DENVER, Colo. - Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) scored three goals and Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) added a goal and three assists, but the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team fell at the University of Denver, 14-10, Sunday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 5-4 (2-3 ECAC), while the Pioneers improve to 8-4 (3-0 ECAC).
Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Alex DeAlmeida (Point Pleasant, N.J.) added a goal and an assist each for the Bobcats, while Ted Dimond (Marblehead, Mass.), Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.), Alex Marotto (South Windsor, Conn.) and Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) had one goal each for the Bobcats. Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) also contributed an assist for QU.
Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) took the loss for the Bobcats, allowing 14 goals while making six saves. Peter Lowell earned the win for Denver, allowing 10 goals while making six saves.
Cameron Flint led DU with four goals, while Alex Demopoulos added three goals and three assists. Mark Matthews and Patrick Rogers had two goals each, with Matthews also adding two assists. Colin Scott contributed a goal and two assists and Dillon Roy had a goal and an assist. John Dickenson also added a goal for DU. Chase Carraro chipped in with two assists, while Andrew Lay and Todd Baxter also added helpers.
For the game, Denver outshot the Bobcats, 31-26, won the ground-ball game, 32-28, and won 16-of-27 face-offs. Both teams converted a pair of extra-man opportunities, with the Bobcats going 2-for-4 to the Pioneers' 2-for-5. Quinnipiac committed 15 turnovers to Denver's 21.
The Pioneers got on the board first less than a minute into the first quarter as Baxter passed from behind the net to Matthews on the doorstep for the easy goal. With just more than 12 minutes left in the first, Demopoulos added an unassisted goal, before Rogers scored off a Matthews assist to make it 3-0 Denver with just less than 11 minutes remaining in the first.
The Bobcats got on the board at the 2:29 mark of the first quarter, when Kelly ripped a shot from 15 yards out from the right post off a DeAlmeida assist. Just 30 seconds later, Gast scored on the man-up from 15 yards out atop the box off a Haggerty assist.
Denver responded with 39 seconds left in the first period, when Lay passed across the field to Scott for the easy goal from close range at the right post. The first quarter ended with the Pioneers leading, 4-2.
At the five-minute mark of the second, Denver scored on the man advantage when Demopoulos found Flint at the left post for the goal. Just over a minute later, Rogers picked up a ground ball just outside the crease and put it past Benzing to put the Pioneers on top, 6-2.
Marotto stopped the Denver momentum, sprinting in from the left side, before shooting past a defender and Lowell inside the right post. The score remained 6-3 Denver at the half.
The Bobcats scored first in the second half with a man-down goal at the 14-minute mark of the third quarter. After Jake Glebocki (Wilbraham, Mass.) was called for a 30-second push, Bobby Schnibbe (Duxbury, Mass.) caused a turnover and led the break to Kelly, who dodged one defender before beating Lowell low to make it a two-goal deficit at 6-4.
Quinnipiac cut the deficit to one goal, 6-5, at the 7:55 mark of the third when Haggerty fed DeAlmeida in front for the easy score. Denver immediately got the goal back, as Carraro won the next face-off, streaked up field and fed Matthews at the right post to make it a 7-5 Pioneers advantage.
On the man-up, Matthews won a ground ball before feeding it to Flint for an easy goal midway through the third quarter. Alessi cut the deficit back down to two with an unassisted goal with just over six minutes left, but Denver responded immediately. Carraro won another face-off, streaked up field and fed Demopoulos for the goal. Shortly thereafter, Dickenson put a move on his defender to create space before beating Benzing inside the right post to take a 10-6 advantage.
At the 1:49 mark of the third, Kostaras fed Kelly in front. Kelly beat Lowell on the bounce to cut the deficit to three at 10-7.
Roy beat Benzing and the clock to end the third. Demopoulos passed from behind the net to Roy, streaking toward the net. Roy beat Benzing low with two seconds left to give Denver an 11-7 lead heading into the final quarter.
Two and a half minutes into the fourth, the Bobcats struck when Kaiser shot low from atop the box off a Haggerty pass. Less than a minute later, Dimond beat Lowell to cut the deficit to two goals at 11-9 with 11:46 left.
After the Bobcats came up empty on the man up, Denver responded with a Flint goal off a Roy assist with 7:15 to go in regulation to make it a 12-9 advantage. Two DU goals later, the Bobcats found themselves down five goals, 14-9. Haggerty scored off a Gast feed to account for the final 14-10 margin.
The Bobcats return to action next Saturday, when they travel to Worcester, Mass., to face Holy Cross. Opening face-off from Holy Cross Field is scheduled for 5 p.m.