PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) had three goals and three assists as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team defeated Providence, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The Bobcats (2-2) held the Friars (2-1) scoreless in the second half while scoring six goals of their own.
Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) and Jake Emms (Victoria, British Columbia) added two goals and an assist each for the Bobcats, while Dylan Webster (Brampton, Ontario) also had two goals. Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) had an assist to extend his point streak to all 18 games in the blue and gold. Jay Binkowski (Bethany, Conn.) and Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) added assists for the Bobcats. Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) stopped 10-of-13 shots on goal in securing the victory in net.
Evan Helda, Andrew Barton and Pete Wujciak accounted for the three Providence goals, with goalie Christian Dzwilewski being credited for the only PC assist. Dzwilewski made nine saves in defeat for the Friars.
The Bobcats opened the scoring at the 6:06 mark of the first quarter when Kelly shot quickly off a Kostaras feed from 15 yards out to beat Dzwilewski. Providence answered just over a minute later when a Dzwilewski save started the Friars' break. Barton streaked downfield and scored unassisted from 10 yards out from the right post.
On the man-up, Quinnipiac grabbed a 2-1 lead when Emms connected off an Oppenheimer feed. Emms released a shot from 10 yards out just prior to being knocked to the ground. The lead swelled to 3-1 at the 6:39 mark of the second quarter on a transition goal by Kelly. Binkowski fed Kelly in front of the net, before the senior went around the back to beat Dzwilewski.
Providence tied the game at 3-3 with two goals in the final six minutes of the half. Dzwilewski's full-field pass found Wujciak to the right of the goal. Benzing contested the pass, leaving the goal open for the Wujciak score at the 5:44 mark. Helda evened the score with an unassisted goal from 15 yards directly in front of the net at the 1:25 mark.
Kelly opened the second-half scoring at the 12:53 mark of the third quarter, getting past his defender before bouncing a shot past Dzwilewski from point-blank range. The goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Bobcats' defense held the Friars without a goal in the second half.
Webster added a goal at the 11:32 mark off a Haggerty feed. Haggerty's pass from behind the net found Webster at the right post for the score from close range.
Kelly then assisted on three straight goals to start the fourth quarter. He found Emms at the 12:44 mark, before feeding Kostaras on consecutive markers at the 9:46 and 8:38 marks. Emms' goal came from the left post off a Kelly pass from behind the net. Kostaras' first goal came from 15 yards out from the right post after Kelly found him from the goal line on the opposite side of the field. Kelly then found a cutting Kostaras from behind the net for a goal from the doorstep.
Webster scored the Bobcats' final goal of the day, evading the Friars' defense before depositing a shot into the empty net, as Dzwilewski had left the crease to double team another Bobcat.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday, March 19, when they travel play host to intrastate foe Hartford. Opening face-off from the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.