April 18, 2009

No. 3 Notre Dame Defeats Men's Lacrosse, 10-2

HAMDEN, Conn. – Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season and Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) added his 11th, but the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was defeated by No. 3 Notre Dame, 10-2, on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 3-8 (1-3 GWLL), while the Fighting Irish remains the nation's lone remaining undefeated team at 11-0 (4-0 GWLL).

Ben Mullaney (Norwalk, Conn.) had the lone Quinnipiac assist on the day. Mullaney also had a successful day on face-offs, winning 10 of 16 attempts and picking up a team-high five ground balls.

Duncan Swezey and Grant Krebs had two goals each for Notre Dame, while Nicholas Beattie, Ryan Hoff, Neal Hicks, Eric Keppeler, Kevin Cullinane and Adam Felicetti contributed one each. Zach Brenneman had two assists for the Irish, while Beattie, Matt Ciambella, Bobby Smith and Swezey had one assist apiece.

Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) took the loss for the Bobcats, allowing 10 goals while making seven saves. Scott Rodgers made five saves and allowed one goal in taking the win. Colt Power replaced Rodgers for the final 9:33, stopped two shots and allowed one goal.

The Irish scored the game's first seven goals to take a 7-0 lead at the half. Swezey scored both of his goals in the final two minutes of the half to cap the run. Hicks, Keppeler, Krebs, Felicetti and Beattie scored the first five goals, with Swezey, Smith and Brenneman picking up first-half assists.

Oppenheimer opened the second-half scoring just more than three minutes into the third quarter. He scored unassisted, wrapping around the back of the net before going low inside the left post to beat Rodgers.

After goals from Hoff and Krebs off assists from Brenneman and Ciambella, respectively, put the Irish up, 9-1, Kelly scored the Bobcats' second goal of the game at the 9:22 mark of the fourth quarter. Mullaney won the face-off following Krebs' goal at the 9:33 mark, streaked up field with the ball and found Kelly, who ripped a shot from 20 yards out to beat Power.

Cullinane scored the final goal of the game with 6:24 left in regulation off an assist from Beattie.

For the game, the Bobcats took a 10-6 advantage in face-offs and a 37-29 edge in ground balls.

The Bobcats conclude regular-season action Saturday, April 25, when they travel to Bellarmine University. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky.