March 18, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Heads Down Interstate 95 to Fairfield on Tuesday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-2, 0-0 NEC) at
Fairfield University Stags (4-3, 0-0 ECAC)
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Alumni  Field – Fairfield, Conn.
Series vs. Fairfield: 1-3
Last Meeting: March 7, 2012 (L, 9-6)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 3-2
Fairfield Last Five: 2-3
Live Stats: FairfieldStags.com
Live Video: FairfieldStags.com

Complete Game Notes as a PDF 

Connecticut Clash
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-2, 0-0 NEC) is back in action on Tuesday, March 19th when they head over to Fairfield University (4-3, 0-0 ECAC). Both the Bobcats and the Stags received votes in last week's editions of the USILA and Nike/Inside Lacrosse polls, setting up an intriguing instate showdown. Faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Alumni Field. 

All-Time Against Fairfield
Quinnipiac is 1-3 in the all-time series against Fairfield. The series began back in the 1999 campaign, when the Stags handed the Bobcats a lopsided loss in Fairfield. However, the series offers a competitive rivalry over the past three years, with each game being decided by less than three goals. Quinnipiac earned its first victory in the 2010 season with an 11-10 win in Hamden. 

Last Time Against Fairfield
Dylan Webster scored a career-high four goals against Fairfield last season, but Quinnipiac fell just short to, at the time, No. 17 nationally ranked Fairfield University, 9-6, at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bobcats made a late push in the fourth quarter but couldn't close the gap before the final whistle. Michael Sagl and Basil Kostaras each joined Webster with goals. Brandon Kuring led the team with three assists, while Sagl and Matt Diehl added one apiece. 

Scouting the Stags
Fairfield enters Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 4-3, including wins in two of its last three games. Most recently, the Stags defeated visiting University of Michigan 10-8 to earn its eighth consecutive ECAC Lacrosse League opening game victory.  Jordan Greenfield scored his third goal of the game, man-up, from a Sam Snow with 3:29 to play in the third quarter to blunt a Michigan run and put Fairfield ahead for good, 8-7.  Tristan Sperry scored 2:05 into the final period, unassisted to give the Stags a 9-7 advantage – a lead Fairfield would never relinquish. Greenfield finished with a game-high three goals and had four ground balls for the Stags. Snow finished with three points, a goal and two assists, while Eric Warden touched net twice. Sperry had a goal and an assist, as well as four ground balls. 

On The Air
Tuesday's game can be seen online live, courtesy of FairfieldStags.com by clicking the appropriate links on the Quinnipiac website, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com. Fans can also tune into live stats as well. 

Last Time Out Against Hartford
Gill Conners recorded his second 20-save game of the season last Saturday, but it was not enough as the Bobcats team suffered an 11-10 loss to instate rival Hartford at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus. Offensively, Quinnipiac featured a balanced attack that saw 10 players with at least one point on the afternoon. Basil Kostaras finished with three points on the strength of two goals and an assist while picking up a groundball and causing two turnovers. Brendan Wilbur extended his point-streak to 13 straight games with a goal and two assists, while Matt Diehl, Jake Emms and Michael Sagl each added a goal and an assist. Two key statistics for the game proved to be turnovers and the results in the circle. Quinnipiac committed 19 turnovers and surrendered a 15-10 edge on the faceoff. Hartford also tallied a 48-37 advantage in shots and a 31-18 edge in shots on goal. 

LaxPower Power Ratings
The Bobcats are ranked 33rd 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. 

Quick out of the Gates
With its 3-0 start, Quinnipiac was one of just five NCAA teams without a loss through the third week of action. 

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. 

He's Really Good
Gill Conners has 71 saves through the first five games in net for the Bobcats. Conners is fifth in the nation and leads the NEC in saves percentage (.602) and is fourth in the nation and leads the NEC in total saves. 

Wreaking Havoc
Quinnipiac is third in the nation and leads the conference in caused turnovers per game (10.60). This includes a season-high of 14 against Detroit Mercy (3/2).

Up Next
Quinnipiac remains on the road for its next game, heading over to Binghamton on Saturday, March 23rd. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu