April 17, 2013

Men's Lacrosse to Host Wagner on Saturday for Senior Day

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (5-6, 2-1 NEC) vs.
Wagner College Seahawks (1-10, 0-3 NEC)
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: QU Lacrosse Turf Field – Hamden, Conn.
Series vs. Wagner: 9-0
Last Meeting: April 7, 2012 (W, 15-5)
QU Last Five: 2-3
WC Last Five: 0-5

Home Finale – Senior Day
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (5-6, 2-1 NEC) will play in its final home game of the regular season on Saturday, as the Bobcats host Wagner College (1-10, 0-3 NEC) on Senior Day at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden. Prior to the 12 p.m. faceoff with the Seahawks, head coach Eric Fekete and the Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation will honor the senior class members for their hard work and dedication to the program. 

The Senior Class
Quinnipiac's senior class features six players who have played a large role in the team's success over the past four years. Basil Kostaras, Jay Binkowski, Chris Messina, Brendan Wilbur, Dorian Wolff and Sean Damboise will be recognized in a brief ceremony prior to faceoff. 

The NEC Tournament
With a win on Saturday, Quinnipiac would solidify a spot in the upcoming 2013 Northeast Conference Tournament. It would be the Bobcats fifth straight postseason appearance. 

All-Time Against Wagner
Quinnipiac has enjoyed seeing Wagner on the schedule through the years, considering the Bobcats have a perfect 9-0 mark all-time against the Seahawks. Last season, nine different members of the team appeared in the scoring column as the Bobcats cruised past Wagner, 15-5, in Northeast Conference action at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Dylan Webster paced the Bobcats with four goals and five ground balls in the triumph. 

Scouting the Seahawks
The Seahawks enter Saturday's contest having lost five straight which includes three against NEC opponents. Most recently, Bryant parlayed three-goal performances from a trio of players and enjoyed a 22-3 faceoff advantage en route to a 15-6 Northeast Conference (NEC) victory over Wagner at Hameline Field. Griffen LeClaire leads the Seahawk attack with 19 goals and seven assists on the season with Colin O'Rourke chipping in with 17 goals and eight assists. Nicholas Gibaldi has seen action in every game between the pipes, boasting a 15.72 goals against average and a .480 save percentage. 

Last Time Out against Sacred Heart
It was one to remember for the Quinnipiac men's lacrosse team, as Michael Sagl netted the game-winner in triple overtime to lift the Bobcats to a crucial NEC win over Sacred Heart, 13-12, in Fairfield last Saturday. 68 minutes couldn't separate the two teams, but in the third overtime Quinnipiac's leading goal-scorer came through in the clutch. Sagl found the back of the net 2:12 seconds into the third frame, sending the Bobcats' sideline in uproar at Campus Field. Defensively, QU goalie Gill Conners played a large role in the outcome, recording 18 saves in his fifth win of the season. For the game, each team tallied 49 shots – which served as a season-high for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats capitalized on several SHU penalties, going 4-of-9 on the man-up. 

Triple Overtime Thriller
The triple overtime thriller against Sacred Heart (4/13) was the first in program history for the Bobcats. Since joining Division I back in 1999, Quinnipiac is 7-5 when going into overtime which includes a 2-2 mark in double overtime. Quinnipiac's last needed extra time to defeat an opponent in 2011 where the Bobcats handed RMU a 12-11 loss in double overtime in the NEC Semifinals. 

Sagl in the Clutch – Extends Streak
Michael Sagl scored the goal to tie the game and then collected the game-winner in the third overtime against Sacred Heart (4/13). He finished with three goals and an assist to extend his point streak to 15 straight dating back to last season. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 14 of those 15 games. He is leading the team in points (37), goals (18) and assists (19). 

Kind of a Big Diehl
Matt Diehl matched a season-high four points on the strength of two goals and two assists in the win over Sacred Heart (4/13). Diehl is fifth on the team in points (18), coming off of 10 goals and eight assists. 

Senior Standout
Brendan Wilbur notched two goals and two assists against the Pioneers (4/13). He is second on the team in scoring (16 goals, 7 assists, 23 points) and has multiple points in five straight games for the Bobcats. 

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 15th in goals scored (55); 15th in points (84); and is just one assist shy of 15th (28) for that category 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 7.2 groundballs per game, ranking him 10th in the nation. 

Groundball King
Dylan Webster moved into sole possession of second place in career groundballs (200). He also sits right behind Kostaras in 17th place in goals scored (48). 

Giving is Caring
Michael Sagl has 36 career assists, good enough for 12th on the all-time list at Quinnipiac. He has 19 this year, which is third among NEC players and good enough for top-30 in the nation in assists per game. 

He's Really Good
Gill Conners has 148 saves through the first 11 games in net for the Bobcats. Conners is sixth in the nation and leads the NEC in saves per game (13.45) and is 20th in the nation and leads the NEC in save percentage (.552). 

Wreaking Havoc
Quinnipiac is ninth in the nation and second in the conference in caused turnovers per game (9.27). This includes a season-high of 14 against Detroit Mercy (3/2). 

Up Next
Quinnipiac resumes Northeast Conference action on Saturday, April 27th with its final regular season game of the 2013 season. The Bobcats head out to Pennsylvania for a clash with Robert Morris at Joe Walton Stadium. Faceoff is set for 11:30 a.m.