U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Quinnipiac men's lacrosse team won its fourth straight game on Thursday afternoon, picking up a big non-conference road win at Air Force, 12-10, at Falcon Field in U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
Three quarters couldn't separate the two teams, as a strong fourth quarter by the visiting Bobcats proved to be the difference. Quinnipiac outscored the Falcons 3-1 in the final frame, now sporting its longest winning streak since the 2010 season.
Michael Sagl (West Islip, N.Y.) paced Quinnipiac offensively, grabbing six points in the win. He tallied his first hat trick of the season while assisting on three others as well. With the three helpers, Sagl bumped his total to 29 this year which matches Joe Baglio's (2001) program record for the most in a single season at Quinnipiac. It was his 11th career game with at least five points, and he extended his point streak to 45 straight games.
Three others had three points in the game – Brian Feldman (Canandaigua, N.Y.), Connor Meth (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Pat Corcoran (Stamford, Conn.). Feldman extended his point streak to 10 games with three goals; Meth had two goals and an assist and Corcoran finished with a goal and two assists.
Nate Nibbelink (Hampstead, Md.) had a multipoint game with a goal and an assist, while Steve Bryant (Millersville, Md.) and Ryan Keenan (Oshawa, Ontario) each had a goal. Bryant scored for the second straight game and Keenan extended his point streak to 11 straight games.
Both attacks came out swinging in this one, each team scoring four goals in the first quarter and three more in the second. In the opening stanza, Quinnipiac went up 3-2 after goals from Meth, Sagl and Feldman, but surrendered back-to-back goals by the home team. Keenan leveled the score before the quarter's final whistle, leaving a 4-4 tie score after the first 15 minutes.
Quinnipiac led for the majority of the second quarter after Feldman and Corcoran went back-to-back for a 6-4 advantage. However, Air Force's Chris Walsch splashed the back of the cage three times in the final eight minutes, which included the hat trick marker with just 13 seconds left in the half. Sagl mixed in his second goal of the game during that spell, and the two teams went into the locker room all square at 7-7.
After the break, the teams exchanged a pair of goals in the third quarter before Quinnipiac pulled away in the fourth. Sagl and Meth scored in the third quarter, followed by markers from Nibbelink, Bryant and Feldman in the fourth. Bryant's goal served as the game-winner.
Defensively, Bobcat goalie Jack Brust (Baltimore, Md.) finished with seven saves in his fifth career win. He added six ground balls too.
Quinnipiac forced 12 Falcon turnovers – one off its season high. Carmen French (Lutherville, Md.) and Adam Bellamy (St. Catharines, Ontario) each had two apiece while eight others had one. The Bobcats also controlled a 39-30 advantage in ground balls – Ryan Corcoran (Stamford, Conn.) leading the way with five. Feldman and Keenan each finished with four.
Will Vitelli (Milford, Conn.) led Quinnipiac on the faceoff, going 11-for-19 in the win. The Bobcats claimed a 14-12 advantage for the category.
Quinnipiac is back in action next weekend at the 2015 MAAC Championships. Quinnipiac punched its ticket last week, clinching the second seed of the four-team tournament. The Bobcats will play on Thursday, April 30 at the high seed, Marist College. Time and opponent will be decided this Saturday.
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