Marist vs. Quinnipiac
March 12, 2008
The Game Story:
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Sean Endicott (Malden, Mass.) scored three goals as the Quinnipiac men’s lacrosse team improved to 5-0 with a 10-7 victory, Wednesday night at Marist. Garret Kerr (Inglewood, Ontario) added two goals and an assist while Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) and Gary Messina (West Islip, N.Y.) each scored once and added an assist. Wednesday’s game was played in honor of Joe Capalbo, Sr., the father of Bobcat senior Joe Capalbo, Jr., and Marist sophomore Tim Capalbo. Capalbo, Sr. passed away from lymphoma this past September.

A.J. Alessi (Branford, Conn.), Mitch Cooper (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Jake Oppenheimer (Conoshocken, Pa.) all scored one goal while Jake Glebocki (Wilbraham, Mass.) registered an assist.

Marist was led by freshman Corey Zindel, who scored three goals and added three assists. Matt Teichmann added two goals and Pat VanHall had a goal and an assist. Paul Santavicca also had one goal.

Quinnipiac goalie Kevin Benzing (Severna Park, Md.) made seven saves to improve to 5-0 on the season. Marist’s Ryan Penner (0-3) made 11 saves in defeat.

Quinnipiac struck first on the man advantage as Messina found Alessi wide open in front of the net. Alessi faked a shot to the right on Penner before shooting left past the helpless net-minder.

The Red Foxes evened the score at the 9:11 mark as Zindel evaded a pair of Bobcat defenders behind the net before wrapping around the left post and putting it past Benzing.

Endicott put the Bobcats back on top, 2-1, at the 13:35 mark of the first. The senior was able to get past the defense at the right post and deposited it past Penner.

Teichmann’s goal at the 1:36 mark of the second again knotted the game. Teichmann evaded the defense before putting a series of moves on Benzing. The Bobcat goalie didn’t have a chance as Teichmann easily put it in from close range.

Oppenheimer gave the lead back to the Bobcats at the 9:23 mark of the second. The freshman opportunistically was waiting at the left post as Anthony Poerio’s (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) shot clanged off the pipe. Oppenheimer picked it up and put it into the open nylon.

Zindel again tied the game for Marist at the 10:58 mark of the second, shooting from the right as flags flew on a delayed penalty. The Red Foxes then took their first lead of the game at the 12:21 mark as Zindel fed VanHall on the left side. VanHall’s low shot slid past Benzing to give Marist the 4-3 advantage.

With just 26 seconds left in the half, Cooper slipped past the defense on the right side and one-hopped a shot past Penner to tie the game for the fourth time. The game remained tied heading into the locker room.

Endicott struck for his second goal of the game at the 1:45 mark of the third, spinning past his defender on the left side, creating a one-on-one opportunity with Penner. A series of fakes helped Endicott easily put it past the Marist goalie. But just 34 seconds later, the Red Fox wearing No. 34, Santavicca responded, tying the game for the fifth time at the 2:19 mark. Zindel took his second assist of the game on the goal.

Zindel gave the Red Foxes the lead, 6-5, at the 4:42 mark. Penner started the Marist break, feeding VanHall who streaked up field and found Zindel at the right post. Zindel had only the net in front of him as he scored his third goal of the night.

True to form, the Bobcats tied the game on Todd Kaiser’s marker at the 5:06 mark. Kerr slipped a pass in to Kaiser at the right post and Kaiser did the rest for the sixth tie of the game. Kaiser returned the favor at the 6:20 mark, finding Kerr ahead of the pack as the Bobcats retook the lead, 7-6. The marker proved to be the game-winning goal.

Just under four minutes later, Endicott scored his third goal of the game to account for the first multiple-goal lead for either team. Endicott spun past his defender at the left post and beat Penner.

Teichmann scored his second goal of the game four minutes into the fourth off a feed from Zindel to cut the deficit in half, 8-7. The assist gave Zindel his sixth point of the game. Zindel had a golden opportunity to tie the game with just inside of eight minutes remaining, but his shot clanged off the right post.

Messina gave the Bobcats a two-goal advantage at the 10:24 mark of the fourth, taking Benzing’s lead pass from deep in the Quinnipiac defensive zone, streaking the length of the field and unleashing a shot from the right side past Penner.

Kerr put the game on ice with a goal with just one minute remaining in regulation. Glebocki knocked a loose ground ball up field, where Kerr picked it up and had a one-on-one opportunity against Penner. Kerr went to the top-right corner to put it past the Marist goalie.

Quinnipiac returns to action Saturday, when they play host to intrastate rival Hartford. The game is set to begin at 1 p.m.