HAMDEN, Conn. – Fresh off three consecutive wins, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team has cracked the New England Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Association's (NEILA) Regional Coaches' Poll, announced on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The Bobcats have improved to 2-0 in the Northeast Conference, sitting in a three-way tie for first place in the standings.
For the eighth week in a row, University of Massachusetts snatched the top slot in the poll. UMass garnered all 13 first-place votes for a weekly-high total of 104 points. Fairfield (91) was tabbed second in the census, and was followed by Bryant (77), Harvard (65), Yale (53), Brown (39) and Sacred Heart (23). Quinnipiac and Holy Cross rounded out the poll with seven votes, good enough for a two-way tie with Holy Cross for eighth place.
Offensively, the Bobcats' three-game splash has been sparked by a slew of midfielders and attackers. Leading the way in points is freshman Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.), who has seven goals and six assists during the span. Senior Jay Binkowski (Bethany, Conn.) has six goals, Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) has five goals and three assists and Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) has four goals and five assists. Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) has been tremendous in the faceoff circle, taking 74 percent of his attempts.
On the other side of the ball, senior Chris Coppolecchia (Somers, N.Y.) has been on a tear of late, causing 11 turnovers in the last three contests. Freshman Dylan Torey (Darien, Conn.) has also been stellar between the pipes, allowing fewer than eight goals per game on 23 saves.
The Bobcats return to the turf on Tuesday night with a non-conference match-up at Harvard University. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. under the lights at Harvard Stadium. For all the latest news and information regarding the men's lacrosse program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
NEILA D-I Coaches' Poll
1. UMass (13) 104
2. Fairfield 91
3. Bryant 77
4. Harvard 65
5. Yale 53
6. Brown 39
7. Sacred Heart 23
T-8. Quinnipiac 7
T-8. Holy Cross 7
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