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2015 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Schedule Preview

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The 2015 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse schedule has been announced.  Please note all starting times are subject to change.  There are many new names on the 2015 schedule in part due to the collapse of the ECAC Lacrosse League and the Stags entry into the Colonial Athletic Association.  Highlights on the schedule are the opening of Rafferty Stadium on February 14th against Holy Cross, a matchup against Coach Copelan’s alma mater Bucknell, first year program UMass Lowell and start of the CAA conference schedule against Drexel on March 28th.  Six home games are on the 14 game schedule and a five game road “trip” at the start of the season.  The season will end with a three game home stand. Here are my quick comments on each game:

Scrimmages-Both will be at home.  Saturday January 31st against Binghamton at 1 PM and Brown comes to Fairfield on Saturday February 7th at 1 PM.

The season opener at Rafferty Stadium will be against Holy Cross on Saturday, February 14th at 1 PM.  The Crusaders were 3-12 last season playing in the very competitive Patriot League.  Holy Cross played the Stags tough last year with Fairfield winning by an 11-9 score. Coach Judd Lattimore is a North Carolina grad and had previously coached at Penn and Michigan. He is entering his second season as the head coach at Holy Cross.

First game on the five game road “trip” will be on Tuesday February 17th at 3 PM when Fairfield takes on the Providence Friars.  Providence plays in the Big East Lacrosse League.  The Friars had a 4-11 season in 2014 and upset the Stags by a 14-11 score last year.  Sophomore Attack transfer Andy Corboy will return to Providence. Can he score against his former teammates?  Coach Chris Gabrielle, a UMass grad, is in his second season coaching the Friars.  This game will be the home opener for Providence.

The Stags next travel to Manhattan College on Saturday February 21st at 1 PM.  The Jaspers play in the MAAC Lacrosse League and had a 5-10 record in the 2014 season.  This will be Manhattan third game of the season and their home opener.  Fairfield beat Manhattan by an 18-4 margin in 2014.  In his third season of coaching Manhattan, Coach Steve Manitta has brought in 9 freshmen to bolster his roster.

Fairfield next travels to Stony Brook on Saturday February 28th at Noon.  Two years ago, the game at Stony Brook was cancelled due to the Long Island Expressway being under 2 feet of snow.  Always tough at home, the Sea Wolves come off a 6-10 season.  Coach Jim Nagel is in his third season at Stony Brook. The Sea Wolves play in the America East Lacrosse League.  Last year, the Stags beat Stony Brook by a 15-13 score.  Stags jumped out to a big first half lead with Stony Brook storming back in the second half.  The Stags will play the Sea Wolves after their game against defending national champions Duke.  Stony Brook will be battle tested after playing the Blue Devils.

The next road game is just up I95 in New Haven against intra state rival Yale.  Fairfield will take on the Ivy League Bulldogs on Saturday March 7th at 1 PM.  The Stags had never beaten Yale until last year.  The Bulldogs fell to the Stags by an 11-10 OT score.  That game was played on a beautiful Saturday before a large crowd at Alumni Field.  Both teams played a great game with returning Senior Colin McLinden getting one his great assists on the winning goal.  Stags have the fourth game of a five game home stand for Yale. The Bulldogs will play Big East St. John’s before the Fairfield game. Coach Andy Shay will have his Bulldogs pumped up for this game.

Coach Andy Copelan brings his Stags team back to his alma mater Bucknell on Tuesday March 10th for a 2 PM (tentative) game.  Bucknell plays in the very strong Patriot League.  Coach Frank Fedorjaka’s team had a 7-8 record in 2014.  Inside Lacrosse ranked the Bisons’ freshman class as the 13th best recruiting class.   Bucknell will take on Lehigh before matching up against Fairfield in a Patriot League contest.  The Bucknell game will end the Stags five game road “trip”.

Fairfield comes home to Rafferty Stadium on Saturday March 14th at 1 PM.  Stags will take on another Patriot League foe in the Colgate Red Raiders.  Coach Mike Murphy enters his third season as the head coach of the Red Raiders and guided Colgate to a 9-7 record in 2014.  The Red Raiders have a very strong lacrosse history and should be a formidable opponent for the Stags.

Playing in its first Division 1 season, UMass Lowell will entertain the Stags at their home venue on Tuesday March 17th at 4 PM. They will be playing in the America East Lacrosse League. Coach Ed Stephenson’s, former UMBC assistant head coach, squad consists mostly of freshman and sophomores.  First year teams get up for the name teams on their schedule to help make a name for their new program. Look at Richmond beating Virginia in 2014 and the tough game Michigan played the Stags in 2012.

Fairfield returns home on Saturday March 21st to take on Big East opponent Villanova.  The Stags women’s lacrosse team will play early in the afternoon and the men’s team game is currently scheduled for 5:30 PM.  Rafferty Stadium will be formally dedicated before the game and the Rafferty Family will be honored for their contribution to making the Stadium happen.  Villanova is coached by the 2013 Big East Coach of the year, Michael Corrado who is in his 9th season.  Mark your calendars to be Rafferty Stadium for its dedication.

The second part of the season starts on Saturday, March 28th.  All the rest of the games in the 2015 season will be Colonial Athletic Conference games. Top four teams make the CAA Tournament with the winner getting the automatic bid to the NCAA.  The lacrosse media community all agrees that Fairfield will have a dramatic effect on the conference.  Lacrosse Magazine has picked Hofstra as the pre season favorite with UMass as the conference “dark horse.”  LM named three players to watch:  Greg Cuccinello, a senior midfielder at Townson, Nick Mariano, sophomore attack at UMass and Colin McLinden, senior attack at Fairfield.  LM has noted in the CAA, the Early Showdown game will be Fairfield versus Drexel.  LM states the winner of this game will help “determine the possible pecking order at the top of the league.”

The Stags game at Drexel on Saturday March 28th at 4 PM will open the CAA conference schedule for both teams. Last season Drexel had a 13-5 overall record and a 4-1 conference mark.  They entered the CAA Tournament as the second seed but beat Hofstra in the finals in triple overtime.  Drexel won its first game in the NCAA Tournament by beating Penn 16-11 but lost its quarterfinal game against Denver by a 15-6 score. Coach Bill Voeller, who has been the head coach since 2009, led the Dragons to a 9 game winning streak before the loss to Denver.  Drexel’s 62% faceoff man Nick Saputo along with Cole Shafer who scored 35 goals last season return for the Dragons. Drexel had five players on the All CAA First Team in 2014. What a game to start the Stags entry into the CAA!!!

Fairfield then plays UMass on Saturday, April 4th at 1 PM in Amherst, Mass.  Greg Canella’s team will be lead by sophomore Nick Mariano. Mariano, who played for the Westchester County, NY powerhouse Yorktown, scored 29 goals and had 10 assists for 39 points in 2014.  The Minutemen’s 2014 season ended with a 7-6 overall record. UMass played to a 1-4 conference mark.  Last season, the Stags in one of their top defensive efforts of the season beat UMass by an 11-5 score.  UMass will be ready to take on the Stags on their home field and want to take down the conference newcomers.

Last three games of the season all will be played at Rafferty Stadium.  It will be nice to have a long home stand at the end of the season. Towson will be the first CAA opponent to play on the Fairfield campus for the 2015 season.  The game will be played on Saturday, April 11th at 2:00 PM. In 2013, Towson won the CAA.  Shawn Nadler, a Hopkins grad who is in his fourth season at Towson, brings in a squad that had an 8-7 overall record and a 6-3 conference mark last season.  As noted previously, Lacrosse Magazine has on their watch list Greg Cuccinello. He is a 20 goal scorer last season along with Joe Seider who also found the back of the net 20 times in 2014.  Towson will be a tough out.

Next to come to Fairfield on Saturday, April 18th at 1 PM will be the Delaware Blue Hens. Delaware again will open the 2015 collegiate lacrosse season with a game at on the road at High Point on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st.  Last season, the Stags opened their 2014 campaign against Delaware and came home with an 18-8 victory. Coach Bob Shillinglaw who is in his 36th season at Delaware led the team to a 7-9 overall record and a 1-4 conference mark in 2014.  Midfielders Brian Kormondy who had 30 points and Steve DeLargy with 24 points in 2014 will be the leaders of the Blue Hens in 2015.

Hofstra visit Fairfield on Saturday, April 25th at 1 PM to conclude the 2015 regular season.  Will this game be for the conference regular season title and how will it affect the seedlings for the CAA Conference Championship? Led by Seth Tierney (he is Bill Tierney’s nephew-you all know how much I like Bill-NOT!) he is in his 8th season at the helm for The Pride.  Hofstra won the CAA regular season title in 2014 and had an 11-5 overall record.  The Pride was a bubble team in 2014 but was not chosen for the NCAA Tournament. Returning is first team All-CAA Attack Sam Llinaras.  Llinaras had 53 points for The Pride in 2014 as a sophomore and led the CAA with 2.13 assists per game.  Defenseman Finn Sullivan who had a strong sophomore season also returns to The Pride. What a great game to finish the 2015 regular season at home.

Hope this gives you a quick preview of the Stags 2015 lacrosse season.  The first game against Holy Cross at Rafferty Stadium is less than 90 days away!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and friends next Thursday!!  Best Regards- Roger Yergeau ‘73

Fairfield Lacrosse 2014 Season Recap

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- My apologies for taking so long to do the 2014 season recap. Wanted to spend some time reflecting on the season and plus a lot of lacrosse officiating and family time. The Fairfield Stags ended the year having achieved a 12-4 season record. During the 2014 season, the 12 wins are the most wins in the program’s history for the second time. In 2012, the Stags won also 12 games. It was also the second time the Fairfield lacrosse program had a seven game winning streak also achieved in the 2012 season. The team beat two teams ranked in the Top Ten in the National polls in the 2014 season. Stags were Nationally ranked much of the season. The final weekly polls had Fairfield ranked #18 in the USILA Coaches Poll and #20 in the Warrior Media Poll. Stags were ranked as high as #11 in the Country. Fairfield played in the Finals of the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament for the third time in the last four years. It was great season for the team and a great job of coaching by Andy Copelan and his staff. Every season has its highs and lows. The 2014 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Team achieved many highs and only a handful of lows.
The “spring” 2014 season started at the University of Delaware in February. The Blue Hens are part of the Colonial Athletic Conference and now will be on the Stags schedule in 2015 and future seasons. Fairfield got the season off to a fast start winning the game 18-8. Both Senior Eric Warden and Junior Tristan Sperry lead the Stags with five goals. Warden also had one assist and Sperry had two assists. Junior Colin McLinden switching to attack this season had two goals and one assist. Freshman Jake Knostman has two goals in his first collegiate game. Senior Jack Murphy had 8 saves for the day. Opening the season at home against Manhattan College, the Stags continued their offensive fireworks winning 18-4. Murphy lead the defense with 10 saves. Offensively, Warden had three goals, Sperry scored two goals and three assists. Junior Drew Federico contributed two goals. From the FOGO spot, Junior Louis DiGiacomo went 6 of 12 from the X and Freshman Jake Kaiser won four of six draws. Stags traveled to Long Island to take on another future CAA Conference school, Hofstra. Hofstra beat the Stags by a 9-7 score. Warden, Federico and Freshman David Fleming all had two goals in the game while Murphy made 8 saves.
Providence College played the Stags at Alumni Field in the first game for the month of March. The Friars upset the Stags by a 14-11 score. Sophomore TJ Neubauer had three goals and one assist while Sperry had two goals and two assists. Warden, Knostman and Fleming had two goals in the game. At the face off circle, DiGiacomo won seven of eight face offs he took. In the first real spring like lacrosse weather day of the season, #10 Yale came to Fairfield. Before a large crowd, Fairfield beat Yale for the first time in the program’s history. It was an exciting game with final score being 11- 10 in OT. McLinden had a career day getting six assists and scored one goal. Neubauer and Warden both scored three goals. Warden got the game winner in OT with an assist from McLinden. Knostman had two goals and Murphy had nine saves in the win. Stony Brook came to Fairfield for a game that was one of two halves. Stags jumped out to a 10-2 lead but two late second quarter goals gave the Seawolves the momentum needed for the second half. Fairfield won the game 15-13. Stags were paced offensively by Neubaurer who had a career day with five goals and one assist. Fleming got three goals and one assist. McLinden had two goals and two assists and Federico hit the back of the net twice. Murphy had 15 saves in this game. UMass came to town nationally ranked #10 with a high flying offense. The Stags defense shut down UMass allowing only five goals. Fairfield won the game by an 11-5 margin. This game started to turn heads in the lacrosse world that the Stags were a force. McLinden paced the offense with three goals and one assist while Warden connected on three goals. Sperry scored two goals while Murphy had 10 saves on the day. Fairfield next journeyed to Massachusetts to play Holy Cross. The Crusaders played the Stags tough but Fairfield prevailed 11-9. Warden had three goals while Sperry had two goals and one assist. McLinden had one goal and two assists. Fairfield opened the ECAC Lacrosse League schedule with a road game against Bellarmine . It was a cold rainy day in Kentucky but the Stags came home with an impressive 9-3 win. The Stags defense completely shut down Bellarmine’s offense only allowing three goals. Senior Michael Roe had a great game at the face off circle winning 9 of 12 draws. Sperry had 2 goals and one assist, Ward scored two goals and McLinden scored one goal and two assists.
The month of April starts with the Stags coming off the road, to take on Bucknell, Coach Andy Copelan’s alma mater. Final score was 10-6. The Stags defense shut down the Bison’s offense. Murphy had 11 saves and McLinden had one goal and three assists. Roe took 5 of 9 face offs and DiGiacomo had 6 wins out of 10 draws. Fairfield played in the Big House in Ann Arbor taking on Michigan’s lacrosse team after the spring football game. Stags jumped out to an 8-4 halftime lead but scored only one goal in the second half. The final score was 9-8. McLinden scored two goals and had three assists before being injured in the third period. Both Fleming and Federico had two goals to help cement the win. Fairfield next traveled to Colorado Springs, CO to take on the Air Force Academy Falcons. Stags came into the game with a seven game win streak but Air Force had won four straight and it was Senior Day at the Academy. Ever have one of those days where everything seems to go wrong? That’s what happened to the Fairfield lacrosse team. Stags lost the game 16-8 and Federico for the season. Fleming had three goals and an assist while classmate Knostman scored two goals and had one assist. Another bright spot was that Roe won 11 of 20 face offs. Fairfield had a quick turn around and played intra state rival Quinnipiac in Hamden, CT. Fairfield and Quinnipiac played a tight game until the Stags pulled away in the game’s late stages to win 15-10. Neubuaer had a career day scoring six goals and one assist in addition to getting several ground balls and caused turnovers. Roe won 10 of 19 face offs. The final regular season game was an ECAC League game was against Ohio State. Game was on Lessing Field, plus it was Senior Day, ground breaking of Rafferty Stadium, and installing Ted Spencer into the Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime. Winner of the game gets the #1 seed in the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament. Stags and Buckeyes played a low scoring defensive battle. Fairfield prevailed winning the game by a 7-5 score. Neubauer had two goals for the game while McLinden scored one goal and had two assists. Roe was 9 of 14 from the face off circle. Murphy and the Stags defense were outstanding. Murphy recorded 11 saves for the game.
May is ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament time with Ohio State hosting the Tournament. Stags had the #1 seed to begin play. Fairfield played the # 4 seed Michigan in the first of game of the Tournament. Only three goals were scored in the first half. Fairfield got a comfortable lead at the third quarter and finished with seven goals in the fourth quarter to end the game by a 12-5 score. McLinden had a career high of four goals for the day. Scoring two goals were Warden, Neubauer and Sperry. Roe won 13 of 20 face offs. Murphy had 15 saves for the game including 8 saves in the second quarter. In the ECAC Finals, Fairfield faced Air Force. The game was tied at halftime; Air Force got a three goal lead by the end of third period. Stags tried to force OT being down be a goal but Warden’s hard shot with 9 seconds remaining in the game is kicked out the Air Force goalkeeper. Season ends with the Stags being denied a NCAA bid by one goal.
The team scored 181 goals this season after taking 491 shots. Fairfield averaged 11.31 goals per game with a shooting percentage of .369. The shooting percentage was one of the highest shot percentages in the country. Opponents scored 135 goals with 557 shots being taken. The opposition’s season scoring average was 8.44. Shot percentage was .242. Stags averaged 30.7 shots per game while the opposition had a 34.8 shot percentage. Fairfield had 91 assisted goals and 90 unassisted goals. The opponents had 68 assists this season with 67 goals being unassisted. Fairfield’s man up unit scored 16 goals off of 45 attempts for a .356 conversion rate. The opponents combined for 12 extra man goals after 41 chances for a .293 conversion rate. The Stags FOGOs combined for 177 wins after taking 372 draws for a .476 winning percentage. The opponents had 195 face off wins on the 372 draws with a win percentage of .524.
The Stags scooped up 459 ground balls versus 436 ground balls by the opponents. Fairfield had 199 turnovers in the season while the opposition had 216. Stags’ defense created 110 caused turnovers. Opponents had 104 caused turnovers. Fairfield had 258 successful clears while taking 293 clears for a .881 clear percentage. The opponent completed 222 clears after taking 248 chances for a .895 clear percentage. The Stags has 42 penalties on the season being penalized for 35 minutes. The opposition was called for 46 penalties for 40 minutes of penalty time.
The Stags best scoring period in 2014 was the fourth quarter with 54 goals. Fairfield’s next best period was the second quarter with 47 goals being scored. The opening stanza had the Stags netting 40 goals and 39 goals in the third quarter. Fairfield was in only one OT game this past season and that one big goal accounted for the win over Yale. The Fairfield opponents scored 36 goals in the third quarter and 35 in the second quarter. Opposition attacks netted 33 goals in the first quarter and 31 goals in the fourth quarter. Stags’ attack fired off 147 shots in the fourth quarter and 127 in the second quarter. The third period had Fairfield taking 112 shots and 104 shots in the first quarter. Only needed one shot in the OT period played. Fairfield’s opponents took 155 shots in the fourth quarter and 143 shots in the first period. The second quarter has the opposition taking 134 shots and 123 shots in the third quarter. Two shots were taken in the OT game by Yale.
In 2013, Fairfield had only two players who scored 20 or more goals. This season, the Stags had five players tally over 20 goals and two players who hit the back of the net over 30 times. Leading the Stags in total scoring points was Junior Colin McLinden. He had 22 goals and 29 assists. I would expect next season Colin will the career leader in assists for a Fairfield player. His 2014 scoring totals are even more remarkable as he did not play the Hofstra game under doctor’s orders due to an injury in the Manhattan game. Colin broke his thumb in the Michigan game and played the balance of the season with a cast. Every catch and throw was painful to Colin after the Michigan game. Junior Tristan Sperry ended the season with 45 points. He tallied 24 goals and 21 assists. Sophomore TJ Neubauer and Senior Eric Warden tied for the most goals scored in the 2014 season with 33. TJ added five assists for a 38 point total for the season and Eric had three assist for a 35 point season. I also believe, Eric accounted for seven game winning goals including the OT goal over Yale. Not bad for a “tough Philly kid” (Andy’s description to me of Eric in 2013) who played the end of the season with a sore shoulder left over from a 2013 hit. Freshmen David Fleming and Jake Knostman had great seasons. David was named the Rookie of the Year in the ECAC. He scored 23 goals and seven assists in the 2014 season. Jake’s shots found the back of the net 15 times in his freshman season along with seven assists. David scored a goal in every game in 2014 for the Stags except for the ECAC Final against Air Force. In twelve games, Junior Drew Federico scored 12 goals and had three assists. Drew did not play the final four games of the 2014 season due to broken collarbone suffered in the Air Force game. Drew was really hitting his stride and scoring goals in midseason before the injury. Look for Drew to be a leading goal scorer in the 2015 season. Sophomore Conor Dalton finished the season with 10 points, seven goals and three assists. Senior Alex Cramer concluded his Stags career with four goals and three assists. Sophomore Mikey Gulasey worked on the man up unit and totaled three goals and two assists for five points. Junior Nick Guida and Freshman Nico Panepinto had four points on the season. Nico had four assists in the spring campaign and Nick finished with two goals and two assists. Nick had a tough season with hamstring injuries limiting his play. He came back at the end of the season when other Stags were injured. Junior D Middie Bryan Barry had one goal and two assists for the season and fellow D Middie Senior Shawn Honovich added one goal this season. Both Bryan and Shawn got their goals in a big spot, Bryan in the ECAC Finals game against Air Force and Shawn in the ECAC Semi-Final game against Michigan. Senior Michael Roe got his one goal after a face off win in the ECAC Final game against Air Force.
Senior Jack Murphy had a great senior season. He was The ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year and his save percentage was amongst the best in the country. He started all 16 games and played over 941 minutes. Jack faced 542 shots this season!! He allowed 131 goals for an 8.35 goals against average. Jack had 156 saves in the season and his save percentage was .544. Freshman Tyler Behring had four relief appearances for Jack. Tyler played 20 plus minutes and allowed four goals for an 11.58 goals against average. Tyler had three saves for a .541 save percentage and he faced 15 shots.
FOGOs are an important factor to a team’s success. In Senior Michael Roe’s stellar season in 2012, Fairfield had 12 wins. Last season, Michael was injured most of the season and the Stags had 8 wins. This season, the team of Michael and Junior Louis DiGiacomo improved as the season went along. Not surprisingly, their high level of play as the season progressed helped the seven game winning streak and the 12 win season. Michael won 121 draws out of 246 chances for a .492 winning percentage. Louis (Louie as the crowd says) won 52 of 120 draws for .433 winning percentage. Freshman Jake Kaiser who played in the Manhattan game won four of six face offs for a .667 winning percentage. College lacrosse is trending towards using two FOGOs to keep them fresh and the different styles prevent one team’s FOGO from becoming dominate in a game.
I need to add a section to this post season’s wrap-up. Ground balls win games not matter what level you are playing (Yes I stole that line from Tom Neubauer but it is a lax truism). One stat that does not get a lot of play but in my mind is important is the caused turnover. Three Stags had 14 caused turnovers in the 2014 season. Displaying his athleticism at goalkeeper, Jack Murphy had 14 caused turnovers. Senior Long Pole Defender Toby Armour also had 14 caused turnovers. Sophomore Conor Barr from his D Middie spot with his long pole and playing wing on face offs also had 14 caused turnovers. Senior Long Pole Defender Greg Perraut had 13 caused turnovers. Neubauer who plays both offensive and defense at midfield and spends time on the wing for face offs was credited with 12 caused turnovers. Junior Long Pole Defender Max Buchanan had 9 caused turnovers for the year. Freshman Jay Walsh who played Long Pole D Middie had seven caused turnovers while Honovich had six caused turnovers from his D Middie position. Both McLinden and Sperry from their attack positions had three caused turnovers along with Federico from the midfield. Senior Connor Manniatty, Senior Pete DeSalvo Barry, and Knotsman had two caused turnovers. Warden, Fleming, Senior Geordie Carrick and Freshman Andrew Eidenshink all had one caused turnover. There is a long list of players with ground balls. Roe, as FOGO, lead the team with 61 gbs. Murphy from his goalkeeper spot had 46 gbs. Neubauer on midfield scooped up 45 gbs. Barr had 29 gbs for the season. Both Buchanan and Fleming found 24 gbs. Several players got to 23 gbs. in the 2014 season including McLinden, Barry, DiGiacomo, and Perraut. Armour got to 18 gbs, Federico with 17 gbs while Walsh and Knostman collected 16 gbs. Sperry scooped up 13 gbs and Warden got to 12 gbs. Both Dalton and Cramer were credited with 5 gbs and Carrick had four gbs. DeSalvo had three gbs while Kaiser had two gbs. With one gb for the season were Junior Cameron Parker, Sophomore Kip McMahon, Freshmen Logan Williamson, Christopher Giogio and Panepinto.
Achieving post season honors from the ECAC Lacrosse League were ten Stags. Jack Murphy was the ECAC Goal Keeper of the Year. David Fleming was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year. Named to the All-ECAC First Team on Attack were Colin McLinden and Tristan Sperry. TJ Neubauer was named to The All ECAC First Team Midfield. Eric Warden was named to the All ECAC Second Team for Midfielders and Toby Armour was placed on the All ECAC Second Team for Defense. Named to the ECAC All Rookie Team was David Fleming on attack, Jake Neubauer for midfield and Jay Walsh for defense.
The ECAC Lacrosse League named a Championship All Tournament Teams. Four Fairfield players were named to the Championship All Tournament Team. Michael Roe was named for his face off work along with Colin McLinden, Tristan Sperry and Toby Armour.
Two Fairfield players were selected to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) to the Senior Scholar Academic All Region Team. Senior Co-Captain Greg Perraut was selected for his defensive work. He is an accounting and finance major. Michael Roe was also selected and is a math major. He was one of the ECAC Lacrosse League’s top face off men. To be named to the NEILA Senior Scholar Team you must be a graduating senior who excelled in the classroom and on the playing field. The student-athlete must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and be nominated for conference or regional recognition.
As the 2014 season ends, we need to say farewell to 10 Seniors who will be graduating. This Senior Class won 40 games in their Fairfield career. I have to believe this is the most of any Senior Class in the Stags Lacrosse Program. Senior Co-Captain Greg Perraut started all 63 games played in his Fairfield career. Greg leaves with a record of the most starts by a player in the Fairfield Lacrosse Program. Senior Co-Captain Jack Murphy transferred to Fairfield from Mass Maritime and walked onto the Stags program. Jack won the starting job in goal in his junior year and started in goal for his final two seasons. He leaves Fairfield as the ECAC Lacrosse League Goalkeeper of the Year. Senior Co-Captain Toby Armour transferred from Johns Hopkins in fall of 2012. Toby started in Defense every game in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Fairfield Defensive combination of Perraut, Armour and Murphy were keys to the Stags success in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Eric Warden leaves Fairfield with 69 goals in his four year career at midfield. The McLinden to Warden connection in 2014 will be hard to duplicate in the 2015 season. D Middie Shawn Honovich ends the Honovich era at Fairfield. Shawn’s older brother Billy played four seasons at Fairfield. Stags will miss the Honovich connection at midfield after eight seasons and Shawn’s speed on the field. Georgie Carrick played at LSM for the Stags and contributed strong minutes the last two seasons for the Stags. Alex Cramer played attack for the Stags. He had a calming influence on attack for the past four years and produced key goals for Fairfield. Gary Davies who came to Fairfield from Upstate New York played valuable minutes on Defense especially in his first two years at Fairfield. Pete DeSalvo played D Middie in his four seasons. The last two seasons, Pete played many minutes for the Stags defense and was a force on the field. Connor Maniatty walked onto the Stags team in his freshman year. As Coach Copelan commented at the Senior Dinner, walking onto a Division 1 program is very hard to do. Connor played key minutes for the Stags on the wing for face offs and at D Middie in his Senior Year. Michael Roe transferred from Drexel in the fall of 2011. His impact at the FOGO spot was immediate in the 2012 Spring Campaign. He had a stellar sophomore season and was amongst the national leaders in face off win percentage in the 2012 season. Injuries slowed his junior season and the start of his senior season. He ended his Fairfield career in very strong form from mid to late season in 2014. He won Specialist of the Week for the ECAC Lacrosse League several times this season and was named to the ECAC Championship All Tournament Team. He leaves Fairfield on the all time list as second in face off wins with 417, face off attempts at 771 and winning percentage at .541. Thank you to all the 2014 Seniors for your tremendous contributions to the Fairfield Lacrosse Program. This Senior Class leaves the Fairfield Lacrosse Program in great shape and at a higher level than when they entered Fairfield in the fall of 2010.
It seems like it takes forever for the season to start with Fall Ball, the holiday season, and the month of January. But once the season starts, it flies bye. However, the season ends too suddenly. The Fairfield Lacrosse program is in the great hands of Coach Andy Copelan. Every year under his guidance, the program is getting stronger and reaching new heights. This season started with an unexpected turn before the first game and the 2-2 start. The team responded to the challenges of the season under Andy’s tutelage. There is one last door to be kicked in the 2015 season. Yes, I am already looking forward to the 2015 season!! Rafferty Stadium and the new league, Colonial Athletic Conference, and a new set of opponents. The 2015 freshman class is “loaded” per Coach Copelan. The offensive firepower that returns in the 2015 is both impressive and exciting. The two biggest challenges for the 2015 season will be the rebuilding of the defensive unit and playing in a new conference, the CAA.
Hope everyone has a great and safe summer. I trust you enjoyed the pre and post game reports. Any comments, pros or cons plus suggestions are greatly appreciated. I will post updates to the program as they occur in the next few months. Looking forward to Fall Ball in September!! Roger Yergeau ‘73

