March 28, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Opens NEC Play at Bryant on Saturday; Faceoff Set for 3 PM

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (3-4, 0-0 NEC) at
Bryant University Bulldogs (1-8, 0-0 NEC)
Date:
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Bulldog Stadium – Smithfield, R.I.
Series vs. Bryant: 1-3
Last Meeting: April 14, 2013 (L, 9-5)

Quinnipiac Last Five: 1-4
Bryant Last Five: 1-4
Live Stats: BryantBulldogs.com
Live Video: NEC Front Row

Complete Game Notes as a PDF

Northeast Conference Play Begins
The all-important Northeast Conference schedule begins on Saturday, March 30, where all six NEC teams will take part in three games around the league. The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (3-4, 0-0 NEC) opens play at defending NEC Champion Bryant University (1-7, 0-0 NEC) with faceoff set for 3 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Smithfield, R.I. 

All-Time Against Bryant
The meeting on Saturday will mark just the fifth time that the two teams will square off. In their first encounter, Bryant escaped with a 7-6 victory back in 2010 in Hamden. However, Quinnipiac avenged the one-goal loss with a thrilling one-goal win of its own in 2011. Bryant took control of the series with two wins in 2012, which included an 11-6 win in the NEC Semifinals to end the Bobcats season. 

Last Time Against Bryant
Their last encounter was in May of 2012, where the No. 3 seeded Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team fell to No. 2 Bryant University in the Northeast Conference Semifinals, 11-6, at Joe Walton Stadium on the campus of top-seeded Robert Morris. The Bobcats were led by two players who registered multiple points for the game. Brendan Wilbur scored two goals and Michael Sagl assisted on two others. Brandon Kuring, Dylan Webster, Basil Kostaras and Jay Binkowski each appeared in the scoring column with a goal. Pat Corcoran and Tom Gilligan were credited with the other two assists. Entering the game as the nation's second best team for the category, at the time, the Bulldogs sustained a 16-5 advantage in the circle. This allowed Bryant to accumulate 11 more shots than Quinnipiac, ultimately leading to better chances on the offensive end. The Bulldogs also scooped up 37 ground balls compared to 18 from the Bobcats. 

Scouting the Bulldogs
Selected as the favorite to win the Northeast Conference in the preseason coaches' poll, the Bulldogs are certainly not where they had envisioned they would be at this point in the season. Bryant enters Saturday's game with a 1-8 record with seven losses by two goals or less this year. Despite their struggles through non-conference play, Bryant still serves as a threat in the NEC because of its success on the faceoff. The Bulldogs have shined at the X this season behind Kevin Massa's .673 winning percentage (134-199) and 11.4 ground balls per game. Joining Massa on the attack is Alex Zomerfeld, who leads the team with nine goals and nine assists for 18 points. Tom Carey will be in net for the Bulldogs and boasts a .550 save percentage, allowing 8.98 goals per game. 

Last Time Out Against Binghamton
Billy Oppenheimer notched a career high of four points last Saturday, but the Quinnipiac's Men's Lacrosse team fell short to Binghamton, 11-9, at the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestel, N.Y. Joining Oppenheimer with multi-goal games were Michael Sagl and Brendan Wilbur who each finished with two goals apiece.  Basil Kostaras and Matt Diehl each added a goal and an assist, while Carmen French tallied his second goal of the season. For the game, the Bobcats mustered a turnover margin of plus-10, 18-8, at the strength of six caused turnovers. However, it was the discrepancy on the faceoff that gave Binghamton its edge as the Bearcats controlled the circle, 17-7. BU also outshot QU, 43-34, and collected the edge in groundballs, 32-24. 

Milestones for Oppenheimer
After collecting his first career points with a two goals and an assist against Fairfield (3/19), Billy Oppenheimer set a new career high with two goals and two assists against Binghamton (3/23). Oppenheimer recorded a point in each of the first three quarters, which included a goal and an assist in the third.

He's Going Streaking
Michael Sagl scored two goals against Binghamton (3/23) to extend his point streak to 11 straight dating back to last season. Furthermore, he has registered at least two points in each of those 11 games. He is leading the team in points (27), goals (13) and assists (14). 

Giving is Caring
Michael Sagl has 31 career assists, good enough for 13th on the all-time list at Quinnipiac. He has 14 this year, which is second among NEC players and good enough for top-20 in the nation in assists per game. 

Into The QU Record Books
Basil Kostaras has embedded his name into the career record books at Quinnipiac. Continuing to climb the ladder, Kostaras ranks 16th in goals scored (52), 19th in points (79) and is just three assists shy of 15th (27) for the category. 

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 7.7 ground balls per game, ranking him eighth in the nation.

Groundball King
Dylan Webster moved into sole possession of third place in career groundballs (175). He also sits right behind Kostaras in 17th place in goals scored (44). 

He's Really Good
Gill Conners has 98 saves through the first seven games in net for the Bobcats. Conners is fourth in the nation and leads the NEC in saves per game (14.0); is eighth in the nation and leads the NEC in saves percentage (.587); and is second in the conference in goals against average (9.86). 

Wreaking Havoc
Quinnipiac is 10th in the nation and is second in the conference in caused turnovers per game (9.57). This includes a season-high of 14 against Detroit Mercy (3/2). 

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. 

Eighth In NEILA Poll
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was ranked eighth in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coaches' Poll, which was announced on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Up Next
Quinnipiac is back in action with another NEC match-up against Mount St. Mary's next Saturday. On April 6, the Bobcats and the Mountaineers square off at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field at 12 p.m.