Men's Lacrosse to Host Providence in Home-Opener on Tuesday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-0, 0-0 NEC) vs.
Providence College Friars (4-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: QU Men's Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Providence: 7-4
Last Meeting: March 12, 2011 (W, 9-3)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 3-0
Providence Last Five: 4-0
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com 

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Battle of the Unbeaten
The nationally-ranked No. 20 Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-0, 0-0 NEC) returns to the turf on Tuesday afternoon with its 2013 home-opener. The Bobcats will take New England rival and undefeated Providence College (4-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m. 

All-Time Against Providence
Quinnipiac has enjoyed quite a bit of success against the Friars, holding a 7-4 mark in the all-time series. Providence won the first meeting between the two schools when Quinnipiac was transitioning to Division I. Since joining the top division, Quinnipiac is 7-3 which includes winning four of the last five meetings. 

Last Time Against Providence
Kevin Kelly had three goals and three assists as the Bobcats defeated Providence, 9-3, back in 2011 at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Quinnipiac held the Friars scoreless in the second half while scoring six goals of their own. Basil Kostaras and Jake Emms added two goals and an assist each for the Bobcats, while Dylan Webster also had two goals. Jay Binkowski and Jack Oppenheimer added assists for the Bobcats. Kevin Benzing stopped 10-of-13 shots on goal in securing the victory in net. 

Scouting the Friars
After three straight wins over Wagner, Vermont and Manhattan, Providence College recently added a fourth straight win with a 12-10 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday (3/9) at Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Juniors Sean Wight and Andrew Barton combined for a total of 10 points on four goals and one assist apiece. Wright already has 13 goals and five assists for a team-best 18 points on the season. Barton has 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points, while three more have at least five points thus far. Jack Connelly has earned all four wins in net, collecting 49 saves (.628) and a 7.66 goals against average.   

On The Air
Tuesday's game can be heard live through QuinnipiacBobcats.com, courtesy of the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network (QBSN), by clicking the appropriate link on the website. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

Last Time Out Against Vermont
The nationally-ranked No. 20 Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team remained unbeaten on Friday night (3/8), as the Bobcats defeated the University of Vermont, 10-6, at Severna Park High School in Maryland. Quinnipiac, now 3-0 for the first time since 2008, received multiple goals from three different players and a career-high five assists from Michael Sagl. Basil Kostaras, Pat Corcoran and Dylan Webster each scored twice, while Jay Binkowski, Jake Emms and Ryan each finished with one apiece. Webster was dominate on the faceoff (13-16) and collected a season-high 12 groundballs. 

Receiving Votes In USILA and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Polls
With their 3-0 start also comes recognition as the Bobcats received votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and Nike/Insider Lacrosse national polls, announced March 11, 2013.  

LaxPower Power Ratings
The Bobcats are ranked 11th in the LaxPower Power Ratings, which updated on a daily basis. The computer power rating for college lacrosse is based on margin of victory calculations, including a 10-goal limit constraint. In addition, predictions are made for the selection of teams to the men and women's NCAA championship tournament for Divisions I, II, and III, which is predicated on strength of schedule, ratings percentage index, quality wins, win-loss records, and polls.

Fourth In NEILA Poll
Quinnipiac moved up a spot to No. 4 in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coaches' Poll, announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The weekly poll is compiled of the top eight Division I lacrosse teams in New England. 

In Elite Company
Quinnipiac is just one of five remaining teams without a loss this season, joining Cornell (5-0), Maryland (5-0), Marist (4-0) and Providence (4-0). 

Road Warriors
The Bobcats have won their first three games on the road this season. It's the first time in program history that Quinnipiac has played three games away from home without a loss. 

Sagl Sparks Bobcats
Michael Sagl went back to work on Friday night against Vermont (3/8), matching a career-best with six points in the win. He finished with a career-high five assists and added a goal for his six points. He is leading the team in points (5.43) and assists (2.67) per game – good enough for sixth in the nation and second among NEC players for both categories. 

He's Really Good
Gill Conners was tremendous in goal on Friday night lifting the Bobcats to the win over Vermont (3/8) in Maryland. Conners posted 14 saves on the night which featured two in the first quarter, six in the second, three in the third and three more in the fourth. Conners is fourth in the nation and leads the NEC in saves percentage (.641), while also leading the league in goals against average (7.67). 

Into The QU Record Books
Basil Kostaras and Dylan Webster have embedded their names in the career record books at Quinnipiac. Kostaras ranks 16th all-time in goals scored (45) and 20th in points (69).  He is also six assists shy of 15th (24) for the category as well. Webster sits right behind Kostaras in 17th place in goals scored (41), while ranking seventh (150) in groundballs. 

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 is averaging nearly 10 ground balls per game, ranking him second in the NCAA. 

Strong Showing  For Wilbur
With his assist against Vermont (3/8), Brendan Wilbur has at least one point in 11 straight games (dating back to last season) – the longest active streak on the team. He has 15 goals and 10 points for a total of 25 points during the streak.

Up Next
Quinnipiac welcomes intrastate for Hartford to the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Saturday, March 16. Faceoff is set for noon in Hamden, Conn.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu