STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Basil Kostaras (Southlake, Texas) scored a career-high five goals as the Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team defeated Wagner, 16-10, Saturday afternoon at Wagner College Stadium. The win, paired with a Mount St. Mary's double-overtime loss to Bryant, gives the Bobcats (6-6, 4-1 NEC) a share of the 2011 NEC Regular Season Championship, along with the Mountaineers (7-6, 4-1 NEC). By virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker, Mount St. Mary's will take the No. 1 seed and play host to next weekend's NEC Tournament. The Mountaineers will once again take on Bryant, the No. 4 seed, while the Bobcats will face third-seeded Robert Morris, Friday at 4 p.m.
Jack Oppenheimer (Conshohocken, Pa.) became the ninth player in Quinnipiac history to top 100 points, tallying a goal and four assist to push his career total to 101. Kevin Kelly (Redding, Conn.) and Christian Haggerty (West Nyack, N.Y.) added two goals and an assist each, while Jake Emms (Victoria, British Columbia) also contributed two goals. Billy Alessi (Branford, Conn.) and Matt Minor (South Hadley, Mass.) each had a goal and an assist, while Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Bobby Schnibbe (Duxbury, Mass.) also added one goal each. Adam Dahlgard (Bethany, Conn.) and Brendan Wilbur (Hingham, Mass.) also added assists.
Cody Isdaner led Wagner with four goals and two assists, while Sam Morrissey and Mike Hurley added two goals and an assist each. Brian Faughnan and John Hojnoski scored once each, while James Cuzzupe, Will Macumber and Colin O'Rourke added assists.
Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) took the win in net for the Bobcats, making eight saves while allowing just five goals in 52:05. Nicholas Gabaldi made 16 saves while allowing 16 goals for the Seahawks.
Quinnipiac scored the game's first six goals and never trailed. The lead swelled to as many as 11 goals, 16-5, on Gast's goal off a Dahlgard assist with 11:09 left in regulation. Wagner scored the game's final five goals to account for the final 16-10 margin.
The Bobcats outshot the Seahawks, 48-22, and took 38 ground balls to Wagner's 25.