Men’s Lax Back on Track
By TJ Buzzeo
March 6, 2007
Quinnipiac University men’s lacrosse team won its first game of the season on Friday March 2, over Providence 6-5.
The Bobcats traveled to Providence to take on the Friars after a tough loss to Vermont less than a week earlier. Determined to earn a victory the Bobcats shot early and often out shooting Providence every quarter and 34-25 for the game.
Providence jumped out to an early lead scoring their first goal of the game within the first minute of action. The Friars held onto the lead for almost the entire first quarter, but with just 49 seconds remaining in the quarter Quinnipiac even the score at one apiece.
Freshman Matt Loveland put gave the Bobcats their first lead of the year early in the second quarter. The lead did not last too long, when Providence answered back with a goal of their own with later in the quarter. Quinnipiac answered right back scoring less than one minute later giving them a 3-2 lead going into the half.
The Bobcats stretched their lead to three when Senior Tucker Prudden scored his second goal of the game with 6:43 left in the third quarter and when Senior Mike Stottler scored 75 seconds later. The Bobcats would not be able to keep the commanding lead with Providence scoring two goals before the end of the third quarter keeping the game in reach for a late Friar run.
The eventual game winning goal was scored early in the fourth quarter by Mike Gast to give the Bobcats a two goal lead. The Friars were able to put one more in the net, but were never able to score another to tie the game.
Bobcat goaltender Roger Fish had an impressive six saves in the victory.
Prudden and Stottler were impressive again for the Bobcats. Prudden had three points, two goals and an assist, which now bring his season totals to four goals and three assists in the two games. Stottler scored his fifth goal of the season and had three assists for his second straight game earning four points.
Other standouts for Quinnipiac were Jon D’Ascoli who scored his first goal of the season, Matt Loveland and Mike Gast netted their first goals and points of their Quinnipiac careers, senior Drew Maceranka assisted on one goal and received his first point of the 2007 season.
The Bobcats resume play with three games over spring break. They host St. Joseph’s on Saturday (3/10), then they will travel to New York, New York to play St. Johns next Tuesday (3/13), and then they remain on the road going to Staten Island, New York to play Wagner on Saturday March 17.