March 13, 2014

2014 MAAC Men's Lacrosse Home-Opener: Quinnipiac vs. Manhattan - Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 12 PM

Quinnipiac University (1-3, 0-0 MAAC) vs.
Manhattan College (1-5, 0-0 MAAC)
Saturday, March 15, 2014 • 12:00 PM
QU Lacrosse Turf Complex • Hamden, Conn.
All-Time Series vs. MC: 6-0
Last Meeting: March 1, 2008 • W, 5-1

WELCOME TO THE MAAC
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team (1-3, 0-0 MAAC) will play its inaugural Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) game on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The Bobcats welcome Manhattan College (1-5, 0-0 MAAC) to the QU Lacrosse Turf Complex for a noon start in Hamden. Saturday marks the first day of MAAC competition around the league. 

ALL-TIME AGAINST MANHATTAN
Quinnipiac hasn't faced Manhattan since the 2008 season, however is looking forward to renewing the rivalry. The Bobcats own a 6-0 mark all-time against Manhattan in a series that features multiple-goal wins in each of the six encounters. Quinnipiac held Manhattan to just one goal in their last meeting and defeated the Jaspers by a final score of 5-1 in New York. 

QU Men's Lacrosse vs. Manhattan (March 15, 2014 @ 12 PM) - Live Video 

SCOUTING THE JASPERS
Manhattan enters Saturday's matchup with a 1-5 mark but on a high note after a scintillating win last Sunday. The Jaspers built a five-goal lead and held on for an 8-7 win over Northeast Conference power Mount St. Mary's. Mount St. Mary's scored the final goal of the first half to make the score 6-3 at halftime, but the Jaspers fired right back with the first two goals of the second half courtesy of Andrew Hurst and freshman Alex Abiog. Abiog's goal was the first of his collegiate career and proved to be the eventual game winner as it helped Manhattan jump in front 8-3. The Jaspers' offense is led by Patrick Hodapp who has six goals and five assists through the six games. He is followed by Hurst with seven goals and one assist, and Ryan Payton with six goals and one helper. Rich Akapnitis has logged nearly every minute between the posts, posting a 14.09 goals against average and a .512 save percentage. 

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST HARTFORD
The two goalkeepers shined in Wednesday afternoon's non-conference men's lacrosse match, but it was the Hartford Hawks who defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats with a 6-3 decision from Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford. Three fourth quarter goals proved to be the difference in a clash featuring two of the region's top defensive teams. The Bobcats' defense excelled through 45 minutes of play, holding Hartford to just three goals on 35 shots. However, UHart's Andrew Cacchio netted two goals in the final frame, and Kevin O'Shea added another to conclude a three-goal victory for the Hawks. Quinnipiac's Gill Conners, who continues to stand out as one of the nation's top goalies, had 12 saves in the game. Three different Bobcats appeared on the scoring summary for Quinnipiac – Matt Kycia, Nate Nibbelink and Dylan Webster

SAGL'S STREAK
Michael Sagl grabbed an assist against Hartford to extend his point streak to 22 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 20 of the 22 games. He is tied for 17th in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak. 

IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Michael Sagl continues to climb upwards in the three major offensive categories in Quinnipiac history. He ranks 11th all-time in points (94); fourth all-time in assists (48); and 18th all-time in goals (46). 

THE NATION'S BEST
Gill Conners had 12 saves against Hartford. He has a .663 save percentage, a 7.83 goals against average, and averages 13.3 saves per game. He leads the nation in save percentage, ranks seventh in saves per game, and 11th in goals against average. 

HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES
Dylan Webster has 60 career goals at Quinnipiac. That figure has him ranked 59th on Quinnipiac's all-time leader list. He had his team-leading ninth goal in the game against Hartford. 

DEFENSE STANDS STRONG
Quinnipiac consistently has one of the best defensive units in the nation, and showed why against Hartford. Quinnipiac held the Hawks to just six goals throughout the game, marking its best defensive effort since allowing six goals against Vermont last year. The Bobcats rank 31st in goals allowed (9.5) and 25th in caused turnovers (7.9) per game. Pat Corcoran leads the team in caused turnovers with seven. Michael Sagl is right behind him with five. 

MATTY ICE
Playing in front of family and friends from his hometown, Matt Kycia got the party started offensively against Hartford. On his very first touch of the afternoon, Kycia ripped a shot from the right side that caught the top right corner for an early 1-0 Quinnipiac lead. It was his first goal of the season, and the fifth of his career. 

SOPHOMORE CLASS STEPS UP
Ryan Keenan, Connor Meth and Nate Nibbelink each factored heavily in Quinnipiac's effort against Harvard (3/4). Keenan had two goals and an assist, Meth had a goal and two assists and Nibbelink scored a goal. Nibbelink chimed in with his second goal of the season in the very next game against Hartford. They have 17 points in the first four games. 

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
Tom Gilligan has four points through four games this year. He had his first goal of the season against Harvard (3/4). 

CORCORAN CHIPS IN
Pat Corcoran tallied an assist against Harvard (3/4), which followed a game where he had two goals and an assist. He upped his career totals to 29 goals and 19 assists. He also had a career high of five caused turnovers. 

DIEHL LENDS A HELPING HAND
Matt Diehl tallied two assists against Providence (3/1) 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 28th career goal at Harvard. 

WELL DOWN WELDON
Evan Weldon has two career goals at Quinnipiac, both coming in games this year. He netted the first of his season against Brown (2/22) and the second against Providence (3/2). 

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.

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 (3/1). 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. 

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 (3/1). 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. 

THE ROOK
Zach Vehar provided a big boost to the Quinnipiac attack by way of the faceoff circle against Providence (3/1). He went 16-of-26 against the Friars, helping the Bobcats to an 18-11 advantage for the game. He also netted his first career goal. 

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
Quinnipiac's 16 goals against Providence (3/1) were the most in a game since scoring 16 against Wagner back on April 30, 2011. Nine different players scored against the Friars.

Up Next
Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, March 22 with another conference game at Marist. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.