Quinnipiac Welcomes Hartford to the QU Turf on Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-1, 0-0 NEC) vs.
University of Hartford Hawks (1-3, 0-0 AE)
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: QU Men's Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Hartford: 6-7
Last Meeting: March 17, 2012 (L, 15-12)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 3-1
Providence Last Five: 1-3
Live Stats: QuinnipiacBobcats.com
Live Audio: QBSN 

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Intrastate Showdown
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-1, 0-0 NEC) looks to bounce back from its first loss of the 2013 season when the Bobcats play host to the University of Hartford (1-3, 0-0 AE) on Saturday, March 16th. The longstanding rivals will meet for the 14th time at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus at 12 p.m. 

All-Time Against Hartford
With a win on Saturday, Quinnipiac would even out the all-time record with Hartford. The Bobcats currently hold a 6-7 mark in a series that dates back to QU's inaugural season at Division I.  Quinnipiac rattled of five straight wins from 2004-2008, but have dropped three straight since. 

Last Time Against Hartford
Brandon Kuring and Dylan Webster each scored four goals in the game, but the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team couldn't overcome a first-half deficit en route to a 15-12 loss to Hartford at Alumni Field. Kuring was tremendous adding two assists for a six-point outing and Webster finished with five groundballs to go along with his four points. Basil Kostaras ran his point-streak to 11 games with a goal, while Michael Sagl, Jay Binkowski and Matt Diehl concluded the scoring for QU. Diehl also chimed in with two assists, while Pat Corcoran registered an assist. 

Scouting the Hawks
Hartford is off to an unusual start, surrendering losses in three of its four games. The Hawks failed to win in each of their first three games (Maryland, Holy Cross, Brown) – but did manage to get on track with a win last Saturday. Junior Brad Hutton's first goal in a Hawks' uniform proved to be his team's most important tally of the young season, as it sent Hartford past the Siena Saints, 15-14, in the final minutes of play at Siena Turf Field. Andrew Cacchio and rookie Jack Bobzien each had five points to lead the offense. Cacchio netted a career-high four goals, sophomore Kevin O'Shea recorded a hat trick while Rory Nunamacher and Bobzien also finished with multi-goal games as the Hawks took down the Saints (1-5) for the first time since 2010. Bobzien leads the team in points (12) with Cacchio leading the team in goals (9). 

On The Air
Saturday'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 Providence
In a game that featured two of the nation's five remaining undefeated teams, it was the visiting Friars of Providence College who came out on top with a 13-12 victory over the Bobcats at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Tuesday in Hamden, Conn. Providence regained the lead with three goals in the fourth quarter, and left Quinnipiac with a loss, the first of its season, to the New England rival. Michael Sagl recorded his third straight game with at least five points, finishing with three goals and two assists. Basil Kostaras had two goals, two groundballs and an assist, while Matt Diehl finished with two goals, three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Leo Horine, Dylan Webster, Pat Corcoran, Jay Binkowski and Tom Gilligan each found the back of the net once for the Bobcats. Webster collected a game-high 11 groundballs.

Receiving Votes In USILA and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Polls
With their 3-1 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 19th 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.

Second In NEILA Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team climbed higher up to second in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coaches' Poll, which was announced on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. 

In Elite Company
With its 3-0 start, Quinnipiac was one of just five NCAA teams without a loss through the third week of action. After their first loss on Tuesday, Quinnipiac joins a group of 17 teams with one loss on the season.

Road Warriors
The Bobcats 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.

Wreaking Havoc
Quinnipiac is fourth in the nation and leads the conference in caused turnovers per game (10.75). This includes a season-high of 14 against Detroit Mercy (3/2).

Sagl Sparks Bobcats
Michael Sagl has put together a torrid stretch over past three games, recording five points or more in each outing. Sagl finished with three goals and two assists against Providence (3/12); matched a career-best with six points, including a career-high five assists, against Vermont (3/8) and collected three goals and two assists at Detroit Mercy (3/2). He is leading the team in points (4.75), goals (2.25) and assists (2.50) per game – good enough for sixth in the nation in points per game and eighth in the nation in assists per game. He is second among NEC players for all three categories.

He's Really Good
Gill Conners has 51 saves through the first four games in net for the Bobcats. Conners is top-10 in the nation and leads the NEC in saves percentage (.586), while also ranking third in the league in goals against average (9.00).

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 (47) and 20th in points (72).  He is also five assists shy of 15th (25) for the category as well. Webster sits right behind Kostaras in 17th place in goals scored (43), while ranking fifth (161) 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 over 10 ground balls per game, ranking him second in the NCAA.

Strong Showing  For Wilbur
With two assists against Providence (3/12), Brendan Wilbur has at least one point in 12 straight games (dating back to last season) – the longest active streak on the team. He has 15 goals and 12 points for a total of 27 points during the streak.

USILA Nationally Ranked
For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was ranked in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Poll, announced on Monday, March 4, 2013. The Bobcats was ranked No. 20 in the census.

Up Next
Quinnipiac hits the road on Tuesday, March 19th for another instate non-conference clash. The Bobcats will take on Fairfield University at 7 p.m. on Alumni Field.  

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu