Quinnipiac vs. Denver
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team staged another exciting fourth quarter comeback in front of an energetic home crowd on Saturday afternoon against the University of Denver in the Great Western Lacrosse League opener for both teams. Unfortunately, the Bobcats came up one goal short in a 10-9 loss to the Pioneers.

Quinnipiac is now 3-3, 0-1 in GWLL action. Denver moved to 4-4, 1-0.

Two of Quinnipiac's three losses this season have come by a mere goal.

The Pioneers struck first only 18 seconds into the game, but Quinnipiac quickly settled down. Todd Kaiser (Summit, N.J.) found the back of the net with 12:24 remaining in the opening quarter. Jon D'Ascoli (Katonah, N.Y.) followed with another score just 32 seconds later to put the Bobcats in front.

Denver answered with a run of its own, scoring the next four goals of the contest. The last, from Jon Paulson, came only eight seconds into the second period and gave the Pioneers a 5-2 lead.

Tucker Prudden (Andover, Mass.) responded with a goal 2:22 later to trim the Denver lead to two goals. Denver scored the next marker, nearly eight minutes later, to restore its three-goal lead.

However, the Bobcats scored the next two goals, those coming only nine seconds apart. Both came from Mike Stottler (Wantagh, N.Y.) and were assisted by Kaiser.

The Pioneers added a tally in the closing minute of the half to carry a 7-5 lead into the break. The visitors then followed with the first goal of the third quarter to push its advantage back up to three goals at 8-5.

Alex Marotto (South Windsor, Conn.) got the Bobcats back within two goals before Denver scored the next two to create its largest lead of the game at 10-6.

Quinnipiac's comeback began in the final minute of the third quarter when Stottler connected with only 21 seconds left in the frame.

The Bobcats then cashed in on a Denver penalty at the start of the fourth period. Mike Gast (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored only 23 seconds into the quarter off a feed from Stottler. Then, just one second after the unreleasable infraction concluded, Stottler found Gast again to cut the deficit to 10-9.

Quinnipiac had opportunities to tie the game late, thanks in part to strong defense and goaltending from Roger Fish (Worthington, Ohio). The Bobcats goalie matched a career-high with 14 saves in the contest. Leading the defensive charge was Mike Hennessey (Glastonbury, Conn.), who scooped up a game-high eight groundballs.

The Bobcats return to action next Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. when they travel to Ohio State in another GWLL contest.