February 21, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Opens 2013 Season At Brown On Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (0-0, 0-0 NEC) at
Brown University Bears (0-0, 0-0 Ivy League)
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Cliff Stevenson Field – Providence, R.I.
Series vs. Brown: 0-4
Last Meeting: February 26, 2012 (L, 12-7)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 0-0
Brown Last Five: 0-0
Live Online Video: BrownBears.com
Live Audio: BrownBears.com
Live Stats: BrownBears.com 

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Travel To Brown For 2013 Season-Opener
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (0-0, 0-0 NEC) opens its 2013 campaign on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats travel to Brown University (0-0, 0-0 NEC) in Providence, R.I. QU's quest for its fifth consecutive postseason appearance begins with a 1 p.m. faceoff at Cliff Stevenson Field. 

All-Time Against Brown
The Bears have controlled the all-time series with Quinnipiac, taking all four meetings between the two schools. Last season, the Bobcats fell short by a final score of 12-7 at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden. Basil Kostaras led Quinnipiac with three goals and an assist in the losing effort. 

Last Time Against Brown
Quinnipiac took an early lead last year, but the Bobcats were unable to fend off Brown University in its season-opener at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bears came roaring back with six unanswered goals for the road victory. For the game, Brown outshot QU, 34-28, overall, and, 20-19, in shots on target. In addition, Brown's efficiency on the faceoff also proved to be a difference, as the Bears won 13 of the 22 showdowns in the middle. QU totaled one more turnover than Brown and neither team could convert with an extra-man advantage (QU: 0-4 and BU: 0-2).   

Scouting the Bears
After a difficult non-conference slate, the Brown Bears bounced back with a strong finish to the 2012 season. Brown worked its way into the Ivy League Tournament Semifinals, but suffered a 9-6 loss to the Princeton Tigers, who were crowned champion after defeating Yale in the finals. The Bears will once again look to junior Sam Hurster for production on the offensive end. He finished with a team-best 31 goals and eight assists for 39 total points. Joining him up top will also be Nick Piroli, who flourished in his first year with the program. He netted 23 goals and tallied seven assists for a 30-point season. On the other side of the turf, junior Will Round returns for another season between the pipes. He registered a 9.03 goals against average and .530 save percentage. 

On The Air
Saturday's game can be seen online and heard live through BrownBears.com by clicking the appropriate link on the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

The Captains
Seniors Basil Kostaras, Jay Binkowski, Chris Messina and Brendan Wilbur are set to captain the 2013 Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team this spring. In search for their first Northeast Conference Tournament title, head coach Erik Fekete has announced that these four seniors will lead the way. 

NEC Honors Five Bobcats
Five members of Quinnipiac were presented with All-Northeast Conference honors last season. Chris Coppolecchia earned a selection to the NEC First Team, while Michael Sagl, Matt Diehl, Pat Corcoran and Greg Pendergast were tabbed to the All-Rookie Team.

Basil's Back
Basil Kostaras, a 2011 Northeast Conference Second Team honoree, anchored the Bobcats' midfield in 2012. Despite missing some time with an injury, he finished second on the team in assists (8), third in goals scored (15) and fourth in total points (23). He also added nine ground balls and one caused turnover in 13 appearances. Kostaras' campaign was highlighted by a hat trick in the opening quarter of the season. He went on to record four multiple-point games, including three four-point outings. Kostaras was also named to the All-NEILA Second Team. 

Basil Into The QU Record Books
Basil Kostaras embedded his name in the career record books at Quinnipiac last season. The senior midfielder ranks 20th in goals scored (40), and is five assists away (23) and three points (63) away from cracking top-20 in all three categories. 

Bink Ready For Senior Season
Jay Binkowski returns for his final season after his best campaign to date in 2012. He finished with eight goals and one assist for nine points – good enough for sixth-best on the team. Primarily an offensive spark for the Bobcats, Binkowski also added 12 ground balls and caused five turnovers in 12 appearances. 

No Messin' With Messina
A team captain for a second season, Chris Messina has played in all but two games over the last two seasons - compiling two goals and an assist for a total of three points. An outstanding leader in the middle of the turf, he also has 23 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers for his career. In his most recent campaign, he put together his strongest all-around effort, highlighted by three ground balls, two caused turnovers and an assist against Saint Joseph's back last March. Messina recorded his goals against Detroit Mercy and NEC foe Sacred Heart. 

Wilbur's Breakout Year
Brendan Wilbur emerged as a major offensive threat for the Bobcats in 2012, compiling 11 of his 13 goals in the final eight games of competition. Wilbur's 13 goals, seven assists and 20 total points had him ranked either fourth or fifth among team leaders in each category. He had seven multipoint games through the campaign, including a season-high four points with two goals and two assists in the win over Binghamton. 

Leading The Way
Michael Sagl, an All-Rookie Team selection, emerged as one of Quinnipiac's most prolific attackers, compiling 16 goals and 17 assists for a team-best total of 33 points. He was tied for first on the team in assists and second in goals scored, adding 16 ground balls to his end-of-the-season statistics. He finished tied for 10th in the Northeast Conference in assists per game. 

No Big Diehl
Freshman Matt Diehl returns after completing a stellar rookie season in 2012. Diehl came along strong, particularly through the final games of the season, en route to 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 total points. He registered a point in nine straight games at one point, a span that included 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points. He finished tied for 10th in the Northeast Conference in assists per game. 

Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster finished in a two-way tie for 13th in the country in groundballs per game. The sophomore attackman is averaging 6.00 per game, also placing him third in the Northeast Conference. Webster, a member of the All-Rookie Team in 2011, led the team with 23 goals and two assists for 25 points. 

A Postseason Appearance: Nothing New For QU
Quinnipiac made its fourth postseason tournament appearance in as many chances last season. The Bobcats claimed a share of the NEC Regular Season Title in 2011 and garnered the #2 seed, and followed with a #3 seed last year. QU faced Notre Dame as the #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. 

Titanium Lacrosse Mentions Kendall
Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse freshman Chris Kendall was featured in Titanium Lacrosse on Monday, October 8, 2012. The story highlights Kendall's upcoming transition from high school to college and his impact on the Bobcats' 2013 men's lacrosse roster. 

Bill Tully Joins Coaching Staff
Bill Tully will enter his first season as an assistant coach for the Bobcats this season. Tully comes to QU from the University of Detroit Mercy where he served as an assistant coach for the Titans last year. 

Leading The NCAA
Chris Coppolecchia Coppolecchia's average of 3.07 ground balls per game ranked first nationally in all of Division I in 2012, while his 144 career ground balls has him ranked eighth at Quinnipiac since joining the NCAA's highest division. 

Chris Coppolecchia Drafted By Reading Rockets
Graduate Chris Coppolecchia was selected in the second round of the inaugural Professional Lacrosse League (PLL) College Draft, announced on July 24, 2012 by the association. The PLL is a proposed men's professional indoor lacrosse league in the United States. The league was formed in 2012 with its inaugural season scheduled to begin in September. The league currently comprises four teams, all of whom were originally affiliated with the North American Lacrosse League (NALL).

Up Next
Quinnipiac returns to action on March 2nd at Detroit Mercy. Faceoff is set for 11 a.m. in Michigan.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu