April 25, 2013

Men's Lacrosse Heads to Robert Morris on Saturday for Regular-Season Finale

Quinnipiac University Bobcats (6-6, 2-1 NEC) at
Robert Morris University Colonials (6-6, 2-2 NEC)
Date:
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Joe Walton Stadium – Moon Township, Pa.
Series vs. Robert Morris: 2-1
Last Meeting: April 21, 2012 (L, 25-9)
QU Last Five: 3-2
RMU Last Five: 2-3

Who's Wants to Host?
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (6-6, 3-1 NEC) currently sits in a three-way tie for first place in the Northeast Conference standings, leaving the final weekend to determine the No. 1 overall seed. The Bobcats head to Robert Morris (6-6, 2-2 NEC) on Saturday, April 27 and with a win could potentially host the 2013 NEC Tournament. Faceoff with the Colonials is set for 11:30 a.m. at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, Pa. 

The NEC Tournament
The four teams for the 2013 Northeast Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament are set, but a site for the tournament is yet to be determined. Bryant is in the driver's seat and can host the tournament with a win over Sacred Heart this weekend. The Pioneers, on the other hand, need to win coupled with a Quinnipiac loss at Robert Morris to bring the four-team tournament to Fairfield, CT. QU can host as well, needing a win over RMU and a Bryant loss. Robert Morris is eliminated from hosting. 

All-Time Against Robert Morris
Quinnipiac met Robert Morris for the first time in 2011, and ended up with a second encounter in the Semifinals of the Northeast Conference Tournament that same season. The Bobcats took care of business at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field the first time around, 19-15, and then outlasted the Colonials in an absolute thriller, 12-11, to advance to the championship game. Last season, Robert Morris picked up its first win of the series in Moon Township, Pa. 

Scouting the Colonials
The high-powered Robert Morris offense has them right in the mix of things again in 2013, as the Colonials have clinched a playoff spot in the upcoming NEC Tournament. The Colonials picked up conference wins against Wagner and Mount St. Mary's to solidify their spot in the single-elimination playoff. In its most recent outing, Eric Rankel had a memorable day last Saturday at Sacred Heart as his hat trick allowed him to break multiple RMU records. Rankel broke the Colonial freshmen record for both goals (21) and points (32) in a season, topping marks that Corbyn Tao-Brambleby had set during the 2008 season. Rankel ranks second in scoring (21g, 11a, 32p) this season, only trailing Jake Hayes (24g, 10a, 34p) who is tied for second in the NEC in goals per game (2.00). Charles Ruppert saves just over 50 percent of shots faced while posting a 10.96 goals against average thus far. 

Last Time Out against Robert Morris
Dylan Webster scored the game-winning goal with 1.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team over Wagner, 11-10, on Senior Day at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field last Saturday. Playing from behind for most of the game, Wagner scored two goals in the final three minutes of play to tie the score up at 10 apiece – including the game-tying goal with 1:43 left. Webster, who was 16-of-25 for the game on the faceoff, corralled the ensuing faceoff and Quinnipiac carried the ball into Wagner's zone. As the clock ticked down, Pat Corcoran raced in from the right side and drew a double team leaving Webster open on the back post. Corcoran found Webster with a perfect pass and the junior slammed home the game-winner with 1.8 seconds left. Corcoran finished with four points on three assists and a goal, while Matt Diehl continued his hot streak with two goals and an assist. Basil Kostaras added his 56th and 57th career goals; Webster and Tom Gilligan each had a goal and an assist and Jake Emms scored once in the triumph. 

A Fourth Weekly Honor for Conners
For the fourth time this season, Gill Conners was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week, announced on Monday, April 22, 2013. Conners was tested early and often as the junior goalie made 16 saves in an 11-10 win over Wagner (4/20), a victory that put the Bobcats back into the NEC Tournament. He made five saves in the first quarter, six in the second and then combined for five in the second half. 

Sagl Extends Streak
Michael Sagl scored three goals and assisted on two others against Wagner (4/20) to extend his point streak to 16 straight dating back to last season. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 15 of those 16 games. He is leading the team in points (42), goals (21) and assists (21). 

Kind of a Big Diehl
With two goals and an assist against Wagner (4/20), Matt Diehl has seven points on four goals and three assists in his last two games. Diehl is fifth on the team in points (21), coming off of 12 goals and 10 assists. 

He's Really Good
Gill Conners has 164 saves through 12 games in net for the Bobcats. Conners is fifth in the nation and leads the NEC in saves per game (13.67) and is 17th in the nation and leads the NEC in save percentage (.558). Conners has 10 or more saves in each of QU's conference games, including two with 15 or more. The NEC's top goalie has moved into fourth place on Quinnipiac's all-time single-season saves list.

Gilligan's Island
Tom Gilligan registered a career high of three points on a goal and two assists against Mount St. Mary's (4/6). Gilligan has six points in his last four games – giving the junior midfielder five goals and five assists on the season. 

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 14th in goals scored (57); 13th in points (86) and is just one assist shy of 15th (29) 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 7.75 groundballs per game, ranking him sixth in the nation. 

Groundball King
Dylan Webster moved into sole possession of second place in career groundballs (214). He also sits right behind Kostaras in 17th place in goals scored (49). 

Giving is Caring
Michael Sagl has 38 career assists, good enough for a tie in 11th place on the all-time list at Quinnipiac. He has 21 this year, which is third among NEC players and good enough for top-30 in the nation in assists per game. 

Wreaking Havoc
Quinnipiac is ninth in the nation and second in the conference in caused turnovers per game (9.33). This includes a season-high of 14 against Detroit Mercy (3/2).

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 eight games for the Bobcats.

Up Next
The Northeast Conference Tournament will begin on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the highest seed's home site.