CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Quinnipiac featured both a balanced attack and tremendous goaltending in Tuesday's non-conference lacrosse match, but suffered a tough loss to Harvard University, 10-8, at Soldiers Field in Cambridge, Mass. The sophomore tandem of Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) and Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.) each scored three-point afternoons to lead the Bobcats.
Quinnipiac (1-2) sat in the drivers' seat at halftime after erasing a three-goal deficit with five straight goals over a 10 minutes span in the first half. The Bobcats carried a 5-4 lead at the break, but couldn't hold off the dangerous attack of Harvard. The Crimson netted six goals in the second half to seize control and escape with a mere two-goal triumph.
Quinnipiac's balanced attack featured seven players in the scoring column by game's end. Keenan finished with two goals and an assist, while Meth registered a goal and two assists – a career high point total for the sophomore midfielder. Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) also finished with multiple points, grabbing a goal and an assist in the game. He extended point streak to 21 straight games – a figure that has him tied for the 21st longest streak in the nation.
Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario), Nate Nibbelink (Hampstead, Md.), Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.) and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) each added a goal apiece. Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.) handed out an assist and caused a career high five turnovers. Quinnipiac had nine in the game.
After halftime, Harvard outscored Quinnipiac 4-2 in the third quarter and took a one-goal advantage into the fourth. The Crimson scored their ninth goal of the game 1:06 into the final frame, but Keenan pulled Quinnipiac back to within one with his second tally of the game. That concluded the scoring summary for the Bobcats, and Harvard fended off Quinnipiac's attack in the final minutes.
Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) claimed all 60 minutes in goal for the Bobcats. He made 17 saves on 27 shots – upping his career total to 236 saves in 17 games. Harvard's Jake Gambitsky stopped 12 shots in his second win of the season.
Quinnipiac's defense was solid with nine of Harvard's 19 turnovers being forced. However, the Bobcats were called for nine infractions and served nine minutes on the man-down. Harvard converted on three of those chances. The Crimson managed to sustain a lot of the game's possession by way of the faceoff circle as well (14-7).
Quinnipiac is back in action at Hartford on Wednesday, March 12. Faceoff is set for 4 p.m. at the Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford, Conn.
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