Men's Lacrosse Suffers Overtime Heartbreaker To Hartford, 10-9

Photos of QU - Hartford Game

HAMDEN, Conn. - Hartford's Ryan Compitello scored the game-winning goal with 11.8 seconds left in overtime to defeat the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team, 10-9, Saturday afternoon at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 2-3, while the Hawks improve to 4-3.

Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) and Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) registered hat tricks for the Bobcats. Haggerty also added two assists. Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) had a goal and an assist, while Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) and Jake Emms (Victoria, British Columbia) each added goals. Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) had two assists, while Bobby Schnibbe (Duxbury, Mass.) contributed one helper.

Carter Bender led Hartford with three goals and an assist, while Rory Nunamacher added two goals and an assist. Ryan Compitello had a goal and three assists, while Jared Franze contributed a goal and an assist. Aidan Genik and Vinny Pellizzi also had goals for Hartford, while Martin Bowes and Tate Klidonas each added assists.

Frank Piechota made 10 saves in earning the win in net for Hartford, while Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) took the tough-luck overtime loss, making 12 saves.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 6-2 lead by halftime on the strength of two goals each from Haggerty and Kelly, as well as one each from Emms and Kostaras. Nunamacher and Klidonas found the back of the net for Hartford.

The Hawks whittled the Bobcats' advantage down to 8-6 by the end of the third quarter with goals from Franze, Pellizzi, Genik and Nunamacher in the third quarter. Haggerty and Kelly each completed their hat tricks in the third quarter.

Bender scored three straight goals in the fourth quarter to give Hartford its first lead of the game, 9-8, by the 2:45 mark of the fourth quarter. Webster scored on the man-up to tie the game with 1:08 left in regulation, before the game headed to overtime.

Quinnipiac controlled possession in the early portion on overtime. They got five shots off, hitting the post twice, while Piechota made three saves. Haggerty hit the post on the last shot, creating a long rebound and starting the Hawks break up field. Bender found Compitello at the right post for a one-on-one opportunity against Benzing. Compitello then slipped the ball past Benzing for the game winner with 11.8 seconds remaining.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, March 26, when they travel to Baltimore, Md., to face the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Opening face-off from UMBC Stadium is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.