March 20, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Heads to New York to Meet Binghamton on Saturday

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-3, 0-0 NEC) at
Binghamton University Bearcats (3-4, 0-0 AE)
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Bearcats Sports Complex – Vestal, N.Y.
Series vs. Binghamton: 2-2
Last Meeting: March 24, 2012 (W, 12-11)
Quinnipiac Last Five: 2-3
Binghamton Last Five: 3-2
Live Stats: BuBearcats.com
Live Video: BuBearcats.tv 

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

The Bobcats and the Bearcats
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-3, 0-0 NEC) will look to snap its current three-game skid on Saturday, March 23, against Binghamton University (3-4, 0-0 AE). The Bobcats and the Bearcats are set for a 1 p.m. tilt at the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, N.Y. 

All-Time Against Binghamton
Quinnipiac leveled the all-time series with Binghamton last year, when the Bobcats handed the Bearcats a 12-11 loss in Hamden. Now 2-2 against BU; the rivalry was renewed last year after an eight-year gap in competition. QU took the first meeting back in 2002, 24-2; but surrendered consecutive losses in 2003 and 2004. 

Last Time Against Binghamton
Jay Binkowski scored the game-winning goal with just 40 seconds remaining last year and lifted the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team past Binghamton University, 12-11, at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bobcats held the Bearcats off in the waning moments, leaving Binkowski's third tally of the game as the difference. Michael Sagl led the way with a game-high four goals on six shots and collected a groundball. The game's hero, Binkowski, completed his first hat trick of the season to go along with a groundball and a caused turnover. Matt Diehl and Brendan Wilbur added four points apiece, with Diehl posting a goal and three assists and Wilbur adding two goals and two  helpers. 

Scouting the Bearcats
Competition around the Northeast has been daunting all season long, just ask the Bearcats. Binghamton has three wins and four losses, dropping two games to nationally ranked opponents in Cornell and Penn State. The Bearcats most recent loss was to the Nittany Lions, where visiting Penn State (4-3) scored nine goals in the first half and withstood a second-half surge from Binghamton (3-4) to claim an 11-7 victory on a blistery and cold Tuesday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats featured six players in the scoring column, led by Matt Springer who finished with two. Springer leads the team in goals (13) and points (15), followed closely by Michael Antinozzi with 12 points on 11 goals and an assist.

Last Time Out Against Fairfield
Pat Corcoran recorded his second career hat trick on Tuesday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was edged by Fairfield, 11-10, at Alumni Field – serving as the Bobcats' third straight one-goal loss. Quinnipiac mounted a furious second half comeback to erase a four-goal deficit but two late Fairfield tallies proved to be the difference in the final outcome. On the other side of the field, Gill Conners shined in net for the Bobcats. He recorded double-digit saves for the fourth time in six games, turning aside 12 shots in the contest. As a team, Quinnipiac caused eight turnovers, two apiece from Greg Pendergast and Carmen French, but surrendered a 30-22 edge in groundballs. Fairfield committed just 12 turnovers compared to 16 from Quinnipiac. Offensively, the Bobcats outshot Fairfield, 34-31 and controlled the faceoff, 13-11. 

He Shoots, He Scores
Pat Corcoran recorded his second career hat trick against Fairfield (3/19), while also tallying his second career four-point game. Corcoran scored in each of the first two quarters and added a goal and an assist in the fourth. Corcoran ranks third on the team in goals (8) and points (11). 

Milestones for Oppenheimer
Billy Oppenheimer tallied three milestone points against Fairfield (3/19). He collected his first career goal in the second quarter and his first career assist in the fourth. He finished with two goals and an assist in the game.

Into The QU Record Books
Basil Kostaras has embedded his name into the career record books at Quinnipiac. Kostaras scored his 50th and 51st career goals against Fairfield (3/19), sitting in 16th place all-time in goals scored. He also ranks 20th in points (77) and is four assists shy of 15th (26) for the category as well. 

Groundball King
With four groundballs against Fairfield (3/19), Dylan Webster moved into sole possession of third place in career groundballs (170). He also sits right behind Kostaras in 17th place in goals scored (44). 

More Points for Sagl
Michael Sagl snagged another four-point outing against Fairfield (3/19) with a goal and three assists, marking his fifth game with three or more points this year. He is leading the team in points per game (4.17), goals per game (1.83) and assists per game (2.33) – good enough for top-15 in the nation in points and assists per game. He is second among NEC players for those two categories as well. 

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 8.8 ground balls per game, ranking within the top five in the nation. 

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.

Seventh In NEILA Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was ranked seventh in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coaches' Poll, which was announced on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The Bobcats fell to 3-2 with a pair of losses last week.

Up Next
Quinnipiac opens Northeast Conference play next week, as the Bobcats will head to Bryant University on Saturday, March 30, 2013. QU and BU will square off at Bulldog Stadium, with all the action set for 1 p.m.