HAMDEN, Conn. - Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) scored a career-high six goals to lead three Bobcats who tallied hat tricks as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team cruised past ECAC foe Bellarmine, 20-7, Saturday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) and Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) also scored three goals each for the Bobcats, who improved to 6-5 (3-3 ECAC), while the Knights fall to 8-6 (2-4 ECAC).
Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) dished out a career-high five assists, while Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) scored twice. Kelly also added two assists, while Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) added a goal and two assists. Zach Pall (Setauket, N.Y.), Garett Kerr (Caledon, Ontario), Jake Emms (Victoria, British Columbia), Jay Binkowski (Bethany, Conn.) and Jimmy Gianfelice (Wilbraham, Mass.) also netted goals for the Bobcats, while Pall, Sean Damboise (Southington, Conn.) and Ted Dimond (Marblehead, Mass.) had assists.
Derek Hopcroft and Shane Andersen scored twice each for Bellarmine, while Chase Williams added three assists. Jarrett Davis, Luke Acton and Colton Clark also scored goals, while Austin Bright, Hopcroft and Devin Arruabarrena had one assist each.
Pall was once again outstanding at the face-off x, winning 11-of-13 opportunities. Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) was stingy in net, stopping 12 of 18 chances. Jamie Prudden (Andover, Mass.) and Tim Yost (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) also made one save each in the final minutes of the fourth quarter for the Bobcats. Dillon Ward played the first three quarters for the Knights, allowing 15 goals while stopping nine shots. Scott Bowles played the final quarter, allowing five goals while making three saves.
For the game, the Bobcats outshot the Knights, 46-33, picked up 46 ground balls to the Knights' 24, won 17-of-28 face-offs and caused 26 Bellarmine turnovers while coughing it up 21 times. Both teams were successful on the man advantage, with the Bobcats converting 3-of-4 and the Knights scoring on 2-of-3.
The Bobcats never trailed in the game, immediately barraging the Knights with 10 of the game's first 12 goals. Alessi got the scoring started at the 10:53 mark. After Bellarmine responded within the next minute on Hopcroft's first of the game, Kaiser and Kelly scored at the 9:00 and 7:18 marks, respectively to give the Bobcats a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Kostaras and Dimond assisted on the goals.
After Andersen countered off a Bright assist at the 6:45 mark, Quinnipiac went on the offensive with seven straight goals. Oppenheimer scored four times in the span, while Alessi, Kelly and Kostaras also found the back of the net. Hopcroft and Andersen scored to cut the deficit to six goals at 10-4 prior to halftime.
The Bobcats once again came out firing in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights, 5-1, to take a 10-goal lead. The lead swelled to as many as 14 goals on Pall's marker at the 3:17 mark of the fourth. Davis accounted for final tally, beating the final horn with one second left.
Quinnipiac returns to action Tuesday, when its travels to Fairfield to face intrastate foe Sacred Heart. Opening face-off from Campus Field is scheduled for 7 p.m.