FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) recorded his second career hat trick on Tuesday afternoon, but the Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse team was edged by Fairfield, 11-10, at Alumni Field – serving as the Bobcats’ third straight one-goal loss. Quinnipiac mounted a furious second half comeback to erase a four-goal deficit but two late Fairfield tallies proved to be the difference in the final outcome.
Trailing 7-3, Quinnipiac’s rally started with 5:46 remaining in the third quarter, when Dylan Webster(Brampton, Ontario) scored the first of three straight for the Bobcats. Billy Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) scored three minutes later off a feed from Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) and Jay Binkowski (West Islip, N.Y.) cut the deficit to just one, 7-6, with 46 seconds left in the frame.
Just 96 seconds into the final stanza, Corcoran completed his hat trick to tie the score up at seven apiece. Fairfield answered with the next two goals, but Quinnipiac’s leading scorers, Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas), pulled the visitors even (9-9) with back-to-back goals.
Unfortunately for the visiting Bobcats, the Stags answered with the game’s next two goals. Fairfield’s Alex Cramer and Jordan Greenfield scored in the waning minutes, with Greenfield’s tally putting the home team up by two with one minute remaining. Quinnipiac manufactured a 10th goal off the stick of Kostaras with 26 ticks left, but the Bobcats couldn’t find the equalizer in the final seconds.
Corcoran led all Bobcats with three goals and an assist for his second career four-point game. Sagl snagged another four-point outing with a goal and three assists, marking his fifth game with three or more points this year. Oppenheimer tallied three milestone points on two goals and an assist, collecting his first career goal in the second quarter and his first career assist in the fourth.
Kostaras pocketed a pair of goals to pull him within four goals of 14th place on the all-time list at Quinnipiac. Webster added a goal and an assist, while grabbing four groundballs and going 10-of-19 in the faceoff circle. Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) dished out his first assist of the season.
On the other side of the field, Gill Conners (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) shined in net for the Bobcats. He recorded double-digit saves for the fourth time in six games, turning aside 12 shots in the contest.
As a team, Quinnipiac caused eight turnovers, two apiece from Greg Pendergast (South Windsor, Conn.) and Carmen French (Baltimore, Md.), but surrendered a 30-22 edge in groundballs. Fairfield committed just 12 turnovers compared to 16 from Quinnipiac. Offensively, the Bobcats outshot Fairfield, 34-31 and controlled the faceoff, 13-11.
In the first half, Fairfield captured an early lead behind three straight goals within the first eight minutes of action. Quinnipiac managed to get one back on an unassisted tally from Corcoran but surrendered two goals in the final 36 seconds for a 5-1 Stag lead after one quarter. Jordan Greenfield completed a hat trick, while Tristan Sperry and Colin McLinden added goals for the home team.
In the second quarter, Quinnipiac quickly went down 6-1 when Fairfield’s Eric Warden scored his first goal of the game; but rallied back with the final two goals of the first half. Oppenheimer scored off a feed from Sagl midway through the quarter, which was followed by Corcoran’s second goal of the game with three minutes to go. Fairfield carried a 6-3 lead into the locker room at the break.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Saturday, March 23 at Binghamton. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, N.Y.