New England Lacrosse Recap, April 28th

UVM Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Hartford in Season Finale
FINAL SCORE: Hartford 17, Vermont 11

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Kevin O’Shea and Rory Nunamacher combined for 13 points to lead Hartford over Vermont, 17-11, in an America East matchup Saturday afternoon from Virtue Field. Hartford moves to 7-6 overall and 3-2 in conference play, and will move on to play in the America East semifinals. Vermont wraps up its season with a 4-10 record overall and a 1-4 mark in league play.

Senior Drew Philie led the way for the Catamounts, tallying a team-high six points on five goals and one assist in his final game at UVM. Graham Horvath also chipped in with three goals and one assist, and senior AJ Masson added two scores in his final game at Vermont.

O’Shea scored a game-high seven goals and also added one assist, while Nunamacher tallied five points on four goals and a helper to pace the Hawks.

Justin Rosenberg got the start in goal for Vermont, and took the loss despite making 13 saves. Frank Piechota earned the win in net for Hartford after stopping eight shots on the day.

Tim Yager opened the scoring for Vermont just over two minutes into play with a goal off a feed from Mark D’Anthony, to even the score at 1-1. Following a second goal from O’Shea, Philie tallied his first of the game off a pass from Patrick Clark, and tied the score 2-2.

With Hartford holding a 3-2 advantage to start the second period, Graham Horvath scored a goal for the Catamounts to again pull them even, 3-all. Both teams traded a pair of scores over the next six minutes, before the Hawks tallied the final two of the period to head into the second half with a two-goal advantage, 7-5.

The Hawks scored the first three goals of the third period, including another from Nunamacher, to pull ahead 10-5 with 9:43 left in the frame. Vermont answered by scoring four of the final five goals of the period, including a pair from Philie, to cut the deficit to 11-9 heading into the final period.

Philie and Horvath tallied two of the first three goals of the final frame, and pulled within one, 12-11, with 6:51 to play in the contest. That was as close as the Catamounts would get, as the Hawks added on insurance goals to close out the Catamounts and earn the 17-11 victory.

Hartford moves on the play in the America East semifinals on May 2 at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium. Vermont finishes the season at 4-10 overall and 1-4 in America East play.

NOTES: Drew Philie ends his career ranked second on the program’s all-time goals list (124), fifth in all-time points (176), and 10th in all-time assists (52) … A.J. Masson ends his Vermont career ranked 11th on the all-time assists list (43) … Senior Zack Telander added his first assist of the season on a goal from Horvath in the third period … Seniors Sasha Birge, Michael Connors, A.J. Masson, J.J. Newland, Drew Philie, Augie Remien and Zack Telander all played in their final game at UVM, as they celebrated Senior Day prior to the start of the contest

Bobcats Edged by Robert Morris in Regular-Season Finale, 9-7

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse team was defeated at Robert Morris by a final score of 9-7 on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats wrapped up their 2013 regular season already having punched their ticket to the 2013 NEC Tournament. Quinnipiac, who will serve as the No. 3 seed, begins its quest for an NCAA Tournament bid on Thursday, May 2 against No. 3 Robert Morris at Bryant University – who clinched the regular season title and the top seed with a win over Sacred Heart.

With a win and a Bryant loss, the Bobcats would have shared the NEC regular season title and hosted the single-elimination playoff. However, with the loss and the league’s tie-breaker regulations, Quinnipiac falls to the No. 3 seed which sets up a rematch of today’s contest with the Colonials. The other semifinal matchup features the fourth-seeded Pioneers against the Bulldogs.

Quinnipiac, now 6-7 overall and 3-2 in the NEC, saw seven different names in the scoring column against the Colonials. Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.), Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.), Basil Kostaras(Southlake, Texas) and Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) each finished with a goal and an assist, while Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.), Nate Nibbelink (Hampstead, N.Y.) and Jake Emms (Victoria, B.C.) each found the back of the cage once. Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) and Billy Oppenheimer(Conshohocken, Pa.) were each credited with an assist with Webster going 10-of-18 on the faceoff.

It was all Quinnipiac early on in the contest, as the Bobcats jumped out to a 6-1 lead through the first quarter and into the second. Sagl scored the game’s first goal off a beautiful 40-yard pass from Wilbur, and Emms made it 2-0 after burying a feed from Sagl less than two minutes later. RMU got one back off the stick of Tyler Digby, but QU rattled off four straight to open a five-goal lead. Nibbelink, Kostaras, Diehl and Corcoran each hit the nylon once during the stint.

However, Robert Morris put itself right back into the game with four straight goals before the halftime whistle; and then tacked on three more, including the go-ahead goal, in the third quarter. Quinnipiac put a stop to the RMU run with the game’s next goal (Wilbur) to cut the deficit to one, but the Colonials sealed the deal with their final goal in the waning minutes.

Reigning NEC Defensive Player of the Week, Gill Conners (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), was tremendous again for the Bobcats with 15 saves on the day. It marked his third conference game with at least 15 saves and moved into third place on QU’s all-time ‘saves in a single-season’ list. His counterpart, Charles Ruppert, stopped seven shots for RMU.

After the first quarter, time of possession was a key factor in the outcome. QU dominated the first quarter but turnovers plagued the Bobcats throughout the rest of the game, granting the Colonials more offensive sets. Quinnipiac committed eight more turnovers, 15-7, allowing RMU to rifle off 43 shots on the afternoon. The Bobcats controlled a slight edge on the faceoff, 10-8, and each team scooped up 32 groundballs.

Luk Laszkiewicz led the Colonials’ attack with a hat trick on six shots. Dave Morton added two goals and two assists and Digby dished out an assist to go with two goals.

The Bobcats and the Colonials will meet against at Bulldog Stadium in Smithfield, R.I. Faceoff has yet to be determined.