Bobcats Do Not Have Same Luck as Gators
By TJ Buzzeo
April 5, 2007
HAMDEN — No one can question the dominance that the University of Florida has had over Ohio State the past couple of months.
Go back to December 23, 2006 when the Men’s basketball teams met for the first time this year. Florida crushed the Buckeyes 86-60. Then on January 8, Ohio State was heavily favored over the Gators in the BCS National Championship, but Chris Leak and company came out attacking and demolished Heisman winner Troy Smith and the rest of the Ohio State football team 41-14. The most recent meeting between these two power house schools came last Monday the men’s basketball teams met again, this time in the national championship. Joakim Noah and company shut the mouths of any critics that they had with a decisive win 84-75 over freshmen sensations Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr.
Against popular belief all was not bad for Ohio State’s athletic program because luckily for their men’s lacrosse team they did not have to play the Gators on Saturday March 31. They played GWLL rival Qinnipiac.
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early two goal lead in just about the first five minutes of the game and stayed firmly in control of the lead throughout the afternoon.
Jon D’Ascoli scored the first Quinnipiac goal of the game which cut the lead to one. Unfortunately for the Bobcats after D’Ascoli scored the next five goals of the game went in favor of the Buckeyes giving them a 7-1 lead. Ohio State looked to take their six goal advantage into the half, when Mike Stottler scored his lone goal of the game which gave the Bobcats a fighting chance down by five at the half.
The second half started out very similar to the first, but instead of two goals the Buckeyes scored three to start the second half. Chris Griffin and Tucker Prudden of Quinnipiac University tried to keep their slim hopes alive scoring a goal apiece to end the third quarter down by six.
Quinnipiac’s Gary Messina did all of the Bobcat scoring with two goals in the fourth and final quarter. However, Messina was outscored by the Buckeye’s 4-2 in the quarter and the Bobcats lost 14-6.
The loss drops the Bobcats record to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the GWLL. They resume action on Saturday April 7 when they play another GWLL opponent Air Force. You can hear the game on the Bobcats Sports Network on WQAQ by clicking on the link on our “Game Broadcast Schedule” Page. Game time is scheduled for 10am, with the pregame show starting at 9:45am.