Marotto's Overtime Goal Lifts Men's Lacrosse Over Fairfield, 11-10, On Senior DayHAMDEN, Conn. - Senior Alex Marotto (South Windsor, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal, his career-high fifth of the game, 44 seconds into overtime as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team defeated intrastate ECAC foe Fairfield, 11-10, on Senior Day Saturday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. Fairfield goalie Joe Marra stopped Basil Kostaras' (Southlake, Texas) initial shot, before Marotto scooped up the rebound and beat Marra from point-blank range for the sudden victory. With the win, the Bobcats take third place in the ECAC at 8-6 (4-3 ECAC), with the head-to-head tie-breaker over Fairfield, also 8-6 (4-3 ECAC).
"(The seniors) were good leaders today," said Head Coach Eric Fekete. "We got up and it was pretty much a one-or-two-goal game the whole way. I told the guys at the end of the game, we started winning this year and we finished winning this year. It's great to win your last game. I give all the credit to the players. Those guys played really hard. It's tough practicing through the exam week with the schedule we had, and they were determined to win today. I'm really proud of them."
Marotto closed the regular season with the game-winner for the second straight year, as he also tallied the decision-maker with 17 seconds left in regulation last season at Bellarmine.
In addition to Marotto's five goals, Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) scored twice to finish the season with a team-high 32 goals, 10th-most in program single-season history. Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) and Garett Kerr (Caledon, Ontario) chipped in with a goal and an assist each, while Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) and Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) also scored goals. Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y) and Kostaras each added two assists. Haggerty moved into a tie for second in program single-season history with 25 assists for the season. Alex DeAlmeida (Point Pleasant, N.J.) and Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) also added assists.
Making his first start of the season, senior Jamie Prudden (Andover, Mass.) picked up the victory, making 13 stops on 23 opportunities in net. He also picked up a team-high nine ground balls. Marra took the loss, making 10 saves on 21 chances.
Logan Rause, John Snellman and Matt Plominski scored twice each for the Stags, while Graham Bergsma added a goal and four assists. Ryan Mulford had a goal and an assist, while Sean Bannon and Reed Marko also scored for Fairfield. Drew Palmer, Max Trunz and Snellman also added assists for the Stags.
The Stags edged the Bobcats in face-offs, winning 13-of-25. However, senior Ben Mullaney (Norwalk, Conn.) came up with the biggest win of the game to start the overtime period. Mullaney won 5-of-8 opportunities on the day. Fairfield scored on its only man-up opportunity of the day, while the Bobcats were 1-for-2. Quinnipiac took a 38-27 advantage in ground balls.
Oppenheimer and Marotto got the Bobcats on the board first with consecutive goals in the opening period. Oppenheimer was the beneficiary of a crisp Alessi pass that left him wide open five yards in front of Marra for the easy, one-on-one score, just less than two minutes into regulation. Marotto struck, unassisted, at the 5:49 mark to put the Bobcats on top, 2-0. The Stags responded with two goals in the final three minutes of the quarter. Bergsma assisted on both goals, the first by Plominski (2:40) and the second from Snellman (1:09).
After 12 scoreless minutes, Kerr broke the 2-2 deadlock with a goal off a Kelly assist at the 3:56 mark of the second. Kerr then fed Marotto for his second of the game at the 1:51 mark. Snellman cut the Bobcats' lead to one goal, 4-3, heading into the half with the help of a Bergsma assist.
After the break, Oppenheimer gave the Bobcats a two-goal advantage at the 12:50 mark, scoring off a Kostaras assist. Fairfield then seized momentum with three straight goals. Bergsma assisted Rausse at the seven-minute mark, before Mulford scored, unassisted, just over a minute later. Plominski scored his second of the game off a Trunz assist to give the Stags their first lead of the game, 6-5, with 2:36 remaining in the third. But Marotto beat the clock to tie the game at 6-6 with three seconds left in the third off a Haggerty assist, somehow scoring from 10 yards out while being knocked to the ground.
The teams traded the next six goals before Gast scored just as a Fairfield penalty was expiring with 2:43 left in regulation, to put the Bobcats on top, 10-9. Fairfield then caused a Quinnipiac turnover with less than 30 seconds remaining, before Palmer found Bannon, who ripped from 10 yards out into the top-right corner past Prudden for the game-tying goal.
Following Mullaney's crucial face-off win to start the overtime period, Kostaras took a shot from 10 yards out that Marra stopped, but could not control the rebound. Marotto scooped up the rebound at the doorstep before easily slipping it past the Fairfield goalie for the victory.