
No. 2 Quinnipiac University Bobcats (7-6, 4-1 NEC) at
No. 1 Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers (8-6, 4-1 NEC)
Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 1 p.m.
Waldron Family Stadium - Emmitsburg, Md.

 

Photos of QU in NEC Semi-Finals

Bobcats Challenge The Mount In NEC Tournament Championship
The second-seeded Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team challenges top-seeded Mount St. Mary's in Sunday's Northeast Conference Tournament Championship Game at Waldron Family Stadium. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start. The Bobcats earned a thrilling 12-11 double-overtime victory against No. 3 Robert Morris on Friday evening, while Mount St. Mary's solved No. 4 Bryant, 14-9, in the nightcap. The Mountaineers took the first meeting of the year against QU, 16-10, April 16 in Hamden. The Mount leads the all-time series, 4-1, including a win in the 2001 MAAC Championship Game. 

                

Scouting the Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers
The Mount is led by Andrew Scalley, whose 33 goals, 13 assists and 46 points are all team highs. Brett Schmidt is close behind with 31 goals, 13 assists and 44 points. Cody Lehrer has also added 32 goals and nine assists. Ben Trapp is the Mount's primary face-off man, winning 57.0 percent (191-335), which has led to a team-high 96 ground balls. T.C. DiBartolo has seen the majority of time in net for the Mountaineers, compiling a 10.73 goals-against average and a .522 save percentage.

Follow The Game Live
Free live video, audio and stats will be available for Sunday's NEC Tournament Championship Game. The Pack Network will provide live video at northeastconference.tv, while QBSN will have the live audio call. Host Mount St. Mary's will provide live stats. Links to all media are available on the men's lacrosse schedule at www.quinnipiacbobcats.com.

All-NEC Third Team
Left off the All-NEC First and Second Teams, Jack Oppenheimer and Kevin Benzing demonstrated their value in Friday's NEC Semifinals against Robert Morris. Benzing made 13 saves, including five in the first overtime, and caused the turnover the led the Bobcats' break to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation. Oppenheimer scored five goals and added an assist. His natural hat trick in the final three minutes of regulation sent the game to overtime.

Haggerty Moves Up QU Career Assists List
In just two years at Quinnipiac, Christian Haggerty ranks fourth all-time in program history with 44 assists.

'Cats Scratch Back
Down 11-8 with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, Quinnipiac stormed back to down Robert Morris, 12-11, in double-overtime of the NEC Tournament Semifinals. Jack Oppenheimer registered a natural hat trick in the final 2:50 of regulation and Kevin Benzing caused a pivotal turnover and made five first-overtime saves.  

Causing Havoc
A year after finishing fifth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (10.21), the Bobcats opened the week ranking fourth among NCAA D-I teams at 10.25. Jake Glebocki has led the way with 1.83 CT/gm. (15th-NCAA).  

Bobby Schnibbe: That's Fun To Say
...and his name has been called quite often this season. He's picked up a team-high 60 ground balls, ninth-most in a single season by a Quinnipiac player in program history.

Benz, But Don't Break
Senior goalie Kevin Benzing has been particularly stingy this season, making 10.08 saves per game (22nd-NCAA) while maintaining a .522 save percentage (33rd-NCAA) and a 9.51 goals-against average (35th-NCAA).

Oppenheimer Climbs Quinnipiac Career Goals List
Jack Oppenheimer's 79 career goals rank sixth in Quinnipiac history.

Hagg of a Streak
Christian Haggerty has recorded at least one point in each of his 27 games in the blue and gold. The 27 games rank 20th among active point streaks in the nation.

Benzing Grabs Second In Saves
With 19 saves against Holy Cross March 5, Kevin Benzing passed Mike Sturmer '99 (428) for second all-time at QU. He now stands at 523, 105 behind the all-time leader at Quinnipiac, T.J. Barnett '04 (628).   

Bobcats Grab Share of NEC Regular Season Championship
With a win in the final week of the season at Wagner and a Mount St. Mary's double-overtime defeat to Bryant, Quinnipiac claimed a share of the inaugural NEC Men's Lacrosse Regular Season Championship. By virtue of the Mountaineers' 16-10 victory against QU on April 16, Mount St. Mary's took the tie-breaker and the right to host the NEC Tournament. 

Postseason Tournaments: Nothing New To QU
Quinnipiac is making its third postseason conference tournament appearance in as many chances. QU faced Notre Dame as the No. 4 seed in both the 2008 and 2009 Great Western Lacrosse League semifinals, while ECAC Lacrosse did not sponsor a tournament in 2010, when QU finished third in the league.  

Basil's Five-Goal Flavor
Basil Kostaras erupted for a career-high five goals in the Bobcats' 16-10 victory at Wagner on April 30. His previous career high was two, established four times this season.

Oppenheimer Reaches 100-Point Plateau
With a six-point effort at Wagner, Jack Oppenheimer eclipsed the 100-point plateau for his career. He joins just eight other Quinnipiac players in the 20-year history of the program to register 100 career points. 

SHU Don't Bother Me
Jack Oppenheimer led the Bobcats' 18-9 thumping of intrastate NEC rival Sacred Heart with a career-high seven-point day on April 23. The senior did his damage on Senior Day, becoming the first QU player since 2002 to total as many as seven points in a single game.

Alessi Is More
Senior Billy Alessi compiled his second career hat trick with three goals against Sacred Heart on Senior Day, April 23. His first came April 1 at Bryant.

Webster Wins Sixth NEC Rookie of the Week
Dylan Webster won his league-leading sixth NEC Rookie of the Week award after totaling three goals and two assists against Sacred Heart on April 23. Webster also scooped up five ground balls and won 11-of-21 face-offs.

Benzing Takes Third NEC Honor
Kevin Benzing won his third NEC Defensive Player of the Week honor on April 25 after stopping 10-of-14 shots on goal against Sacred Heart. He also grabbed five ground balls and caused one turnover.

Tricky Trio
Kevin Kelly, Christian Haggerty and Jack Oppenheimer each registered hat tricks against Robert Morris on April 9. Kelly scored a team-high five goals, while Haggerty and Oppenheimer had three goals each.

A Goalie's Revenge
After being peppered with 1,431 shots in his four-year Quinnipiac career, senior goalie Kevin Benzing unleashed his first career shot, a full-field heave that found the back of the net on the fly, April 9 against Robert Morris.

NEC Honors Kelly, Webster
The Northeast Conference named Kevin Kelly and Dylan Webster its player and rookie of the week, respectively, on April 11. Kelly scored five goals against Robert Morris, while Webster scored a goal, added three assists, won all 10 of his face-offs, scooped up seven ground balls and caused two turnovers. The award was the first of the season for Kelly and the fifth for Webster.

Wilbur's Game-Winner
Seeing just his second game action of the year, sophomore Brendan Wilbur scored twice, including the game-winning goal as time expired, Apr. 1 at Bryant. Wilbur had scored just once before in his career, Mar. 4, 2010, against Wagner. He proved it was not a fluke, scoring twice more and adding an assist, Apr. 9 against Robert Morris.

Do We Call Him A Rookie of the Year Candidate At This Point?
Dylan Webster was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the fourth time in five weeks after scoring an improbable goal against Bryant. After getting the ball checked out of his stick, Webster recollected and shot it past two defenders and the Bryant goalie to give QU a late 12-10 advantage.

Career-High For Coppolecchia
Chris Coppolecchia scooped up a career-high seven ground balls, March 26 at UMBC.

Webster Wins Again...And Again
Dylan Webster was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the third straight week, March 21. The freshman midfielder had a goal and an assist against Hartford, March 19, a week after tallying two goals in the Bobcats' 9-3 win at Providence, March 12. He began the stretch with three goals and an assist against Holy Cross, March 5.

Benzing Takes Second NEC Defensive Player of the Week
Kevin Benzing was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks on March 21. The senior goalie made 12 saves on 22 chances in the Bobcats' 10-9 overtime loss to Hartford. 

Hat Trick Twosome
Kevin Kelly and Christian Haggerty each compiled hat tricks against Hartford. Kelly now has five hat tricks for his four-year career, while Haggerty has four in his two years at QU.  

Second Half Lockdown
QU outscored Providence, 6-0, in the second half on March 12. After the teams were deadlocked at 3-3 following the first half, Quinnipiac scored goals on six of seven shots on goal, while Bobcats goalie Kevin Benzing stopped all five shots on goal he saw in the second half.

Good Things Come In Three's
Kevin Kelly tallied a career-high six points on three goals and three assists, March 12, at Providence. 

NEC Recognizes Benzing, Webster
The Northeast Conference recognized Kevin Benzing and Dylan Webster as its defensive player and rookie of the week, respectively, on March 7. Benzing made 31 saves in two games, including 19 in the Bobcats' 10-5 victory against Holy Cross. Webster scored three goals and added an assist against Holy Cross. 

New To The NEC
With Bryant becoming eligible for postseason play in 2011, the Northeast Conference now has six men's lacrosse-playing institutions and has officially become a men's lacrosse league. QU joins Bryant, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart and Wagner.

Crazy Eight
Quinnipiac finished 2010 eighth in the nation in ground balls per game (35.57).

20/20
Christian Haggerty became just the fourth player in Quinnipiac history to compile a 20-goal, 20-assist season with 20 goals and 25 assists last 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.

Glad To Have You
Christian Haggerty led the Bobcats in points (45), with 20 goals and 25 assists in 2010. His assist total tied for second on the QU single-season list, tied with Brian Perry in 1998. Haggerty was 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.

Oppenheimer Goals: The Right Way To Score
With 32 goals last season, Jack Oppenheimer led the Bobcats and moved into 10th all-time on the Quinnipiac single-season chart. Oppenheimer's 66 career goals rank ninth all-time at Quinnipiac.