HAMDEN, Conn. – The 2014 season is underway for the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team, as the Bobcats hosted Brown University at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Saturday afternoon. Despite a goal and two assists from Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.), Quinnipiac suffered a 13-6 loss to the Ivy League foe in the season-opener for both teams.
Quinnipiac (0-1) was led by its junior captain who extended his point-streak to 19 games dating back to the 2012 season. He added three ground balls and two caused turnovers to his three-point afternoon. Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) also had a multipoint outing with a pair of goals, serving as the third and fourth of his career. Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.), Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) and Evan Weldon (Westchester, Pa.) wrapped up the scoring summary for the Bobcats.
With the score knotted at two apiece midway through the second quarter, Brown rallied off a string of six straight goals to open up an 8-2 advantage in the third quarter. Brown held the lead for a few minutes, but the Bobcats fought back in front of a healthy crowd on its home turf.
Webster started the Quinnipiac surge with 2:56 remaining in the quarter, as the junior attack put one past Brown's Jack Kelly for his first goal of the season. Some 30 seconds later, Diehl got into the action with his 26th career goal, which was followed by another tally off the stick of Sagl just 15 seconds after that. Quinnipiac had cut its deficit in half in a one-minute span.
Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Brown struck again once before the end of the third quarter, and three more times in the fourth quarter. The seven-goal lead was more than enough for Kelly and the Brown defense, as each team scored once more to finalize a 13-6 win for Brown.
Not much separated the two teams on the stat sheet, but it was Brown's efficiency on the offensive end that proved to be the difference. Half of Brown's 26 shots on goal found the back of the cage, whereas just six of Quinnipiac's 24 shots on goal made a mark on the scoreboard. Brown's goalie Jack Kelly also factored in the outcome, making 18 saves in the game.
Quinnipiac split time between three different goalies in the game. Reigning NEILA Goalie of the Year Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made five saves in the first half, and Jack Brust (Baltimore, Md.) made eight saves in the second half. Local product Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, Conn.) also made an entrance late in the contest.
The Bobcats only turned the ball over eight times in the game, while causing 11 of Brown's 15 turnovers. Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) had a game-high of six ground balls.
Quinnipiac is back in action on at Providence College on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Friar Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I.
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