Bryant Edges Men's Lacrosse, 7-6

HAMDEN, Conn. - Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) and Alex Marotto (South Windsor, Conn.) tallied three points each, but the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team was edged by Bryant, 7-6, Saturday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 7-6, while the Bulldogs improve to 11-5.

Haggerty led all Bobcats goal scorers with two to go along with an assist, while Marotto scored once and added a team-best two assists. Garett Kerr (Caledon, Ontario) added a goal and an assist, while Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) and Ted Dimond (Marblehead, Mass.) scored once each for the Bobcats.

Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) made nine saves on 16 opportunities in net for the Bobcats to take the loss. He also picked up a game-high eight ground balls. Bryant's Jameson Love took the win, stopping 14 of 20 Quinnipiac shots on net.

Peter McMahon scored three goals to lead the Bulldogs, while JK Poirier scored once and added an assist. Matt Larson, Evan Roberts and Gary Crowley also added goals, while Mason Poli had an assist.

For the game, the Bulldogs' Andrew Hennessey gave the Bobcats fits at the face-off x, winning 11-of-16 opportunities. Bryant edged the Bobcats in ground balls, 31-30, while Quinnipiac committed 14 turnovers to the Bulldogs' 18. Quinnipiac took 33 shots to the Bulldogs' 30, while finding success on 19-of-21 clearing attempts and 1-of-4 extra-man opportunities to Bryant's 15-of-20 and 1-of-6, respectively.

The Bulldogs came out firing in the first quarter, outscoring the Bobcats, 3-0. Roberts struck first at the 12:13 mark, before Poirier scored with 7:40 left and Larson connected with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter. All three goals were unassisted.

Haggerty broke the momentum with a score off a Marotto feed at the 11:41 mark of the second quarter. After McMahon countered less than a minute later, the Bobcats scored three straight to tie the game at 4-4. Kerr took a Marotto pass and beat Love at the 3:52 mark, before feeding Dimond at the 2:14 mark to cut the deficit to one. With a Harrison Tull penalty tacked on following Dimond's goal, Oppenheimer beat Love on the man-up off a Haggerty assist at the 1:13 mark.

Bryant got a late goal from Crowley before the halftime horn to take a 5-4 advantage into the break.

Marotto's tally at the 3:46 mark of the third quarter knotted the game at 5-5, but the Bulldogs took the lead for good on consecutive McMahon goals within nine seconds of each other at the 40-second and 31-second marks of the third.

Haggerty pulled the Bobcats to within one with a goal at the 8:26 mark of the fourth. Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) streaked to the cage for an opportunity to tie with 14 seconds left before being held by Matt Murnane to put the Bobcats on the man-up. But Mike Gast's (Grand Rapids, Mich.) shot with two seconds left was knocked aside by Love, preserving the Bryant victory.

The Bobcats conclude the 2010 regular season with a 1 p.m. ECAC Lacrosse contest against intrastate foe Fairfield next Saturday.