HAMDEN, Conn. – Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) scored the game-winning goal with 1.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team over Wagner, 11-10, on Senior Day at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field Saturday afternoon. The win clinches a playoff spot for the Bobcats as they head into the final weekend with a 3-1 mark in Northeast Conference play.
Playing from behind for most of the game, Wagner scored two goals in the final three minutes of play to tie the score up at 10 apiece – including the game-tying goal with 1:43 left. Webster, who was 16-of-25 for the game on the faceoff, corralled the ensuing faceoff and Quinnipiac carried the ball into Wagner's zone with plenty of time on the clock.
Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) took Quinnipiac's first shot and missed wide to the right, but the Q maintained possession. Webster took the next shot with 39 seconds left - rattled the pipe - and the Bobcats once again collected the ball to extend their offensive set. Head coach Eric Fekete called timeout with just under seven seconds on the clock, and his team executed his play to perfection in the waning seconds. Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) raced in from the right side and drew a double team leaving Webster open on the back post. Corcoran found Webster with a perfect pass and the junior slammed home the game-winner with 1.8 seconds left.
Quinnipiac's Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.), who tallied the game-winner in triple overtime against Sacred Heart last week, led the Bobcats once again with a five-point afternoon on three goals and two assists. Corcoran added four points with three assists and a goal, while Diehl continued his hot streak with two goals and an assist. Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) added his 56th and 57th career goals; Webster and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) each had a goal and an assist and Jake Emms (Victoria, B.C.) scored once in the triumph.
Defensively, Gill Conners (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) was outstanding in net as the junior turned aside 16 shots on the afternoon. The backline wreaked havoc forcing 15 Wagner turnovers, 10 of them caused, and enclosed a 39-23 advantage in groundballs.
Quinnipiac did most of its damage in the first quarter, as the Bobcats outscored the Seahawks, 6-0, in the opening frame. However, after the sluggish start, Wagner's goalie Nicholas Gibaldi settled in nicely which gave momentum to the visiting Seahawks. Wagner amassed a 10-4 run until Quinnipiac's final tally of the game.
With the result, Wagner, now 1-11 overall and 0-4 in the league, was eliminated from playoff contention. The Seahawks were led by Colin O'Rourke who finished with seven goals on the day. Billy Battaglia had two goals and an assist.
Prior to the start of the game, the Quinnipiac Department of Athletics and Recreation honored Quinnipiac's six senior class members who played in the last home game of their careers. Basil Kostaras, Jay Binkowski (Bethany, Conn.), Chris Messina (West Islip, N.Y.), Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.), Dorian Wolff (Fairport, N.Y.) and Sean Damboise (Southington, Conn.) were recognized in a brief ceremony for their contributions to the men's lacrosse program.
Quinnipiac resumes Northeast Conference action next weekend, Saturday, April 27, at Robert Morris University. Faceoff is set for 11:30 a.m. in Moon Township, Pa.
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