March 16, 2012

Men's Lacrosse Heads To Hartford Saturday For Intrastate Clash

Saturday, March 17, 2012 – 2 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-5, 0-0 NEC) at
University of Hartford Hawks (1-5, 0-0 AE)
Al-Marzook Field – West Hartford, Conn.

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Men's Lacrosse Heads To Hartford Saturday For Intrastate Clash
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-5, 0-0 NEC) won't travel very far for its next game, as the Bobcats will take on the University of Hartford (1-5, 0-0 AE) on Saturday afternoon. The meeting serves purpose in the all-time series as well, seeing the Bobcats and Hawks have each won six times in 12 encounters. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford, Conn.

Scouting the Hawks
After a 0-3 start to the 2012 season, Hartford showed signs of life with its first win, but followed with back-to-back losses. The Hawks were the unanimous choice of the league's coaches to claim the America East title in 2012. The duo of senior Aidan Genik and rookie Kevin O'Shea has proven to be one of the best in the nation, currently ranking 27th in goals and 32nd in points through four games this year. Genik enters Saturday's contest with 17 points (13 goals, 4 assists) while O'Shea also adds 11 goals with five assists for 16 points. O'Shea has been a very pleasant surprise for the Hawks, boasting three AE Rookie of the Week Honors thus far. The league's top freshman in points and goals, O'Shea is tied for fourth in the league with 2.80 points per game and also ranks fourth with 2.20 goals per game.

Last Time Against Hartford
Hartford's Ryan Compitello scored the game-winning goal with 11.8 seconds left in overtime to defeat the Bobcats, 10-9, last year at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field. Christian Haggerty and Kevin Kelly registered hat tricks for the Bobcats. Haggerty also added two assists. Dylan Webster had a goal and an assist, while Basil Kostaras and Jake Emms each added goals. Jack Oppenheimer had two assists, while Bobby Schnibbe contributed one helper. Carter Bender led Hartford with three goals and an assist, while Rory Nunamacher added two goals and an assist. Ryan Compitello had a goal and three assists, while Jared Franze contributed a goal and an assist. Aidan Genik and Vinny Pellizzi also had goals for Hartford, while Martin Bowes and Tate Klidonas each added assists.

Last Time Out Against Saint Joseph's
Dylan Webster had another terrific showing on Tuesday afternoon, but the Bobcats were defeated by Saint Joseph's University, 8-7, at Finnesey Field. The Bobcats surrendered the game-winning goal with 3:06 seconds remaining in regulation, propelling the Hawks to a one-goal victory in Philadelphia, Pa. Michael Sagl, Matt Diehl, Leo Horine and Pat Corcoran each added a goal in the losing effort. Sagl chimed in with two assists, while Basil Kostaras, Diehl and Chris Messina each tallied a helper. Webster also posted a team-high four ground balls.

Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster currently ranks within the top five in the country in groundballs per game. The sophomore attackman is averaging 6.8 per game, also tying him for first in the Northeast Conference.

Copp Causin' Turnovers
Chris Coppolecchia ranks second in the nation in caused turnovers per game. He is averaging 2.8 per outing, placing him atop the Northeast Conference as well.

Another Hat Trick For Webster
Dylan Webster's tally in the fourth quarter against Saint Joseph's on Tuesday afternoon granted the sophomore attackman his second hat trick of the season. Webster opened the Bobcats' scoring column 7:08 seconds into the game, scored his second goal 3:58 seconds into the second frame and completed the trick early on in the last stanza.

NEC Rookie Of The Week
Freshman Michael Sagl was tabbed the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week, announced on Monday, March 12, 2012 by the league office. Sagl had the hot stick for the Bobcats last week, as the West Islip, N.Y. native scored five times and handed out three assists in two home games. Against now No. 13 nationally ranked Fairfield, Sagl assisted on his team's first goal in the opening quarter before striking late in the fourth during a comeback attempt that fell short, 9-6. He then reeled off a career-high four goals – all in the second half - and picked up two assists in a 13-10 loss to Detroit Mercy.

Way To Go Webster
2011 All-Rookie Team honoree Dylan Webster scored a career-high four goals against No. 17 nationally ranked Fairfield on March 7. The sophomore attackman from Brampton, Ontario netted a goal in each quarter, including a game-tying tally three minutes into the second frame.

Streak Continues
With his fifth assist of the season on Tuesday, Basil Kostaras has now recorded a point in 10 straight games, a streak that dates back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras has 18 goals and seven assists during the span.

Impactful Freshmen
The Bobcats have started five or more freshmen in their first five games this season, the most in the Northeast Conference. Several have made an immediate impact both offensively and defensively for QU. Michael Sagl has seven goals and six assists, Matt Diehl has one goal and five assists, Pat Corcoran has three goals, Leo Horine has two goals, and Carmen French has a helper. On the other side, Dylan Torey has started in goal every game for the Bobcats.

First-Quarter Trick
Basil Kostaras netted a natural hat trick in the first quarter against Brown on Feb. 26. 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.

The Captains
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.

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. 

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.

Up Next
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, March 24 with a home game against Binghamton. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. 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