Men's Lacrosse Defeats Intrastate Rival Sacred Heart, 13-8
Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) added a hat trick and an assist, while Zach Pall (Setauket, N.Y.) scored twice. Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) contributed a goal and an assist, while Alex DeAlmeida (Point Pleasant, N.J.) and Garett Kerr (Caledon, Ontario) each scored a goal. Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) dished out a pair of assists, while Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) and Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) also added helpers.
Pall won 11-of-19 face-offs and picked up seven ground balls for the Bobcats, while Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) made 10 saves while allowing eight goals to secure the win in net. Sacred Heart's Tom Trgo, who entered the night fifth in the nation in save percentage (.586), was victimized for 13 goals on 19 Bobcats shots on goal in taking the loss.
Evan Morgan led the Pioneers with two goals and two assists, while Timmy Katz added two goals and an assist. Bryan Badolato had a goal and an assist, while Joe Caridi, Dennis Gannon and Jon Flood had a goal apiece. Matt King also contributed an assist for Sacred Heart.
For the game, the Bobcats edged the Pioneers, winning 13-of-25 face-offs, while scoring on 3-of-5 man-up situations to the Pioneers' 1-for-7 effort. Sacred Heart outshot the Bobcats, 38-29, while the ground-ball game was an even 37-37.
Haggerty paced the Bobcats with four first-half goals, while Oppenheimer added two. Haggerty got the Bobcats on the board with a pair of unassisted goals at the 10:38 and 4:04 marks of the first quarter. First, he approached the net from behind the left post before scooping a low shot past his defender and Trgo. On the man-up, he then ripped a low shot from 10 yards out from the left post to put the Bobcats on top, 2-0.
Oppenheimer joined in on the action at the 3:17 mark, taking a Kostaras pass before putting it in from the doorstep at the right post. Kostaras drove through traffic to the middle of the zone before finding Oppenheimer.
Sacred Heart got on the board when Gannon scored from point-blank range off a Morgan feed at the 14:30 mark of the second quarter.
Haggerty completed the hat trick, ripping a shot from 10 yards straight out in front of the net that bounced past Trgo at the 12:22 mark. 30 seconds later, Oppenheimer added his second of the game, sneaking a shot inside the right post off a Kelly assist.
Sacred Heart pulled to within three goals just inside the 10-minute mark when Badolato was the beneficiary of a King pass at the right post. Badolato easily put it past Benzing from the doorstep.
Kerr answered at the 8:16 mark, ripping from 10 yards out from the right post off an Oppenheimer feed on the man-up. Haggerty added his fourth of the game just less than a minute later, shooting from straightaway, 15 yards out off an Alessi assist from behind the net to put the Bobcats on top, 7-2.
Sacred Heart answered with the final goal before the end of the half, as Morgan drove to the cage through traffic, before sneaking it past Benzing to making it 7-3 at the half.
The Pioneers scored the half's first two goals to cut the deficit to 7-5 by the midway point of the third quarter. But the Bobcats countered with three of the next four goals to regain a four-goal lead. Oppenheimer got the run started, taking a Kelly pass off the break at the right post before easily beating Trgo at the 5:11 mark of the third.
After Morgan scored from the doorstep off a Katz feed at the 2:08 mark to close to within two before the end of the third, Haggerty opened the fourth with a goal at the 13:01 mark. Haggerty shot low from seven yards out from the goal line extended off a Gast pass on the man-up. Pall then won the ensuing face-off, picked up the ground ball himself, streaked directly to the net and bounced a shot inside the left post. The whole play took six seconds and the Bobcats took control with a 10-6 lead.
After Sacred Heart once again cut the Bobcats' lead to two goals by the 6:25 mark, the Bobcats scored the game's final three goals to put the game on ice. Pall scored a highlight-reel goal, somehow getting a shot off while being pushed to the ground, slipping it inside the right post. DeAlmeida and Kostaras later added tallies to give the Bobcats the 13-8 win.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they play host to future NEC foe Bryant. Opening face-off from the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.