March 4, 2014

Men's Lacrosse Game Central: Quinnipiac at Harvard - Tuesday, March. 4, 2014 at 4 PM

Quinnipiac University (1-1, 0-0 MAAC) at
Harvard University (1-2, 0-0 IVY)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 • 4:00 PM
Soldiers Field • Cambridge, Mass.
All-Time Series vs. Harvard:
0-5
Last Meeting: April 9, 2013 • L, 18-8
QU Last Five: 1-1
Harvard Last Five: 1-2

SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON
Fresh off its first win of the 2014 season, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (1-1, 0-0 MAAC) is back in action on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 with its third game of the young season. The Bobcats travel to Harvard University (1-2, 0-0 Ivy League) for a clash with the Crimson at Soldiers Field in Cambridge, Mass. Faceoff is slated for 4 p.m. 

ALL-TIME AGAINST THE CRIMSON
Harvard owns a 5-0 record against Quinnipiac after picking up its fifth win last season in Hamden. Dylan Webster scored two goals and assisted on another for the Bobcats, but it was not enough as Harvard defeated Quinnipiac in the New England showdown. Harvard has held Quinnipiac to eight goals or less in all five encounters. 

SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard is 1-2 through its first three games, collecting its lone win against Holy Cross on Soldiers Field. The Crimson began the season with an 8-4 loss to nationally-ranked No. 13 UMass, and suffered their second loss to nationally-ranked No. 18 Albany this past Saturday. Harvard staked itself to an early lead but could not keep pace with the Great Danes in a 14-8 defeat. Will Walker and Brendan Newman scored two goals apiece to pace the Harvard attack, while Sean McDonagh and Carl Zimmerman each added a goal and an assist. Jake Gambitsky played all 60 minutes in goal and registered eight saves against an Albany team which entered the game averaging 14.5 goals per game. Peter Schwartz leads the Crimson in scoring this year, scoring four goals and assisting on three others for seven points. Walker has five goals and Deke Burns has four. 

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
Quinnipiac's 16 goals against Providence were the most in a game since scoring 16 against Wagner back on April 30, 2011. Nine different players scored against the Friars.

MAAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dylan Webster was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, announced Monday, March 3, 2014 by the league office. Dylan Webster and played crucial role in the 16-9 victory over Providence on Saturday. Webster netted a career high six goals while adding two assists for another career best of eight  points. Webster scored twice in the first quarter and twice in the second aiding an 11-2 lead at halftime for the Bobcats. He capped off his scoring summary with a goal apiece in both the third and fourth quarters. Webster's career day came due in large part to his efficiency with the ball. He took eight shots, seven of which were on target, and six of which found the back of the cage. He upped his career total to 58 goals and 20 assists in a Bobcat uniform – putting him in a two-way tie for 14th on the all-time scoring list. 

MAAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gill Conners was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, announced Monday, March 3, 2014 by the league office. Gill Conners stood on his head for nearly 57 minutes, and allowed Quinnipiac to coast past the Friars. The senior from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. finished with a season high of 19 saves, allowing seven goals on 26 shots faced. Conners made four saves in each of the first two quarters, stopped eight shots in the third and made three in limited action in the fourth. He posted a .731 save percentage and also snagged three ground balls in the triumph. Conners has 219 saves at Quinnipiac and a career .570 save percentage. 

SAGL'S STREAK
Michael Sagl scored two goals and assisted on two others in the team's win over Providence to extend his point streak to 20 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 19 of the 20 games. He is tied for 21st in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak. 

CORCORAN ON THE BOARD
Pat Corcoran scored his first points of the season against Providence. He had two goals and an assist, and upped his career totals to 29 goals and 18 assists. 

DIEHL LENDS A HELPING HAND
Matt Diehl tallied two assists against Providence and now has 31 assists for his career at Quinnipiac. That number has him tied for 15th on the all-time list. He also added his 27th career goal. 

THE ROOK
Zach Vehar provided a big boost to the Quinnipiac attack by way of the faceoff circle. He went 16-of-26 against Providence, helping the Bobcats to a .580 percentage this year. He also netted his first career goal. 

WELL DOWN WELDON
Evan Weldon has two career goals at Quinnipiac, both coming in the team's first two games this year. He netted the second of his season against Providence. 

