STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. Ted Dimond (Marblehead, Mass.) scored three goals as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team opened the 2009 season with a 13-5 win at Wagner, Saturday afternoon. Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) also added a pair of goals each as the Bobcats improved to 1-0. The Seahawks, also playing their opener, fell to 0-1.
Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.), Gary Messina (West Islip, N.Y.), Garett Kerr (Inglewood, Ontario), Zach Dendas (Branford, Conn.), Zach Pall (Setauket, N.Y.) and Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) also added a goal apiece for the Bobcats. Oppenheimer had a team-high four assists, while Messina added two. A.J. Alessi (Branford, Conn.), Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) and Kerr also registered one helper each.
Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) made 13 saves to earn the win in net for the Bobcats. Meanwhile, Peter Rubin took the loss for the Seahawks, making 15 saves.
After falling behind, 2-0, in the early going, the Bobcats bounced back with seven consecutive goals to take a commanding, 7-2 lead. Dimond scored all three of his goals in the span as the Bobcats would never trail again.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, Feb. 21, when they travel to Queens, N.Y., to take on St. John's. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.