HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team featured five different players in the scoring column on Saturday afternoon, but the Bobcats fell short to No. 19 nationally ranked Bryant University, 9-5, on Senior Day at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Prior to the 1 p.m. faceoff, the Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics and Recreation honored five senior class members, Adam Dahlgard (Bethany, Conn.), Andrew Federico (Andover, Mass.), Grant Marston (Duxbury, Mass.), Chris Messina (West Islip, N.Y.) and Chris Coppolecchia (Somers, N.Y.) for their hard work and dedication to the program.
With the loss, the Bobcats have now dropped two in a row after their three-game flash, falling to 3-8 overall and 2-1 in the Northeast Conference. The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to 11 straight games, improving to 11-2, 3-0 in the NEC.
Freshman Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) returned to form for the Bobcats, totaling a three-point afternoon with one goal and two assists. Fellow classmate Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) also finished with multiple points, compiling a goal and an assist in the outing. Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario), Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) and Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) each added a goal for Quinnipiac.
Head Coach Eric Fekete knew entering the contest that a quick start was necessary. The Bobcats did just that when Wilbur netted the game's first goal 1:23 seconds after the initial whistle. His ninth goal of the season put QU in front and sparked the large crowd surrounding the fence.
However, the 19th ranked team in the nation answered with authority, rattling off five straight goals. Brian Schlansker capped off the surge with his second tally of the game, granting the Bulldogs a 5-1 advantage just as the second frame started.
Quinnipiac didn't go away though, battling back with back-to-back goals from Sagl and Webster. Webster's 20th goal of the campaign pulled the Bobcats to within two, bringing the game to halftime with a score of 5-3, in favor of Bryant.
The Bobcats kept up the pressure in the second half, as the home team slipped another one past BU's Jameson Love. This time it was off the stick of Diehl, cutting QU's deficit to just one, 5-4, with 26:46 seconds remaining in the game.
Unfortunately, Bryant weathered the storm and regained its composure. The Bulldogs scored three straight goals to close the third quarter, and then tacked on another in the fourth for a commanding, 9-4 advantage. Kostaras concluded game's scoring summary in the waning seconds with his 12th goal of the season, but the Bulldogs escaped with a 9-5 triumph.
For the game, Bryant outshot Quinnipiac, 39-23, but surrendered a mere, 25-24, edge in ground balls. The nation's top ranked faceoff team was also strong in the circle, controlling a 12-6 advantage. Each team turned the ball over 17 times.
Freshman Dylan Torey (Darien, Conn.) made eight stops for the Bobcats, while Love turned aside six for Bryant. Coppolecchia caused seven turnovers in the game, improving upon his national lead for the category.
The Bobcats return to the turf on Saturday with a long trip to Moon Township, Pa. for an NEC match-up against Robert Morris. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m. For all the latest news and information regarding the men's lacrosse program, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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