HAMDEN, Conn. – 2011 All-Rookie Team honoree Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) scored a career-high four goals on Wednesday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team fell just short to No. 17 nationally ranked Fairfield University, 9-6, at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. The Bobcats made a late push in the fourth quarter but couldn't close the gap before the final whistle.
Quinnipiac, now 0-3 on the season, placed two other names in the scoring column on the afternoon. Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) each joined Webster with tallies, as Kostaras extended his goal-scoring streak to eight games, dating back to last season. Brandon Kuring (New Milford, Conn.) led the team with three assists, while Sagl and Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) added one apiece.
Fairfield boasted a quick start in this one, as the Stags scored the game's first two goals just five minutes after the opening faceoff. However, Webster and the Bobcats responded nicely to the two-goal deficit, recording back-to-back goals over the next 14 minutes. Webster netted the Bobcats' first goal off a feed from Sagl with 2:37 seconds remaining in the first quarter, followed by his second strike five minutes later in the second frame (Kuring).
The Stags regained their composure and battled back behind senior attackman John Snellman. Snellman found the back of the cage three consecutive times to cap off the scoring in the first half. His third tally came with 6:55 seconds left in the second quarter, concluding a halftime score of 5-2 in favor of the visitors.
After the break, Fairfield scored three of the game's next four goals, increasing the margin to five. Quinnipiac pressured vigorously through the final frame, and scored three times through the final five minutes. Kostaras netted his fifth goal of the season (4:53), Webster capped off his four-goal performance (4:13) and Sagl closed out the scoring summary with a goal inside of the one-minute mark.
Fairfield, now 5-0 on the season, displayed a roster with 10 seniors compared to a QU roster with 23 freshmen. Snellman collected three goals for the Stags, Eric Warden had two and four others chimed in with one. Andrew Federico finished with a team-high three assists.
For the game, the two teams were nearly identical on the stat sheet. Fairfield edged Quinnipiac in shots, 41-34, and turnovers, 13-14. Each team won nine faceoffs and picked up 29 groundballs in the contest.
Freshman Dylan Torey (Darien, Conn.) turned a career-high 17 shots away in the match. Charlie Cipriano made 14 saves for the Stags.
The Bobcats return to the pitch on Saturday with a non-conference showdown against Detroit Mercy. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. For all information regarding the men's lacrosse program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu