June 3, 2011

Three Bobcats Selected To Play In 2011 NEILA Skor Sports All-Star Game

HAMDEN, Conn. - Three Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse players have been selected to play in the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Skor Sports All-Star Game, to be played Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at Endicott College. Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.), Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) and Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) were all selected to play in the contest.  

Benzing became only the second Quinnipiac player to make 500 saves in his four-year career, finishing with 534. He capped off his career with a 13-save effort against Robert Morris in the NEC Tournament Semifinals, including five saves in the first overtime alone. He caused the turnover that led the break on the Bobcats' final goal in regulation to force overtime, leaving the net to intercept a Colonials pass. His 10.36 saves per game ranked 21st in the nation, while his .516 save percentage and 9.9 goals-against average were 33rd and 37th in the nation, respectively.  

Haggerty was a constant on the Bobcats' attack, starting all 14 games the Bobcats played, while scoring 21 goals and adding 20 assists. He became the only player in Quinnipiac history to record two 20/20 seasons and is one of only four players in QU history to have a single season of 20 goals and 20 assists. In just two years at Quinnipiac, Haggerty finished with 86 points, good for 14th all-time in program history. He registered a point in all 28 games he played with the Bobcats, ranking 18th nationally among current point streaks. Haggerty prolonged his career for one more game, scoring a man-down goal 21 seconds into the second overtime of the Bobcats' 12-11 win against Robert Morris in the NEC Tournament Semifinals.

Kelly was the Bobcats top goal scorer out of the midfield this season, tallying 26 goals to go along with 15 assists to tie Haggerty for the team lead in points (41). Kelly scored at least one goal in 12 of 14 games this season, and had a point in 13 of 14 games. He finishes his career 13th on the all-time program points list with 87. He compiled four hat tricks this season, including a five-goal outburst against Robert Morris on April 9. He again took it to the Colonials in the NEC Semifinals, finding the back of the net three times. He also scored three times each in consecutive games against Providence and NCAA Tournament qualifier Hartford. He also added three assists against Providence for a career-high six points on March 12.