Heart Breaking Loss for Bobcats in GWLL Season Opener
By TJ Buzzeo
March 29, 2007
HAMDEN — The Men’s Lacrosse team was on a rocky mountain high after a 13-2 blowout against the Wagner Seahawks on March 20, when the Pioneers from the University of Denver came all the way to Hamden to play their Great Western Lacrosse League rivals.
The Pioneers started the season a dismal 4-4 entering the game against the 3-2 Bobcats and showed that they were much better than their record shows when they came out and scored the opening goal of the contest in the first 18 seconds of the game.
Quinnipiac did not stay down very long when Todd Kaiser tied the game up with 12:24 left in the first quarter. Jon D’Ascoli put the Bobcats in the lead just 32 seconds later. Denver did not allow Quinnipiac to hold onto their lead scoring three goals before the end of the first quarter, giving them a slight two goal lead, 4-2.
The second quarter opened similar to the way the first had ended, with a Denver goal.However, Tucker Prudden struck back with a goal, to bring the margin back to two goals. Then, Denver extended the lead back to three, when the Bobcats leading scorer Mike Stottler took matters into his own hands and scored the next two goals of the game. Denver tacked on one more before the half ended and took a two goal lead into the half.
The Pioneers came out swinging in the third quarter extending their lead to 8-5. Then Alex Marotto got the Bobcats back within two when he scored. However, Denver did not back down and scored another two goals in the quarter forcing their lead to four.
Down 10-6, the Bobcat comeback again was spearheaded by Stottler when he scored his third goal of the game, giving him the hat trick. The hat trick was his fourth this season. With the Bobcats down three goals at the start of the fourth quarter Stottler connected with Mike Gast twice to making the score 10-9.
The Bobcats were unable to get the tying goal, but did prove that they can play with Denver and can not be taken lightly. Goaltender Roger Fish matched his career high in saves with 14 and Mike Hennessy lead the game with eight ground balls. The Bobcats stay in GWLL play when they travel to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday March 31.