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HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team dropped a crucial MAAC game to Siena College on Saturday afternoon, as the Bobcats were on the wrong end of an 18-12 final score from the QU Lacrosse Turf Field. Quinnipiac's playoff hopes reside in results around the league next weekend.
Next weekend, the other six conference teams are all in action – leaving a wide array of playoff scenarios. With a win against the Saints, Quinnipiac would have solidified a spot in the four-team field. However, with the result, the Bobcats need some help around the league for a chance to compete in the 2014 MAAC Championships.
On Saturday, Quinnipiac had Siena, who clinched the MAAC Regular-Season Title with the win, on the ropes in the first quarter. A hot start for Quinnipiac propelled the Bobcats to a 6-2 lead at the end of the first frame. Quinnipiac capitalized on three Siena infractions, aiding two separate three-goal runs for the home team. Matt Diehl (Towson, Md.), Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) and Tom Gilligan (Brookfield, Conn.) put Quinnipiac in front, 3-1, while three more goals in the final 2:29 seconds left the Bobcats with a 6-2 advantage after 15 minutes of play. Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) and Keenan each score during the second three-goal spurt.
Siena fired back quickly in the second quarter, when three straight goals pulled the visitors to within one. Again though, Quinnipiac fought back with another three-goal stint, this time sparked by Pat Corcoran (Stratford, Conn.). Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) scored 30 seconds later, and Matt Diehl stretched Quinnipiac's lead back to four, 9-5, with 6:03 seconds left in the first half.
However, the Bobcat attack went ice cold through the remainder of the half and into the fourth quarter. Siena netted 10 unanswered goals during the span with the final tally of the streak coming with 8:48 seconds remaining in regulation. The Saints held a 15-9 advantage and played even with the Bobcats in the waning minutes to secure the road victory.
For the Bobcats, Webster and Keenan led the way with four points apiece in the game – each scoring twice and assisting on two others. Matt Diehl scored two goals and assisted on another for the third straight game, while Meth added a goal and two assists. Gilligan had two points on a goal and an assist. Quinnipiac was 5-for-5 on the man-up.
The faceoff circle and turnovers factored heavily in the final outcome. Quinnipiac held a 13-7 advantage at the X in the first half, compared to a 3-for-12 showing in the second half. The Bobcats also committed 21 turnovers which included 14 in the second half alone.
Gill Conners (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made 12 saves in goal for Quinnipiac. His counterpart, Tommy Cordts had seven for the Saints.
Quinnipiac is back in action on Tuesday, April 22 with a cross-town clash with nationally-ranked No. 11 Yale. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium in New Haven.
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