HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse head coach Eric Fekete has announced that four returning upperclassmen – Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Brandon Kuring (New Milford, Conn.),Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Greg Pendergast (South Windsor, Conn.) – will serve as team captains for the 2014 season.
“I am excited to have selected Gill, Brandon, Mike and Greg as our team captains,” said Fekete, who guided the Bobcats to their first-ever national-ranking last season. “All four are tremendous people who are focused and committed to the best interest of the program and their peers.”
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.
“Gill has been an excellent leader both on and off the field,” said Fekete. “He has emerged through the 2013 season as the back bone of our defensive efforts. He is very mature in his decision making, and will have a great impact in the upcoming season.”
The other senior captain hails from New Milford, Conn. and has been a key contributor on attack over the past three years. Kuring has seen action in 20 games during his time with the Bobcats, with a breakout season in 2012. He had eight goals and six assists through 12 games that year, which included a career-high of six points at the strength of four goals and two assists against Hartford (3/17). Kuring also has 13 groundballs and two caused turnovers during his stint at Quinnipiac.
“Brandon is an outstanding leader,” Fekete said. “He is man of great character and is extremely value driven. He has a tremendous work ethic and accepts nothing but the best from himself or his teammates.”
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.
“Mike has been a mainstay of our offense since his arrival on campus,” said Fekete commented. “He is an outstanding player and competitor who has a dynamic presence both on and off of the field.”
Pendergast also completed his second season with the Bobcats, improving upon his rookie season. He was tied for the team-lead in caused turnovers with 12, and scooped up 27 groundballs – which was good enough for fourth on the team. He has the most career caused turnovers of any current player and the third-most groundballs. In addition to his prowess on the field, Pendergast was named the Male Scholar-Athlete for his class for a second straight year with a 4.0 grade point average.
“Greg is a standout defenseman and LSM,” Fekete remarked. “He is extremely intelligent and a great athlete. Greg is an achiever to the highest degree and has an immediate impact on the team’s work ethic each and every day.”