No. 20 Quinnipiac Men’s Lacrosse Stays Perfect; Bobcats Defeat Vermont, 10-6

SEVERNA PARK, Md. – The nationally-ranked No. 20 Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse team remained unbeaten on Friday night, as the Bobcats defeated the University of Vermont, 10-6, at Severna Park High School in Maryland. Quinnipiac, now 3-0 for the first time since 2008, received multiple goals from three different players and a career-high five assists from Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.).

Sagl added a goal to complete a six-point night, marking his second straight game with at least five points. Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas), Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) and Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) each scored twice, while Jay Binkowski (Bethany, Conn.), Jake Emms (Victoria, B.C.) and Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) each finished with one apiece. Webster was dominate on the faceoff (13-16) and collected a season-high 12 groundballs.

In addition to a balanced attack, Quinnipiac’s defense was tremendous as well. Junior goalie Gill Conners(Ballston, N.Y.) made 14 saves, stopping 70 percent of the shots he faced. The Bobcats also caused 11 turnovers and held Vermont scoreless on the man advantage (0-4).

Quinnipiac jumped out in front in the first quarter behind goals from Corcoran and Keenan. Corcoran’s 13th career goal came off a feed from Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) – which extended Wilbur’s point streak to 11 games dating back to last season. Two minutes after that, Sagl found Keenan who put away his first career goal as a Bobcat for a 2-0 lead. Vermont countered with two goals in the final six minutes, leaving a 2-2 deadlock after one quarter of play.

The next half hour belonged to the Bobcats though, as Quinnipiac scored six unanswered goals for a commanding 8-2 lead. Emms, Sagl and Kostaras made it 5-2 in favor of the Q at halftime, while Binkowski, Corcoran and Webster extended the lead to six after the break. Vermont stopped the rally by scoring with two minutes left in the third quarter and Quinnipiac carried an 8-3 advantage into the final 15 minutes.

The Catamounts mounted a mini-comeback with three straight goals in the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats would seal the deal in the waning minutes. Kostaras scored QU’s ninth goal with a laser from the left wing and Webster concluded the scoring summary with his fourth goal of the season with 3:50 left. Conners and the Bobcat defense buckled down in the final minutes, leaving a final score of 10-6.

For the game, Quinnipiac was significantly better on the faceoff, 15-4, and when the ball was loose. QU nearly doubled up Vermont in groundballs, 41-24; with Conners pickiing up five, Chris Kendall (Dublin, Ohio) collecting four and Corcoran, Chris Messina (West Islip, N.Y.) and Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) each with three apiece. QU outshot UVM, 31-26, and went 2-for-5 with a man advantage.

With the win, the Bobcats snapped a five-game skid against Vermont – improving to 2-5 in the all-time series. The Catamounts, now 1-5 on the season, were led by Drew Philie who finished with two goals and six groundballs. Goalie Justin Rosenberg made seven saves in the losing effort.

Quinnipiac will look for its fourth straight win on Tuesday afternoon with its home-opener against Providence. Also undefeated, the Friars will take on Sacred Heart tomorrow before heading over to Hamden on March 12th. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field.

FINAL SCORE: No. 20 Quinnipiac 10, Vermont 6
SEVERNA PARK, Md. – Four Quinnipiac players tallied multi-point games to lead the Bobcats past Vermont, 10-6, in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Friday night from Severna Park, Md. Quinnipiac moves to 3-0 on the season, while Vermont falls to 1-5.

After two Quinnipiac goals to open the contest, senior A.J. Masson answered back for the Catamounts with his first two goals of the season, including one with just four seconds left in the period.

Quinnipiac scored the only three goals of the second period, receiving goals from Jake Emms, Michael Sagl and Basil Kostaras to take a 5-2 lead heading into halftime.

Following three more scores from the Bobcats in the third frame, Graham Horvath tallied his team-leading 11th goal of the season at the 2:02 mark of the period to cut the Catamount’s deficit to five, 8-3.

Horvath opened the fourth period scoring with his second tally of the game five minutes into the frame. Drew Philie followed up with two unassisted goals just 14 seconds apart to bring Vermont back within two, 8-6, with 7:12 to play in regulation. The two scores for Philie brought his career goal total to 100, making him the eighth player in program history to reach the century mark in goals.

The Bobcats received two insurance goals in the final five minutes from Kostaras and Dylan Webster to earn the 10-6 win and stay undefeated on the season.

Horvath, Masson and Philie each tallied two points on the evening to pace the Catamounts. Michael Sagl led Quinnipiac with five points on a goal and four assists.

Justin Rosenberg made his fourth consecutive start in net for Vermont and racked up seven saves despite taking the loss. Gill Conners stopped 14 shots for the Bobcats in the winning effort.

Vermont returns home to face Wagner on Saturday (Mar. 16) at 2 p.m.