April 11, 2009
Hamden, CT - Senior Dan Casciano and junior Timmy Katz each scored three goals and senior Bobby Karl added five assists to lead Sacred Heart to a 12-9 victory over Quinnipiac in men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon.
An evenly played first half ended in a 4-4 tie. The Bobcats struck first as Mike Gast scored unassisted at the 9:22 mark. Sacred Heart countered with consecutive goals less than a minute apart by Evan Morgan and Dennis Gannon. Casciano and Karl each picked up assists
Jack Oppenheimer tied the game with 2:39 left in the period, wrapping around the right post before shooting low on Zack Frank while being pushed to the ground by two defenders. The Pioneers ended the scoring in the period when Casciano scored off a Morgan assist with 47 seconds left.
Kerr tied the game at 3-3 with a goal assisted by Kelly with 8:42 left in the second quarter. After Morgan scored at the 5:23 mark off a Karl assist, Gary Messina again tied the game, this time at 4-4, with an unassisted goal with 4:27 left in the half.
Sacred Heart outscored the Bobcats, 5-2, in the third quarter, including three straight goals to open the half. The Bobcats never led again. Katz put the Pioneers on top, 5-4, just over a minute into the third quarter, scoring off a Bobby Rushton assist. The lead swelled to three following goals by Casciano and Gannon with 7:44 and 4:22 remaining in the third quarter, respectively. After DeAlmeida cut the deficit to two off a feed from Ted Dimond with 3:16 remaining, Katz responded 15 seconds later off a Morgan assist.
The teams again traded goals within a short span prior to the end of the third quarter. After Aaron Lupo scored off a Karl assist with 54 seconds left in the period, Ben Mullaney won the ensuing face-off, streaked up field and found Oppenheimer, who got it past Frank with 46 seconds remaining.
The Pioneers opened the fourth-quarter scoring just over three minutes into the period as Jon Flood scored off a Morgan assist to push the lead to 10-6. Quinnipiac cut the deficit in half with just under 10 minutes left in regulation. A pair of long poles connected for the Bobcats as Pat Elliott scored off a Bailey Tuthill assist with 10:46 left. Todd Kaiser then fed Kevin Kelly with 9:49 remaining, cutting the Pioneer lead to 10-8.
But Katz stopped the bleeding with an unassisted goal with 6:14 remaining. Casciano tacked on another goal off Karl's fifth assist of the day with just under four minutes left. Oppenheimer closed the scoring with a man-up goal off a Gast assist with 57 seconds left.
The Pioneers return to CAA action next Saturday, April 18th when they host Drexel on Senior Night. Opening face-off under the lights at Campus Field is set for 7:00 pm.