Air Force 9 Fairfield 8 ECAC Finals May 3, 2014 Post Game Report

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The #14/#15 Fairfield Lacrosse Stags were upset by the Falcons of Air Force in the Finals of the ECAC Lacrosse League game played at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus, Ohio by a 9-8 score. A furious three goal rally in the fourth quarter was not enough to overtake the Falcons. A great hard shot by Senior Eric Warden was stopped by the Air Force goalkeeper with nine seconds left in the game to prevent the game going into OT. Warden ended his Fairfield career with two goals on the afternoon. The Stags offensively were paced by Juniors Tristan Sperry and Colin McLinden who both recorded two goals and one assist. Senior Goalkeeper Jack Murphy was credited with seven saves and three ground balls in his final game in cage for the Stags.
The game is ready to start for the Finals of the ECAC Lacrosse League with the NCAA Automatic Qualifier bid on the line. Murphy is goal for Fairfield and Brent Dadiego will be in goal for the first half as Air Force uses a two goal keeper system. Senior Michael Roe will take the first face off of the game against Erik Smith. Erik Smith wins the draw and gets to the ground ball. He sets up the Falcons offense. Air Force takes it time and probes the Stags defense. Falcons’ Keith Dreyer catches a feeding pass from Erik Smith and scores the first goal of the game at 13:50 of the period. Air Force leads 1-0 on the assisted goal. Roe and Erik Smith take the face off. Roe wins the draw and his wing Junior Bryan Barry gets the ground ball. No Air Force defender slides to stop Barry who immediately goes the cage. His low bouncer shot beats Dadiego! Barry’s unassisted goal is his first of the season. Barry’s goal ties the game at 1-1 with 13:41 in the quarter. Roe and Erik Smith take the face off. Erik Smith wins the draw and he gets the ground ball. Falcons now go on a long possession and firing lots of shots. Falcons move the ball and Smith’s shot is wide at 13:16. Next Falcons McKee’s shot goes over the cage. Air Force’s offense resets and McKee fires a hard shot high at 12:49 remaining in the period. Falcons keep the ball. AF’s Kyle Cassady shot is saved by Murphy but the Falcons get to the rebound. Erik Smith takes a shot the goes wide at 11:47. In the next minute, Falcons’ Erik Smith takes three wide shots. Air Force retains the ball with 10:44 left in the first quarter Falcons settle the offense and reset. Now McKee shot at 9:41 is wide followed very quickly a shot by Christopher Allen goes wide. McKee takes another shot that goes wide at 9:25. Stags win the race to the end line and get the ball. Stags first clear of the game is at 9:16. Fairfield’s offense set up but suffers a turnover at 8:36. Air Force clears the ball. Falcon’s offense tries working the Stags defense for almost two minutes. During this time, the officials throw a penalty flag. Free play for Air Force and Mike Crampton scores unassisted. Air Force now leads 2-1 with 6:42 remaining in the first quarter. Senior Shawn Honovich is called for a one minute slashing penalty.  Man down face off.  Junior Louis DiGiacomo comes out to the face off circle against Erik Smith. Erik Smith wins the draw and Falcons’ Kyle O’Brien gets the ground ball.  Air Force’s man up unit is matched up against the Stags man down unit.  Falcons’ Kyle Cassidy feeds Keith Dreyer who scores man up.  Falcons lead 3-1 at 5:52 on the assisted goal.  DiGiacomo now meets Bryan Price at the face off circle.  Price wins the face off and he gets the ground ball.  Air Force moves the ball around.  Dreyer scores unassisted at 4:39 left in the period.  Air Force extends its lead to 4-1.  Coach Copelan calls a time out to stop the momentum and calm down the team. Game restarts. Roe comes back out to the face off circle against Erik Smith.  Roe plunges and racks.  He runs down the field with the ball in the back off his stick. He shoots the ball and it is in the back of the net!  Incredible shot! This is Roe’s first goal of the 2014 season scored at 4:32. The goal cuts the Air Force lead to 4-2.  Roe comes back to the face off circle to take on Erik Smith. Roe wins the face off and ground ball. Stags start the offense.  At 2:22, Junior Tristan Sperry takes a wide shot.  Falcons’ Marcus Walker gets the ground ball and moves down field. In chase, Sperry gets calls for a 30 second push from behind at 2:13.  Falcons’ man up unit works the ball. McKee takes a shot that Murphy saves. Stags clear and work the ball around the cage.  With 45 seconds left on the first period clock, Sophomore Conor Dalton fires a shot that goes wide.  Stags back up and keep the ball. With 5 seconds left Fairfield has a turnover.  Falcons pick up the ground ball. Horn signs and the first period ends with Air Force leading 4-2.

Roe and Erik Smith start the second quarter at the face off circle.  Roe wins the face off and the ground ball. He starts the Stags offense.  Junior Colin McLinden has the ball and he spots Senior Eric Warden. Warden buries his shot at 14:13.  Air Force’s lead is now 4-3 on the assisted goal.  Roe now faces off against Price. Roe gets the win and the ground ball.  Stags offense settles the ball and takes its time. Sophomore TJ Neubauer takes a shot at 13:04 that is blocked.  Air Force clear is good and the Falcons’ offense sets up.  After taking over a minute off the clock, Dreyer’s shot at 11:40 is blocked.  Stags have a successful clear.  On a bad pass, Neubaurer gets a ground ball at 10:15. Stags offense goes into high gear with Junior Tristan Sperry taking a shot that goes wide.  Next Freshman David Fleming’s shot at 9:22 goes wide.  Stags retain the ball and Fleming’s next shot is saved by Dadiego.   Fairfield gets the rebound but has a turnover with 8:53 left in the period.  Air Force has a good clear and Erik Smith’s shot at 8:29 goes to the back of the net.  Air Force now leads 5-3 on the assisted goal.   Price takes the face off against Roe.  Roe takes the face off and his wing Sophomore Conor Barr gets to the ground ball.  Stags offense works the perimeter of the Air Force defense.  Sperry passes to McLinden. McLinden’s shot is in the Air Force goal. Fairfield cuts the lead to 5-4 on the assisted goal with 6:59 left in the first half.  Smith now returns to the face off circle to take on Roe.  Officials call a violation on Roe. Falcons’ ball.  Air Force takes it time setting up on offense and trying to find an opening in the Stags defense.  Smith takes a shot at 5:13 quickly followed up by Christopher Allen’s shot at 5:15 that Murphy saves.  Stags clear the ball and sets up its offense.  After working the ball around the Air Force defense, Senior Alex Cramer takes a shot that Dadiego saves. He starts the clear. The Falcons get the ball into the box and call time out with 4:05 left in the second period.  Falcons’ restart. After about minute on attack, Dreyer takes a shot that goes wide. Falcons have a turnover with 2:20 left in the first half.  Fairfield’s clear is successful. With little over a minute to go in the half, Neubuarer’s shot at 1:15 is blocked. McLinden gets the rebound ground ball.  Sperry takes the ball behind the cage and he scores unassisted.  The game is tied at 5-5 with 57 seconds left in the first half. Price faces off against Roe.  Price wins the draw and gets to the ground ball.  Price fires a quick shot that Murphy saves with 49 seconds left in the half.  Air Force gets the rebound and with 11 seconds left in the period, Smith fires a wide shot.  Stags clear is not successful.  Falcon’s Cassady gets the ground ball as the period ends. Fairfield and Air Force share the lead at 5-5 at halftime.

Third period is about to begin and Air Force makes the expected change at goalkeeper.  Doug Gouchoe is now between the pipes for the Falcons.  Erik Smith comes to the X to battle Roe for the face off.  Erik Smith takes the face off and gets to the ground ball. Falcons’ offense sets up and Crampton takes a shot goes wide at 14:14.  Falcons retain the ball.  Air Force’s Allen shot at 13:32 finds the back of the net.  Falcons now lead 6-5 on the unassisted goal.   Now Price takes the face off for Air Force against Roe.  Roe wins this face off and Fleming on the wing gets to the ground ball.  Stags work their offensive set.  A shot by McLinden at 11:40 is blocked but he gets to the ground ball.  Stags reset the offense. Warden takes a shot that Gouchoe saves.  He gets to the rebound ground ball and starts the clear at the 11:00 mark of the period.  Air Force’s Crampton takes shot that goes wide.  Falcons keep the ball and Austin Smith takes a shot at 9:17 that hits twine.  Air Force now leads 7-5 on the unassisted goal.   Erik Smith comes out to take the face off against Roe. Roe wins the draw and gets the ground ball.  Stags have a turnover at 8:34 and Falcons clear the zone.  Air Force takes their time.  Erik Smith shot at 7:33 goes wide.  Falcons’ backup and Allen gets his second goal of the game at 6:57.  The unassisted goal pushes the Air Force lead to 8-5.  Price is at the face off circle ready to take on Roe.  Price takes the draw and gets the ground ball.  Eric Smith’s shot at 6:01 goes wide.  Falcons keep the ball but have a turnover. Murphy gets the resulting ground ball and he starts the clear.  Fleming takes a shot that Gouche saves.  The teams race to the end line on the rebound. Falcons are awarded the ball.  Fleming flicks the ball away and the officials call a delay of game penalty on Fleming.  He sits for a 30 seconds on the penalty and Air Force gets the ball at midfield.  Air Force’s man up unit starts the offensive set at 4:52.  Erik Smith’s EMO shot at 4:23 is wide.  Stags kill the penalty but Air Force still has the ball.  McKee’s shot hits the post!  Stags get the ball back and start their clear.  Fleming takes a quick shot at 3:14 that Gouchoe saves.  Fleming gets the rebound ground ball.  Stags offense looks for the good shot but have a turnover at 2:47. Falcons clear and are in no rush to take a shot.  It is not until 48 seconds left in the period that the Falcons’ McKee takes a shot that is blocked.  Air Force has a turnover on the ground ball.  Fairfield clears into the offensive zone.  Warden takes a shot with 9 seconds showing on the clock that Gouche saves. He starts the clear.  Period ends with Air Force in the lead by an 8-5 score.

Fourth quarter is ready to start. Can the Stags mount a comeback?  Coach Andy Copelan tells his team they need to score the first goal. Then momentum will be on their side.  Roe takes on Erik Smith at the face off circle. Roe wins the face off and the ground ball. Stags go on the attack and are shooting. First Sperry takes a shot at 14:18 that goes wide.  McLinden gets the rebound ground ball and passes it to Neubauer.  Neubauer shot also goes wide. Stags back up and retain possession.  Neubauer has a shot blocked at the 13:49 mark.  Stags keep the ball but quickly Air Force’s Matt Puleo gets a caused turnover.  Gouchoe gets to the ground ball.  He starts the clear with 13:17 remaining in the game.  Air Force’s Marcus Walker takes a fast shot that Murphy saves.  He starts the clear but it fails.  Air Force’s Crampton takes a shot with 12:34 showing on the clock.  Murphy makes the save. Neubauer grabs the rebound and he starts the clear.  Stags clear is successful.  Warden finds a seam and takes a shot but Gouchoe makes a save with 11:55 left in the game.  Freshman Jake Knostman gets the ground ball and immediately takes a shot.  Gouchoe gets the save but gives up the rebound.   Warden gets the rebound ground ball.  Knostman has another shot with 11:20 left in the game that is blocked.  Fairfield keeps the ball and flag is thrown by the officials.  With 10:46 remaining Air Force’s Puleo gets one minute for the slash. Stags man up unit comes on the field.  The EMO team works the ball around quickly. Warden finds a seam and scores unassisted at 10:23. Fairfield cut the Air Force lead to 8-6. Price and Roe take the face off. Roe wins the face off and his wing Barr gets to the ground ball.  Fairfield is unable to get the ball into the box so the ball goes to Air Force.  Air Force’s clear is good and their offense sets up.  Falcons are taking their time in their offensive set with a two goal lead they are in no rush. Dreyer takes a shot at 8:39 that goes wide.  Falcons back up and on the restart, McKee passes to Dreyer. Dreyer scores on the assist with 8:31 remaining in the game to push the lead back to three goals. Score is now 9-6.  Roe again faces off against Price.  Roe takes the draw and gets the ground ball.  Stags offense sets up, looking for the seam.  Official call a push with possession on Air Force’s Carr to give the Stags a 30 second man up chance.  Stags man up team comes back on the field. They work the defensive box and Air Force kills the penalty.  Fairfield continues on offense.  Sperry has the ball on the side of the cage.  He makes a “sick” move on his defender and fires a shot that seemingly has no chance past the Falcon’s net minder.  Sperry’s unassisted goal at 7:08 remaining cuts the Air Force lead to 9-7.  Air Force now sends out Erik Smith to take the face off against Roe.  Officials call a violation on Roe giving the ball to Air Force.  Again the Falcons offense sets up with no urgency to go to the goal.  Falcons Erik Smith takes a shot at 6:21 that goes wide.  Stags clear into the offensive box when Coach Copelan calls a time out with 6:11 left in the game.  He sets up his offense and rallies his team.   Fairfield comes out on the restart with shooting the ball on their minds. First Sperry takes a shot that goes wide.  Then McLinden follows up with a wide shot.  Stags retain the ball.  Sperry again takes a shot that goes wide.  McLinden tracks down the wide shot and immediately goes to the cage.  He is pushed into the crease and he shoots the ball into the net. Flags are down. Officials rule goal is good and the push technical foul gets waived off.  The unassisted goal at 5:25 makes it a 9-8 game.  Erik Smith and Roe continue their battle at the X.  Smith wins the face off and his wing Kyle O’Brien gets the ground ball. Stags’ Barr gets a quick caused turnover but McKee wins the ground ball.  Air Force calls time out with 5:01 remaining in the game.  Falcons restart with their offense taking time off the clock.  After working the offensive set for almost 90 seconds, Kyle Cassady takes a shot that goes wide.   Falcons keep the ball and then Crampton’s shot is saved by Murphy.   Air Force gets the rebound and Cassady takes a shot that goes wide.  With 3 minutes left in the game, Falcons have a turnover.  Stags effort to clear is unsuccessful and the Falcons get the ball into the offensive zone.  Air Force calls it second time out of the half with 2:29 showing on the game clock.  Falcons restart but have a turnover at 1:44.  Fairfield moves into the offensive box.  Cramer takes shot that Gouchoe saves and he gets the ground ball with 1:12 left in the game.  Air Force clears and after a quick shot that goes wide, Coach Copelan uses his second time out.  Stags defense comes out aggressively on defense, doubling the ball. Murphy is roaming the field as a seventh defender. Neubauer gets a caused turnover with 54 seconds left in the game.  Stags offense looks for the one last chance to tie the game.  Warden fires a great shot with 9 seconds left in the game bottom left corner but Gouchoe gets his foot on the ball and makes the save.  Ball flies all over the box but the horn sounds ending the game. Falcons win the game 9-8. Air Force takes the ECAC Lacrosse League Championship for the first time and is the league’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. This will be Air Force’s first time in the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

Air Force took 41 shots versus 34 shots for Fairfield.  Murphy had seven saves and the Air Force goalkeepers combine for 11 saves with 8 saves coming in the second half.  Stags won the ground ball battle taking 30 gbs and the Falcons scooped up 20 gbs. Both teams had only eight turnovers.  The officials called two violations in the second half against Fairfield and no violations for the Air Force.  Air Force won 10 of 21 face offs and Fairfield had 11 wins of the 21 face offs.  Air Force clears were 13 for 13 versus 12 of 16 for the Stags.  Falcons converted on one of three extra man chances versus Fairfield converting on one of two chances.

Stars of the Game-Juniors Colin McLinden and Tristan Sperry were the offensive leaders for the Stags in the game.  McLinden had two goals, one assist and five ground balls. Sperry scored two goals, one assist and one ground ball.  Senior Eric Warden finished the day with two goals including one man up score and one ground ball.  Senior Michael Roe took 11 of 19 face offs, seven ground balls and scored a goal.

Other Notable Achievements-Junior Bryan Barry scored the Stags first goal of the game off a ground ball from the face off. Barry had in addition one ground ball.  Sophomore TJ Neubuaer had four ground balls and one caused turnover.  Freshman Dave Fleming scooped up three ground balls.  Frosh Jake Knostman got to two ground balls and had one caused turnover.  Sophomore Conor Barr grabbed two ground balls.  Senior Goalkeeper Jack Murphy had seven saves and three ground balls.

Heartbreaker!!!  To come so far and so close.  Team fought back from a deficit and fought to the bitter end.    Everyone contributed.  The defense shut down the ECAC’s Offensive Player of the Year, Murphy was all over the field and made great saves, the faceoff unit won the day and scored two goals, and the offense took great shots including the one with 9 seconds left that the Falcons’ goal keeper made a great save.  Finally but not the least, Coach Andy Copelan and his staff lead the team to an incredible 2014 season and giving this team the tools and heart to keep fighting till the very last second in the Air Force game.  Thank you 2014 Team and Coaches!!!  Roger Yergeau ’73

Fairfield versus Air Force ECAC Final May 3, 2014 Pre Game Report

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse: The #14/#15 Fairfield Lacrosse team plays in the Finals of the ECAC Lacrosse League Championship game against the Air Force Academy. The teams played on April 12th in Colorado Spring, CO with the Falcons prevailing by a 16-8 score. Fairfield comes into the game with an overall record of 12-3 while Air Force compiled a 9-5 record in the 2014 season and post season. The game will be played at the Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Game time is 5 PM EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Channel 2. You can also “watch” the contest on Game Tracker. Here is the link: http://www.cstv.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mlacros.html?event=1322171&school=fo&sport=mlacros&camefrom=&startschool=&
Air Force started the 2014 season playing at home against in state rival, then #4 ranked Denver. The Falcons lost the game by a 14-8 score. Staying at home, Air Force beat first year program Furman by a 15-6 score. Air Force then played its next two games on a neutral field in Denver as part of the Frontier Air Line Classic. First they played Canisius and lost a defensive battle by a 7-6 final. The next day, the Falcons beat Marist by a 17-9 score. Air Force went on the road for the first time in the 2014 season in March. The team went to Lexington, VI to play VMI. The Falcons lost a close game to the Keydets by a 6-4 final. Back at home, the Falcons opened their ECAC Lacrosse League season by beating Bellarmine by a 13-9 final score. Air Force visited Jacksonville, Florida and beat the Dolphins of Jacksonville in a shoot out by a 15-12 final margin. The Falcons next went to Binghamton, NY. They out lasted the by Bearcats by a 10-8 final. Michigan paid a visit to the USAF campus and went back to Ann Arbor on the losing end of a 15-12 score in an ECAC Lacrosse League game. The Falcons beat Mercer in Colorado Springs by a 19-6 score. The Stags next traveled to Air Force and lost 16-8. In an ECAC contest, the Falcons lost to Ohio State by 8-6 score. Staying in the East, Air Force lost Quinnipiac by a 15-10 margin. In an ECAC Lacrosse League Semi Finals against Ohio State, the Falcons took the lead in the second quarter for a 6-5 halftime score. Air Force scored five goals in the third quarter to pull away from the Buckeyes. Air Force’s defense limited Ohio State to two goals in the second half. The final score was 14-7. Air Force’s Mike Crampton, the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, paced the Falcons with five goals against Ohio State. The Falcons second half goaltender, Doug Gouchoe had eight saves.
NOTE: Air Force did not update their team stats after the Ohio State game. All team stats are for the regular season. After thirteen games, the Falcon has averaged 11.85 goals per game and the opponents have also averaged 9.23 goals per game. Falcons have scored 154 goals this year while taking 550 shots for a .280 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 120 goals after taking 394 shots for a .305 shot percentage. The Falcons have scored 90 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 77 goals via an assist. Air Force is credited with 64 unassisted goals and their opponents have 43 unassisted goals. The Falcons man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 16 times out of 37 chances for a .432 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 18 goals out of 50 attempts for a .360 conversion rate. Air Force has scored two man down goals this season.
Air Force scooped up 379 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 373 ground balls. The Falcons have 156 turnovers this season while their opponents have 194 turnovers. The Falcons defense has 87 caused turnovers and their opposition has 75 caused turnovers. Air Force’s face off unit has 156 wins out of 317 chances for a .492 win percentage. The opponents have 161 wins out of the 317 face offs for a .508 face off percentage. On clears, the Falcons have been successful 180 times out of 210 chances for a .857 clear percentage. Their opponents have cleared the ball 175 out of 216 tries for a .810 clear percentage. The Falcons have been flagged 47 times for 41.00 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 39 penalties for 32.00 minutes.
The Falcons have scored 57 goals in the first quarter this season. Air Force’s offense has scored 37 goals in the second quarter. In the third and fourth quarters, the Falcon’s have tallied 30 goals in each session. The opposition has countered with 37 goals in the third quarter and 31 goals in the second quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 27 times in the first quarter and 25 goals in the fourth quarter. Air Force has taken 144 shots in both the first and second quarter in 2014. The Falcons have 138 shots in the fourth stanza and 124 shots in the third quarter. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the third quarter with 113 shots. The opposition has fired off 103 shots in the fourth quarter and 92 in the second quarter. The lowest amount of shots taken by their opponents is 86 shots in the first quarter.
Air Force’s leading scorer is # 12 Mike Crampton. Crampton was named to the Inside Lacrosse All American watch list pre season and was named the ECAC’s Offensive Player of the Year. He has thirty five goals with sixteen assists for fifty one points. Keith Dreyer, #21, ended the season the second leading scorer for the Falcons tallying 13 goals and 22 assists. Tommy McKee, # 10, has scored twenty six goals and eight assists for thirty four points. Kyle Cassady concluded the season with 21 goals and 12 assists Erik Smith has 32 points with 19 goals and 13 assists in the 2014 season. Christopher Allen scored 15 goals with three assists while Austin Smith has nine goals and five assists for 14 points. Marcus Walker in 2014 has been credited with seven points, Michael Curran has four points and both James Burke and Tom Burgess have three points. Ten other Falcons have scored one point in the spring campaign. The Falcons FOGOs are Bryan Price and Smith. Price has won 98 of 198 face offs for a .485 winning percentage. Smith who is not a true FOGO has taken 100 draws. He has won 56 of his face offs for a .560 winning percentage. The Air Force goal keeper position has been shared between two different goal keepers. Doug Gouchoe has started in seven games but has played in all thirteen regular season Falcons games. Brett Dadiego has started in six games and appeared in 11 games. Doug Gouchoe has started seven games and played in all 13 games. Gouchoe played over 502 minutes in goal for the Falcons. He has allowed 83 goals this season for a 9.90 goals against average. Gouchoe has made 72 saves for a .465 save percentage. Dadiego has played over 264 minutes while allowing 37 goals for an 8.40 goals against average. He has made 35 saves for a .486 save percentage. Mitch Rose played one game for almost 9 minutes. He did not allow a goal but did make one save for 1.000 save percentage. Tom Dickey also played one game for 4 plus minutes. He did not allow a goal and was not credited with a save. He faced two shots.
Fairfield is averaging 11.53 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.40 goals per game. The Stags have scored 173 goals in its 15 games out of 457 shots for a .379 shot percentage. The opponents scored 126 goals out of 516 shots for a .244 shot percentage. Eighty nine of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored sixty five assisted goals. Fairfield has 84 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 61 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fifteen times out of 43 man up chances for a .349 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed eleven extra man goals this season out of thirty eight chances for a .289 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 429 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 416 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 191 times and the opponents had 208 turnovers. Fairfield has 107 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 103 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 166 times out of 351 chances for .473 winning percentage. The opposition are 185 of 351 face offs for a .527 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 246 times out of 277 chances for a .888 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 209 times successfully out of 235 chances for a .889 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 39 times in the 15 games for 33.00 minutes and the opponents received 44 penalties for 38.30 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored fifty one times in the fourth quarter and 44 times in the second quarter. The Stags scored thirty nine times in the third quarter. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 38 times in the first period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 34 goals in the second quarter and 33 goals in the third stanza. Thirty goals have been scored in the fourth period and 29 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 133 shots, 117 shots in the second quarter, 106 times in the third quarter and 100 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 147 shots in the fourth quarter, 128 in the first quarter, 126 shots in the second quarter, 113 shots in third quarter and two in the OT period.
Colin McLinden leads the team in scoring with 48 points, 20 goals and 28 assists. TJ Neubauer leads the team in goals with 33 and he has five assists for 38 points. Tristan Sperry is second on the team for points scored. He has 42 points with 22 goals and 20 assists. Eric Warden has 34 points in the 2014 season. Warden has thirty one goals and three assists. Dave Fleming has 23 goals and seven assists for 30 points. Jake Knostman has 15 goals and seven assists. Drew Federico has twelve goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and three assists in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Alex Cramer has four goals and three assists in the 2014 campaign. Nico Panepinto has four points and Nick Guida has two goals and two assists. Bryan Barry has two assists this season. Jack Murphy played 881 plus minutes in the 15 games played. One hundred twenty two goals have been scored against him for an 8.30 goals against average. He has been credited with 149 saves for a .550 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 20 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in four games. Four goals have been scored against him for an 11.58 goals against average and credited with three saves for a .429 save percentage.
The game will decide which team will receive the ECAC Lacrosse League’s Automatic Qualifier bid to the NCAA Tournament. With the highly competive ACC Lacrosse League this season, the At Large Bids will be taken mostly by the ACC schools and possibly Penn State due to the CAA Lacrosse League’s provision to exclude the Nittney Lions from the CAA Tournament. Prevailing sentiment is that the ECAC is only going to receive one bid to the Tournament, the automatic qualifier. The biggest stat that jumps off the page to me is that the Falcons win when they score 10 or more goals and lose when they score less than 10 goals. Their away record was 2-3 and 2-1 on a neutral field (includes the ECAC Semi Final game). The Falcons had a 5-1 home record. The only team to beat Air Force at home this season was Denver. The Fairfield Stags have won 10 of their last eleven games. The only game lost was played at Air Force. Fairfield’s defense has only allowed five goals per game in the last two games. Jack Murphy is the ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year. The Stags’ offensive unit had some injury concerns going into the Air Force game. Fairfield’s attack has gotten healthier in the 11 day rest before the April 26th Ohio State game and the 6 days before the ECAC Tournament. Michael Roe is back to his 2012 playing levels in the second half of the 2014 season. Against Air Force on April 12th he won 11 of 20 face offs and on Thursday night he has 13 of 20 face off wins. Founder Joe Kern ’74 and I have discussed PARITY many times this season and the results of2014 NCAA Division games. Example of PARITY-After the Air Force game, a tired and bruised Stags team beat Quinnipiac in Hamden, CT by a 15-10 score. Air Force played Quinnipiac two weeks later in Hamden, CT and lost 15-10. PARITY??? Air Force is a senior laden team and being a service academy located at 7,000 feet altitude, their team has to be well conditioned squad. This is the first time the Falcons have appeared in the ECAC’s Post Season Tournament. Fairfield has been in the ECAC Tournament the past four years. This will be the Stags third time in the Final game in the last four years. Falcons appear for the first time in the Finals. Does the senior laden squad versus the Tournament experience squad prevail? How will Air Force’s two goalkeeper strategy affect the game? This will be an interesting game with both teams knowing they cannot leave anything left on the field to get the coveted NCAA Bid. I will be officiating a youth game at 5 PM today that because of the large number of both high school games in Westchester County being played this afternoon due to SAT Exams and the youth leagues in full swing. Thanks to Gerard O’Hara alerting me that my Verizon FIOS does in fact have Fox Sports Channel 2 (will have my son Peter program the DVR) and I have both Joe Kern and my daughter Claire ready to text me scores. Hope to be home to see the last quarter of the game. I have a good feeling that the Stags high level of play this season and Tournament experience will result in an ECAC Lacrosse League Championship. GO STAGS!!!! Roger Yergeau ‘73

Fairfield 12 Michigan 5 ECAC Semi Final May 1, 2014 Post Game Report

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The #14/#15 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags beat the Michigan Wolverines in the first Semi Final game of the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament. The Stags took an early lead of 2-1 at halftime and scored 10 goals in the second half to win 12-5. The game was played at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The Stags were lead by Senior Goalkeeper Jack Murphy who had 15 saves in the game including 9 saves in the second quarter and four ground balls and Junior Colin McLinden who scored four goals for the Stags. Senior Michael Roe was a major key to victory in winning 13 of 20 face offs in the game. Fairfield recorded its 12th win of the season matching the program’s record for victories. The Stags will play In the ECAC Lacrosse League Finals against Air Force on Saturday May 3rd at 5 PM. Air Force beat Ohio State by a 14-7 score in the second Semi Final game last night. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Channel 2.
Due time limitations, this game recap will be a condensed version. The game starts with Senior Jack Murphy in goal for the Stags and Robbie Zonino in the cage for the Wolverines. Taking the first face off of the game is Senior Michael Roe for Fairfield and Brad Lott for Michigan. Roe sets the tone of the game winning the first face off of the game and getting the ground ball to set up the Stags offense. Goal keeping ruled the first quarter as neither team was able to score a goal in the period. First quarter ended in a 0-0 tie. Both teams were shooting. Fairfield had eight shots in the first quarter and Michigan had seven shots. Murphy saved three potential goals in the period while the Freshman Zonino stopped five Fairfield shots. The second quarter starts with Roe and Lott taking only the second draw of the game with Roe getting the win and ground ball. Both teams’ offenses are working hard to solve the goalkeepers. In the first five minutes of the second stanza, the Stags took three shots while Wolverines fired off five shots including one shot that hit the post. Murphy got four saves in that flurry of Michigan shots. Fairfield was first on the board when Freshman Jake Knostman scored at 9:39 in the period with an assist from Sophomore Tristan Sperry. Almost 20 minutes before the first goal of the game was scored! Roe wins his third straight face off with Freshman Jay Walsh getting the ground ball playing the wing. Both teams keep shooting and the goalkeepers keep making saves after the first goal of the game. With 3:40 left in the first half, the officials call a push from behind penalty on Junior Max Buchanan. Michigan has a 30 second man up advantage. Wolverines are able to take advantage with Ian King getting an unassisted goal. The game is now tied at 1-1. Michigan’s Lott is able to get his first face off win of the game with his wing Dan Kinek getting the ground ball but Murphy makes a save on a quick Michigan shot. In the next three minutes, Wolverines have two shots with Murphy getting one save and the Stags have three shots that Zonino was able to get saves on all three shots. Knostman has a shot stopped by Zonino with 37 seconds left in the half but Freshman David Fleming gets the rebound ground ball. Coach Copelan uses his second time out of the first half with 32 ticks left on the clock. Stags restart the game. Junior Colin McLinden comes off a screen and finds the top corner of the goal to give the Stags a 2-1 halftime lead with 18 seconds left in the first half. Stags’ offense once again scored a goal late in the period after Coach Copelan sets up the play. First half ends with Fairfield leading 2-1. Murphy has 12 saves in the first half and Zonino has 9 saves in the first half. Both goalkeepers were “standing on their heads.”
Second half starts with Roe getting his third win of the afternoon at the face off circle and Sophomore Conor Barr getting the ground ball from the wing. Michigan’s Jeff Chu gets a 30 second pushing penalty at 14:25 of the third quarter. Stags are not able to get a man up goal but after both teams are even, Sophomore TJ Neubauer dodges his defender and puts a shot five hole that gives the Stags a 3-1 lead with 13:17 on the clock. Lott takes the next face off but Michigan has a failed clear. Sperry and McLinden make the Wolverines pay for the miscue. McLinden wraps around the cage to score with Sperry passing the ball to McLinden. Stags now lead 4-1 at the 10:15 mark of the second quarter. Michigan’s King gets his second goal of the game after a Stags turnover at 9:31 remaining in the quarter to cut the Fairfield lead to 4-2. For the next seven minutes both teams go back and forth. With 2:46 left in the quarter, Murphy gets a caused turnover and he starts the clear. Senior Shawn Honovich uses his speed in transition beating the Michigan defenders and scoring his first goal of the season at 2:42 of the third period. Stags now lead 5-2. Michigan’s Lott gets the face off win but Michigan has a turnover. After a Stags shot is wide and Wolverines clear, Michigan’s Riley Kennedy scores unassisted with 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter to cut the Stags lead to 5-3. Period ends with Stags leading 5-3.
Fourth quarter starts with Roe getting the face off win and the ground ball to start the Stags offense. McLinden gets his hat trick firing a shot into the Michigan just 40 seconds into the last quarter to take a 6-3 lead. Roe is dominating and gets the win at the X and the ground ball. Stags offense is firing and getting ground balls. Senior Eric Warden gets an unassisted goal with 12:59 left in the game to take a 7-3 lead. Roe again takes the face off and the ground ball but the Stags have a turnover. Michigan’s Brendan Gauchan scores unassisted at 11:58 to cut the Fairfield lead to 7-4. Lott wins the face off but Murphy stops a Michigan shot and starts the clear. Sperry finds McLinden who scores his fourth goal of the game to extend the Stags lead to 8-4 with 9:40 left in the game. Roe once again wins the face off and the ground ball to start the Stags offense. Coach Copelan calls a time out to rest his team and set up strategy. The Fairfield offense works the Michigan defense. Warden sets up Freshman David Fleming who fires his high heat past the Michigan goalkeeper at 8:11 for a 9-4 Fairfield lead. The next two minutes the teams go back and forth. With 6:03 left in the game, Knostman gets his second goal of the game to increase the Stags lead to 10-4. Roe wins the face off and gets the ground ball. Both teams have turnovers for the next three minutes when Michigan’s David McCormick is able to break the Stags three goal run with an unassisted goal with 3:53 left in the contest. Fairfield now leads 10-5. Roe gets the win and Senior Conner Maniatty gets the wing ground ball. Michigan’s McCormick is called for 30 second holding penalty at 2:25. Stags man up unit does not convert but when the teams are at even strength, the offense gets a goal from Neubuaer unassisted with 1:40 in the game. Roe gets the face off win and the ground ball. Wolverines double the ball including the goalkeeper. Warden gets a quick empty net goal at 1:20 left in the game. Fairfield leads 12-5. Stags Louis DiGiacomo takes the face off against Will Biagi. DiGiacomo gets the win and Maniatty gets the ground ball. Michigan’s Chase Brown gets a one minute cross checking penalty with 48 seconds left in the game. Fairfield holds the ball till the final horn. Final score is Fairfield 12- Michigan 5.
Fairfield outshot Michigan by a 39 to 33 margin. Both Murphy and Zonino had 15 saves in the game. Murphy had 12 saves in the first half while Zonino had 9 saves also in the first half. Stags won the ground ball game taking 35 gbs while the Wolverines got 20 gbs. Fairfield only had eight turnovers and Michigan had 13 turnovers. Neither teams face off men had a violation called on them. Stags won 14 of 21 face offs while Wolverines won 7 of 21 face offs. Michigan successfully cleared 16 of 18 times and Fairfield cleared cleanly 13 of 18 times. Wolverines scored in its only man up chance while the Stags did not get a man up goal in three chances.
Stars of the game-Three key Stags had great games. ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year Senior Jack Murphy had 15 saves, four ground balls and one caused turnover. All reports were that Murphy played “lights out” matching the Wolverines goal keeper who had a sensational first half by all reports. Senior Michael Roe, back to 2012 form, took 13 of 20 face offs during the game thwarting a pre game advantage for Michigan and Junior Colin McLinden who matched his career high scoring four goals in the game. Offensively, Senior Eric Warden had two goals and one assist, Freshman Jake Knostman, shades of Sam Snow, had two goals including the first goal of game, on three shots and one ground ball, Sophomore TJ Neubauer who had two goals and one ground ball. Junior Tristan Sperry played quarterback getting three assists, two ground balls and one caused turnover. Senior D Middie Shawn Honovich scored his first goal of the season, he is a Westchester, NY player. Freshman David Fleming who cranked high heat per a Inside Lacrosse game tweet recorded a goal and had two ground balls. The ECAC Rookie of the Year, Fleming, has scored a goal in every game in the 2014 season. Defensively, Senior Toby Armour had two caused turnovers and three ground balls and Senior Greg Perraut had one ground ball and one caused turnover. The Stags defense including Junior Max Buchan only allowed one Michigan goal in the first half of the game. That is outstanding defense along with the great play by Murphy in goal.
The Stags offense solved the hot goalkeeper in the second half with 7 goals in the fourth quarter, great goalkeeping and defense and domination at the face off circle all combined for the Semi Final win. Fairfield will face Air Force in the Finals on Saturday May3rd at 5 PM for the ECAC Lacrosse League Title and the NCAA automatic qualifying bid. The Stags will be in the Finals for the third time in the past four years. Air Force will play in the finals for the first team. This is a huge game for both programs. The game should be quite a match up. By the way Quint, Ohio State and Jesse King are gone and Hobart beat St. Joseph’s last night in the NEC Semi Finals. Great top 20!! The pre game report will follow later tonight or first thing tomorrow morning. GO STAGS!!!!! Roger Yergeau ‘73

Fairfield versus Michigan ECAC Semi Final May 1, 2014 Pre Game Report

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

To The Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-Second season is here! The #14/#15 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags will play in the ECAC Lacrosse League Semi Finals on Thursday May 1st. The Tournament will be played at the Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The Stags have the #1 seed in the Tournament by virtue of their overall season record of 11-3. Fairfield will play the #4 seed Michigan Wolverines at 5 PM in the first Semi-Final game. The second Semi Final game will match Ohio State Buckeyes versus Air Force Falcons at 8 PM. Both games will be carried on the Fox Sports Network Channel 2. The finals of the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament will be on Saturday May 3rd at 5 PM. Michigan comes into the ECAC Lacrosse League Semi Finals with an overall record of 5-10 and 1-3 ECAC Lacrosse League Conference record
Fairfield played Michigan on April 5th in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Stags won the game by a score of 9-8. Fairfield jumped out to an 8-4 halftime lead and maintained the lead to win the game.
Michigan started the 2014 season playing at then #9 ranked Penn State. The Wolverines lost the game by a 22-7 score. Mercer played the first home game against Michigan. Michigan took its home opener 20-7. They next traveled to Detroit winning a 14-13 OT game. Staying on the road, Michigan went to Baltimore and played #8 Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays topped Michigan with the final score of 14-5. Cornell went to Ann Arbor being the then ranked #15 in the country. The Big Red avoided being upset by Michigan. Cornell won the shootout 15-14 in OT. The Wolverines then went to High Point and were beaten 9-7. Staying in the south, Michigan took on Furman, a first year program. The Wolverines took the contest with 11-9 being the final score. Staying on the road, Michigan opened its ECAC Lacrosse League season with an 11-10 OT victory over Bellarmine. Maryland visited Michigan ranked as the #1 team in the country. The Terrapins, who will join the Big Ten in 2015, beat Michigan by a 13-5 final score. St. Josephs from Philadelphia made the trip to Michigan. St. Joes took the game by a 15-6 score. Michigan visited the Air Force Academy for an ECAC Lacrosse League game. Air Force won the game by a final score 15-12. Fairfield visited the Big House after the Spring Football game. Stags came away with a 9-8 victory. The Wolverines traveled to Ohio State for an ECAC Lacrosse League game. The Buckeyes beat Michigan by a 15-6 margin. Yale, ranked #13, visited Michigan and beat the Wolverines by a 13-7 score. Last Saturday the Wolverines played Robert Morris at home and concluded its regular season with a 19-10 victory.
After fifthteen games, the Wolverines have averaged 10.13 goals per game and the opponents have also averaged 12.60 goals per game. Michigan has scored 152 goals this year while taking 600 shots for a .253 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 189 goals after taking 587 shots for a .322 shot percentage. The Wolverines have scored 73 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 108 goals via an assist. Michigan is credited with 79 unassisted goals and their opponents have 86 unassisted goals. The Wolverines man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 19 times out of 53 chances for a .358 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 15 goals out of 50 attempts for a .300 conversion rate. Michigan and one opponent have each scored a man down goal in 2014. Michigan scooped up 451 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 455 ground balls. The Wolverines has 220 turnovers and their opponents have 227 turnovers. The Wolverine defense has 116 caused turnovers and their opposition has 122 caused turnovers. Michigan’s face off unit has 195 wins out of 390 chances for a .500 win percentage. The opponents have 195 wins out of the 390 face offs for a .500 face off percentage. On clears, the Wolverines have been successful 192 times out of 217 chances for a .885 clear percentage. Their opponents have cleared the ball 247 out of 291 tries for a .849 clear percentage. The Wolverines have been flagged 59 times for 50:00 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 61 penalties for 52.30 minutes.

