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EDISON, N.J. – Three student-athletes of the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team – senior Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), and juniors Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Carmen French (Baltimore, Md.) – were named to the MAAC All-Conference Second Team, announced by the league office on Wednesday night at the annual awards banquet in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Joining Conners, Sagl and French with accolades were two standout rookies in Zach Vehar (Hudson, Ohio) and Kevin Diehl (Towson, Md.). The two newcomers provided an instrumental lift throughout the season and were tabbed to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Gill Conners wrapped up a tremendous two-year stint with the Bobcats, earning his second consecutive All-Conference honor. Last year, Conners was tabbed the top goalie in both the Northeast Conference and the New England Region. Conners finished up his career with 366 saves, standing just behind fourth place for the most saves at Quinnipiac. In 2014, Conners posted 13.2 saves per game, a .576 save percentage, and a 10.20 goals against average. He ranked fourth in the nation in saves per game, sixth in save percentage and 35th in goals against average. Conners recorded his 300th save against Stony Brook (4/1) to become just the fifth goalie in Quinnipiac history to do so. He had 171 on the season, serving as the fifth most saves in a single-season.
For the third straight year, Sagl earned an All-Conference accolade after being named to the All-NEC Rookie Team in 2012 and to the All-NEC Second Team in 2013. The award is well-deserved considering the junior attack has led the team in points in each of his first three seasons. This year, Sagl finished with 17 goals and 26 assists for a total of 43 points, while extending his point-streak to 33 straight games dating back to the 2012 season. That streak serves as the 11th longest active streak among NCAA Division I lacrosse players. Sagl also became the 10th player ever to record 100 points in a career on his way to becoming the program's leader in all-time assists (68). Sagl has 127 career points which has him ranked fourth all-time and 80 away from Joe Baglio's program record.
Receiving an award for the first time in his career was Carmen French who was named to the MAAC All-Conference Second Team of the defensive unit. French started in all 14 games, leading the team in caused turnovers and ranking amongst the leaders in ground balls. French chipped in offensively as well with an assist in the win at Providence and a goal and an assist in the win over Air Force in the season-finale. French has three goals and four assists during his three years at Quinnipiac, while adding 56 ground ball and 32 caused turnovers.
Vehar and Diehl rounded out the five award-winners after being named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. Vehar specialized in the faceoff circle, going 159-of-297 (.535) from the X this year. He ranked 35th in the nation in faceoff winning percentage and 23rd in ground balls (5.93). Diehl finished with two goals and an assist on the season, recording his first career goal at Yale and grabbing a goal and an assist in the win over Air Force.
The MAAC also released the MAAC All-Academic Team which saw eight Bobcats on the list: Chris Kendall (Dublin, Ohio), Eddie Greco (Kings Park, N.Y.), Evan Weldon (Westchester, Pa.), Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.), Connor Devane (Wilton, Conn.), Carmen French (Baltimore, Md.), Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) and Greg Pendergast (South Windsor, Conn.). To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
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