Lacrosse Team Stays Hot Over Spring Break
By: TJ Buzzeo
March 22, 2007
The Bobcats men’s lacrosse team went 2-1 over the past two weeks. That mark makes their record now 3-2 to start the season.
On Saturday March 9th Quinnipiac received a visit from St. Josephs. The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the game. After a St. Josephs goal, the Bobcats scored two more extending their lead to 4-1. The Bobcats contained a 4-2 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second period Quinnipiac outscored the visiting team 2-1 extending their lead to 6-3. The Bobcats scored five unanswered goals going into the fourth quarter. The Hawks were able to score 2 goals in the final period shortening the deficit to 11-5. Mike Stottler scored the final goal of the game, making the final 12-5 in favor of the Bobcats.
Many players for Quinnipiac stood out in the decisive win over the Hawks of St. Joseph’s. Goal Tender Roger Fish made 14 saves on 19 shots for his second win of the season. Todd Kaiser, Tucker Prudden and Mike Stottler each earned five points in the victory, with Kaiser and Stottler getting hat trick and Prudden had two goals and three assists. Jon D’Ascoli, Chris Griffin and Anthony Poerio each had two points as well.
Head Coach Eric Fekete spoke after the game about his team’s victory, “I think it was more of a team win (today). We finished better on offense today than we have done in the past couple of weeks and put more points on the board. Our defense played solid like they did last week too, so it is really coming together pretty well for us.”
The Bobcats traveled to New York City on Tuesday the 13th to play St. Johns University. The Red Storm scored the first four goals of the game and never trailed in the game. Although the Bobcats never had the lead they never gave St. Johns a chance to rest easy. The Bobcats were able to cut the lead to one before letting up three unanswered goals extending the lead to 9-5. Again, Quinnipiac came fighting back cutting the score to 9-8, but were unable to score the tying goal.
The Bobcats did have some positives in their second loss of the season. One was that Roger Fish tied a career high with 14 saves. Chris Griffin scored two goals and assisted on two more to give him four points in the contest. Also, Tucker Prudden had three points and two goals in a losing effort.
This past Tuesday, Wagner came to Hamden to take on the Bobcats. Quinnipiac University came out fired up after the loss to St. Johns and scored five unanswered goals in the opening period. Wagner scored one goal in the second period shortening Quinnipiac’s lead to four, but then the Bobcats went on a tear scoring four more goals before the end on the half, taking a 9-1 lead into the locker room. The Bobcats continued to dominate the game in the second half outscoring the Seahawks 4-1 the rest of the way.
Many Bobcats starred in the 13-2 crushing over Wagner College. A slew of Bobcats had four points in the contest. They were: Jon D’Ascoli (2g,2a), Chris Griffin (2g,2a), Todd Kaiser (4g), Anthony Poerio (4a) and Mike Stottler (3g,1a). Freshman Bill Hayes scored his first goal of his Quinnipiac career in the game. Also, Roger Fish had 8 saves in the contest.
On Saturday March 24, the Bobcats begin their Great Western Lacrosse League schedule when they take on Denver at 1pm. Fans can listen to the game on www.wqaq.com the sports stream.