Carmen French Named First Team All-MAAC; 12 Bobcats Recognized Overall

Carmen French Named First Team All-MAAC; 12 Bobcats Recognized Overall

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Senior Carmen French (Lutherville, Md.) headlined a group of 12 Quinnipiac men's lacrosse student-athletes on Wednesday night, as the MAAC released its conference award winners for the 2015 season at the annual banquet, hosted by Marist College at the McCann Field House in Poughkeepsie.

Alongside French, Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) earned a selection to the All-MAAC Second Team with freshmen Brian Feldman (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and Riley Palmer (Oshawa, Ontario) being named to the All-Rookie Team. Since the program's return to the MAAC, nine Bobcats have been recognized through two seasons of play.

A mainstay on Quinnipiac's defensive unit since his arrival in 2012, French registered a career season for the Bobcats in 2015. He posted career highs in ground balls (32) and caused turnovers (21), and with a start on Thursday will match a career high for that category as well. French leads the MAAC in caused turnovers per game (1.62) while ranking 16th nationally among NCAA Division I players. As a team, Quinnipiac leads the MAAC in caused turnovers and ranks third in ground balls per game.

Sagl served as the offensive catalyst again for the Bobcats, as his numbers equaled or bettered each of the first team candidates. Earning his fourth straight conference accolade, he ranked second in the MAAC in assists (29) and third in points (46) – sitting among the national leaders in assists per game. In the regular season finale at Air Force, Sagl dished out three assists in which he matched the program record for assists in a single season, joining Joe Baglio atop the list. Sagl ranks first all-time in career assists (97), third in points (173) and eighth in goals scored (76) at Quinnipiac. He also sports the nation's fifth longest active point streak at 45 straight games.

For the second straight season, Quinnipiac named two freshmen to the MAAC All-Rookie Team in Feldman and Palmer. Feldman led all freshmen in goals scored this season, netting 24 of them to go along with five assists. The Canandaigua native flashed his potential on several occasions through the regular season, totaling five points twice and a hat trick in four games. Feldman brings an 11-game point streak into the tournament, recording multiple points in eight consecutive contests.

Palmer stepped in comfortably for the Bobcats, playing in all 13 games through the regular season. The Oshawa, Ontario native scooped up 18 ground balls and caused five turnovers in his inaugural campaign. Extremely versatile, Palmer chipped in on the faceoff and even tallied an assist in the game against Marist College.

The MAAC also released the MAAC All-Academic Team which saw 10 Bobcats on the list: French, Sagl, Jack Brust (Baltimore, Md.), Connor Devane (Wilton, Conn.), Eddie Greco (Kings Park, N.Y.), Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario), Blake Heller (Dix Hills, N.Y.), Chris Kendall (Dublin, Ohio), Greg Pendergast (South Windsor, Conn.) and Evan Weldon (West Chester, Pa.). 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.

Quinnipiac clinched the second seed in the 2015 MAAC Championships and will take on the third seed University of Detroit Mercy tomorrow, Thursday, April 30 in Poughkeepsie, New York at 4 p.m. Marist College earned the top seed of the tournament, making Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field the venue for the weekend.

The Red Foxes play host to the fourth seed Monmouth on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The two winners will play on Saturday for the MAAC Championship at 2 p.m. live on ESPN3. The champion will represent the MAAC in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. 

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