The Wolverines have scored 44 goals in the second quarter this season. Michigan’s offense has scored 37 goals in the fourth quarter. In the first quarter, the Wolverines have tallied 35 goals and 34 goals in the third quarter. Michigan has 2 goals in the first OT period played this season. The opposition has countered with 53 goals in the second quarter and 50 goals in the third quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 47 times in the first quarter and 38 goals in the fourth quarter. One OT goal was scored by the opposition. Michigan has taken 175 shots in the fourth quarter in 2014 and 148 shots in the second quarter. The Wolverines have 141 shots in the first quarter and 130 in the third stanza. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the third quarter with 161 shots. The opposition has fired off 145 shots in the fourth quarter and 144 in the second quarter. The lowest amount of shots taken is 132 shots in the first quarter. Michigan’s leading scorer is #10 Ian King who has 30 goals this season and 1 assist for 31 points. Next on the scoring list are #47 Kyle Jackson whose 29 points are made up of twenty four goals and five assists and #11 Thomas Papas with fifth teen goals and thirteen assists for his 28 points. David McCormick has scored twelve goals and ten assists for 22 points. Dan Kinek and Mike Francia have thirteen points in 2014. Kinek has scored four goals and been credited with nine assists while Francia has tallied six goals and seven assists. Mike Hernandez has been credited with eleven points along with Mikie Schlosser. Doug Bryant has compiled 9 points. Andrew Portnoy has chipped in with eight points. Riley Kennedy has compiled six points. Two Michigan players have four and three points this season. One player had two points this season while eleven other Wolverines players have scored one point in 2014. The Wolverines have used two players at the FOGO. The leading FOGO is #21 Brad Lott who has won 154 of 285 draws for a .540 winning percentage. Also taking face offs has been # 20 Will Biagi who has won 27 draws of the 61 taken for a .442 winning percentage. Robbie Zonino has played 868 plus minutes plus between the pipes for the Wolverines this season and started all fifthteen games. He has allowed 178 goals for a 12.30 goals against average. Zonino has been credited with 146 saves for a .451 save percentage. Mike D’Alessio relieved Zonino in two games this season. He has played 30 plus minutes. D’Alessio has allowed eight goals for a 15.66 goals against average. He is being credited with three saves and .273 save percentage. Dan Riso also has played in two games. He has played over seven minutes and allowed three goals for a 24.05 goals against average. He has one save for a .250 save percentage.
Fairfield is averaging 11.50 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.64 goals per game. The Stags have scored 161 goals in its fourteen games out of 418 shots for a .385 shot percentage. The opponents scored 121 goals out of 482 shots for a .251shot percentage. Eighty five of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored sixty five assisted goals. Fairfield has 76 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 56 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fifteen times out of 40 man up chances for a .375 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed ten extra man goals this season out of thirty seven chances for a .270 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 393 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 395 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 183 times and the opponents had 195 turnovers. Fairfield has 101 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 100 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 152 times out of 330 chances for .461 winning percentage. The opposition are 178 of 330 face offs for a .539 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 233 times out of 259 chances for a .900 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 193 times successfully out of 217 chances for a .889 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 38 times in the thirteen games for 32.30 minutes and the opponents received 41 penalties for 36.30 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored forty four times in the fourth quarter and 42 times in the second quarter. The Stags scored thirty eight times in the first quarter. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 36 times in the third period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 33 goals in the second quarter and 31 goals in the third stanza. Twenty nine goals have been scored in the first period and 28 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 120 shots, 106 shots in the second quarter, 99 times in the third quarter and 92 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 138 shots in the fourth quarter, 121 in the first quarter, 114 shots in the second quarter, 107 shots in third quarter and two in the OT period.
Colin McLinden leads the team in scoring with 44 points, 16 goals and 28 assists. TJ Neubauer leads the team in goals with 31 and he has five assists for 36 points. Tristan Sperry is second on the team for points scored. He has 39 points with 22 goals and 17 assists. Eric Warden has 31 points in the 2014 season. Warden has twenty nine goals and two assists. Dave Fleming has 22 goals and seven assists for 29 points. Jake Knostman has thirteen goals and seven assists. Drew Federico has twelve goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and three assists in 2014 while Alex Cramer has four goals and three assists in the 2014 campaign. Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Nico Panepinto has four points and Nick Guida has two goals and two assists. Bryan Barry has two assists this season. Jack Murphy played 821 plus minutes in the thirteen games played. One hundred seventeen goals have been scored against him for an 8.54 goals against average. He has been credited with 131 saves for a .528 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 20 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in four games. Four goals have been scored against him for an 11.58 goals against average and credited with three saves for a .429 save percentage.
The Stags enter the contest having played in the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament for the past four years. This is Michigan’s first time playing in post season play as a Division 1 team. Michigan has played the #24th strongest schedule in the country. Overall the Wolverines’ have the season long margin over the Stags in the face off circle winning .500 percent of their draws. Michigan has nothing to lose and everything to gain in this contest. Their confidence should be high as they only lost to the Stags by one goal in early April. Fairfield has the advantage in defense and offense. Stags are tops in the country in shot percentage, scoring over 35% of shots taken. Murphy is the ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Murphy’s defensive team of Greg Perraut, Toby Armour and Max Buchanan to me are the ECAC’s first team defensive unit. Buchanan is coming off a monster game against Ohio State shutting down Quint’s favorite Canadian gunner, Jesse King. Michigan has allowed 12 goals a game while the Stags have a 8 plus a game. Defense wins championships. Michigan is a dangerous athletic team and a hungry squad. Fairfield cannot take them too lightly Stags need to establish themselves early and continue their quality play throughout the game. GO STAGS!!! Roger Yergeau ’73

Fairfield 7 Ohio State 5 April 26, 2014 Post Game Report

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The #14/#17 Fairfield Stags beat Ohio State in a defensive struggle by a 7-5 score.  The game was played on Lessing Field in mids 60s temps and light winds.  A big crowd attended the game.  Ohio State scored first but the Stags responded with two straight goals to conclude the first quarter. The Stags never relinquished the lead after the first period.  Senior Goal Keeper Jack Murphy played great in goal getting eight saves, two caused turnovers and seven ground balls.  Senior Michael Roe dominated the face off circle, winning 9 of 14 draws and getting to six ground balls. Offensively the Stags were lead by Sophomore TJ Neubauer who scored two goals and Junior Colin McLinden scoring one goal and getting two assists.  Freshman David Fleming continued his 13 game goal scoring streak with a goal and one assist.  The Stags are now 11-3 overall in the 2014 season and 3-1 in ECAC Lacrosse League play. Ohio State dropped to 6-7 overall and 3-1 in ECAC Lacrosse League. The win against Ohio State secured the Stags being the #1 seed in the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament to be played at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State will play Air Force in the other semi final game. Both games will be played on May 1st and the finals of the ECAC Lacrosse League will be played on Saturday May 3rd. The winner will receive a bid to the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament.

It must be noted that Senior Co-Captain Greg Perraut was starting for the Stags in this game. Perraut has started every game in his Fairfield career. Against Ohio State, he set the record for most starts in a career for the Fairfield Lacrosse program. Congratulations to Greg setting this record and his great play in his stellar Stags lacrosse career!!

All the pregame hype is done and the game is ready to start.  There was heavy rain on Friday night and there is concern about the footing on the Lessing Field natural grass surface.  Will that be a factor in the game?  Ohio State’s hot goal keeper Spencer Scott is ready along with Senior Jack Murphy in between the pipes for the Stags.  Senior Michael Roe is at the face off circle for Fairfield and Jake Withers takes the draw for the Buckeyes.  Roe wins the draw cleanly and gets the ground ball.  Stags offense works into its first set but have a turnover in the first 25 seconds of the game.  Ohio State’s first clear is good.  The Buckeyes work the ball and OSU’s Turner Evans takes a shot that is blocked.  Murphy gets the ball but the Stags clear fails.  Coach Copelan tells the team to settle down. A lot is at stake for this game and the team maybe too hyped for the Senior Day contest.  The Buckeyes move the ball around the horn.  OSU’s Jesse King takes a shot that finds the back of the net.  Ohio State takes a 1-0 lead on the unassisted goal at 12:37 of the first period.  Withers and Roe come out to take the second face off of the day.  Roe plunges and rakes getting credit for the ground ball and the face off win.  Stags have the ball in the box but commit another turnover.  OSU’s Dominic Imbordino gets the ground ball.  Buckeye’s clear is good.  Ohio State works the offensive set and David Planning’s shot hits the post!   Murphy goes out of the cage to get the ground ball. He starts the clear.  Fairfield is now in its fourth offensive set of the game and they settle things down.  The deliberate Stags offense gets a stall warning by the officials at 10:06. Fairfield has 30 seconds to get a shot on the cage. Offense goes into overdrive. Freshman Jake Knostman hits cutting Senior Alex Cramer with a pass.  Cramer fires the pass into the goal.  Game is now tied at 1-1 with 9:56 on the first quarter clock.  Knostman gets an assist on Cramer’s fourth goal of the season.  Withers comes to the X to battle Roe. Roe again wins the draw, gets the ground ball and starts the offense.  Sophomore TJ Neubauer has the ball and his first shot of the day gets by the OSU’s goal keeper.   Stags now lead 2-1 with 9:25 left in the first period.  Withers and Roe face off again. Withers gets his first face off win and he gets to the ground ball.  Ohio State takes their time on offense. Too much for the officials as the give a stall warning to OSU at 7:55.  The pressure is on the Buckeyes to take a shot.  Buckeyes’ King takes the shot at 7:49 but Murphy gets the save.  Stags clear and set up their offense.  Senior Eric Warden takes a shot the Spencer saves.  Buckeyes clear into the offensive zone.  Ohio State works the ball when Murphy comes out of the cage.  Murphy gets the caused turnover and the resulting ground ball. He starts the clear but it is unsuccessful when the Stags have a turnover with 5:40 remaining in the quarter.  Ohio State’s offense looks for that seam for almost a minute.  Buckeyes’ Planning takes a shot that hits the pipe! Second pipe shot in the first quarter for OSU.  Buckeyes keep the ball backing up.  With 4:12 on the clock in the first period, OSU’s J.T. Blubaugh takes a shot that goes wide.  Stags out race the Buckeyes to the end line. Fairfield ball.  The Stags clear works well and the Fairfield attack goes to work.  Junior Colin McLinden works his way around the cage, takes a shot but Spencer makes the save at the 3:19 mark.  Ohio State clears and their offense takes its time going to the cage.  Buckeyes’ Ryan Hunter takes a shot that is blocked by the Fairfield defense with 2:10 still left to play in the first quarter.  Hunter finds the ground ball and the Buckeyes offense resets.  Withers has the ball and takes a shot that is saved by Murphy.  Fairfield starts the clear with 1:18 left to play in the first stanza.  The Stags clear is headed toward a “failure to advance” call when Coach Copelan uses his first time out of the first half to retain the ball with 47 seconds still to play. He uses the time out retain possession of the ball and to design up a play for the Stags offense.  Stags restart and wind the clock down. Freshman Dave Fleming fires a hard shot with 13 ticks left but the shot goes wide and Fairfield has no backup. OSU’s ball. Buckeyes try on the clear to take a long shot but Murphy gets a caused turnover and the ground ball with three seconds remaining in the quarter.  Fairfield leads 2-1 when the horn sounds ending the first quarter ends.

