HAMDEN, Conn. - Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) made 19 saves and Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) scored the first three goals of his career as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team defeated Holy Cross, 10-5, in the Bobcats' home opener Saturday at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. With the win, the Bobcats move to 1-2, while the Crusaders fall to 0-3.
The 19 saves are the second-most in Benzing's career, trailing only a 21-save effort last March 20 at Hobart. Webster added an assist for a four-point day, while Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) had two goals and an assist. Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) also had two goals, while Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) added a goal and two assists. Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist, while Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) also tallied a goal. Oppenheimer's goal was the 60th of his career, tying P.J. Gilliard '95 for 12th all-time at Quinnipiac.
Bobby Schnibbe (Duxbury, Mass.) won 7-of-10 face-off opportunities for the Bobcats, picking up nine ground balls. Jake Glebocki (Wilbraham, Mass.) also had seven ground balls.
John Hannan led Holy Cross with two goals, while Matt Boylan had a goal and an assist. Colin McGeehin and Douglas Broussard each tallied a single goal, while James Kennedy dished out two assists. Mike Fisher got the start in net, giving up five goals in the first quarter without making a save. Kenny O'Connor gave up the same five goals while making seven saves in the remaining three quarters, taking the tough-luck loss as his first goal given up was the eventual game winner.
Webster, Kostaras and Kelly ambushed the Crusaders early in the first quarter. Webster scored his first-career goal just over three minutes in off a Kostaras assist, before returning the favor to Kostaras just 17 seconds later. Webster and Kelly connected consecutively at the 10:45 and 4:40 marks to push the lead to 4-0 Quinnipiac. Kelly then scored off a Haggerty feed on the man-up at the 1:16 mark to make it 5-0 Quinnipiac.
Holy Cross got on the board when McGeehin scored off a Boylan assist with 14 seconds left in the first quarter. Hannan scored his first goal on the man advantage at the 6:59 mark, before depositing a goal off a Kennedy assist at the 4:47 mark of the second quarter. The margin would remain 5-3 at the half.
Alessi's man-up goal at the 10:20 mark of the third quarter proved to be the game-winner, as Benzing would need no further support. Benzing stopped 15 of the 17 shots he saw in the final 30 minutes, including several one-on-one denials from close range.
Haggerty scored to make it 7-3 Bobcats with a goal at the 6:36 mark of the third quarter. Matt Boylan cut the deficit to 7-4 with a goal at the 12:02 mark of the fourth quarter. Oppenheimer and Douglas Broussard traded goals a minute apart, before Kostaras and Alessi each found the back of the net to account for the final 10-5 margin.
Quinnipiac was whistled for 10 fouls, covering eight minutes, but surrendered just one extra-man goal. After taking just two of seven face-offs in the first quarter, the Bobcats won eight of 12 the rest of the way to finish with a 10-9 edge. The Bobcats took a 39-33 edge on ground balls.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, March 12, when they travel to Providence. Opening face-off from the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex is scheduled for 2 p.m.