HAMDEN, Conn. – In a game that featured two of the nation's five remaining undefeated teams, it was the visiting Friars of Providence College who came out on top with a 13-12 victory over the Bobcats at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Hamden, Conn. Providence regained the lead with three goals in the fourth quarter, and left Quinnipiac with a loss, the first of its season, to the New England rival.
Quinnipiac, now 3-1 on the season, was once again led by yet another five-point outing from Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.). Sagl recorded his third straight game with at least five points, finishing with three goals and two assists. Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) had two goals, two groundballs and an assist, while Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) finished with two goals, three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Leo Horine (Dublin, Ohio), Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario), Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.), Jay Binkowski (Bethany, Conn.) and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) each found the back of the net once for the Bobcats. Webster collected a game-high 11 groundballs.
Providence erased an early one-goal deficit (2-1) with five straight goals and took a 6-2 lead just four minutes into the second quarter. However, head coach Erik Fekete used one of his timeouts at the most opportune time – sparking an offensive surge from the Bobcats. Sagl, Corcoran and Webster scored in succession to cut the deficit to just one, which was followed by one more goal from each team before the halftime whistle sounded. PC carried a mere 7-6 lead at the break.
Quinnipiac kept the momentum going in the third quarter, scoring four of the game's next six goals – including Horine's marker with 9:40 left to give the Bobcats a 9-8 lead. The teams traded a pair of goals before the clock ran out in the third quarter and Quinnipiac took an 11-10 advantage into the final frame.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, their offense went quiet in the final 15 minutes of play. After a Friar goal early into the fourth quarter, Kostaras put Quinnipiac back on top, 12-11, with 7:49 showing on the clock. Providence found the game-tying goal with 4:38 remaining and then manufactured the game-winner with just over three minutes to play. PC came up with the ensuing faceoff and managed to run out the clock for the victory.
The two teams were very evenly matched throughout the entire game, with a slight edge going in PC's favor. Providence outshot Quinnipiac, 38-34, grabbed one more groundball, 36-35, turned it over four fewer times, 11-15, and snatched a 17-11 advantage in the circle. However, the major discrepancy came in penalty minutes as the hosting Bobcats played a man down for 6:30 seconds on seven infractions, compared to 3:30 seconds on four infractions for Providence. PC went 3-for-7 on the man-up and QU went 3-for-4.
Reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Week, goalie Gill Conners, was peppered with 23 shots on goal – stopping 10 of those attempts. His counterpart, Jack Connelly, made four saves in the triumph.
Providence, who improved to 5-0 on the season, was led by four goals from Sean Wright and three from JT Weber. Prior to today, Quinnipiac had won four of the last five meetings between the two schools.
The Bobcats are back in action on Saturday, March 16 with another home game at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Quinnipiac welcomes intrastate rival Hartford to Hamden for a 12 p.m. faceoff.
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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