Second quarter starts with Junior Louis DiGiacomo facing off against Withers.  Withers wins the draw and OSU’s Dominic Imbordino gets to the ground ball.  Buckeyes start their offense but have a quick turnover at 14:26. Murphy comes out of the cage and grabs the ground ball.  Stags clear into the box and the offense start its first chance of the quarter.  After passing the ball for almost a minute, Fairfield has a turnover.  Ohio State’ Robby Haus gets the ground ball but Junior Tristan Sperry is riding hard. He gets a caused turnover at 13:00 to allow the Stags to retain possession.  The Fairfield offense restarts looking for a good shot.  Neubaurer shot at 12:21 is saved by the OSU goalkeeper. The rebound ground ball is scooped up by Sophomore Conor Dalton.  Stags move the ball around the perimeter quickly. McLinden finds the cutting Neubauer.  The ball is into the back of the net with Neubauer getting his second goal of the day with an assist from the assist master McLinden. Fairfield now has a 3-1 lead with 12:06 left in the second quarter.  DiGiacomo and Withers take the face off.  Officials call a violation on DiGiacomo.  Buckeyes ball and they go on the attack.  After working the ball for a minute, Buckeyes’ Planning takes a shot. Murphy makes the save and the Stags clear is good.  Fairfield offense is working to find a good shot.  Fleming flicks a pass to McLinden.  McLinden finds an opening bottom shelve.  McLinden scores with an assist from Fleming to extend the lead to 4-1 with 12:06 remaining in the first half.  Ohio State calls a time out to regroup.  Roe is back at the face off circle against Withers.  Officials call a violation on Withers. Stags ball.  Fairfield is working its offensive set.  McLinden at 9:09 pops around the cage and takes a shot.  It hits the post! Ohio State gets the ball and they clear into the offensive zone.  Both teams’ offenses are taking their time. After taking a minute off the clock.  Ohio State’s King shot at 8:21 is stopped by Murphy.  Senior Greg Perraut gets the ground ball on the rebound.  He starts the Stags clear.  After the clear, Stags loose the ball but Senior Shawn Honovich gets the ground ball.  Dalton takes a quick shot that goes wide.  Fairfield keeps the ball but OSU’s Evan Mulchrone gets a caused turnover.  Buckeyes Chris Mahoney picks the ground ball. Quickly Mahoney fires a shot that gets into the goal.  Ohio State cuts the Fairfield lead to 4-2 with 6:46 remaining to play in the second quarter. Roe and Withers come out again to the face off circle.  Roe wins the face off and gets the ground ball.  Stags offense works the ball around and are being very patient waiting for the right shot.  Stags have a bad pass and the ball is the corner. Cramer rushes to the ball and gets it into his stick. Before he gets pushed out of bounds, Coach Copelan uses his second time out of the half.  Great call by Coach Copelan. Joe Kern turns to me and asks if I thought Cramer had the ball in his stick.  Cramer had the ball just barely enough time for the official to grant the Stags the time out!  The time was called with 5:22 left in the half. Stags restart and work the offensive set.  The officials think the Stags are not going to the cage and call a stall at 4:32. Fairfield has 30 seconds to take a shot on the goal. OSU’s Joe Mercer creates a turnover and he gets the ground ball at 4:22.  Buckeyes clear is successful.  Ohio State’s offense wants a goal and are probing the Stags defense.  Turner Evans takes a shot at the 3:25 mark. Murphy makes the save.  Murphy is seeing the ball and playing great.  He starts the clear and Fairfield’s offense goes to work.  Patience and working the ball around the cage to find that seam for a good shot.  The officials call stall at 1:53 forcing the Stags to take a shot.  McLinden takes a shot that goes wide at 1:39.  Buckeyes win the race to the end line on the shot. Ohio State’s ball.  They clear the ball into the box but their offense cannot get a shot off.  Ohio State calls time out with 39 seconds left in the quarter.  Buckeyes restart after the timeout.  With 15 seconds remaining in the half, Ohio State has a turnover.  Perraut gets to the loose ground ball.  Stags clear the defensive zone.  Sophomore Conor Barr gets a ground ball in the end of half chaos with 1 second left.  He fires a shot over the cage. Horn sounds for halftime.  Stags lead the game 4-2.

The third quarter starts with Roe and Withers to take the face off. Officials call a violation on Withers. Stags ball to start the second half.  Fairfield offense works the OSU defense.  After one minute, Senior Eric Warden takes a shot that Spencer saves.  He starts the clear and now OSU’s offense looks for an opening.  Buckeyes’ Carter Brown passes to a cutting Ryan Hunter. Hunter scores an assisted goal at 13:12 to narrow the score to 4-3 in the Stags favor.  Withers and Roe meet once again at the X. Withers wins this draw and his wing Imbordino gets to the ground ball.  Ohio State’s offense now faces an aggressive Stags defense.  Junior Max Buchanan quickly gets a caused turnover and Murphy jumps on the ground ball to start the clear at 11:51.  Buckeyes’ Robby Haus quickly gets a caused turnover and the ground ball back for OSU.  Ohio State gets the ball into the offensive zone box but now Perraut has a caused turnover.  Perraut starts the clear and the Stags slow things down in the offensive zone at 10:47.   Fairfield works the Buckeyes defense for almost a minute when McLinden come up on top.  He spots a cutting Junior Nick Guida. Guida buries his shot into the back of the net. Stags now lead 5-3 on the assisted goal at 9:46 in the third period.  Guida has been plagued with injuries for most of the season and is back on the field. Great to see him get on the scoring sheets!  Withers and Roe renew their battle at the X.  Withers win the drawn and the ground ball.  Buckeyes offense is finding the Stags defense very tight.  Ohio State has an errant pass and the Stags clear the ball at 8:51.  Stags offense works for another good shot. Fleming has a shot that Spencer saves.  OSU clears and their offense works the Stags defense while a flag is down.  An Ohio State player wards thus ending the slow whistle at 7:24. Cramer was called offside and serves a 30 second penalty. Fairfield’s man down unit and Ohio State’s man up units come on the field for the first time in the game.  Stags successfully kill the penalty and Ohio State has a turnover.  Senior Shawn Honovich gets to the ground ball and start the clear with 6:49 showing on the clock.  Knostman takes a quick shot that Spencer saves.  Stags get the rebound ground ball.  Fairfield works the ball around finding the OSU defense tightens up.  The officials call a stall warning against the Stags at 4:56.  Fairfield’s offense quickens its pace. Sperry dodges his defender but his shot hits the post! Shot clock is now off but Ohio State’s Meurer has a caused turnover at 4:16.  OSU’s Haus gets the ground ball and he starts the clear.  Buckeyes take time off the clock. Finally OSU’s John Kelly goes to the cage and scores at 3:17 left in the quarter.  Fairfield now leads 5-4.  Withers and Roe continue their battle. Roe wins the draw and ground ball but the Stags have a quick turnover.  OSU start their clear at 2:54 still remaining in the third quarter. Buckeyes face a strong Stags defense.  OSU’s Evans takes a shot at 1:40 but Murphy makes the save.  Stags clear and work the clock.  Sperry goes to the cage and takes a shot.  Spencer makes the save with 34 seconds remaining.  OSU clears the ball. Barr is playing aggressively and creates a caused turnover with 10 seconds left in the third stanza.  Senior Toby Armour gets to the ground ball but Fairfield has a turnover.   Neubauer gets a caused turnover back and he gets to the ground ball.  Horn sounds announcing the chaotic end of the third period. Fairfield now leads 5-4 with 15 minutes left to go in the game.

A close fought game and a large crowd are waiting to see the final outcome.  Withers and Roe take the first face off on the fourth quarter.  Roe wins the face off and Barr get to the ground ball.  Stags offense start a set play. Fairfield clears out the left side of the field with Warden having the ball in his stick.  Warden takes his man one on one.  He beats the defender. His shot is in the back of the net.   Fairfield now leads 6-4 with 14:08 remaining in the game. Great offensive play calling by Coach Copelan. Roe continues to take the face off against Withers.  Officials call a violation on Ohio State.   Stags start on offense.  Sperry gets a loose ground ball on an errant pass to keep the ball in the Stags sticks at 13:42.  Fleming, instead of one his high heat shots, takes a bounce shot on the grass past Spencer.  Stags now lead 7-4 on the unassisted goal with 13:07 left in the game. Withers and Roe take the face off.  Roe starts too early and officials call a violation on the Stags.  Ohio State’s ball.  OSU needs to score and their attack goes into high gear.  First Reegan Comeault has a shot blocked.  Then Ryan Hunter fires a shot that goes wide.  Buckeyes retain the ball and next John Kelly takes a shot that goes wide.  OSU keeps the ball on the backup.  Buckeyes make a bad pass with 11:14 left in the game and have a turnover.  Stags quickly clear the defensive half of the field and get the ball into the box.  Fairfield is in no rush with a three goal lead and takes the air out of the ball.  Officials call the stall and put the Stags on the 30 second shot clock at 9:38 remaining.  OSU’s Haus gets a caused turnover and teammate Evan Mulchrone gets to the ground ball.  Ohio State is able to clear the ball into the offensive half.  Stags’ defense is not allowing the Buckeyes to find any openings.  Ohio State works the ball for over a minute with no shots when they commit a turnover at 7:47. Murphy goes out of the crease to get the ground ball.  Stags clear the ball and Coach Copelan calls his first time out of the second half with 7:29 still left to play. Great time to give the players a quick break and talk about the offense. Stags restart their offense after the time out. Fleming takes a quick shot that is blocked.  Stags get to the ground ball but have a turnover.  Ohio State attempts to clear the ball.  Stags are riding hard with Warden getting a caused turnover with 6:38 left in the game. Warden gets to the ground ball.  He spots McLinden who is behind the Buckeyes defenders.  McLinden takes the pass and drive to the cage with no defenders.  His shot hits the post! Ohio State’s Chris Mahoney gets the ground ball on the rebound off the post.  This time Ohio State’s clear is good with 6:25 showing on the clock.  OSU’s King takes a shot that goes wide.  Buckeye’s coach calls time out at 5:19.  Ohio State restarts and they are shooting.  First Hunter takes a shot that goes wide.  Next Kelly’s shot is saved by Murphy.   The rebound ground ball is scooped up by King.  He turns and shoots but his shot is wide.  Buckeyes’ Carter Brown scores unassisted with 4:45 remaining in the game.  Stags lead 7-5.  Withers and Roe take the face off. Withers wins the draw and his wing Michael Italiano gets to the ground ball.   Twenty seconds into OSU offensive set, Barr gets a caused turnover.  He picks up the ground ball and starts the clear.  Stags offense works the defensive perimeter taking time off the clock. Warden spots a crease but his shot at 3:17 is wide.  Stags retain the ball when Knostman gets to ground ball.  Coach Copelan calls a time out at 2:57 to keep the ball and set up the attack for the last part of the game.  Fairfield restarts and Neubauer takes a shot at 2:28 that Spencer saves.  OSU’s Imbordino gets to the ground ball.  Ohio State clears and Carter Brown takes a fast shot. The shot goes wide with 2:14 left in the game.  Stags get the ball and complete the clear.  McLinden goes one on one against the Buckeyes defense.  His shot at 1:42 is saved by Spencer.  He gets the ground ball and starts the clear.  When in the offensive zone, OSU uses its last time out of the game at the 1:27 mark of the game.  OSU restarts and are firing immediately. First King fires a shot that goes high.  Next Brown’s shot is blocked. Brown gets to the ground ball with 1:04 left in the game. Brown passes to Evans whose shot is wide.  OSU’s Kelly’s’ shot is saved by Murphy with 54 seconds left in the game.  He starts the clear and the Stags offense quickly passes the ball around the field to end the game.  Fairfield 7 and Ohio State 5 is the final result.

Ohio State out shot Fairfield by a 28 to 25 margin.  Stag won the ground ball battle getting to 31 gabs versus 20 gbs for the Buckeyes.  Both teams had two violations called at the face off circle.  Fairfield won 9 of the 16 face offs taken in the game.  On clears, Stags were successful on 19 of 21 clears while OSU cleared successfully 17 of 19 clears.  There was only one extra man chance on the day. It was a 30 second penalty for an offsides foul called on Fairfield. OSU could not convert.  Spencer for Ohio State was credited with 9 saves during the game and Murphy had 8 saves.  OSU had 15 turnovers while the Stags had 13 turnovers.

Stars of the Game-Seniors Jack Murphy and Michael Roe.  Murphy had eight saves, two caused turnovers and seven ground balls.  Most importantly, Murphy was “on” and “seeing the ball”.  He was aggressive and along with his defense kept denying OSU chances to score.  Roe was 9 of 14 at the face off circle.  He was credited with six ground balls and was dominate at the X.  Roe’s play in the past month has been getting improving each week.  After his injury plagued 2013 season, the 2012 Roe is back.  Offensively Sophomore TJ Neubauer scored two first half goals. He also had one caused turnover and one ground ball.  Gutty Junior Colin McLinden had a goal and two assists.  McLinden continues to climb the Stags career assist leader board.  Senior Eric Warden scored a goal but it was the sixth goal of the game for the Stags.  His goal not only gave Fairfield a two goal lead in the fourth period but this was the game winning goal.  I have to look back but I think this is Warden’s sixth game winning goal in the 2014 season.  Great to see Junior Nick Guida scoring.  Our two exceptional Freshmen just continue in every game to make big contributions.  Jake Knostman had an assist and ground ball while David Fleming scored a goal and an assist while picking up a ground ball.  Senior Alex Cramer scored a key first half goal on Senior Day and also got a ground ball.

Notable Play on the Field- The Stags defense week after week just keeps “bringing it”.  Senior Greg Perraut got three ground balls and a caused turnover, Toby Armour had a ground ball and a caused turnover and Junior Max Buchanan has one caused turnover. The D Middies played great. Senior Shawn Honovich got to two ground balls, Sophmore Conor Barr had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Though there were no official stats for Junior Bryan Barry, Seniors Pete De Salvo, Geordie Carrick, and Freshman Jay Walsh, their play shut down the OSU midfield.  The entire defense frustrated  the Ohio State attack the entire game. Great job to the Stags defense and the defensive middies!

Frosh of the Year-David Fleming now has 22 goals and seven assists for 29 points.  Fleming has scored a goal in every 2014 game for the Stags.  Jake Knostman contributed 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points.  I do not recall ever having two freshman players scoring 20 or more points.  Outstanding freshman seasons!!   Soph of the Year-TJ Neubarer is leading the team in goals with 31 and has passed for five assists for 35 points.  He is second on the team on ground balls with 39 gbs on his stats line.  Can not say enough about Neubauer’s play in the 2014 season.

Seen in the Stands-Can not list everyone who is Stags Alum who attended the game. Many of the players who played for Ted Spencer came to the game to honor Ted’s induction into the Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame.  The Founders were well represented.  Coach Will Mraz ’73 who is also the Chairman of the Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse was working in his role for the Friends and attending the game.  Responding to personal calls, Hall of Fame Larry Puzzo ’73 attended his first game in many years and Mike Brannigan ’77 came to his first game in 2014.  Bob Cypher ’77 came from Rye, NY and Tony Merola ’74 drove in from Carmel, NY.  Joe Kern ’74 came to the game from Garden City, NY.  Don Starski ’73 attended the Friends reception, the stadium groundbreaking and the game from Enfield, CT.  Trustee Brian Hull ’80 was smiling ear to ear all day.  Former Stags who played for Ted Spencer included Travis Nelson, Gary Raniola, Matt Petre, Billy Honovich, Tim Zino, Tim Gazzini, J.T. Groake, Matt Callaghan, Chris Atwell and Tom Werney.  From the 1987 team came Joe Sargent, Bob Sullivan and his son, Breck Masterson, Gerald O’Hara, and John Callageri. Team 1987er Darrell Ponzio brought a contingent from his Middletown, CT Lacrosse League including Bill Peet and and Robert Tockarshewsky.   Darrell brought his sons Calvin and James to the game while Bill had his daughter Kate and Meghan. Coming with Rob to Fairfield were his wife Barbara and his daughters Oliva and Carlie and his son Matthew. Maybe some future Stags laxers? In the VIP seats were Trustees Bill Atwell, Steve Lessing and most importantly Larry Rafferty.  My apologies if I missed any one.

