FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team led 11-9 after three quarters Saturday night against Quinnipiac at Campus Field, but a late Bobcats run tied the game 12-12 and forced overtime. Quinnipiac won the game 13-12 in triple overtime as Michael Sagl scored the game-winning goal.
Junior attack Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) scored a career-high five goals and added a pair of assists. Matt King (Brewster, N.Y.) and Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.) each had five points on the night. King had four goals and an assist while Gannon, the reigning Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week, had a goal and a game-high four assists. Stephen Kontos (Danvers, Mass.) won 23 of the 29 faceoffs in the game with a career-high 15 ground balls.
Quinnipiac (5-6, 2-1 NEC) opened the scoring at the 6:59 mark as a Jake Emms goal put the Bobcats up 1-0. Marquis tied the game 34 seconds later for Sacred Heart (2-9, 2-1 NEC). The Bobcats then scored two goals in the last 2:30 of the first quarter to take a 3-1 lead. Matt Diehl put Quinnipiac ahead 4-1 with a man-up goal with 5:50 to play in the second quarter. Kontos then won the ensuing faceoff and fed Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ontario) for his 22nd goal of the season, making the score 4-2. The Bobcats led 5-3 when goals by Alex Dodge (Smithtown, N.Y.) and King in the final 31 seconds of the half got the Pioneers within one, 5-4, at halftime.
Goals by Chris Messina and Dylan Webster put Quinnipiac ahead 7-5 to start the third quarter. Sacred Heart then went on a four-goal run in a span of 2:26 to take its first lead of the game, 9-7. Marquis scored three of the goals with King adding the fourth. Gannon assisted on each of the last three goals. The two teams traded goals to end the third quarter, as goals by Marquis and King kept the Pioneers lead at two, 11-9, heading into the fourth quarter. There were 11 goals scored in the third quarter with Sacred Heart outscoring Quinnipiac 7-4.
Quinnipiac tied the game early in the fourth quarter. Goals by Brendan Wilbur and Basil Kostaras made the score 11-11 with 11:05 to play in regulation. Sacred Heart had a chance to pull away in the fourth quarter as the Pioneers were man-up for three straight minutes with 9:10 remaining. Gannon scored with 8:51 to play to make the score 12-11, but that would be the only Sacred Heart marker for the three-minute extra man opportunity. Sagl tied the game 12-12 with a goal with 5:36 left in the fourth quarter. The Bobcats had two chances to win the game in the final minute, but a Wilbur shot was stopped by Pioneers goalie Jon Flood (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and a Sagl shot went wide of goal and the two teams went to overtime.
King had two chances to seal the win for Sacred Heart in the first overtime, but had a shot saved and a shot go off the post. Wilbur had a shot saved by Flood in the final 30 seconds of the first overtime and the two sides readied for a second overtime period. In that overtime, the Pioneers had a chance to win the game with an extra-man opportunity in the final 31 seconds as Quinnipiac was penalized 30 seconds for offside. Mawdsley had a shot right in front of the goal go wide with seven seconds left, necessitating a third overtime.
Quinnipiac won the faceoff to start the third overtime. Pat Corcoran had a shot blocked, leading Flood to scoop up the groundball and start the Pioneers clear. Sacred Heart, however, turned the ball over. On their next possession, the Bobcats scored as Sagl dodged to the net and put in the gamewinner for Quinnipiac.
Each team had 49 shots in the game, with Sacred Heart holding a 40-26 advantage in ground balls. Flood made 16 saves for the Pioneers as Quinnipiac goalie Gill Conners had 18 saves. Quinnipiac was 5-for-9 with the extra-man while Sacred Heart was just 2-for-8.
The Pioneers return to Campus Field on Saturday, April 20 for a 1 p.m. game against Robert Morris on Senior Day.