Saturday, April 21, 2012 – 2 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-8, 2-1 NEC) at
Robert Morris University Colonials (9-3, 3-0 NEC)
Joe Walton Stadium – Moon Township, Pa.
Men's Lacrosse Set For NEC Unbeaten Robert Morris On Saturday
With playoff implications on the line, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-8, 2-1 NEC) will travel to the Keystone State for a crucial Northeast Conference match-up on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats square off against Robert Morris University (9-3, 3-0 NEC), just the third meeting in the all-time series. The unbeaten Colonials have yet to win a game in the series, however have not had the chance on its home turf. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m. at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, Pa.
All-Time Against Robert Morris
Quinnipiac met Robert Morris for the first time last season, and ended up with a second encounter in the Semifinals of the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Bobcats took care of business at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field the first time around, 19-15, and then outlasted the Colonials in an absolute thriller, 12-11, to advance to the championship game.
Scouting the Colonials
Robert Morris, who is currently riding a four-game winning streak, was the top team mentioned in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and was also cited in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches' Poll earlier this week. Most recently, the Colonials took down defending Northeast Conference champion and preseason favorite Mount St. Mary's, building an eight-goal lead before claiming a 17-14 victory. With its performance, RMU scored at least 15 goals in its fourth straight outing, achieving that feat for the first time in program history. The Colonials lead the nation in assists per game (9.0) and sit second across the country in scoring offense, averaging 13.5 goals per game. RMU remained in third nationally in ground balls per game (35.75), an area in which it has dominated its opponents in recent outings, and advanced to third nationally in shooting percentage (34.0). Senior Kiel Matisz leads the team in points with 48 while junior Jake Hayes tops the squad in goals with 32, and both rank among the top 20 nationally in both goals per game and in points per game. Robert Morris is now 9-3 overall with each of its three setbacks having come to teams that are currently nationally ranked in both polls.
Last Time Against RMU
The #2 Bobcats defeated #3 Robert Morris, 12-11, in double overtime last year in the Northeast Conference Tournament Semifinals at Waldron Family Stadium on the campus of Mount St. Mary's University. Jack Oppenheimer scored five goals, including a natural hat trick in the final 2:50 of regulation, and Christian Haggerty scored a man-down goal in double overtime for the game-winner.
On The Air
Saturday's game can be seen on RMU's live video feed by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of QU athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into live stats as well.
Leading The NCAA
Chris Coppolecchia leads the nation in caused turnovers per game after forcing 21 of them in the last four games. He is averaging 3.36 per outing, placing him atop the Northeast Conference as well. Coppolecchia notched a career-best with seven of them against #19 Bryant last weekend. He also just moved into ninth place all-time in career ground balls.
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 three goals away (37), six assists away (22) and six points (59) away from cracking top-20 in all three categories.
Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster is currently tied for seventh in the country in groundballs per game. The sophomore attackman is averaging 6.64 per game, also placing him third in the Northeast Conference.
Lending A Helping Hand
Freshman Matt Diehl has stepped into his midfield role very nicely this season. Diehl has 15 assists thus far, accumulating to a 1.36 per game average. He is sixth in the Northeast Conference and ranks 40th in all of Division I.
It Was A Good Run…
After his 10th and 11th goals of the season against Wagner on April 7, Basil Kostaras had recorded a point in 13 straight games, a streak that dated back to April 16, 2011. Kostaras had 23 goals and nine assists during the span. Unfortunately, he was unable to collect a point at Harvard on April 10.
During its previous three-game winning streak (Binghamton, Mount St. Mary's, Wagner), Quinnipiac was terrific on the defensive end. The Bobcats 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.
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 one or more points in his last six games, a stretch in which the Bobcats have gone 3-3 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.
Quinnipiac returns to action on next Saturday with the regular-season finale. The Bobcats travels to Sacred Heart University for a game that could potentially determine seedings for the Northeast Conference Tournament. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. For all the latest news, scorers and highlights pertaining to the Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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