Men's Lacrosse Seeks 2-0 Start at Detroit Mercy on Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (1-0, 0-0 NEC) at
Detroit Mercy Titans (0-3, 0-0 MAAC)
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Titan Field – Detroit, Mich.
Series vs. Detroit: 2-1
Last Meeting:
March 10, 2012 (L, 13-10)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-0
Detroit Last Five: 0-3
Live Audio: DetroitTitans.com
Live Stats: DetroitTitans.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Bobcats Seek 2-0 Start
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (1-0, 0-0 NEC) seeks its first 2-0 start since the 2008 season, when the Bobcats head westward to face future fellow MAAC foe Detroit Mercy (0-3, 0-0 MAAC). Quinnipiac and Detroit will square off on Saturday morning at Titan Field in the fourth meeting between the two schools. Faceoff is set for 11 a.m. 

All-Time Against Detroit Mercy
In three prior meetings between Quinnipiac and Detroit, the Bobcats have bragging rights with a slight 2-1 advantage. QU defeated Detroit by a final score of 15-4 in 2009, and followed with a 13-8 win in 2010. Last season, the Titans handed the Bobcats a 13-10 loss at the QU Lacrosse Turf in Hamden. 

Last Time Against Detroit Mercy
Michael Sagl scored a game-high four goals in their last meeting, but the Bobcats were defeated by Detroit Mercy, 13-10, at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Quinnipiac found the back of the net three times in the fourth quarter, however could not overcome a first-half deficit. Sagl also registered two assists and two groundballs to go along with his four tallies. Fellow classmate Pat Corcoran registered a multiple-goal game with two, while Brandon Kuring, Dylan Webster, Basil Kostaras and Chris Messina completed the scoring column for QU. 

Scouting the Titans
Detroit Mercy has endured a difficult start to the season with three-straight losses on the road. Most recently, despite a pair of goals from juniors Shayne Adams and Alex Maini, the Detroit men's lacrosse team could not get the offense going as the Titans dropped a 9-5 contest at Robert Morris last Saturday. Maini also added an assist and sophomore Brandon Beauregard had a goal and a helper. Senior Jordan Houtby tied his career high for the fifth time with six caused turnovers and had six ground balls, while senior A.J. Levell made 10 saves and picked up a team-high seven groundballs. Adams leads the team in scoring thus far with eight goals and two assists for a total of 10 points. 

On The Air
Saturday's game can be heard live through DetroitTitans.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. 

Last Time Out Against Brown
Brendan Wilbur recorded a hat trick and Gill Conners stifled the Bears offense with 20 saves in goal, as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Brown, 9-7, in the season-opener for both teams. Dylan Webster chipped in with three points at the strength of two goals and an assist, which featured two huge goals in the final quarter. He added a team-best 10 ground balls and was 12-of-19 on the faceoff. Michael Sagl picked up right where he left off last year with two goals and an assist, while Matt Diehl and Pat Mulligan each added a goal. 

Fifth In NEILA Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team made its way into the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coaches' Poll on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, as the Bobcats claimed the fifth spot in the weekly census. The weekly poll is compiled of the eight best Division I lacrosse teams in New England.

Weekly Awards For The Goalie
Gill Conners played a key role in Quinnipiac's season-opening win at Brown and earned NEILA Player of the Week and Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. Conners posted 20 saves in Quinnipiac's 9-7 win, making three stops in the first quarter and six in second. After the break, he matched his second quarter output with six more in the third before capping the game with five in the fourth, including one with just 31 ticks to play.  He also nabbed three ground balls in the win. The 20 saves are the most by a Quinnipiac goalie since the 2004 campaign. 

LaxPower Rankings
Quinnipiac is ranked 21st in the LaxPower Power Rankings as of Thursday, February 28, 2013. The computer-based report ranks teams based on strength of schedule, RPI and team record. Quinnipiac has a rating of 92.04, which is good enough for first among NEC members.  

Strong Showing  For Wilbur
In their first game of the season, Brendan Wilbur led the Bobcats with three goals, caused three turnovers and picked up a ground ball in the win. Dating back to last season, he has at least one point in nine straight games – the longest active streak on the team.

Among The Nation's Best
Dylan Webster finished in a two-way tie for 13th in the country in groundballs per game last season, and is once again among the nation's best in 2013. The sophomore attackman had 10 groundballs against Brown, putting him in fourth place (10.0 / game) in the NCAA. He also added two goals and an assist.

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.

Up Next
Quinnipiac returns to action on March 8th against Vermont. The neutral site affair is set for 7:45 p.m. at Severna Park High School in Severna Park, Md.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu