Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse start season with a win

Brittney Bronleben

The Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team started off their season with a win against UMass Lowell. The Bobcats defeated the RiverHawks 21-12.

The first goal of the game was scored at 11:44 in the first quarter. The goal was scored off a pass from first-year Justin Robert and scored by Junior attack Dylan Donnery. Later in the quarter, Garret Murphy scored the first goal for UMass Lowell at the four-minute mark. He got his opportunity off a rebound from a save made by Quinnipiac’s goalie Nick DiMucci. The score at the end of the first quarter was 5-2 in favor of Quinnipiac.

The second quarter started just as strong for the Bobcats. John Delucia scored the first goal of the quarter within the first five minutes. Quinnipiac went on a 5-0 run with all goals being scored within two minutes. Right before the end of the half, with 28 seconds left, Jake Davis was able to give the River Hawks another goal. The first half ended with Quinnipiac leading 14-4.

The third quarter started with a Quinnipiac shot clock violation, then moved quickly for the offense, as they won the ball back and scored. First-year, Ryan Downing scored the goal off of a steal. In the last seven minutes, UMass Lowell was able to score four more goals. The quarter ended with a score of 18-8 with Quinnipiac still in the lead.

The fourth quarter started with a goal from sophomore Khairi Sears for UMass Lowell. The River Hawks kept fighting throughout the quarter and the Bobcats kept fighting back. UMass scored a goal with one minute left in the game, but it was too late as the Bobcats won 21-12.

The leading scorers for the Bobcats were Justin Robbert, Steven Germain and Trey Gehen who had four goals. The leading scorer for the River Hawks was Garrett Murphy with three goals. Nick DiMuccio had nine saves in net for the Bobcats. Quinnipiac had 44 shots on goal and UMass had 29. The Bobcats also won 23 of the 36 faceoffs. The River Hawks had nine extra-man opportunities 

“It just starts with energy and effort,” said Quinnipiac’s head coach Mason Poli. ”We have a lot of depth and competition on this roster and the boy’s brought it in practice this week and had a lot of confidence.”

With a strong start to the season, the Bobcats will look to continue with their strong gameplay.

The Bobcat’s next game is Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m. where they will take on the Brown University Bears.