EDISON, N.J. – 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. Senior Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and junior Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) were chosen to represent Quinnipiac on the All-MAAC Preseason Team as well.
Last season, the Bobcats captured third place in the league standings in their final season as a member of the Northeast Conference. The Bobcats, who finished 6-8 overall and 3-2 in league competition, earned a berth into postseason play for the fifth straight year at season’s end.
Siena, last season’s MAAC Championship runner-up, was tabbed the preseason favorite to win the title this year. Siena earned 46 points and was followed by Detroit (41), Marist (33), Quinnipiac (27), Canisius (27), Manhattan (15) and Monmouth (7). The Bobcats and the Griffs shared a tie for fourth place.
|MAAC Preseason Poll|
The Saints will return 2013 First Team All-MAAC selections Colin Clive and Conor Prunty as well as 2013 Second Team All-MAAC selections Richie Hurley and Adam Hall. Siena’s head coach John Svec, who was named Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year in 2012, returns for his third seasons at the helm of the Saints.
In addition to the preseason census, the MAAC released its preseason All-Conference team as well. Conners and Sagl were named to the team after earning the respect of the other coaches after stellar seasons last year. Siena’s Conor Prunty was selected the Preseason Player of the Year.
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.
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 preseason All-MAAC team consists of Detroit’s Alex Maini, Marist’s Joe Radin, and Siena’s Clive and Hurley at attack. The midfielders are Canisius’ Tim Edwards, Detroit’s Mike Birney and Siena’s Prunty. Canisius’ Adam Donner and Siena’s Hall and Brendan Meehan were selected as the defensemen. Marist’s Dave Scarcello joined Conners at the goalkeeper position.
|MAAC Preseason All-Conference Team|
|MAAC Preseason Player of the Year|
After the regular season, the MAAC’s top four seeds will compete for the 2014 MAAC Championship, and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The entire tournament will take place at Marist’s home site, Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The semifinals will take place on Thursday, May 1 with the championship scheduled for Saturday, May 3.
Quinnipiac’s home-opener takes place on Saturday, Feb. 22 against Brown University, a team that went 8-6 last season. Quinnipiac was responsible for one of Brown’s six losses when the Bobcats knocked off the foe, 9-7, in the first game of the season.