March 2, 2013

Fourth-Quarter Heroics Send Men’s Lacrosse Past Detroit Mercy, 12-10

HAMDEN, Conn. – For the second week in a row, the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team used fourth-quarter heroics to overcome a deficit as the Bobcats defeated the University of Detroit Mercy, 12-10, at Titan Field in Detroit, Mich. Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) and Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) each recorded hat tricks for the Bobcats, who improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 2008 campaign.

"Today was a great team win and I am very proud of our continued growth," said 12th year head coach Eric Fekete. "We preach team lacrosse at Quinnipiac and our players continue to exemplify that on the field."

With his three goals, Kostaras (43) moved into sole possession of 15th place on the all-time scoring list at Quinnipiac. He added three ground balls and had seven shots on the afternoon. Sagl matched Kostaras with three goals and handed out two assists for a five-point outing and Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) scored twice. Chris Messina (West Islip, N.Y.), Carmen French (Baltimore, Md.), Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) each added one goal apiece, while Jay Binkowski (Bethany, Conn.) (2), Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) and Messina each tallied assists. Webster compiled a team-high seven ground balls, with French leading the team in caused turnovers (3).  

The teams went back-and-forth through the first half, with Quinnipiac carrying a mere one-goal advantage, 6-5, into the locker rooms at halftime. After the break, the Bobcats rallied off three of the game's next four goals for a 9-6 lead; but it was all Detroit Mercy for the remainder of the third quarter. The hosting Titans fired off four straight goals, as Jordan Houtby's tally putting UDM on top, 10-9, heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

In a similar situation last week, Quinnipiac clamped down defensively and turned defense into offense. Kostaras netted the equalizer off a feed from Sagl with 12:50 remaining, and Wilbur got the go-ahead goal with 8:52 left in the fourth. Corcoran added one for insurance with just 47 ticks left, leaving the Bobcats with their second road win of the season.

On the other end, Gill Conners (Ballston, N.Y.) was tremendous between the pipes with seven saves in his second win in a Bobcat uniform. Conners did not allow a goal in the fourth quarter, stopping two shots; giving him a total of seven saves in the final 15 minutes in his first two games. 

For the game, Quinnipiac outshot UDM, 37-32, which included a 24-17 shots on goal advantage. Detroit controlled the faceoff circle, 14-12, and both teams picked up 35 ground balls. UDM went 3-for-6 with a man-advantage.

The Bobcats return to the turf on Friday, March 8th with a neutral-site showdown against Vermont. Quinnipiac heads down to Maryland for a 7:45 p.m. tilt against the Catamounts at Severna Park High School in Severna Park, Md.

Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Men's Lacrosse Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.

Contact: Tony Distasio; ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu