HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) registered a natural hat trick in the first quarter of a Sunday afternoon matinee, but the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was unable to fend off Brown University in its season-opener at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bears came roaring back with six unanswered goals en route to a 12-7 triumph on the road.
The Bobcats jumped out to a quick lead behind a tremendous first-quarter showing from Kostaras. The junior midfielder netted three goals in the opening 15 minutes, granting Quinnipiac a 3-2 lead at the end of the frame. Freshman Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) collected his first career assist in the game's first goal, while Kostaras finished the next two unassisted.
The next quarter featured a furious comeback from the visiting Bears. Including the first quarter's last goal, Brown boasted off six straight tallies to take a 7-3 lead with four minutes left in the half. Each team added one before the halftime whistle, leaving an 8-4 advantage for Brown at the break. Junior Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) recorded his first goal of the season, with the assist coming off a pass from Kostaras.
After the intermission, Brown netted three of the game's next four goals to extend its margin to six. Quinnipiac gained some momentum midway through the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals, but Brown's Nick Piroli ended the comeback bid with his third goal of the game. Wilbur tallied his second goal of the game for QU, followed by a nod from Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario).
For the game, Brown outshot QU, 34-28, overall, and, 20-19, in shots on target. In addition, Brown's efficiency on the faceoff also proved to be a difference, as the Bears won 13 of the 22 showdowns in the middle. QU totaled one more turnover than Brown and neither team could convert with an extra-man advantage (QU: 0-4 and BU: 0-2).
Freshman goalkeeper Dylan Torey (Darien, Conn.) made the start between the pipes for the Bobcats. He made eight stops, including a spectacular kick save that brought the crowd to its feet in the first frame. Will Round turned away 12 saves in his first career win for the Bears.
The Bobcats return to action next weekend with their first road test of the season. Quinnipiac heads to Colorado Springs, Colo. for a clash with Air Force, a game slated for 11 a.m. (MT). For all information regarding the men's lacrosse program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu