SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Quinnipiac men's lacrosse team was clicking on all cylinders Saturday afternoon, and dominated the turf to pick up its first win of the 2014 campaign. Behind a career-high eight-point outburst from Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) and 19 saves in goal by Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), the Bobcats overpowered Providence, 16-9, at the Bryant University Turf Complex in Smithfield, R.I.
Quinnipiac, now 1-1 on the season, combined extreme efficiency on offense with tough, hard-nose defense to earn the seven-goal triumph. The 16 goals were the most in a game since scoring 16 against Wagner back on April 30, 2011.
Webster was the offensive catalyst for Quinnipiac, netting career high six goals while assisting on two others for his eight points. The most impressive stat about the performance was scoring six goals on just seven shots in the game. Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) totaled four points at the strength of two goals and two assists, which extended his point streak to 20 straight games. Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) also scored twice and assisted on another for a three-point afternoon.
On the other side of the ball, the region's best goalie was in top form, and stifled the PC attack. Conners made 19 saves in the game – four in the first quarter, four in the second, eight in the third and three in the fourth. He allowed seven goals on 26 shots for a 73.1 save percentage. Jack Brust (Baltimore, Md.) finished the game in net by making four saves on the six shots he faced.
Providence scored the game's first goal, but Quinnipiac was quick to answer. QU rattled off five straight goals before the Friars would strike again. After that, the Bobcats scored nine straight before the end of the third quarter for a commanding 14-2 lead. Providence managed to capitalize on a couple QU penalties, but the game was never in jeopardy.
Time of possession was key to the Quinnipiac victory. The Bobcats controlled an 18-11 advantage on the faceoff – with Zach Vehar (Hudson, Ohio) winning 16 of his 26 attempts. Vehar also scored his first career point with a goal in the second stanza.
Henry Graves (Stamford, Conn.), Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario), Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.), Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Evan Weldon (Westchester, Pa.) also scored for the Bobcats. Diehl and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) added a pair of assists.
Providence outshot Quinnipiac, 54-42, but had 23 of its 32 shots on goal turned aside. Two Friar goalies only combined to save six shots in the game. Quinnipiac was 2-for-4 on the man-up. PC was 4-for-8.
Providence, now 2-1 on the season, was led by two goals and two assists from Sean Wright. Quinnipiac improved to 8-5 all-time against the Friars.
Quinnipiac is back in action at Harvard University on Tuesday, March 4. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Ohiri Field in Cambridge, Mass.
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