April 9, 2012

Men's Lacrosse Heads To Boston Tuesday Night For Clash With Harvard

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-6, 2-0 NEC) at
Harvard University Crimson (5-5, 2-1 Ivy League)
Harvard Stadium – Boston, Mass.

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Men's Lacrosse Heads Boston Tuesday Night For Clash With Harvard
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-6, 2-0 NEC) will head to Boston, Mass. on Tuesday night, as the Bobcats look for their fourth straight win against Harvard University (5-5, 2-1 Ivy League). In a series that dates back to the 2004 campaign, the Crimson own an unblemished record of 3-0 against the Bobcats. Faceoff for the fourth meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. under the lights at Harvard Stadium.

Scouting the Crimson
Before its last game against Cornell, Harvard had won three of four to climb back over the .500 mark for the season. However, a 14-10 setback against the Big Red on Saturday, tumbled the Crimson's record back to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the Ivy League. Harvard is averaging just over 10 goals per game offensively, but has surrendered just fewer than 10 goals per game on the defensive side of the ball. Jeff Cohen leads the team in goals (39) and points (44), while Daniel Eipp has 20 goals and a team-best 15 assists. Keegan Michel has taken the majority of the face-offs and has won 61 percent of his chances while posting a team-high 36 ground balls. In goal, Harry Krieger and Jake Gambitsky have spent most of the time between the pipes for the Crimson. Krieger started the first four games of the season and posted a .559 save percentage and a 7.65 goals-against average, while Gambitsky has started Harvard's last five games and has registered a .472 save percentage and a 11.09 GAA.                                                                                                 

Last Time Against Harvard
Dylan Webster scored twice in the game last year, but the Bobcats were defeated by Harvard, 14-7, at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden. Kevin Kelly, Christian Haggerty and Billy Alessi had a goal and an assist each, while Jack Oppenheimer and Mike Gast scored once apiece. Jake Emms and Grant Marston also tallied assists for the Bobcats. Jeff Cohen led Harvard with three goals, while Dean Gibbons had a goal and three assists. Daniel Eipp and Matt Hull also had two goals each, with Eipp adding an assist. Kevin Benzing made nine saves in defeat for the Bobcats, while Harry Krieger got the win for Harvard, making seven saves.

Last Time Out Against Wagner
Nine different Bobcats appeared in the scoring column on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats cruised past Wagner, 15-5, in Northeast Conference action at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Dylan Webster posted four goals in the contest, while Jay Binkowski and Basil Kostaras joined the Canada native with multiple-goal outings. Binkowski completed his third hat trick of the season with three goals to go along with two ground balls, while Kostaras added two goals to extend his point-streak to 13 games. Matt Kycia, Matt Diehl, Campbell Puckett, Pat Corcoran, Brendan Wilbur and Andrew Federico rounded out the scorers for QU. For the game, the Bobcats totaled more shots (44-18) and ground balls (34-19) than Wagner. In goal, Dylan Torey made all four saves for the win, while Pat Murray and Eddie Greco also contributed between the pipes for Quinnipiac. Chris Coppolecchia aided the defense's strongest showing with four caused turnovers on the afternoon.

On The Air
Tuesday's game can be seen live through Harvard Crimson TV by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.

Four More For Webby
Sophomore Dylan Webster paced the home team in their third straight win against Wagner, registering four goals and five ground balls in the triumph. Webster's success in the faceoff circle has been a crucial component to the Bobcats' success, which was once again a key factor in the final outcome. Webster won 14-of-17 faceoff attempts in the game leading to a 16-7 advantage overall for Quinnipiac. He is 42-of-62 in the last three games, a whopping 68 percent during the span.

Stellar D
QU's defense has been tremendous over the last three games. The Bobcats have forced 37 turnovers, held opponents to just 66 percent when attempting to clear the zone and allowed just eight goals per game. Freshman Dylan Torey has allowed 22 goals and saved over 50 percent of the shots faced.

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 four goals away (36), six assists away (22) and seven points (58) away from cracking top-20 in all three categories. 

Copp Causin' Turnovers
Chris Coppolecchia ranks second in the nation in caused turnovers per game after forcing nine of them in the last two games. He is averaging 2.78 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 7.11 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 14 assists thus far, accumulating to a 1.56 per game average. He is third in the Northeast Conference and ranks 31st in all of Division I.

Streak Continues
With his 10th and 11th goals of the season against Wagner on Saturday, Basil Kostaras has recorded a point in 13 straight games, a streak that dates back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras has 23 goals and nine assists during the span.

What's The Diehlio
Matt Diehl scored five goals, including the game-winner, and totaled six points against the Mountaineers on March 31. 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 five games, a stretch in which the Bobcats have gone 3-2 as a team.

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.

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 for the month, including two, four-goal games against Detroit Mercy and Binghamton.

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.

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.

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