Wilbur's Last-Second Goal Propels Men's Lacrosse Past Bryant, 13-12, In First-Ever NEC Contest
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Seeing action in just his second game this season, sophomore Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) scored twice, including the game-winning goal as time expired, as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team erased a four-goal second-half deficit to defeat Bryant, 13-12, Friday night at the Bryant Turf Complex. With the win, the Bobcats improve to 3-4 (1-0 NEC), while the Bulldogs fall to 3-6 (0-1 NEC). The game was the first-ever Northeast Conference men's lacrosse league contest.
"It was great to win the first NEC game in league history," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Eric Fekete. "We buckled down at halftime and focused on the adjustments we needed to make and the guys played a great second half."
Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) had two goals and two assists for the Bobcats, while Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) also added four points with a goal and three assists. Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) contributed two goals and an assist, while Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) chipped in a goal and two assists. Jake Emms (Victoria, British Columbia) had two goals, while Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) had a goal and an assist. Jake Glebocki (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored his first goal of the year and Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) also found the back of the net for the Bobcats.
Max Weisenberg led all scorers with four goals, while Mason Poli added two goals for the Bulldogs. Travis Harrington, Gary Crowley, Matt Bletzer, Peter McMahon, Dan Sipperly and Trever Sipperly scored once each for Bryant. Harrington had a team-best two assists, while Bletzer, Crowley, JK Poirier, Poli, Evan Roberts and Weisenberg each had one assist.
Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) took the win in net for the Bobcats, making eight saves. Jameson Love took the loss for Bryant, also making eight saves.
The teams traded pairs of goals in the early going. Bryant struck first and led, 2-0, before the Bobcats evened the score. The Bulldogs retook a 4-2 lead before Quinnipiac again tied the game at 4-4 at the 11:16 mark of the second quarter. Bryant closed the first half with four straight goals to take an 8-4 lead into halftime.
The teams exchanged goals early in the third quarter, before Quinnipiac got four straight goals from four different players to tie the game, 9-9, on a Kostaras marker with 12:15 left in regulation. After Poli gave Bryant a one-goal edge at the 6:05 mark, Quinnipiac scored three straight to take a 12-10 advantage.
Glebocki got the scoring started at the 5:49 mark. After the Bobcats won the face-off, no one marked Glebocki and he beat Love high. Kelly gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game at the 3:50 mark, taking a Kostaras pass and depositing it past Love from 10 yards diagonally out from the left post. Webster pushed the edge to two goals, picking up the ground ball after being checked and somehow slipping it past two defenders and Love for the 12-10 lead at the 1:39 mark.
But Poli and Weisenberg scored at the 1:21 and 1:04 marks to tie the game at 12-12. Bryant won the next face-off and delayed for the first 40 seconds before turning it over. Quinnipiac took possession with 19 seconds left and advanced into the box with 13 seconds left, at which time the Bobcats took timeout. Quinnipiac worked the ball around the perimeter of the box before Wilbur released a shot from 15 yards directly in front of the net to beat Love low for the victory.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, April 9, when they play host to Robert Morris. Opening face-off from the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.