Men's Lacrosse Takes On Wagner Saturday Afternoon

Saturday, April 7, 2012 – 1 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (2-6, 1-0 NEC) vs.
Wagner College Seahawks (0-9, 0-1 NEC)
QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.

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Men's Lacrosse Takes On Wagner Saturday Afternoon
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (2-6, 0-0 NEC) will look to improve to 2-0 in the Northeast Conference on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats welcome Wagner College (0-9, 0-1 NEC) to the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. QU owns a perfect 8-0 record all-time against the Seahawks, a series that dates back to the 2000 campaign. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Scouting the Seahawks
Former Virginia All-American and first-year Head Coach Matt Poskay took over the Wagner men's lacrosse program last June. Off to a rough start, the Seahawks are still in search for their first win of the 2012 campaign. Most recently, Wagner was dealt a 22-10 loss at Robert Morris last Saturday, a game that featured 15 goals in the middle quarters from the hosting Colonials. The Seahawks are led by two junior class members, Colin O'Rourke and Nick DePhillips, who have spearheaded Wagner's attack thus far. O'Rourke, a 6-1 midfielder from Worcester, Mass., leads the team with 17 goals and two assists for a total 19 points; while DePhillips, a 5-10 midfielder from Glen Ridge, N.J., has 16 goals and one helper for 17 total points. The Seahawks rank last in the conference in both goals and goals allowed, however, show promise with their fundamentals. Wagner sits second in least amount of time spent in the penalty box and fewest turnovers.

Last Time Against Wagner
Basil Kostaras scored a career-high five goals as the Bobcats defeated Wagner, 16-10, last year at Wagner College Stadium. The win, which was paired with a Mount St. Mary's double-overtime loss to Bryant, solidified the Bobcats a share of the 2011 NEC Regular Season Championship, along with the Mountaineers. Jack Oppenheimer became the ninth player in Quinnipiac history to top 100 points, tallying a goal and four assist to push his career total to 101. Kevin Kelly and Christian Haggerty added two goals and an assist each, while Jake Emms also chimed in with two goals. Billy Alessi and Matt Minor each had a goal and an assist, while Mike Gast and Bobby Schnibbe also added one goal each. Adam Dahlgard and Brendan Wilbur also added assists. The Bobcats outshot the Seahawks, 48-22, and took 38 ground balls to Wagner's 25.

Last Time Out Against Mount St. Mary's
Matt Diehl led a potent Bobcats' offense on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats upended the 2011 NEC Champions and Northeast Conference's preseason favorite Mount St. Mary's, 12-8, at Waldron Family Stadium. QU's attack was absolutely stellar on a misty day in Emmitsburg, putting 16 of their 22 shots on target and controlling 14 of 24 face-offs. Defensively, Dylan Torey came up big on several occasions to consistently keep the Bobcats in front. He registered 10 saves in the game, opposed to four from his counterpart. In addition to Torey, Chris Coppolecchia caused five turnovers and collected eight groundballs in the game. QU's defense held MSM's leading scorer, Brett Schmidt, to just one goal on seven shots.

On The Air
Saturday's game can be heard live through the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN) by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Chairman of QBSN Marc Schwartz will have the play-by-play call, with the intuitive Brian Farrell providing color commentary for the broadcast. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.

NEC's Best Of The Week
Matt Diehl and Chris Coppolecchia were awarded weekly honors by the Northeast Conference, announced on Monday, April 2, 2012 by the league office. Diehl earned his first career NEC Player/Rookie of the Week accolade, while Coppolecchia was tabbed the NEC Defensive Player of the Week.

What's The Diehlio
Matt Diehl scored five goals, including the game-winner, and totaled six points against the Mountaineers last week. Diehl marked career-highs in both goals and points in the victory, which featured four goals in the second half to help QU pull away for the win. He has now scored at least one goal and tallied two or more points in his last four games, a stretch in which the Bobcats have gone 2-2 as a team.

Fitting In Nicely
Freshman Michael Sagl was named the Quinnipiac's Athlete of the Month for the month of March, announced Wednesday, April 14, 2012. Michael Sagl was tremendous offensively for the Bobcats this past month, leading the team in several statistical categories. He netted a team-best 13 goals and handed out seven assists for a team-leading total of 20 points.  Sagl registered a goal in each of his seven outings, including two four-goal games against Detroit Mercy and Binghamton.

Copp Causin' Turnovers
Chris Coppolecchia ranks third in the nation in caused turnovers per game after forcing a career-high five of them on Saturday. He is averaging 2.63 per outing, placing him atop the Northeast Conference as well.

Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster currently ranks fourth in the country in groundballs per game. The sophomore attackman is averaging 7.45 per game, also placing him second in the Northeast Conference.

Lending A Helping Hand
Freshman Matt Diehl has stepped into his midfield role very nicely this season. Diehl has 12 assists thus far, accumulating to a 1.5 per game average. He is tied for second in the Northeast Conference and ranks 31st in all of Division I.

Streak Continues
With his eighth and ninth goals of the season against the Mount last weekend, Basil Kostaras has recorded a point in 12 straight games, a streak that dates back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras has 21 goals and nine assists during the span.

Tremendous Tandem
Brandon Kuring and Daniel Webster each scored four goals against Hartford on Mar. 17. Kuring, who entered the game with one goal to his name, was tremendous adding two assists for a six-point outing. Webster continued his early season success with five groundballs to go along with his four points.

Basil Approaching QU Record Books
Basil Kostaras is inching closer towards embedding his name in the career record books at Quinnipiac. The junior midfielder is six goals away (34), six assists away (22) and nine points (56) away from cracking top-20 in all three categories. 

Impactful Freshmen
The Bobcats have started five or more freshmen in their first eight games this season, the most in the Northeast Conference. Several have made an immediate impact both offensively and defensively for QU.

Another Hat Trick For Webster
Dylan Webster's tally in the fourth quarter against Saint Joseph's on Mar. 13 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.

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 22 new faces to the program this year, a figure that includes 20 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. 

Up Next
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, April 14 with a crucial showdown against Bryant. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Prior to the start of the game, Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald and Head Coach Eric Fekete will honor the senior class members for their hard work and dedication to the program. 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