Men’s lacrosse clinch share of NEC title
Behind a career-high game from Basil Kostaras, the Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team defeated Wagner College and won a share of the Northeast Conference regular season Championship.
Kostaras scored a career-high five goals, leading the Bobcats (6-6, 4-1 NEC) to the 16-10 victory.
Christian Haggerty, Kevin Kelly and Jake Emms all added two goals a piece while Jack Oppenheimer contributed four assists and a goal.
Quinnipiac was able to secure the share of the championship when Mount St. Mary’s, undefeated in NEC play, was defeated in double overtime by Bryant University.
Due to the head-to-head tie breaker, in which Mount St. Mary’s won 16-10 on April 16, the Mount will play as the No. 1 seed in the tournament while the Bobcats will be host at No. 2 and face Robert Morris on Friday at 4 p.m.
The Seahawks (0-12, 0-6) were highlighted by sophomore attacker Cody Isdaner, who put in four goals to go along with two assists.
Freshman attacker Sam Morrissey added two goals and an assist.
Quinnipiac jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after shutting out the Seahawks in the first quarter behind goals from six different players.
The Bobcats had similar results in the second half, when they went on a 6-1 run to start the half and take a 16-5 lead.
At the 9:45 mark in the third quarter, Oppenheimer acheived a milestone.
He got an assist on Kelly’s goal, making him the ninth player in school history to hit the 100-point mark.
The senior will have at least one more game to add to his total of 101 career points in the NEC playoffs.
Wagner attempted to mount a comeback with five straight goals before time ran out on the Seahawks and their season.
Senior Kevin Benzing had saved eight shots in net and only allowed five goals in 52:05 between the pipes.
His counterpart, Nicholas Gabaldi, stopped 16 shots on the day but also allowed 16 goals.
The Bobcats outshot Wagner 48-22 in the game while also taking 38 ground balls compared to 25 for the Seahawks.