HAMDEN, Conn. – Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) recorded a hat trick and Gill Conners (Balston Spa, N.Y.) stifled the Bears offense with 20 saves in goal, as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Brown, 9-7, in the season-opener for both teams.
Wilbur, one of three Bobcats to finish with multiple points on Saturday, led the Bobcats with three goals, caused three turnovers and picked up a ground ball in the win. Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) chipped in with three points at the strength of two goals and an assist, which featured two huge goals in the final quarter. He added a team-best 10 ground balls and was 12-of-19 on the faceoff. Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) picked up right where he left off last year with two goals and an assist, while Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) and Pat Mulligan (Stratford, Conn.) each added a goal.
The first quarter belonged to Quinnipiac, as the Bobcats garnered five goals in the first 10 minutes and captured a 5-1 lead. Sagl opened the scoring summary less than a minute into the game; Mulligan and Deihl scored the next two; and Wilbur tacked on two more for the team's largest lead of the game.
However, goals by Roger Ferguson, Henry Blynn and Sam Hurster (with four seconds left in the second quarter) tied the game at the half, 5-5. After the break, Bears' senior George Sherman gave Brown its first lead, 6-5, on a pass from Hurster with 10:39 left in the third quarter, a lead the Bears took into the final quarter of play.
After going 38 minutes without a goal, Quinnipiac regained its composure and scored the game's next four goals. Webster tied the score up at six apiece, Wilbur put the Bobcats in front, 7-6, and Webster collected the eventual game-winner with 6:04 left in the game. Sagl added one for insurance and the Bobcats defeated Brown for the first time in program history.
For the game, Brown outshot Quinnipiac, 48-25, and collected 10 more ground balls, 35-25. However, Quinnipiac controlled the faceoff circle, 12-8, finished off nine of their 25 shot attempts on goal.
Conners collected 11 of his 20 saves in the second half of play. The 20 saves are the most by a Quinnipiac goalie since the 2004 campaign. Head coach Eric Fekete was asked about what made the difference in the game and his answer was simple. "Gill Conners was outstanding in goal."
The Bobcats return to action on March 2nd at Detroit Mercy. Faceoff is set for 11 a.m. in Michigan.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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