HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University had its best offensive road effort in some 13 years on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats claimed a big 17-9 victory over Monmouth University in MAAC men's lacrosse action at Monmouth Stadium. Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) and Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) each scored five goals for the Bobcats, helping Quinnipiac extend its current win-streak to three straight games.
The three-game winning streak has pushed Quinnipiac over the .500 mark as the Bobcats improved to 5-4 with the win. Quinnipiac also picked up its third MAAC win of the season, and remains in sole possession of second place in the standings.
The 17-goal outburst was the most in a game since defeating Sacred Heart 18-9 back in 2011. Going back even further, it's the most goals scored in an away game since 2001 when Quinnipiac hung 24 in a 14-goal win at Boston College (3/28/01).
Keenan and Webster were the catalysts on the offensive end, as they combined for over half of the team's total output. Keenan's five markers were a career high for the sophomore, whereas Webster's outing moves him into eighth place all-time in goals scored at Quinnipiac (72). Webster added an assist and scooped up four ground balls to complete his stat line.
Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) also chipped in with five points on the afternoon, each finishing with two goals and three assists. Sagl extended his point-streak to 28 straight games, while moving within four assists of Joe Baglio's all-time assist mark at Quinnipiac. He is now eight points away from catching Andy Pelletier for sixth place on the all-time points list.
Tom McNaney (Marcellus, N.Y.) rallied off of a strong performance at Stony Brook to score another goal and assist on three others. He has seven points in the last two games. Matt Kycia (West Hartford, Conn.) and Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.) also returned to the score sheet. Kycia upped his season point total to eight with a goal and an assist, and Meth scored his fifth goal of the season.
Head coach Eric Fekete's 61st career win came due in large part to a fast start for the Bobcats. Consecutive goals by Webster, Sagl and Keenan granted Quinnipiac a 3-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. Each team scored once before the end of the first quarter, before the Bobcats' lead ballooned to 9-4. Webster scored four of Quinnipiac's five goals in the second quarter, helping the visitors to a 9-5 lead at halftime.
After that, Quinnipiac pulled away early on in the third quarter when Keenan (2) and Meth extended the lead to 12-5. The Bobcats carried a 14-6 advantage into the fourth quarter, and coasted to their largest margin of victory this season.
Monmouth had a fair share of opportunities but didn't fare so well against the region's top goalie in Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.). Conners made 15 saves, the fourth time he has done that this year, and picked up his fifth win of the season. Local product Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, Conn.) relieved Conners in net for the final 4:30 seconds of the game.
Quinnipiac controlled the X with a 17-12 advantage in the circle. Freshman Zach Vehar (Hudson, Ohio) spearheaded the charge by winning 15-of-25 on the day.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, April 12 when the Bobcats return home to the QU Lacrosse Turf Complex. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m. on Mount Carmel Campus.
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