April 3, 2010

Men's Lacrosse Falls At Hartford, 10-9

Photos of QU at Hartford Game

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) appeared to score the game-tying goal as time expired, but the officials ruled that it came after final horn as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team fell to Hartford, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at Yousuf Al-Marzook Field. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 4-3, while the Hawks improve to 3-6.

Oppenheimer scored twice for the Bobcats, while Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) had a goal and three assists. Ted Dimond (Marblehead, Mass.), Zach Pall (Setauket, N.Y.), Alex DeAlmeida (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Alex Marotto (South Windsor, Conn.), Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) and Matt Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) scored once each for the Bobcats, while Pall and Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) each contributed an assist.

Aidan Genik scored three goals, including the game winner with 1:31 left in regulation, to lead the Hawks. Justin Bearse and Jared Franze added two goals each, while Carter Bender had a goal and three assists.

Scott Bement took the win for the Hawks, making nine saves while allowing nine goals. Benzing took the loss for the Bobcats, making four saves while allowing 10 goals.

For the game, the Bobcats led the Hawks in shots, 42-26, and caused 23 Hawks turnovers, while committing 16. Hartford took a 12-9 advantage in face-offs and scored one 2-of-4 extra-man opportunities. The Bobcats were 0-4 on the man-up.

The Bobcats got on the board first at the 6:04 mark of the first quarter when DeAlmeida got past the defense and shot from seven yards out. The shot was initially stopped by Bement, before trickling over the goal line for the score.

The Hawks evened the score almost three minutes later when Bearse scored off a Ryan Compitello feed. Bement made a save on the other end before scooping up the ground ball and racing across midfield. He then found Compitello on the right side. Compitello passed across the field to Bearse at the left post. Bearse easily slipped it past Benzing to tie the score at 1-1.

Exactly two minutes later at the 1:11 mark, Kaiser found the back of the net off an Oppenheimer feed to give the Bobcats the lead, 2-1. From behind the net, Oppenheimer fed Kaiser on the right side. Kaiser then beat Bement inside the far post.

Hartford once again drew even quickly, as Bender scored off a Genik feed with 5.6 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Bobcats regained the advantage when Pall fed Haggerty from behind the net with just over 11 minutes left in the second quarter. Haggerty ripped a shot from 10 yards outside the left post and beat Bement high inside the near post.

Hartford once again knotted the game up, this time at 3-3, with 5:13 remaining in the first half when Carter Bender found Jared Franze. Bender passed from behind the net to Franze, who shot from 15 yards out on the right side. Franze went low inside the opposite post to beat Benzing.

The Hawks took their first lead of the game, 4-3, with 3:24 left in the half, when Bearse slipped it past Benzing from just outside the crease.

Just over a minute later, Dimond retied the game at 4-4 off a Haggerty assist. Haggerty passed from behind the net to Dimond on the right side. From 10 yards out, Dimond ripped a low shot past Bement at the 2:23 mark.

The Bobcats retook the lead, 5-4 at the 12:34 mark of the third, when Minor ripped a shot, unassisted, past Bement. Less than a minute later at the 11:45 mark, Gast found Oppenheimer 15 yards outside the right post with a delayed penalty coming. Oppenheimer shot to the top right corner to beat Bement and give the Bobcats' the first two-goal advantage of the game.

Kevin Whelan cut the Bobcats' lead in half at the 8:16 mark of the third. Whelan curled from right to left behind the net, before spinning back to beat his defender and Benzing inside the left post to make it a 6-5 game.

Oppenheimer scored his second goal of the game at the 5:26 mark of the third, taking a Haggerty pass at the right post before putting a series of moves on Bement and slipping it past the Hartford goalie.

Just moments later at the 4:52 mark, Haggerty assisted on a Pall goal to give the Bobcats a three-goal advantage, 8-5. Haggerty fed Pall from behind the net. Pall ripped from 10 yards out inside the right post.

Marotto extended to a four-goal lead with 14:01 left in regulation. He shot low past Bement while being knocked to ground to give the Bobcats a 9-5 lead.

Genik cut the Bobcats' advantage to 9-6 at the 11:52 mark. Bement took the ball up the field himself and found Genik less than 10 yards outside the left post. Benzing came out the contest, but Genik dodged by the Bobcats' goalie and slipped the ball into the open net.

Hartford scored on the man-down with 10:08 remaining to make it a 9-7 game. Rory Nunamacher got the goal from close range, taking a Compitello pass from behind the net. Following the play, the Bobcats were whistled for a penalty, and just 16 seconds into the ensuing man advantage, Genik scored off a Compitello feed to cut the deficit to just one goal at 9-8.

The Hawks completed the comeback at the 3:49 mark, when Franze scored from the left side off a Bearse assist on the man-up.

Hartford took just its second lead of the game with 1:31 remaining on a Genik goal from close range. Genik took a Bender pass just in front of the crease before beating Benzing for the game winner.

The Bobcats return to ECAC Lacrosse action Friday, when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., to face Air Force. Opening face-off from Cadet Lacrosse Field is scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET).