Men's Lacrosse Falls at Home to Harvard, 18-8

HAMDEN, Conn. – Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) scored two goals and assisted on another for the Bobcats, but it was not enough as Harvard University outlasted Quinnipiac University in New England men's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on Mount Carmel Campus.

Webster collected nine groundballs and went 10-of-18 on the faceoff in a stellar all-around effort. Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) extended his multi-goal streak to four straight with two goals while four others, Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.), Nate Nibbelink (Hampstead, Md.), Jake Emms (Victoria, B.C.) and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.), each finished with a goal.

The first quarter of the game belonged to Quinnipiac, as the home team garnered a 3-2 advantage after the first 15 minutes of play. The teams exchanged a pair of goals through the midway point of the stanza, but it was Webster's tally with 10 seconds left in the frame that granted the Bobcats a 3-2 lead.

Harvard turned it around in the second quarter though, rallying off three unanswered for a two-goal, 5-3, advantage. Each team scored two goals in the final six minutes of the half, one by Wilbur, then back-to-back tallies from Harvard's Garrett Campbell and Brendan Newman, and a final score from Corcoran to close out the first half scoring summary. The Crimson carried a 7-5 lead into the break.

Unfortunately, the two goals were as close as Quinnipiac would come for the remainder of the game as the visiting Crimson converted 10 of the game's next 11 scoring chances - including a run of seven straight – for a 17-6 lead. Quinnipiac wrapped up is score sheet in the fourth quarter with tallies from Emms, his third of the season, and Nibbelink, the first of his career. Harvard tacked on one more in the waning minutes for an 18-8 final from the QU Lacrosse Turf Field.

Harvard peppered Quinnipiac goalies Gill Conners (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) and Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, Conn.) with 29 shots on frame. Conners stopped seven shots while Nesdale made two saves in the final 10 minutes of action. Harry Krieger was credited with the win and seven saves between the pipes for the Crimson.

The Ivy League foe, now 5-6 overall, was led offensively by Devin Dwyer who finished with two goals and four assists for a game-high of six points. Deke Burns added three assists and scored another.

Quinnipiac resumes Northeast Conference action on April 13th with the first of three straight to close the regular season. The Bobcats begin the final stretch at Sacred Heart in Fairfield Saturday night at 7 p.m. 

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