SOMERSET, N.J. – Five members of the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team were presented with All-Northeast Conference honors on Thursday night, as Robert Morris University and league officials hosted its second annual NEC Pre-Tournament Banquet at the Holiday Inn located outside of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Senior defenseman Chris Coppolecchia (Somers, N.Y.) earned a selection to the NEC First Team, while Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.), Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.), Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) and Greg Pendergast (South Windsor, Conn.) were tabbed to the All-Rookie Team.
Coppolecchia, who has been instrumental in the growth of the program over the past four years, earned his first career regular-season accolade for his efforts this season. In his final campaign with the Bobcats, he has been sensational as the leader of the defensive unit. In 13 games thus far, he has 43 caused turnovers, 61 ground balls and has won 16 face-offs in the circle. Furthermore, his average of 3.31 ground balls per game has him ranked first nationally in all of Division I men's lacrosse. He will also wrap up his career in eighth place all-time at QU in career ground balls with 144, and needs just six more to move into seventh place on the list. On the other side of the ball, he recorded a point with an assist at Hartford back in March.
According to coaches around the league, the Bobcats freshman class proved to be the most talented group as well, earning the most selections to the All-Rookie Team. The loan attackman of the quartet was Michael Sagl, who led the team in points in his inaugural season. He recorded 16 goals and 15 assists for a total of 31 points. The West Islip, N.Y. native saw action in all 13 games, picking up 15 ground balls and forcing three turnovers.
In the midfield, Matt Diehl and Pat Corcoran have flourished in their rookie seasons with the Bobcats. Diehl is second on the team with 28 points at the strength of 11 goals and a team-best 17 assists. He is currently riding a nine-game point streak (11 goals, 13 assists), which is good enough for the longest stint of any player on the team. His 17 assists also rank him eighth in the NEC and 40th in all of Division I men's lacrosse. Corcoran, who has been a terrific complement to Diehl, has steadily progressed as the season has moved forward. He has 10 goals and five assists for a total of 15 points. Corcoran has five multipoint games through the last 10 games, which includes a five point outing where he contributed four goals and one assist at Robert Morris. Furthermore, has only taken 17 shots which results in a .588 shooting percentage.
On the defensive side of the ball, Greg Pendergast played a large role in the success of the Bobcats defense this year. He has 21 ground balls and five caused turnovers, aiding the league's second best team in forcing turnovers. Pendergast has been a reliable teammate in front of Quinnipiac cage, starting in all 13 games for the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac, now 3-10, 2-3 in the NEC, looks ahead to Bryant University, who earned the #2 seed in the NEC Tournament after falling to Robert Morris last week. Robert Morris will host the tournament as the #1 seed and will take on #4 Mount St. Mary's in the semifinals. The championship kicks off on Friday afternoon in Moon Township, Pa. at 5:30 p.m. with the Bobcats and Bulldogs to square off in the nightcap at 8:30 p.m.
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