The goal for the Ohio State game was a win to take a share of the ECAC Lacrosse League regular season title and most importantly grab the #1 seed for the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament.  Mission accomplished.  Fairfield got the #1 seed on the first tie breaker, best overall record.  Overall it was a great team effort.  Offense scored against a tough OSU defense and a hot goal tender, great face off play, and the Fairfield goal tender was hot and his defense that shut down the Canadian gunners. The Stags D also played tough as nails!  The coaching job of Andy Copelan and his staff has to be noted.  Coach Copelan called two critical timeouts to keep Stags offensive efforts alive.  Beautiful day for Senior Day and for the groundbreaking for Rafferty Stadium.  Now on to Ohio State and Jessie Owens Stadium on May 1st to take on the Michigan Wolverines in the first semi final game of the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament.  Roger Yergeau ’73

 

Fairfield versus Ohio State Pre Game Report

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The #14/#17 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags play their last home game of the 2014 season on Saturday April 26, 2014. The Stags will take on fellow ECAC Lacrosse League member, the Ohio State Buckeyes in a contest that will help determine seeding for the ECAC Lacrosse League post season conference tournament. Game is scheduled to start at 1 PM and will be played on Lessing Field. Fairfield has an overall record of 10-3 and 2-1 in ECAC Lacrosse League play. The Buckeyes currently have a 6-6 overall record and are 3-0 in ECAC Lacrosse League play. Last season, Ohio State beat Fairfield 14-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Next season Ohio State will join the new Big 10 Lacrosse League. This maybe the last time the Stags and Buckeyes play in a regular season game for the near future.
Ohio State started the 2014 season playing on the road against Johns Hopkins. The Buckeyes lost to the Blue Jays by a 10-9 score in three overtimes. OSU in their second game played UMass in the Mo Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Florida. The game was nationally televised on ESPNU. The Minutemen beat the Buckeyes in a back and forth game with the final score being 12-11 in OT. Ohio State’s first two games were lost in OT! Not a great way to start the season. Ohio State had its first home game against Marquette. The Buckeyes beat Marquette who are playing its their second D1 season. The final score was 11-8. Penn State came to Columbus, Ohio to take on OSU. PSU beat the Buckeye by an 11-8 final margin. Ohio State next traveled to Hempstead, NY to take on the Hofstra. The Pride beats the Buckeyes by a 7-5 score. The Buckeyes went to Colorado and lost to the Denver Pioneers by a 9-5 score. In their first six games, the Buckeyes’ record was 1-5. Ohio State now has a three game home stand. In its first ECAC Lacrosse League game, the Buckeyes dispatched Bellarmine by a 10-7 score. Notre Dame came to Columbus and the Fighting Irish went home victors by a 13-7 final. The Buckeyes took out some season long frustrations by whipping Jacksonville, 13-2. The Buckeyes opened the month of April by beating Delaware on the road. The final score was 15-9. Back at home and in ECAC Lacrosse League play, Ohio State defeated Michigan with 15-6 being the final score. On Saturday, the Buckeyes outlasted the Air Force Falcons by an 8-6 final score. The teams only scored one goal each in the first quarter. Halftime saw the Buckeyes leading by a 3-2 score. Ohio State got the first goal of the second half for a two goal lead. Air Force scored two unanswered goals to tie the game at 4-4. Ohio State scored next and the Falcons responded with a goal. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 5-5. Ohio State starts the fourth quarter a man up when Air Force is given by the officials a three minute unreleasable unsportsmanlike penalty. Ohio State went two man up when Air Force received a 30 second delay of game penalty at 13:47. Ohio State was able to get one goal during the sustained penalty to take a 6-5 lead. The Buckeyes held the lead for over nine minutes until Air Force tied the game at 6-6 with just over four minutes remaining in the game. Ohio State got the game winner to make it 7-6 at the 3:04 mark of the fourth quarter. With 1:46 remaining in the game, Air Force doubles the ball and leaves the goal unattended. Ohio State was able to send the ball into an empty net for a 8-6 lead. Ohio State’s coach Nick Myers commented after the game-“This was an extremely hard fought game”. He further commented that “Air Force is a very good lacrosse team”.
After twelve games, the Buckeyes have averaged 9.75 goals per game. OSU has scored 117 goals this year while taking 390 shots for a .300 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 99 goals after taking 359 shots for a .276 shot percentage. The Buckeyes have scored 82 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 47 goals via an assist. Ohio State is credited with 35 unassisted goals and their opponents have 52 unassisted goals. The Buckeyes man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 12 times out of 42 chances for a .286 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 12 goals out of 33 attempts for a .364 conversion rate. Buckeyes opponents have scored two man down goals this season.
Ohio State scooped up 343 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 317 ground balls. The Buckeyes have 171 turnovers this season while their opponents have 182 turnovers. The OSU defense has 79 caused turnovers and their opposition has 51 caused turnovers. Ohio State’s face off unit has 121 wins out of 259 chances for a .467 win percentage. The opponents have 138 wins out of the 259 face offs for a .533 face off percentage. On clears, the Buckeyes have been successful 199 times out of 217 chances for a .917 clear percentage. Their opponents have cleared the ball 180 out of 218 tries for a .826 clear percentage. The Buckeyes have been flagged 39 times for 31.00 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 43 penalties for 42.00 minutes.
The Buckeyes have scored 32 goals in the fourth quarter this season. Ohio State’s offense has scored 30 goals in the third quarter and 28 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Buckeyes’ have tallied 27 goals. Ohio State has not scored in the three OT periods they have played in this season. The opposition has countered with 29 goals in the fourth quarter and 28 goals in the third quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 27 times in the second quarter and 13 goals in the first quarter. Opponents have scored in the first and third OT periods played this season. Ohio State has taken 108 shots in the fourth quarter in 2014 and 102 shots in the second quarter. The Buckeyes have 85 shots in the first stanza and 86 shots in the third quarter. In OT, OSU has had six shots in the first OT period, and no shots in the second and third OT sessions. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the third quarter with 96 shots. The opposition has fired off 89 shots in the second and fourth quarters. The lowest amount of shots taken by their opponents is 81 shots in the first quarter. In OT, the opposition got two shots in the first period, and one each in the second and third sessions of extra play.
Ohio State’s leading scorer is # 19 Jessie King who has scored 25 goals and has 22 assists for 47 points. Carter Brown, # 14 is second on the team in scoring. He has 20 goals and 11 assists for a 31 point total in 2014. Evans Turner has scored 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points. Reegan Comeault has eleven goals and thirteen assists for 24 points in this season’s campaign. With 17 points made up of twelve goals and five assists is David Planning and Ryan Hunter has 15 points with 12 goals and three assists. Also scoring for the Buckeyes are J. T. Bluberg with 8 points, Geordie Koerber with 6 points and Adam Trombley with five points. Credited with four points are Rick Lewis and John Kelly. One Buckeye has two points and seven players have one point. Their main FOGO is Jake Withers. This year, he has won 99 draws out of 189 chances for a .524 winning percentage. Dominic Imbordino has taken 32 face offs winning six for a .187 winning percentage. Spencer Matches has won 10 of the 22 face offs he has taken for a .454 winning percentage. Kacy Kapinos has taken 14 face offs and won six for a .428 winning percentage. The goal keeper spot for the Buckeyes has changed since the beginning of the season. Greg Dutton started the first six games of the season. In 2013 he was the second team ECAC Lacrosse League Goalkeeper. He started all but 2 games due to injury for the Ohio State in 2013. Dutton has played over 372 minutes in 2014 with 56 goals against and 9.01 goals against average. He has been credited with 54 saves for a .491 save percentage. Nick Doyle started the Bellarmine game replacing Dutton. Doyle in two games played 62 minutes while allowing seven goals and has 6.77 goals against average. Scott Spencer started in goal against Notre Dame and the last four games Ohio State has played. Spencer has played 283 minutes and has allowed 35 goals for a 7.42 goals against average. He also has 46 saves for a .568 save percentage. Appearing in one game, Cameron Stephens has allowed one goal for a 4.54 goals against average in 13 plus minutes in goal. Stephens was not credited with a save. Kevin Duffey played almost 2 minutes in goal the season and has no goals against or saves.
Fairfield is averaging 11.85 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.92 goals per game. The Stags have scored 154 goals in its thirteen games out of 393 shots for a .392 shot percentage. The opponents scored 116 goals out of 454 shots for a .256 shot percentage. Eighty one of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored sixty assisted goals. Fairfield has 73 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 52 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fifteen times out of 40 man up chances for a .375 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed ten extra man goals this season out of thirty six chances for a .278 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 362 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 375 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 170 times and the opponents had 180 turnovers. Fairfield has 92 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 95 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 143 times out of 314 chances for .455 winning percentage. The opposition are 171 of 314 face offs for a .545 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 214 times out of 238 chances for a .899 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 176 times successfully out of 198 chances for a .889 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 37 times in the twelve games for 32.00 minutes and the opponents received 41 penalties for 36.30 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored forty two times in the fourth quarter and 40 times in the second quarter. The Stags scored thirty six times in the first quarter. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 35 times in the third period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 32 goals in the second quarter and 29 goals in the third stanza. Twenty eight goals have been scored in the first period and 27 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 113 shots, 99 shots in the second quarter, 93 times in the third quarter and 87 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 125 shots in the fourth quarter, 113 in the first quarter, 110 shots in the second quarter, 104 shots in third quarter and two in the OT period.
Colin McLinden leads the team in scoring with 41 points, 15 goals and 26 assists. TJ Neubauer now leads the team in goals with 29 and he has five assists for 34 points. Tristan Sperry is second on the team for points scored. He has 39 points with 22 goals and 17 assists. Eric Warden has 30 points in the 2014 season. Warden has twenty eight goals and two assists. Dave Fleming has 21 goals and six assists for 27 points. Jake Knostman has thirteen goals and six assists. Drew Federico has twelve goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and three assists in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Alex Cramer has three goals and three assists in the 2014 campaign. Nico Panepinto has four points and Nick Guida has one goal and two assists. Bryan Barry has two assists this season. Jack Murphy played 761 plus minutes in the thirteen games played. One hundred twelve goals have been scored against him for a 8.82 goals against average. He has been credited with 123 saves for a .523 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 20 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in four games. Four goals have been scored against him for a 11.58 goals against average and credited with three saves for a .429 save percentage.
Spoke to Coach Copelen this week about how the seedings for the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament next week would work if Fairfield, Ohio State and Air Force are all 3-1 in ECAC Lacrosse League play at the end of Saturday. Winner between the Stags and Buckeyes gets the #1 seed and will play Michigan on May 1st. Loser of the game will have to play Air Force. There is a lot at stake for the Stags on Saturday. The #1 seed is important and winning a share of the last ECAC Lacrosse League title in its last season is another important milestone. Been watching the weather all week to see what is in store for Saturday. Some rain is expected Friday night and lingering into Saturday morning and maybe a shower midday. Suppose to be in the high 60s or even 70 degrees plus. Sounds like the weather will co-operate. Hope many of you can attend the Friends Reception, the Groundbreaking for Rafferty Stadium, honoring the 2014 seniors, the important game, Ted Spencer’s induction into the Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime and the post game reception for Ted. I understand Ted’s whole family is coming. It will be great to see Denise, Ted’s wife who was always gracious and warm when I met her. Denise was very supportive of the Team and the University. Ted’s sons Ben and Devin are now high school lacrosse players. It is an important that Ted is being recognized for ALL his contributions in getting the lacrosse program at Fairfield off to a great start as a Division 1 team and making the leap from being a club team. If you have a chance, please come Saturday and congratulate and Ted and the entire Spencer Family on Saturday. As the kids say, when the Spencer Family was at Fairfield, “they were all in.”
Ok, here are MY final thoughts on the Ohio State game. As you know, my buddy Quint from Inside Lacrosse loves the Ohio State goalkeeper Spencer. He played in only played in two games in 2013. Was the third OSU goal keeper to get a start in 2014. Dutton started the first six games, Doyle played against Bellarmine. Spencer has been in goal for five games. Gave up 13 goals to Notre Dame, beat Jacksonville with 6 saves in 45 minutes of play facing 12 shots, Delaware who scored 9 goals and 9 saves, Michigan with 9 saves and Air Force. The four wins are not exactly against lacrosse top shelf teams. Granted the win over Air Force with 14 saves was impressive. I am more concerned about the Canadian attackers for Ohio State. They have five players from Canada. Three of the top five Ohio States scores are from Canada-King, Evans and Comeault. OSU was rated in the Top 20 in the preseason polls. They started slowly with the first two games being losses in OT. They have won four straight games. All are pluses for Ohio State. The Stags are rested not having played for the past 11 days. This should have given the team time to heal from some of the season long aches and pains. Saturday is Senior Day for the Stags. Fairfield will have a lot of motivation with it being Senior Day. Murphy and the Stags defense of Armour, Perrault, and Buchanan have done great jobs defending the Canadian gunners this season. The Stags offense has several explosive players and the OSU defense cannot shut down one player. Roe and DiGiacomo are playing at their best in the face off circle in the last three games with great results. OSU scores lots of goals via the assist so it will be important for the defense to cut the passing lanes. Like against Quinnipiac, the Stags turnovers need to be less than 10. Do not want to make a prediction but it will be a well played high level Division 1, ECAC Lacrosse League Championship game played before a big crowd. GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73