HAMDEN, Conn. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has officially started campaigning its spring sports, beginning with MAAC Men’s Lacrosse on Wednesday morning. The MAAC released its preseason coaches’ poll in which Quinnipiac was picked to finish fifth in the census.
Siena College, last year’s MAAC Champions, claimed the top spot in the poll with 46 total points. Marist College, the MAAC championship runner-up, was second in the poll with 38 points, while Canisius College (33), University of Detroit Mercy (30) and Quinnipiac (27) rounded out the top five. Manhattan College (13) and Monmouth (9) finished sixth and seventh.
Quinnipiac returns the bulk of its scoring from a year ago, including 2014 All-MAAC Second Team representative in senior Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.). Sagl led the team in points (43) and assists (26) last season, tying for third in goals scored with 17. Sagl ranked among the MAAC’s leaders in assists and points per game, ranking fifth and sixth, respectively.
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As a whole, Quinnipiac returns six of its top seven scorers from last year’s roster which features three seniors. Matt Diehl(Towson, Md.), Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) and Matt Kycia (West Hartford, Conn.) all return after strong junior seasons in 2014. Diehl finished with 24 points on 17 goals and seven assists, really hitting stride during the last five games. Corcoran, a 2014 NEILA Second Team selection, battled injury but still managed 11 goals and nine assists for a second consecutive 20-point campaign. Kycia scored career highs in goals (9), assists (5) and points (14).
The other two of the six top returning scorers reside in the junior class – Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) and Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.). Keenan and Meth each had breakout seasons, headlined though by Keenan. He finished with 32 goals and seven assists for 39 points – leading the team and ranking third in the MAAC in goals scored. Meth also posted career highs in all three categories, finishing with eight goals, 12 assists and 20 points.
The strength of Quinnipiac’s defense also sits among an experienced group as well. Greg Pendergast (South Windsor, Conn.), Carmen French (Lutherville, Md.), Evan Weldon (Westchester, Pa.) and J.B. Marston (Duxbury, Mass.) all return for their senior seasons, each having contributed significantly last season. Pendergast, French and Weldon each played in all 14 games while ranking among the team-leaders in ground balls and caused turnovers.
Junior Chris Kendall (Dublin, Ohio) joins the group mentioned above and red-shirt junior Jack Brust (Baltimore, Md.) will likely get the nod in goal. Brust gained vital experience working alongside graduate Gill Conners last year, seeing action in four of the 14 games.
Quinnipiac opens the 2015 regular season on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at Brown University. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at Cliff Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I.
Of the 14 games in 2015, the Bobcats will sport away uniforms nine times during the regular season. Quinnipiac has four games scheduled to be played at the QU Lacrosse Turf on Mount Carmel Campus.
The MAAC Championships will be hosted by the regular season champion at their home site. The semifinals take place on Thursday, April 30 with the championship game to follow on Saturday, May 2.