Men's Lacrosse Falls To Sacred Heart In Regular-Season Finale, 13-9; Set For No. 19 Bryant In NEC Tournament

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – With the #3 seed locked in for the upcoming 2012 Northeast Conference Tournament, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team used the regular-season finale as a tune-up for next week's single-elimination playoff. On Saturday night, the Bobcats traveled down Route 95 to Sacred Heart University for Senior Night at Campus Field. The Pioneers prevailed with a 13-9 victory.

Quinnipiac, now 3-10, 2-3 in the NEC, looks ahead to No. 19 Bryant University, who earned the #2 seed after falling to Robert Morris earlier today. Robert Morris will host the tournament as the #1 seed and will take on #4 Mount St. Mary's in the semifinals. The championship kicks off on Friday afternoon in Moon Township, Pa.

In Saturday night's affair, the Bobcats were led by junior midfielder Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas). Kostaras totaled two goals and an assist for three points and grabbed two ground balls. Joining Kostaras with multiple-goal games were Leo Horine (Dublin, Ohio) and Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario), who each collected a pair. Joining them in the scoring column were Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) with one apiece.

The first quarter of action revealed a low scoring affair with all three goals coming in the final five minutes of play. Webster tallied the game's first goal off a feed from Corcoran, slipping a shot past SHU's Ryan Hughes for a 1-0 lead. The Pioneers responded with their first goal three minutes later, but Sagl gave the edge back to Quinnipiac with his 16th goal of the season. After 15 minutes of play, the Bobcats controlled a mere 2-1 advantage.

Conversely to the first frame, action in the second quarter picked up right after the initial faceoff. Sacred Heart found the back of the cage in consecutive trips to take its first lead of the game, 3-2. However, the one-goal edge was short-lived, as Leo Horine tied the scoreboard with his third goal of the campaign.  

The remaining seven minutes of the stanza featured just one goal, which came off the stick of SHU's Cody Marquis. At the end of the first half, the Pioneers carried a slight 4-3 advantage into the locker room. Quinnipiac held a plus-17 edge in shots and forced five failed clear-attempts by the Pioneers.

After the intermission, Quinnipiac surrendered a goal, but answered with three-straight to regain the lead. Kostaras registered back-to-back goals to start the streak, while Corcoran granted the Bobcats a 6-5 advantage.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Sacred Heart's offense came to life and netted eight of the game's final 10 goals in the fourth quarter. The three-goal deficit was too much to overcome, leaving QU with its sixth loss on the road.

For the game, Quinnipiac outshot Sacred Heart, 43-28, and turned the ball over nine times fewer than the Pioneers. However, SHU controlled a 17-7 advantage in the circle and collected eight more ground balls.

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