Men's Lacrosse Game Central: Quinnipiac at Monmouth - Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 3 PM

Quinnipiac University (4-4, 2-1 MAAC) at
Monmouth University (0-9, 0-2 MAAC)
Saturday, April 5, 2014 • 3:00 PM
Monmouth Stadium • West Long Branch, N.J.
All-Time Series vs. MU: First Meeting

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Although Quinnipiac (4-4, 2-1 MAAC) and Monmouth (0-9, 0-2 MAAC) were long-standing rivals in the Northeast Conference, the Bobcats and the Hawks' men's lacrosse teams will meet for the very first time on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Monmouth started its program back in February and will host the Bobcats at 3 p.m. at Monmouth Stadium in West Long Branch, N.J. 

SCOUTING THE HAWKS
As expected when a program first starts up, Monmouth has endured a difficult season thus far. Monmouth enters Saturday's bout with a 0-9 record and a 0-2 record in MAAC play. Monmouth suffered its two conference losses in New York, falling to Canisius (5-4) and Siena (8-3). Most recently, the Hawks dropped a non-conference matchup with Lafayette, 9-5, at Monmouth Stadium. The Hawks, who got a pair of goals from junior Ryan Schwartz, who has six goals in the last two games, also received scores from the freshman trio of Tyler Keen, Eric Berger and Chris Daly. Dan Bloodgood leads the team in scoring with nine goals and five assists for a total of 14 points. 

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST STONY BROOK
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team chalked up an impressive non-conference victory on Tuesday night, as the Bobcats outlasted America East foe Stony Brook, 12-11, at LaValle Stadium in Long Island. The game-winning goal came off the stick of sophomore Ryan Keenan, who finished a play that was set up by Michael Sagl. That marker broke an 11-11 deadlock and stood strong for the final 6:53 seconds of action. That task in itself proved monumental considering the Bobcats shutdown the nation's 15th ranked offense. The 11 goals allowed held Stony Brook under its season average. 

HIGH FIVE
Michael Sagl netted his eighth career hat trick while adding two assists against Stony Brook for his seventh career game with five points. It was Sagl's first hat trick and first five-point game this season. Sagl had a career high of seven points when he tallied four goals and three assists in the NEC Semifinals last year. 

SAGL'S STREAK
Michael Sagl extended his point streak to 27 straight dating back to 2012. Furthermore, he has registered multiple points in 25 of the 27 games. He is tied for 14th in the nation for the longest active NCAA streak. 

CHASING THE BEST
Michael Sagl ranks seventh all-time in points (110); second all-time in assists (56); and 18th all-time in goals (54). With his three points at Marist (3/22), Sagl became the 10th Quinnipiac player to record 100 career points. 

THE NATION'S BEST
Gill Conners had another stellar performance with 10 saves against Stony Brook. He has a .613 save percentage, an 8.99 goals against average, and averages 13.3 saves per game. He leads the nation in save percentage, ranks second in saves per game, and 13th in goals against average. 

300 SAVES
Gill Conners recorded his 300th save against Stony Brook to become just the fifth goalie in Quinnipiac history to do so. He has 106 on the season, and remains 29 away from cracking top 10 all-time for most in a single-season at QU. 

THE GAME-WINNER
Ryan Keenan netted the game-winning goal against Stony Brook, which also completed his first career hat trick. Keenan ranks second on the team in goals (13) and third on the team in points (16). He has 15 goals, four assists and 19 total points in his career. 

FRESHMAN SNIPER
Tom McNaney netted his first career goal in the win at Stony Brook. He actually finished with two of them while assisting on another, as his second snipe from the point tagged the upper left-hand corner to tie the score up at 11 apiece in the fourth quarter. He has two goals and two assists this season. 

CORKY CHIPS IN
Pat Corcoran scored a goal and assisted on three others in a four-point afternoon against Detroit (3/29). It marked the fourth time he's had four or more points in a game. His career high of five points came back in 2012 at Robert Morris (4/21/12). Corcoran has 34 goals and 23 assists in his career at Quinnipiac. 

HE SHOOTS, HE SCORES
Dylan Webster had a goal and an assist in the win at Stony Brook. He moved into 15th place on the all-time points list and ranks 10th all-time in goals scored. He has 88 career points at the strength of 66 career goals and 22 career assists. Webster netted his seventh career hat trick at Detroit Mercy (3/29). 

SCOOP THEM UP
Dylan Webster has 267 career ground balls at Quinnipiac, which has him ranked second in Division I history. He trails the leader Joe Baglio '02 by 34. 

THE CLASS HELPER
Connor Meth is second on the team in assists. He had a goal and two assists in the win at Stony Brook. He has four goals and nine assists this year. 

NATE'S NIBBLIN
Nate Nibbelink has three goals and two assists this season. Nibbelink had a goal and an assist against Manhattan (3/15). 

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND
Tom Gilligan is already approaching a season-high point total this year. He has six points at the strength of three goals and three assists. He has nine goals and 11 assists during his career. He factored in against Stony Brook with his third goal of the season. 

HE'S KIND OF A BIG DIEHL
Matt Diehl netted a pair of goals against Marist (3/22) and became the newest member of the 30-30 club. Diehl has 31 goals and 31 assists at Quinnipiac. He ranks 15th all-time in assists. Diehl had his 31st career goal against Detroit. 

GRAVES SNIPES
Henry Graves scored his second career goal against Detroit. Graves' first career goal came at Providence (3/1). 

MATTY ICE
Matt Kycia scored in three straight games, with his last one coming at Marist (3/22). He upped his season-point total to four. He has seven career goals and three career assists at Quinnipiac. 

THE ROOK
Zach Vehar has provided a big boost to the Quinnipiac attack by way of the faceoff circle. He is 70-of-135 (.519) which included a 14-for-22 showing against Marist (3/22). He ranks 31st in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and 34th in ground balls per game (5.29).   

DEFENSE STANDS STRONG
Quinnipiac consistently has one of the best defensive units in the nation, and 2014 isn't any different. The Bobcats rank 28th in goals allowed (9.75) and 17th in caused turnovers (7.5) per game. They also rank 17th in ground balls per game (30.25). 

NEILA WEEKLY POLL
The Bobcats were ranked eighth in this week's edition of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (NEILA) poll. 

WELL DONE 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). 

A HISTORY LESSON
Quinnipiac collected its 20th career MAAC win against Manhattan (3/15). The Bobcats were 6-2 in the MAAC in 1999, 4-5 in 2000 and 9-0 in 2001. The Bobcats claimed the regular season title in 2001. 

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. 

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. 

PRESEASON RECOGNITION
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was selected to finish fourth in a preseason poll of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, head coaches released on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Gill Conners and Michael Sagl were chosen to represent Quinnipiac on the All-MAAC Preseason Team as well. 

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 on Saturday, April 12 when the Bobcats return home to the QU Lacrosse Turf Complex. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m. on Mount Carmel Campus.