ONE OF THE NATION'S BEST
Quinnipiac has 17 caused turnovers through its first two games which again has them among the nation's best. They are tied 22nd in the country for the category. Michael Sagl and Matt Diehl lead the team with four and three, respectively. 

THE CAPTAINS
Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse head coach Eric Fekete has announced that four returning upperclassmen - Gill Conners, Brandon Kuring, Michael Sagl and Greg Pendergast - will serve as team captains for the 2014 season. 

2013 IN REVIEW
SAGL'S BREAKOUT YEAR
Sagl, who was named to the NEC All-Conference Team for the second straight year, flourished in his sophomore season with the Bobcats. He finished the season with 51 points on 26 goals and 25 assists, which ranked him among the NEC's top three for points and assists. He was the first Quinnipiac player back in to reach the 50-point plateau in a single-season since Mike Baglio, Joe Baglio and Alan LoGiudice each did it during the 2001 campaign. Sagl has compiled 42 goals and 42 assists through his first two years; placing him in a tie for sixth place in assists, a tie for 16th in points and within the top 20 in goals scored in program history. 

THE NETMINDER
Conners was an instrumental piece to Quinnipiac's success in 2013 as the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. native served as the top goalie in New England. Conners had 195 saves through 14 games in net for the Bobcats. He was fifth in the nation and led the Northeast Conference in saves per game (13.93) and was 15th in the nation and second in the NEC in save percentage (.563). Conners had 10 or more saves in all but two games, including seven games with at least 15 saves and two with 20 saves. With his effort, the NEC first-teamer also moved into third place on Quinnipiac's all-time single-season saves list. 

NO BIG DIEHL
Diehl, also an All-Conference honoree for the second straight year, really hit his stride midway through the 2013 season. At the strength of 14 goals and 12 assists, Diehl was fifth on the team in points with 26. He has registered multiple points in eight games last year which included four of the five conference games. The highlight of his campaign came on two separate occasions where he posted two goals and two assists in wins over Mount St. Mary's and Wagner. 

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Dylan Webster finished in a two-way tie for 13th in the country in groundballs per game in 2012, and was once again among the nation's best in 2013. The attackman averaged 8.64 groundballs per game, ranking him third in the nation and second in the Northeast Conference. He set the DI Quinnipiac program record with 121 ground balls in a season, and needs just 59 more to catch Joe Baglio's career ground ball record. 

CORKY CONTRIBUTES
Pat Corcoran posted career highs with 17 goals and 11 assists last year. He was second on the team and had 10 multiple-point games on the season. He snatched four-point games against Fairfield and Wagner. 

NEC HONORS QUINNIPIAC PLAYERS
Five members of the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team were presented with All-Northeast Conference honors last year. Junior goalie Gill Conners earned a selection to the NEC's First Team, while Michael Sagl, Brendan Wilbur and Matt Diehl were all tabbed to the NEC's Second Team. Also honored by the league was freshman Dylan Baumgardner who earned a trip to the NEC All-Rookie Team. 

ALL-NEILA
Two members of the 2013 Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team were named to the Division I all-region team selected by the 48 schools that belong to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA). Gill Conners was named the top goalie in New England while Pat Corcoran garnered second team honors. 

A POSTSEASON APPEARANCE: NOTHING NEW FOR THE Q
Quinnipiac earned a trip to the postseason for the fifth straight year last season. The Bobcats claimed a share of the NEC Regular Season Title in 2011 and garnered the #2 seed, and followed with a #3 seed last year. QU faced Notre Dame as the #4 seed in both the 2008 and 2009 Great Western Lacrosse League semifinals, while ECAC Lacrosse did not sponsor a tournament in 2010, when QU finished third in the league. 

USILA NATIONALLY RANKED
For the first time in program history, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was ranked in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Poll last season. The Bobcats were ranked No. 20 in the census. 

MOVE TO THE MAAC
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents revealed with unanimous approval for Quinnipiac University to join the MAAC, effective as of July 1, 2013. After 15 years as a Northeast Conference affiliate, Quinnipiac is officially a member of the MAAC with competition slated for the 2013-14 academic year. 

Up Next
Quinnipiac is back in action at Hartford on Wednesday, March 12. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford, Conn.