Saturday, March 10, 2012 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-3, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Detroit Mercy Titans (2-4, 0-0 MAAC)
Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.
Bobcats, Titans Square Off In Saturday Afternoon Showdown
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-3, 0-0 NEC) returns to the turf on Saturday with a non-conference showdown against Detroit Mercy (2-4, 0-0 MAAC). The meeting marks the third time that the two programs face off, with the Bobcats taking each of the first two meetings. The game is set for 1 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field, located on the Mount Carmel Campus of the university.
Scouting the Titans
Detroit Mercy has endured a difficult 2012 schedule thus far, compiling just two wins in their first six contests. Two of the losses came courtesy of nationally ranked opponents in No. 18 Delaware and No. 8 North Carolina, suffering two additional setbacks to Ohio State and Georgetown. Furthermore, Saturday's clash serves as the Titans fifth game on the road this year. The sophomore duo of Joel Matthews and Shayne Adams lead the Detroit offense, combining for 25 goals and nine assists, eight off the stick of Adams. Junior A.J. Levell has seen the majority of the time between the pipes, allowing just over 11 goals per game and accumulating a .536 save percentage.
Last Time Against Detroit Mercy
Three players recorded hat tricks and finished with a game-high four points, as Bobcats handled Detroit-Mercy, 13-8, at Titan Field in their last meeting. Christian Haggerty, Peter McNichols and Jack Oppenheimer all found the back of the net three times, while each also assisted on another goal. For the game, the Bobcats won 14 of the 24 face-offs, while picking up 36 ground balls to Detroit's 34. Kevin Benzing held off the Titans late, making four saves in the final quarter, while A.J. Levell did not record any of his 13 saves in the final frame.
Way To Go Webster
2011 All-Rookie Team honoree Dylan Webster scored a career-high four goals against No. 17 nationally ranked Fairfield on Wednesday. The sophomore attackman from Brampton, Ontario netted a goal in each quarter, including a game-tying tally three minutes into the second frame.
With his fifth goal of the season on Friday, Basil Kostaras has now recorded a goal in eight straight games, a streak that dates back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras has 17 goals and three assists during the span, including a five-goal performance against Wagner in the 2011 regular-season finale.
The Bobcats have started five or more freshmen in their first three games this season, the most in the Northeast Conference. Several have made an immediate impact both offensively and defensively for QU. Michael Sagl has two goals and two assists, Matt Diehl has four assists and Leo Horine has one helper. On the other side, Dylan Torey has started in goal every game for the Bobcats.
Basil Kostaras netted a natural hat trick in the first quarter against Brown on Sunday. The junior midfielder put the Bobcats in front just four minutes into the game, followed with his second goal of the game two minutes later and completed the trick with 2:46 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Kostaras also added an assist on the afternoon.
Bobcats Grab Share of NEC Regular Season Championship
With a win in the final week of the 2011 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.
A Postseason Appearance: Nothing New For QU
Quinnipiac made its third postseason conference tournament appearance in as many chances last season. 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.
With such a talented group full of youth, Quinnipiac will be heavily reliant on its veteran leadership. Captains Chris Coppolecchia, Jay Binkowski and Basil Kostaras will be called upon to lead a corps of inexperience in their quest for another Championship run.
Some New Faces
When asked about the 2012 season, Head Coach Erik Fekete always references the team's youth as his first obstacle. The Bobcats welcome 25 new faces to the program this year, a figure that includes 23 freshmen. In their first scrimmage, Fekete had eight newcomers on the pitch for the sound of the opening whistle.
NEC Honors Six Bobcats
Defenseman Jake Glebocki garnered an All-Conference First Team accolade last season, one of six Bobcats to be honored by the NEC. Christian Haggerty, Kevin Kelly, Basil Kostaras and Matt Minor also earned recognition with second-team laurels, while Dylan Webster was named to the All-NEC Rookie Team.
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, 2011. His previous career high was two, established four times last season.
Webster Claims Six NEC Rookie Weekly Honors
Dylan Webster won a league-leading six NEC Rookie of the Week awards last season. He finished the season with 14 goals and eight assists for a total of 22 points.
Oppenheimer Reaches 100-Point Plateau
With a six-point effort at Wagner in the last game of the 2011 campaign, 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.
Benzing Grabs Second In Saves
With 19 saves against Holy Cross March 5 last year, Kevin Benzing passed Mike Sturmer '99 (428) for second all-time at QU. He now stands at 524, 104 behind the all-time leader at Quinnipiac, T.J. Barnett '04 (628).
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. He also ranks among QU's top-20 goal-scorers and point-leaders as well.
Quinnipiac hits the road next week for two non-conference match-ups. On Wednesday, the Bobcats travel to Saint Joseph's, followed by an intrastate contest against Hartford on Saturday. For all the latest news, scorers and highlights pertaining to the Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu