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Fairfield versus Quinnipiac April 15, 2014 Pre game Report

Monday, April 14th, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The #15/#17 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags play their last road game of the season on Tuesday April 15, 2014. The Stags stay in Connecticut taking on in state rival Quinnipiac College Bobcats. The Bobcats play on campus at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, CT. Game is scheduled to start at 4 PM. Fairfield has an overall record of 9-3 and 2-1 in ECAC Lacrosse League play. The Bobcats currently have a 5-5 overall record and are 3-2 in MAAC Lacrosse League play. Last season, the Stags and Bearcats played a very tight game with the Stags winning by an 11-10 final.
Quinnipiac started the 2014 season playing at home against Brown. The Bobcats lost to the Ivy Leaguers by a 13-6 score. Quinnipiac in their second game played Providence College. The game was moved to Bryant University due to poor field conditions at Providence. The Bobcats beat the Friars with the final score being 16-9. Quinnipiac next traveled to Cambridge, Mass to take on another Ivy League team, Harvard. Harvard prevailed in a tight game 10-8. Staying on the road but only traveling in state, Quinnipiac lost a defensive battle to Hartford by a 6-3 score. Returning home, the Bobcats beat Manhattan by a 10-7 margin. At Marist, Quinnipiac was beaten by a 13-8 final score. The Bobcats concluded the month of March with a trip to Detroit, MI. In an overtime game, Quinnipiac beat the Detroit with 10-9 being the final score. Staying on the road, the Bobcats took on Stony Brook. Quinnipiac outlasted the Seawolves with 12-11 on the scoreboard at the final horn. Another road game this time to Southern NJ, the Bobcats beat Monmouth easily. The final score was 17-9. On Saturday, Quinnipiac returned home to take on Canisius. In a game with MAAC playoff implications, the game was meaningful for both teams. The game started with a 2-1 score after the first quarter with Canisius leading. Canisius outscored the Bobcats in the second quarter by a 5-1 margin. The halftime score was 7-2. Canisius laxmen scored four goals in the third quarter to Quinnipiac’s two goals for 11-4 lead at the end of three periods. The Bobcats had a furious fourth quarter rally scoring six unanswered goals and shutting out the Canisius attack. A stellar defensive effort in the last minute allowed Canisius to leave the Quinnipiac campus with an 11-10 victory.
Interesting, Quinnipiac does not provide stats for the opposition season long numbers. After ten games, the Bobcats have averaged 10.0 goals per game. Bobcats have scored 100 goals this year while taking 380 shots for a .263 shot percentage. The Bobcats have scored 67 goals with an assist. Quinnipiac is credited with 33 unassisted goals. The Bobcats man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 13 times out of 41 chances for a .317 conversion rate. Quinnipiac has scored one man down goal this season.
Quinnipiac scooped up 310 ground balls. The Bobcats have 156 turnovers this season. The Bobcats defense has 72 caused turnovers. Quinnipiac’s face off unit has 119 wins out of 231 chances for a .515 win percentage. On clears, the Bobcats have been successful 153 times out of 178 chances for a .860 clear percentage.
Quinnipiac’s leading scorer is # 5 Michael Sagl who has scored 15 goals and has 20 assists for 35 points. Dylan Webster, # 11, leads the Bobcats in goals with 22. He also has six assists for a 28 point total in 2014. Ryan Keenan has scored 19 goals and three assists for 22 points. Pat Corcoaran has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in this season’s campaign. With 15 points made up of five goals and ten assists is Connor Meth. Matt Diehl has eleven points while Matt Krycia has totaled ten points in 2014. Tom McNaney has eight points, Tom Gilligan has seven points and Nate Nibbelink has scored six points. Three Bobcats have two points this season and one other player for Quinnipiac has one point. Their main FOGO is Zach Vehar. This year, he has won 105 draws out of 186 chances for a 56.5 winning percentage. Webster also has taken 26 face offs winning eight for a 30.8 winning percentage. Chris Kendall has won 5 of the 17 face offs he has take for a 29.4 winning percentage. Gill Connors has started all ten games in goal for the Bobcats. He has played over 562 minutes with 86 goals against and a 9.17 goals against average. He has been credited with 128 saves for a 59.8 save percentage. Jack Brust has played in relief in three games. Brust has allowed 10 goals for an 18.67 goals against average. He also has 11 saves for a 52.4 save percentage. Colin Nesdale has played in two games. He has allowed two goals for a 20.22 goals against average. Nesdale has one save for a 33.3 save percentage.
Fairfield is averaging 11.58 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.83 goals per game. The Stags have scored 139 goals in its ten games out of 355 shots for a .392 shot percentage. The opponents scored 106 goals out of 430 shots for a .247 shot percentage. Seventy three of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored fifty nine assisted goals. Fairfield has 66 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 47 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fifteen times out of 37 man up chances for a .405 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed nine extra man goals this season out of thirty six chances for a .250 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 332 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 347 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 159 times and the opponents had 160 turnovers. Fairfield has 80 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 87 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 128 times out of 285 chances for .449 winning percentage. The opposition are 157 of 285 face offs for a .551 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 187 times out of 208 chances for a .899 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 197 times successfully out of 221 chances for a .891 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 36 times in the twelve games for 31.00 minutes and the opponents received 38 penalties for 34.00 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored thirty seven times in the second quarter and the fourth quarter. The Stags scored thirty two times in the third quarter. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 32 times in the first period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 30 goals in the second quarter and 27 goals in the third stanza. Twenty five goals have been scored in the first period and 24 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 105 shots, 88 shots in the second quarter, 83 times in the third quarter and 78 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 114 shots in the fourth quarter, 108 in the first quarter, 101 shots in the third quarter, 108 shots in second quarter and two in the OT period.
Colin McLinden now leads the team in scoring with 37 points, 13 goals and 24 assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 26 and he has two assists for 29 points. Tristan Sperry now is second on the team for points scored. He has 35 points with 19 goals and 16 assists. TJ Neubauer has 27 points in the 2014 season. Neubauer has twenty three goals and four assists. Dave Fleming has 20 goals and five assists for 25 points. Jake Knostman has twelve goals and six assists. Drew Federico has twelve goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and two assist in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Alex Cramer has three goals and two assists in the 2014 campaign. Nico Panepinto has four points and Nick Guida with one goal and two assists. Jack Murphy played 701 plus minutes in the twelve games played. One hundred two goals have been scored against him for an 8.72 goals against average. He has been credited with 118 saves for a .536 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.
As stated in the Air Force post game report, the Stags need to forget that game. Have to establish a new winning streak. Stags have a 4-1 record against Quinnipiac but all the games I remember have been close games. Quinnipiac would love to beat a nationally ranked team and another Connecticut team. Need to shut down Michael Sagl as he has scored in 29 straight games and has multiple point games in 27 of the 29 games played. Their other standout offensive player is Dylan Webster with 22 goals this season. The FOGO Zach Vehar had a hot game against Canisius winning 19 of 25 face offs for a .760 winning percentage and winning six of seven face offs in the fourth quarter rally against Canisius. Michael Roe and Louis DiGiacomo need to continue their strong showings in the last three games. The Stags have the scoring muscle and their shot percentage is one of the best in the country. The Stags defense and Jack Murphy will have rebound and play a strong games on Tuesday. Just concerned if the game is rainy as predicted, how this will affect turnovers and goal scoring. Stags really need to clean up the turnovers in this game and have a stronger clear. It is the time of the season that some of the Stags bench is going to get significant minutes. They have to be ready to step up to play big time college lacrosse. Teams needs to use their depth in late season games when the regulars legs get tired and bodies are black and blue from playing a tough collegiate schedule. Game time is 4 PM at the QU Lacrosse Turf in Hamden, CT. I am planning to attend the game as it is not too far from Westchester County. No games to officiate tomorrow as most Westchester schools are on spring break. Will send out an e-mail when I return home with the results.
It looks like the Quinnipiac video is free. The Air Force video was crap!! Up on top of the football stadium with little lax players running around the field and NO audio? I know Quinnipiac has a good TV and radio program so I expect their video to be clean. The announcers will most likely be students and rooting for the Bearcats. Video starts at 3:30 PM. Here is the link:

http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/QU_Men-s_Lacrosse_Video_vs._Fairfield

Here is the link to “watch” the game on live stats:

http://livestats.prestosports.com/quinnipiac/

GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73

Air Force 16 Fairfield 8 April 12, 2014 Post Game Report

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The #11/#12 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags traveled to Colorado Springs, CO to play the Air Force Falcons in an ECAC Lacrosse League game.  Air Force jumped out to a 3-1 lead at the end of the first period and were never headed.  The Falcons scored five goals in the second and fourth quarters to build up their leads. Freshman Dave Fleming had three goals and one assist to pace the Stags in scoring while Sophomore TJ Neubauer and Freshman Jake Knostman both had two goals on the day.  Knostman added an assist in the Air Force game. Fairfield dropped to 9-3 overall and 2-1 in ECAC Lacrosse League play. Air Force now has won six straight games.  The Falcons overall record is now 8-3 and 3-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League standing.

The game starts with Senior Jack Murphy in goal for Fairfield while Brett Dadiego started in the cage for the Falcons.  Senior Michael Roe takes the initial face off against Erik Smith for the Falcons.  Smith wins the draw and he gets the ground ball.  Air Force sets up their first offensive effort.  After 61 seconds of play, Sophomore Conor Barr gets a caused turnover.  Junior Drew Federico gets to the ground ball but Air Force gets the ball back when Smith gets a ground ball.  Smith takes the first shot of the game at 13:29 that Murphy saves.  Sophomore TJ Neubarer gets the rebound ground ball.  Fairfield clears and sets up its offense.  The Stags work the ball for almost a minute when the Falcons Marcus Walker gets a caused turnover at 12:29.  Air Force’s Matt Puleo scoops up the ground ball.  Falcons have a clean clear.  Air  Force’s offense take their time. The Falcons Mike Crampton sends a shot wide at 11:15.  Air Force’s Tommy McKee takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Falcons get to the rebound. After taking another minute off the clock, Crampton’s shot is blocked at 10:13. Crampton gets to the ground ball.  Senior Connor Maniatty gets a caused turnover.  Stags clearing attempt is unsuccessful when they have a turnover.  Air Force’s offense cycles the ball.  First, Christopher Allen takes a shot that goes wide at 8:38.  Then Crampton 20 seconds later hits the post.  Crampton follow up shot at 7:53 goes wide.  Murphy gets to the ground ball and starts the clear.  Stags’ clear fails on a caused turnover by Kyle O’Brien.  O’Brien gets the ground ball and passes to Tommy McKee.  McKee finds a cutting Keith Dreyer who puts the shot in the nets.  Air Force takes a 1-0 lead at 7:08 with McKee getting an assist.  Coach Copelan does not like how his team is playing and he uses his first time out of the first half.  Roe and Smith go to the face off circle.  Roe wins the face off and he gets to the ground ball.  He passes off to his wing Sophomore TJ Neubauer.  Neubauer drives to the cage.  He fires a hard shot into the goal. The unassisted goal has both teams tied up at 1-1 with 6:54 remaining on the clock.  Junior Louis DiGiacomo now takes the draw against Bryan Price.  Junior Bryan Barry gets the ground ball playing on the wing.  The Stags have a turnover.  The Falcons’ Alex Warden gets to the ground ball but the Falcons turn the ball over.  Federico scoops up a ground ball.  Fairfield has a turnover and the Falcons successfully clears.  After working the ball for almost two minutes, McKee gets his first goal of the day.  Air Force now leads 2-1 with Smith getting an assist at 4:34.  DiGiacomo takes the face off against Price.  DiGiacomo wins the face off and gets to the ground ball. Stags offense sets up but have a caused turnover created by Air Force’s Chris Carr.  First Carr gets to the ground ball then the Falcons’ Warden gets to the ground ball.  Air Force clears the ball.  Falcons work the wheel.  Dreyer scores with an assist from Crampton. Air Force leads the game 3-1 with 2:53 left in the first quarter.  Roe comes back out to take on Price at the face off circle.  Price takes the draw and the ground ball.  Air Force works their offense for over a minute.  Crampton takes a shot at 1:12 that goes wide.  Murphy makes the save.  Stags clear into the offensive zone with 47 seconds left in the quarter.  Officials stop play with 32 seconds remaining in the first quarter.  Air Force’s Marcus Walker gets a 30 second penalty for a push.  Stags extra man unit enters the game.  First Neubauer takes a shot that goes wide.  Then McLinden has a shot that is saved by Dadiego.  Freshman Jake Knostman gets to the rebound ground ball.  Knostman takes a last second shot that Dadiego saves.  Period ends with Air Force in the lead by a 3-1 score.

Smith comes out to the face off circle for Air Force and Roe for the Stags to start the second quarter.  Roe takes the face off and gets to the resulting ground ball.  Stags look for a chance to score.  McLinden goes to the cage but is stopped by Dadiego.  Senior Eric Warden gets to rebound ground ball. Stags have a turnover and the Falcons’ Warden gets to the ground ball.  Air Force clears into the box.  At 13:17, Crampton scores with Kyle Cassady getting an assist. Air Force now leads 4-1.  Roe now faces Price at the X.  Roe wins the face off and Neubauer on the wing gets to the ground ball. Stags offense sets up and Freshman Dave Fleming finds an opening.  He puts home his shot at 12:24 unassisted to cut the Air Force lead to 4-2.  Roe now finds Price in the middle of the field. Roe beats Price and he gets to the ground ball.  Quickly, Air Force’s Matt Pueleo has a created turnover.  Falcons move the ball into the offensive zone. Cassady takes a shot that is blocked.  With 10:01 showing on the clock, Falcons call time out.  Air Force restarts with Cassady going directly to the goal and scores unassisted.  Falcons increase their lead to 5-2 at the 9:51 mark of the second quarter.  It is Roe and Price taking the face off. Price wins the battle and the ground ball is picked up by Kyle O’Brien playing the wing.  The Falcons are taking their time.  Air Force’s McKee takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Dreyer gets to the rebound ground ball. Falcons use their second time out of the half at 8:29.  Air Force restarts and come out shooting. Dreyer has a shot that goes wide. Falcons restart their offense and are in no rush.  Smith dodges and his shot is good for an unassisted goal.  Air Force now leads 6-2 with 7:11 remaining in the first half.  Roe takes on Price. Price takes the draw and gets to the ground ball.  Crampton fires a fast shot and Murphy makes the save.  Falcons’ James Burke follows up with a shot that Murphy saves.  Crampton gets the ground ball and finds McKee who scores.  Air Force now leads 7-2 on the assisted goal with 4:51 left in the second quarter.  Coach Copelan calls his second time out of the half to settle down the team.  Roe and Price restart the game with Roe wining the draw and getting the ground ball.  He starts the Stags offense and they come out shooting. First Fleming takes a shot that is saved by Dadiego.  Stags reset the offense. Now Sperry’s shot is wide.  Fleming gets the rebound ground ball.  He finds Knostman who scores the goal with three minutes remaining in the half.  Score is now Air Force 7-3.   Roe renews his battle against Price.  Roe wins the draw and Barr gets to the ground ball.  Stags look to cut the lead before halftime.  Warden takes a shot that is saved.  Falcons clear. They want the last shot of the second quarter.  They take the clock down to 21 seconds.  The Falcons’Allen fires a shot that Murphy saves.  Smith gets the ground ball. He passes to Crampton who puts the ball into the nets.  This assisted Falcons goal with 18 seconds remaining in the half pushes the Falcon lead to 8-3.  Roe and Price take the final face with Roe winning. First half ends with the Air Force winning 8-3.

The second half is ready to begin and Air Force makes a change in goal.  Now Doug Gouchoe is between the pipes for the Falcons.  Air Force has been doing split duty between their two front line goal keepers for most of the season. Roe and Smith take the first face off of the third quarter.  Roe wins the face off and gets to the ground ball.  Roe goes directly to the cage but his shot is wide. Stags backup and keep the ball.  Fairfield’s offense at 14:14 has a turnover and the Falcons are able to clear the ball.  They take their time setting up the attack.  Air Force’s Smith takes the first shot of the half but it is blocked.  Flags are down on the ground. Senior D Middie Pete DeSalvo is called for a slash at 13:04.  Falcons send out their EMO team.  They work the ball and 30 seconds into the penalty, Cassady scores with Dreyer assisting.  Falcons now lead 9-3 at the 13:36 mark of the period.  Falcons send out Price to face Roe for the face off.  Roe wins the draw with Manniatty on the wing getting the ground ball.  Stags offense works the Falcons defense.  Play stops as the Air Force’s Price is called for slashing at 11:47.  Fairfield’s extra man unit comes on the field for the second time today.   They work quickly as Knostman feeds Fleming who scores at 11:31.  Score is now Air Force 9 Fairfield 4.   Price comes out of the penalty box to take the face off against Roe.  Roe wins the face off and gets to the ground ball.  Air Force’s O’Brien gets a caused turnover but the Falcons turn the ball over back to the Stags.  Senior Greg Perraut gets the ground ball and a subsequent ground ball is picked up by Fleming. Fleming goes hard to the cage and scores unassisted. This is Fleming’s third goal of the game.  His goal at 10:02 cuts the Air Force lead to 9-5.  Roe now faces Smith in the face off circle.  Smith takes the face off and gets to the ground ball.  Dreyer takes a quick shot that Murphy saves.  Roe is still on the field from the face off and he gathers up the ground ball.  The Fairfield clear fails as the Falcons’ Brandon Bowman gets a caused turnover with 9 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Falcons’ Allan takes a shot 30 seconds into the offensive set with Murphy getting the save.  Stags clear is good and the Fairfield offense works hard to find a good shot.  After working the ball for over a minute, Fairfield suffers a caused turnover with Puleo getting credit at 6:53.  Falcons clear and in transition beat the Stags.  Dreyer finds McKee who scores.  Air Force now leads 10 to 5 at the 6:40 mark of the third quarter.  Roe and Smith take the face off. Smith wins and gets the ground ball.  Crampton gets a ground ball when Smith’s stick is checked.  Crampton immediately goes to the nets and scores. His unassisted goal comes only 16 seconds after the last Falcons goal. Air Force now extends its lead to 11-5 with 6:24 left in the third quarter. Roe and Price battle for the face off with Price getting the win and O’Brien the ground ball.  Air Force’s offense slows things down.  Crampton has a shot blocked at 5:16.  Falcons back up and take the air out of the ball.  Crampton fires another shot but this one is wide.  Air Force keeps the ball and Smith’s shot at 3:52 is wide.  Falcons keep possession. Their offense is no hurry to go to the cage. Finally at 2:34 left in the third quarter, Michael Curran takes a shot that Murphy saves. Stags clear the ball into their offensive half.  Air Force’s Luke Leathers gets a caused turnover but the clear fails when the Falcons have a turnover.  Stags offense looks for a shot.  Knostman takes one with 35 seconds left in the period but Gouchoe makes the save. Air Force clears. Dreyer takes one last shot of the period that Murphy saves as the horn sounds.  Air Force leads 11-5 at the end of three periods.

The final period starts with Roe and Price again taking the face off.  Officials call a violation on Roe. Falcons’ ball and they start their offensive set.  Allen takes a shot 48 seconds into the period that goes wide. Air Force keeps the ball when McKee gets to the ground ball. Allen takes another wide shot.  Falcons still have the ball. Allen takes a third shot and this one ends up in the back of the nets.  His unassisted goal with 13:03 remaining in the game pushes the Air Force lead to 12-5.  Roe battles Price again. Roe gets the win and Neubauer gets the ground ball playing wing.  Stags offense looks for a shot and Fleming takes it at 12:11. The shot is saved by Gouchoe and Fleming fights to get the loose rebound ground ball.  Fleming fires again but Gouchoe makes another save.  Stags reset their offense.  Sophomore Conor Dalton finds his long time teammate Neubauer. Neubauer puts his shot past the Falcons goal keeper.  Air Force’s lead at 11:34 is now 12-6.  DiGiacomo gives Roe a breather. He goes to the face off circle against Price.  Price wins the face off with Bowman getting the ground ball.  Air Force’s offense is working slowly as they are in no rush to take a shot.  Shortly after the 10 minute mark, McKee takes a shot that goes wide. Stags get the ball and successfully clear.  Knostman does not waste any time and his shot is in the goal.  The unassisted goal comes with 9:39 left in the game. Air Force still leads by a 12-7 score. DiGiacomo is facing off against Price. DiGiacomo wins the face off and gets to the ground ball.  Stags have a turnover and Air Force clears the ball.   They take over a minute off the clock and Smith scores unassisted 8:21 left in the game.  Falcons now lead 13-7.  DiGiacomo and Smith square off the face off X.  Smith wins the draw and the ground ball. He goes directly to the goal and passes to McKee.  McKee scores with Smith getting the assist just 8 seconds after the last Falcon score.  Air Force now leads 14-7 with 8:13 left in the game.  DiGiacomo now faces off against Price.  Price wins the draw and gets to the ground ball.  Price takes a fast shot but it goes wide. Air Force backs up and restarts.  Crampton feeds a cutting Austin Smith.  He scores for the Falcons at 7:42.  Air Force leads 15-7.  Coach Copelan calls time out to stop the Falcons momentum.  Roe now takes the face off against Price.  Officials call a violation on Roe. Falcons’ ball.  Air Force’s offense really slows down the pace of the game.  The officials call the first stall warning of the day. Air Force now has 30 seconds to get a shot on the cage at 6:06 remaining in the game.  Officials call a shot clock violation at 5:36 on Air Force.  Ball is turned over to Fairfield and the Stags clear.  Stags try to find an opening for a shot but the Falcons defense is playing tough.  Leathers gets a caused turnover at 4:42 and Air Force’s Warden gets the ground ball.  Air Force clears and have numbers in transition.  Dreyer streaks down the field and passes to McKee who flicks it home for his fifth goal of the game.  Air Force extends its lead to 16-7 with 4:30 left in the game.  Freshman goal keeper Tyler Behring replaces Murphy in the nets. DiGiacomo faces off against Dylan Leary.  DiGiacomo gets the win and the ground ball.  Air Force gets a caused turnover and they restart their offense. Crampton tests Behring and he makes the save.  He starts the clear and Fleming takes a fast shot.  Gouche makes the save.  The Falcons clear fails and they have a turnover when the ball goes out of bounds. Air Force takes a time out with 2:20 remaining in the game. Stags restart and clear the ball.  Senior Alex Cramer takes a pass from Freshman Nico Panepinto. Cramer scores with Panepinto getting the assist.  Air Force leads 16-8 with 2:03 remaining in the game.  DiGiacomo faces off against Price. Price wins the battle.  and O’Brien gets to the ground ball.  Falcons take their time and with 60 seconds remaining, Falcon’s Matt Scott takes a shot. Behring makes the save.   Smith gets to the rebound ground ball.  Allen takes a shot that is blocked with 37 seconds remaining.  Falcons back up and keep the ball.  Falcons’ Matt Scott takes the final shot of the game and it is wide.  Final horn sounds. Air Force wins by a 16-8 score.

The Falcons out shot the Stags by a 50 to 20 margin. The Stags net minders made 13 saves and the Falcons goal keepers made 9 saves in the game. Both teams had 28 ground balls. Fairfield had 15 turnovers while Air Force only had 7 turnovers. Fairfield’s FOGOs had two violations in the game with both coming in the fourth quarter and Air Force did not have any violations. Stags won 14 of 27 face offs while Air Force took 13 of 27 from the X. Stags were successful 10 of 13 clears while the Falcons cleared 11 of 13 chances. Stags on the extra man scored once out of two chances. Air Force converted its only man up opportunity.

Stars of the game-Freshman Dave Fleming continues his scoring streak of getting a goal in all of the Stags games this season.  Fleming got a three goal hat trick, one assist and three ground balls. Classmate Jake Knostman got two goals, one assist and one ground ball.  Both Fleming and Knostman assisted on goals for each other.  This combination first struck in the Michigan game.  Sophomore TJ Neubauer scored two goals on three shots along with scooping up three ground balls.  Senior Michael Roe had a very good day at the face off circle winning 11 of 20 face offs and eight ground ball.  Third straight game that Roe’s face off numbers are approaching those he put up in his great season of 2012.

Frosh of the Year- Both Fleming and Knostman are having outstanding rookie campaigns.  Not only are they both scoring goals and getting assists, they are starting to develop “chemistry” that will pay off for the Stags the rest of this season and for the next three years.  Fleming now has 20 goals along with five assists for 25 points.  Knostman has tallied 12 goals and six assists.  Let’s wait till the end of the season to declare the “Frosh of the Year. ” Right now, we have two outstanding freshman players.   Soph of the Year-Neubaurer continues his great sophomore season.  He is second on the team in goals with 23 and four assists for 27 points.

The Stags need to forget this game and focus on the next road game on Tuesday. Quinnipiac is  a “pesky” team and have given the Stags fits over the year.  In the Air Force game, the Stags three leading scorers were blanked.  McLinden, Sperry and Warden are too good to be stopped two games in a row.  Strongly believe the Stags’ defense had a long talk on the way home from Colorado and will be a force on Tuesday. They have been playing at too high a level to have one game to cut into their skills and confidence.  Murphy bounced back after his bad outing earlier this year and I fully expect him to have a good game on Tuesday afternoon, April 15th.  Stags next outing will be against in state foe Quinnipiac. The game is scheduled to start at 4 PM. The site of the game is the QU Lacrosse Turf Field on the Quinnipiac campus in Hamden, CT.  Full pre game report to follow shortly.  Best Regards- Roger Yergeau ’73

Fairfield versus Air Force April 12, 2014 Pre Game Report

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The #11/#12 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags stay on the road and play on Saturday April 12, 2014 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Game time is 2 PM EST. The Air Force Falcons are members of ECAC Lacrosse League member. The Stags enter the game with a record of 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League .The Falcons have a 2014 season record of 7-3 and have a ECAC Lacrosse League record of 2-0. Currently, the Falcons have won their last five games. Air Force will play in the ECAC Lacrosse League Championship Tournament at Ohio State, May 1st and May 3rd. The Stags and the Falcons played a thrilling 9-8 Stags win in 2013. Junior Colin McLinden got the assist on the game winning goal scored with 33 seconds left in the game. .
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. Last Saturday, the Falcons hosted Mercer. The Falcons exploded for 10 goals in the first period with the final being 19-6. Air Force’s defense blanked Mercer in the first and fourth quarters. Senior Mike Crampton had eight goals in the game including seven goals in the first quarter. Crampton has been the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week for the past three weeks running. To me, in an oddity, the Falcons suited up their four year team manager. He played in goal to close out the game.
After ten games, the Falcon has averaged 12.20 goals per game and the opponents have also averaged 8.90 goals per game. Falcons have scored 122 goals this year while taking 423 shots for a .288 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 89 goals after taking 308 shots for a .289 shot percentage. The Falcons have scored 70 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 57 goals via an assist. Air Force is credited with 52 unassisted goals and their opponents have 32 unassisted goals. The Falcons man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 12 times out of 28 chances for a .429 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 16 goals out of 39 attempts for a .410 conversion rate. Air Force has scored two man down goals this season.
Air Force scooped up 296 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 288 ground balls. The Falcons have 124 turnovers this season while their opponents have 148 turnovers. The Falcons defense has 66 caused turnovers and their opposition has 62 caused turnovers. Air Force’s face off unit has 122 wins out of 244 chances for a .504 win percentage. The opponents have 121 wins out of the 244 face offs for a .496 face off percentage. On clears, the Falcons have been successful 137 times out of 160 chances for a .856 clear percentage. Their opponents have cleared the ball 133 out of 163 tries for a .816 clear percentage. The Falcons have been flagged 37 times for 31.30 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 30 penalties for 25.30 minutes.
The Falcons have scored 51 goals in the first quarter this season. Air Force’s offense has scored 27 goals in the second quarter and 23 in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Falcon’s have tallied 21 goals. The opposition has countered with 28 goals in the third quarter and 24 goals in the second quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 20 times in the first quarter and 17 goals in the fourth quarter. Air Force has taken 113 shots in the second quarter in 2014 and 112 shots in the first quarter. The Falcons have 100 shots in the fourth stanza and 98 shots in the third quarter. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the third quarter with 89 shots. The opposition has fired off 80 shots in the fourth quarter and 73 in the third quarter. The lowest amount of shots taken by their opponents is 66 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. He has thirty goals with thirteen assists for forty three points. Tommy McKee, # 10, has scored twenty goals and seven assists for twenty seven points. Keith Dreyer comes into the Fairfield game scoring ten goals and sixteen assists. Both Erik Smith and Kyle Cassady have 23 points in the 2014 season. Smith and Cassady have 15 goals and eight assists. Christopher Allen scored ten goals with two assists while Austin Smith has six goals and five assists for 11 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 75 of 152 face offs for a .493 winning percentage. Smith who is not a true FOGO has taken 75 draws. He has won 45 of his face offs for a .600 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 ten Falcons games. Brett Dadiego has started in three games and appeared in eight games. In four games Gouchoe and Dadiego have split the goal tending duties. Dadiego played the first half in their last game against Mercer. In two games, Michigan and Binghamton, Dadiego started the first half and Goechoe has played the second half. Gouchoe played the first half in the VMI and Furman games while Dadiego played the last two quarters. Gouchoe played the full game against Jacksonville, Marist, Canicus, Denver and Bellarmine. Very confusing! Don’t know who will be in the cage on Saturday. Gouchoe has played over 412 minutes in goal for the Falcons. He has allowed 66 goals this season for an 8.90 goals against average. Gouchoe has made 58 saves for a .468 save percentage. Dadiego has played over 174 minutes while allowing 23 saves for a .468 save percentage. He has made 22 saves for a .489 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 11.91 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.18 goals per game. The Stags have scored 131 goals in its ten games out of 335 shots for a .391 shot percentage. The opponents scored 90 goals out of 380 shots for a .237 shot percentage. Sixty eight of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored forty eight assisted goals. Fairfield has 63 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 42 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fourteen times out of 35 man up chances for a .400 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed only eight extra man goal this season out of thirty four chances for a .235 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 304 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 319 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 144 times and the opponents had 153 turnovers. Fairfield has 78 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 77 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 114 times out of 258 chances for .442 winning percentage. The opposition are 144 of 258 face offs for a .558 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 187 times out of 208 chances for a .899 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 150 times successfully out of 168 chances for a .893 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 35 times in the ten games for 30.00 minutes and the opponents received 36 penalties for 32.30 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored thirty five times in the second quarter and thirty four times in the fourth quarter. The Stags scored thirty times in the third quarter. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 31 times in the first period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 25 goals in the second quarter and 24 goals in the third stanza. Twenty two goals have been scored in the first period and 19 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 99 shots, 82 shots in the second quarter, 79 times in the third quarter and 74 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 98 shots in the fourth quarter, 96 in the first quarter, 94 shots in the second quarter, 84 shots in third quarter and two in the OT period.
Colin McLinden now leads the team in scoring with 37 points, 13 goals and 24 assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 26 and he has two assists for 29 points. Tristan Sperry now is second on the team for points scored. He has 35 points with 19 goals and 16 assists. TJ Neubauer has 24 points in the 2014 season. Neubauer has twenty one goals and three assists. Dave Fleming has 17 goals and four assists for 21 points. Jake Knostman and Drew Federico both have 15 points. Knostman has ten goals and five assists. Federico has twelve goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and one assist in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Alex Cramer has two goals and two assists in the 2014 campaign. Nick Guida and Nico Panepinto have three points, Guida with one goal and two assists and Panepinto has three assists. Jack Murphy played 646 plus minutes in the eleven games played. Eighty six goals have been scored against him for a 7.98 goals against average. He has been credited with 107 saves for a .554 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 16 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in three games. Four goals have been scored against him for a 14.80 goals against average and credited with one save for a .200 save percentage.
This is going to be a very tough road game for the Stags. The Falcons have a lot of incentive. It is Senior Day at the Air Force Academy, a long flight for the Stags, mile high altitude, facing a team that has won five straight games, an Air Force team looking for revenge for last year’s loss, wanting to knock off a nationally ranked team and the Stags are facing a hot scorer. The Stags have played in some close games on the road this season and still have a 4-1 away game record. Coach Andy Copelan and his staff will have to come up with a game plan to stop Crampton and McKee. The Stags defense has been stellar this last month and should be up to the task. The face off game with Michael Roe and Louis Federico numbers in the last two games has been terrific. The face off stats are approaching what we saw in 2012. The Stags offense is one of the most efficient in the nation with its .391 shot percentage. I am hoping the shots from the attack fly faster in the higher altitude and past whoever is in the nets for the Falcons. Game starts at 12 Noon CST/2 PM EST. Fairfield notes: Senior Eric Warden has scored a goal in the last twelve games in the 2013 and 2014 season while Freshman Dave Fleming has scored a goal in every game in the 2014 season. Warden’s younger brother Alex plays for the Falcons and has appeared in all 10 games this season.
The video feed for Air Force appears to be for free. It is on Falconvison. Here is the link:

http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-lacros/afa-m-lacros-body.html

To “watch” the game on live stats/game tracker, here is the link:

http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mlacros.html?event=1322168&school=afa&sport=mlacros&camefrom=&startschool=&

GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73

Fairfield 9 Michigan 8 April 5, 2015 Post Game Report

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The #13/#15 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags won the Battle of the Big House at Ann Arbor, MI. The Stags beat the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 9-8. Fairfield jumped out to an 8-4 lead at halftime with Junior Colin McLinden leading the team with 2 goals and three assists. Fairfield scored just one goal in the second half. Junior Drew Federico netted  a huge goal in the fourth quarter which proved to the margin of victory. A strong face off game with Senior Michael Roe and Junior Louis DiGiacomo were also key to the Stags win. Fairfield is now 9-2 overall and 2-0 in ECAC Lacrosse League play while Michigan dropped to 4-8 overall and 1-2 in the ECAC Lacrosse League standings. The Stags now have won seven straight games. This matches the Fairfield program record set in 2012 when the Stags won its first seven game of the year.

The game was played in mid 40 degree temps and sunny skies. The Michigan Wolverines played its spring football game before the game. Thus many of the football fans remained in the stands at the game. Several local high school lax programs attended the game and a youth lacrosse “game” was played at halftime.

Senior Jack Murphy is in goal for the Stags and Freshman Robbie Zinino is in the cage for the Wolverines.  Senior Michael Roe gets ready to face off against Michael Lott for Michigan.  Roe wins the initial draw of the day and Sophomore TJ Neubauer gets to the ground ball.  Stags set up their offense.  Fairfield probes the Michigan defense.  Junior Drew Federico takes a shot at 14:02 and it goes wide. Stags back up the shot.  Junior Tristan Sperry dodges around the nets beating the Michigan defender.  His shot hits the post! The rebound ground ball is picked up by Michigan’s Jeff Chu.  He starts the Wolverine clear.  David Joseph for the Wolverines takes a quick shot that wide.  Michigan retains the ball as they backup.  After working the ball for almost a minute, Michigan’s offense has a turnover. Stags clear the ball and the offense takes it time.  At 11:07, Sperry again takes his defender to the rack and he scores unassisted.  Fairfield now leads 1-0.  Roe and Lott are at the X.  Officials call a violation on Lott. Stags ball.  After working their offense for almost one minute, Michigan’s Mack Gembis gets a caused turnover.  Wolverines clear the ball.  A Michigan shot by Joseph at 9:22 is wide.  Wolverines retain the ball and have a turnover.  Stags clear into the offensive zone.  The offense is looking for that seam. Neubauer has the ball and he hits the cutting Freshman David Fleming.  Fleming hard shot is in the back of the Michigan net.  Stags now lead 2-0 at 8:11 with Neubauer assisting on the Fleming goal.  Roe and Lott go to the X. Roe beats Lott and he gets the ground ball.  Fairfield works the Michigan defense.  Fleming takes a wide shot.  Stags restart but Michigan’s Gembis gets a caused turnover.  Chu gets to the ground ball and Michigan clears at 7:13.  They take their time until Mike Hernandez takes a wide shot at 6:21.  The Wolverines keep the ball.  Dan Kinek passes to Mikie Schlosser who scores at 6:07.  Fairfield’s lead is now 2-1.  Roe and Lott head to the midfield.  Roe is successful and gets to the ground ball.  Stags have a very quick turnover and Michigan’s Ian King scoops up the loose ball.  Michigan’s David McCormack takes a shot that is blocked.  Stags clear into the box. Sophomore Frank Borognone gets to a loose ground ball so Fairfield stays on the attack.  Wolverine’s Dakota Sherman gets a caused turnover at 4:30 remaining in the first quarter.  Kinek gets the resulting loose ground ball and he runs down the field with the clear.  He does not stop until he takes a shot that is wide of the cage.  Michigan backs up and at 3:53 Thomas Paras fires a wide shot. Wolverines keep the ball. Now Joseph takes a wide shot.  Michigan keeps the ball and takes some time off the clock.  At 2:48 Paras second shot also flys wide of the nets.  Wolverines keep the ball.  Next Kyle Jackson takes a shot that Murphy saves.  There is a rebound ground ball picked up by Mike Francia.  Joseph takes another shot that is on the mark.  The game is now tied at 2-2 on the unassisted goal with 2:21 remaining in the first period.  Junior Louis DiGiacomo enters the face off circle facing Lott. Lott takes the face off with McCormick on the wing getting to the ground ball.  Michigan takes its time on offense. Stags defense is pushing the Michigan players outside. Senior Toby Armour gets a caused turnover and starts the clear at 1:20 left in the period.  Stags take some time off the clock.  Freshman Jack Knostman has the ball spotting the cutting Fleming. Fleming scores for his second goal of the game.  Stags now lead 3-2 with 24 seconds remaining in the first stanza.  I believe this is the first time this season the two freshmen have connected to get a goal.  Know we will see this combination again over the next three plus seasons.   Two exciting young players! DiGiacomo takes this face off against Lott and the officials call a violation on Lott.  Flag down as the officials say this is the third face off violation. Stags have an extra man for the last 22 seconds of the second quarter.  Stags look for a shot. Since one is not open, they hold the ball so the Stags can start the second quarter with the ball. Fairfield leads 3-2 at the end of one period.

Stags start with the ball as the second quarter begins.  Fairfield’s offense works the wheel and looks for a seam.  McLinden passes to Senior Eric Warden who fires a hard shot into the Michigan goal at 14:02. The assisted goal pushes the Stags lead to 4-2.  Roe is back at the face off circle to take on Lott.  Roe wins the face off and gets to the ground ball.  Stags offense sets up but Michigan’s Andrew Hatton gets a caused turnover.  Wolverines clear the ball into the offensive zone.  Michigan’s offense works the Stags defense when Ian King scores unassisted at 12:01.  Stags lead is now 4-3. Lott and Roe continue their battle at the X.  Lott takes this face off and Chase Brown from the wing gets to the ground ball. Michigan’s Joseph takes a shot at 10:52 that Murphy saves.  The rebound ground ball comes back to Joseph who takes a second shot that Murphy saves. This time, Murphy has the ball in his stick and starts the clear.  Stags are working quickly when Fleming’s shot is saved by Zonino.  McLinden finds the rebound and he puts the ball into the cage.  His unassisted goal at 9:36 gives Fairfield a 5-3 lead.  Roe and Lott square off at the face off circle. Roe takes the draw and the ground ball.  Stags offense looks for that seam in the Michigan defense.  McLinden takes the ball behind the cage and dodges past his defender.  He scores unassisted at 8:38.  That’s two goals for McLinden in less than one minute! Stags now lead 6-3. Now DiGiacomo comes out to the face off circle to take on Lott. DiGiacomo wins the face off and Neubauer grabs the ground ball from the wing.  Coach Andy Copelan takes his first time out of the half. Just some time to rest the team and going over assignments.  Stags restart after the time out and work the offensive zone.  Knostman takes a shot that goes wide.  Stags back up and Warden goes to the cage. Michigan’s goal keeper makes the save and he starts the clear.  Wolverines are being patient when King takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Wolverines retain possession and then Mike Hernandez’s shot goes wide.  Senior D Middie Shawn Honovich gets a caused turnover.  Armour gets to the resulting ground ball and he start the clear with 5:41 remaining in the half.  Stags take their time on offense and look for a good shot.  Michigan’s Chris Walker gets a caused turnover at 4:32.  Gembis picks up the loose ground ball and starts the clear.  Michigan is looking for a shot opportunity.  Kyle Jackson tries but his shot is high.  Wolverines back up.  A quick shot is taken by Andrew Portnoy but it sails wide.  Michigan is backing up their shots. Now Joseph takes a shot on net that Murphy saves.  Junior Bryan Barry gets the rebound ground ball with 3:08 remaining in the first half.  Stags clear attempt fails with a turnover.  Michigan gets the ball back and they restart their offense.  Joseph gets a shot off that gets into the Stags nets.  His unassisted goal at 2:20 of the half cuts the Fairfield lead to 6-4.  Roe and Lott are back at the face off circle. Roe pops the ball and takes the ground ball.  Stags offense takes its time.  After several times around the cage, McLinden feeds Federico.  The West Islip, NY product puts the ball into the Michigan goal.  Stags now lead 7-4 with 64 seconds remaining in the half.  Roe and Lott again get to the X.  Once again, Roe wins the draw and he gets to the ground ball.  Stags take 20 seconds off the clock when Coach Copelan uses his second time out of the half.  Coach Copelan wants to set up the last shot attempt of the first half. Stags restart and wind the clock down. They go to the cage with less than 10 seconds remaining in the half. McLinden has the ball. He finds a cutting Knostman. Knostman shoots a hard shot home and gives the Stags an 8-4 lead with McLinden getting the assist with three seconds showing on the clock.  DiGiacomo comes out to the face off circle against Lott. Lott takes the face off and ground ball. Horn sounds ending the first half with Fairfield leading by an 8-4 score.

The third quarter starts with Roe facing off against Lott.  Roe wins the face off with Neubauer getting to the ground ball on the wing. Neubauer starts off the offensive set.  Stags with the four goal lead take their time.  Michigan’s Gembis gets a caused turnover and he starts the clear at 13:43. Wolverines want a quick score.  Jackson finds a cutting Paras who scores.  Fairfield now leads 8-5 at the 13:04 mark.  Roe and Lott come to the face off circle.  Lott wins the draw and gets to the ground ball.  Michigan’s offense wants another goal and Paras takes a shot that goes wide.  Michigan has a turnover and Stags are able to clear.  McLinden takes a shot that goes wide. Stags backup.  Sophomore Conor Dalton takes a shot that Zonino saves. He starts the clear and the Michigan offense goes to work. Stags defense keeps them out for over a minute.  A shot by Michigan’s Schlosser finds the cage at 10:14.  Fairfield now leads 8-6 on the unassisted goal.  Roe and Lott face off with Lott taking this draw and getting the ground ball.  But Michigan has a turnover and Murphy roams out of the cage to get the ground ball.  Stags clear into the offensive zone but the attack is frustrated when Michigan’s Paras gets a caused turnover.  Michigan tries to clear but the Stags attack is riding hard.  McLinden gets a caused turnover and he gets to the ground ball.  McLinden settles the offense with 8:53 in the period.  With 8:04 remaining in the third quarter, Warden takes a shot that Zonino saves.  Looks like the Michigan goal keeper has made some sort of adjustment as the Stags were beating him in the first half easily.  The rebound ground ball is picked up by Michigan’s Chris Walker and he starts the clear.  Stags defensive players are playing hard. Sophomore Conor Barr gets a caused turnover and Fleming scoops up the ground ball.  Stags clear and look for the chance to score. A couple of missed passes has first Sperry then Warden and finally Federico scooping up ground balls.  This is partially because the Michigan defense is getting aggressive. Too aggressive for the officials as two separate fouls are called.  Paras gets one minute for slashing and Walker goes to the box with one minute for tripping. Stags go on the man up offense with Michigan being down two players with 5:54 showing on the clock for the third period.  Fairfield whips it around the Michigan box defense.  Warden’s shot goes wide. Next McLinden tries and his shot is wide.  This is followed up by a shot by Sophomore Mikey Gulasey that is wide. Stags keep firing when McLinden’s shot is high.  Officials call Michigan is closest to the ball after the McLinden’s shot at 5:09. Wolverines clear the zone and kill off the balance of the two man penalty.  Stags defense is limiting the Michigan’s offenses shots.  King takes a shot at 4:06 that is blocked.  Stags take control and slow things down. Warden looks to get Fairfield back on the board but his shot is saved by Zonino.  Fairfield keeps the ball.  The Michigan’s Walker gets a caused turnover with 2:47 left in the quarter.  Wolverines clear. Paras shoots but it goes wide.  Michigan keeps the ball and they can not get off a quick shot. Finally at 1:06, Jackson takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Stags clear and hold the ball waiting for one last good shot.  With 8 seconds remaining in the period, Stags have a turnover.  Michigan’s Gembis gets the ground ball. Third period ends with the Stags still in the lead by an 8-6 score.

Fourth quarter starts with the game on the line.  Roe and Lott face off to start the final 15 minutes.  Lott takes the draw and gets to the ground ball.  Michigan’s offense works hard and fast.  Paras passes to Jackson who scores at 14:22. The Stags lead in now down to one- 8 to 7.  Time to go downstairs and get the Fairfield Lacrosse Jacket!   Roe and Lott take the second face off of the final period.  Fleming takes a quick shot that is blocked.  Neubauer gets the ground ball and Fairfield retains possession. Stags work the offense and take time off the clock.  Officials stop play at 12:59 for a holding penalty on Michigan’s Chase Brown. The Stags EMO team has a chance to give the team some breathing room.  They move the ball around but have a turnover.  Michigan clears and their offense is looking for the tieing goal.  King fires a shot that goes wide. Next Joseph takes a shot that is blocked.  Paras gets to the ground ball but a turnover is committed right away.  Fairfield clears the ball and goes on offense.  Federico has a shot saved by Zonino at 10:05.   Zonino gets to the rebound ground ball.  He starts the clear.  Wolverine’s offense only waits 30 seconds before taking a shot.  Hernandez shoots. Murphy sees the shot all the way and makes the save. He starts the Stags clear.  Fairfield’s offense takes some time off the clock. Sperry dodges past his defender but Zonino is locked in and makes the save.  Neubauer gets to the rebound ground ball and he sends a shot wide.  McLinden gets the ball on the backup.  Michigan’s defense is trying to get the ball.  Michigan’s Gembis gets a caused turnover.  Wolverines’ Hatton gets the ground ball and he starts the clear.   Michigan’s offense is facing a determined Stags defense.  Michigan has a turnover and the Stags get the ball into the offensive zone.  Coach Copelan uses his first time out at 6:43 to settle down the team and set up the next offensive set.  Stags restart the offense.  Senior Alex Cramer sees an opening, takes a shot but Zonino makes the save.  Federico gets to the rebound ground ball. He pulls the ball out and Fairfield now restarts the offense.  Michigan’s Brown gets a caused turnover with 5:41 remaining in the game. Brown gets to the ground ball and he starts the clear.  Less than five minutes left in the game and Jackson fires a wide shot. McCormick shoots a second shot wide at 4:36 that goes wide.  Michigan retains the ball on the backup. Stags defense is not giving the Wolverines any room to shoot.  Michigan’s coach calls time out at 3:41 to set up a plan.  Wolverines restart.  Jackson takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Murphy starts the Fairfield clear.  Stags offense look for a good shot. Sperry takes the ball behind the cage.  He spots Federico cutting to the cage. Federico buries his shot giving Fairfield a 9 to 7 lead on Sperry assist with 2:12 left in the game.  Roe and Lott take an important face off.  Lott wins the face off and gets the ground ball. He starts the Michigan offense.  Joseph scores unassisted to make it a one goal game again with 1:37 left in the contest.  Stags continue to lead 9-8.  Another important face off.  Roe and Lott go to the X.  Roe beats Lott and gets the ground ball. Stags get the ball into the box. Coach Copelan calls his second time out with 1:29 remaining in the game.  Stags restart with the Michigan trying to double the ball and Zonino outside the cage.  McLinden fires a shot at the empty net but it is wide.  Officials say Michigan is closest to the ball when it goes out of bounds.  Questionable call.  The homer Michigan announcers state the Wolverines got a great break.  Michigan’s coach takes his second time out.  Wolverines restart with the Stags’ defense playing tough.  With 49 ticks left on the clock, Michigan’s Paras has a turnover. Fairfield tries to clear but the ball is loose.  The ball is bouncing around the field.  Stags get the ball with 22 seconds left in the game and successfully clear the ball.  Horn ends the game with Stags winning 9-8.  Total relief from the coaches, the players, parents and the Stags lacrosse family. A win is a win!!!

Michigan outshot the Stags by a 34 to 29 margin.  Murphy and Zonino both had eight saves for the game with Zonino getting six saves in the second half of the game.  Fairfield won the ground ball battle getting to 29 gbs while the Wolverines got 24 gbs.   Stags had 14 turnovers versus the 12 turnovers by Michigan.  Lott had three face off violations while Roe and DiGiacomo did not commit any face off turnovers.  Roe and DiGiacomo combined for 13 face off wins out of 20 draws.  Lott won only three draws in the first half out of 13 chances. Stags cleared successfully 14 out or 16 chances while Michigan cleared 17 of 18 opportunities. Stags did not score on three extra man chances. One was at the end of the first period. The Stags has a 30 second opportunity but only 22 seconds in the first quarter and 8 seconds in the second quarter.  Fairfield did not receive any penalties. Thus Michigan had no chances for an extra man.

Stars of the Game-Junior Colin McLinden who in the first half had two goals and three assists for a five point game.  He also scooped up two ground balls.  McLinden suffered a hand injury in the second half that cut into his effectiveness.   Junior Drew Federico got the game winner for the Stags in his two goal game.  Think this is his first career game winning goal for the Stags. Federico got to three ground balls. Senior Michael Roe won 11 of 16 face offs along with seven ground balls. Freshman Dave Fleming scored two goals and got to two ground balls. Junior Tristan Sperry got the first goal of the game and assisted on Federico’s winning goal.  Sperry also grabbed two grounds. Freshman Jake Knostman got a goal and an assist. Senior Eric Warden continued his consecutive game goal scoring streak and got to two ground balls.  Sophomore TJ Neubauer got one assist and six ground balls playing on the wing during the face offs. He had a goal wiped out when the officials ruled he was in the crease despite clearly getting a push in the back by a Michigan defender. (Sorry fellow officials. Even the Michigan announcers were amazed at the call).  Senior Jack Murphy had eight saves and his defense limited Michigan to taking wide shots.  Seniors Toby Armour and Greg Perraut along with Junior Max Buchanan helped Murphy limit the Wolverines to eight goals despite 34 shots.

Frosh of the Year-Continues to be a close battle as both players in contention for this honor are playing great. David Fleming now has 17 goals and four assists for 21 points.  Fleming has scored a goal in every game this season. Jake Knostman has 10 goals and five assists for 15 points. Impressive numbers for both first year players! This game had the first Fleming from Knostman goal of their careers.  Looking forward to seeing that connection over the next three years.  Soph of the Year-TJ Neubauer continues to play well, scoring, when he is playing on the wing for face offs and staying on the field in transition at midfield playing strong defense.  Not many middies in this game of specialization can play both ways.  Currently he has 21 goals and three assists for 24 points in the season.

The Stags looked great on offense in the first.  Almost a scoring clinic with the passing, cutting and scoring.  Second half the offense never clicked.  Was it the Michigan goal keeper getting hot, defensive adjustments or the long travel?  Good teams win when they have a bad day. Reading my pre game report, I stated the Wolverines would be a tough out.  Fairfield had a “bad” second half.  In this era of parity in college lacrosse, Stags came home with a conference win, have a 9-2 overall record and 2-0 in ECAC play with three games left to play in the regular season.  As a fan, am I expecting too much when the defense holds a team to eight goals?  Last time out they held a team to three goals. Why not only four goals?  The offense gets eight goals in the first half and has its first bad “half” all season.  Why can’t the team get 15 plus goals every game?  I hope as a fan my expectations are not getting too great.  Stags have only one game this week playing Air Force Academy at the USAF campus.  The Falcons have a five game winning streak with a 7-3 overall record and 2-0 in ECAC Lacrosse League play.  Game is scheduled to a 12 noon start CST.  Full pregame report later this week.  Best Regards- Roger Yergeau ’73

 

 

 

Fairfield versus Michigan April 5, 2014 Pregame Report

Friday, April 4th, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The #13/#15 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags play on Saturday April 5, 2014 in the showdown at The Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Stags will play fellow ECAC Lacrosse League member, the Michigan Wolverines. Game time is 5:00 PM. The Michigan Football Spring game will precede the lacrosse game. The Stags enter the game with a record of 8-2 overall and 1-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League .The Wolverines have a 2014 season record of 4-7 and have a ECAC Lacrosse League record of 1-1. Michigan has qualified to be in the ECAC Lacrosse League Championship Tournament at Ohio State in early May. Michigan is in its third year as a Division 1 Lacrosse Program. Fairfield and Michigan have only played once in 2013. The Stags won under the lights by a 10-8 score. Michigan will join the newly formed Big 10 Lacrosse League in the 2015 season.
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 then ranked #15 in the country. The Big Red avoided being upset with Michigan taking them to OT. Cornell won the shootout 15-14. 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. Last Saturday, Michigan visited the Air Force Academy for an ECAC Lacrosse League game. The Air Force started the game with a 3-0 lead and was up by 5 goals in the first period before Michigan cut the score to 6-2 at the end of the first 15 minutes. In the second quarter, Michigan made a run of three goals cutting the Air Force lead to 6-5. Falcons countered with a three goal run to make it a 9-5 game at halftime. The Falcons pushed the lead to 13-7 at the conclusion of three periods. The score was 14-9 in the fourth quarter when the Wolverines scored three goals to cut the Falcons lead to 14-12 with 28 seconds left in the game. Air Force scored the final goal of the day to make the final score 15-12. Mike Crampton and Kyle Jackson both had three goals to pace the Wolverines against Air Force.
After eleven games, the Wolverines have averaged 10.18 goals per game and the opponents have also averaged 12.91.00 goals per game. Michigan has scored 112 goals this year while taking 436 shots for a .257 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 142 goals after taking 444 shots for a .320 shot percentage. The Wolverines have scored 57 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 79 goals via an assist. Michigan is credited with 55 unassisted goals and their opponents have 63 unassisted goals. The Wolverines man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 17 times out of 49 chances for a .346 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 13 goals out of 44 attempts for a .295 conversion rate. Michigan and one opponent have each scored a man down goal in 2014.
Michigan scooped up 355 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 334 ground balls. The Wolverines and their opponents have 163 turnovers. The Wolverine defense has 82 caused turnovers and their opposition has 94 caused turnovers. Michigan’s face off unit has 150 wins out of 289 chances for a .518 win percentage. The opponents have 139 wins out of the 289 face offs for a .481 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 192 out of 227 tries for a .846 clear percentage. The Wolverines have been flagged 44 times for 38:00 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 49 penalties for 41.30 minutes.
The Wolverines have scored 29 goals in the second quarter this season. Michigan’s offense has scored 28 goals in the third and fourth quarters. In the first quarter, the Wolverines have tallied 25 goals. The opposition has countered with 39 goals in the second quarter and 38 goals in the third quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 37 times in the first quarter and 27 goals in the fourth quarter. Michigan has taken 125 shots in the fourth quarter in 2014 and 113 shots in the second quarter. The Wolverines have 96 shots in both the first quarter and third stanza. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the third quarter with 120 shots. The opposition has fired off 110 shots in the fourth quarter and 105 in the second quarter. The lowest amount of shots taken is 104 shots in the first quarter.
Michigan’s leading scorer is #10 Ian King who has 23 goals this season and 1 assist for 24 points. Next on the scoring list are #47 Kyle Jackson whose 20 points are made up of sixteen goals and four assists and #11 Thomas Papas with eleven goals and nine assists for his 20 points. David McCormick has scored eleven goals and six assists for 17 points. Dan Kinek has twelve points made up of four goals and eight assists. Mike Francia has tallied five goals and six assists for eleven points. Both David Joseph and Doug Bryant have 10 points. Mike Hernandez has tallied nine points. Andrew Portnoy and Peter Cross have chipped in with seven points. Mikie Schlosster has six points this season and Riley Kennedy has compiled five points. Two Michigan players have two points this season while nine other Wolverine 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 118 of 202 in draws for a .584 winning percentage. Also taking face offs has been # 20 Will Biagi who has won 22 draws of the 51 taken for a .431 winning percentage. Robbie Zonino has played 640 plus minutes plus between the pipes for the Wolverines this season and started all eleven games. He has allowed 135 goals for a 12.64 goals against average. Zonino has been credited with 106 saves for a .440 save percentage. Mike D’Alessio relieved Zonino in one game this season. He has played 25 plus minutes. D’Alessio has allowed seven goals for a 16.46 goals against average. He is being credited with one saves and .125 save percentage.
Fairfield is averaging 12.20 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.20 goals per game. The Stags have scored 122 goals in its ten games out of 306 shots for a .399 shot percentage. The opponents scored 82 goals out of 346 shots for a .237 shot percentage. Sixty two of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored forty five assisted goals. Fairfield has 60 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 37 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fourteen times out of 32 man up chances for a .438 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed only eight extra man goal this season out of thirty four chances for a .235 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 275 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 295 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 130 times and the opponents had 141 turnovers. Fairfield has 74 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 67 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 101 times out of 238 chances for .424 winning percentage. The opposition are 137 of 238 face offs for a .576 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 173 times out of 192 chances for a .901 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 133 times successfully out of 150 chances for a .887 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 35 times in the ten games for 30.00 minutes and the opponents received 32 penalties for 29.30 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored thirty three times in the fourth quarter. The Stags scored thirty times in the second and third quarters. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 28 times in the first period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 23 goals in the second quarter and 22 goals in the third stanza. Twenty goals have been scored in the first period and 17 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 92 shots, 74 shots in the second quarter, 71 times in the third quarter and 68 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 90 shots in the fourth quarter, 85 in the first and second quarters, 84 shots in third quarter and two in the OT period.
Tristian Sperry leads the team in scoring with 33 points, 18 goals and 15 assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 25 and he has two assists for 27 points. Colin McLinden now is second on the team for points scored. He has 32 points with 11 goals and 21 assists. TJ Neubauer has 23 points in the 2014 season. Neubauer has twenty one goals and two assists. Dave Fleming has fifth teen goals and four assists for 19 points. Jake Knostman and Drew Federico both have 13 points. Knostman has nine goals and five assist Federico has ten goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and one assist in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Alex Cramer has two goals and two assists in the 2014 campaign. Nick Guida and Nico Panepinto have three points, Guida with one goal and two assists and Panepinto has three assists. Jack Murphy played 586 plus minutes in the ten games played. Seventy eight goals have been scored against him for a 7.98 goals against average. He has been credited with 99 saves for a .559 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 16 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in three games. Four goals have been scored against him for a 14.80 goals against average and credited with one save for a .200 save percentage.
The Wolverines have lost their last three games. Michigan is being noted for recruiting lot of good athletes. Fairfield had to work until the fourth quarter last year to beat Michigan last season. Good face off numbers for the Wolverine FOGOs. I am most impressed with their loss to Cornell. The Big Red is ranked currently #2 in the national post. The Wolverines lost in OT to Cornell and scored 14 goals. They also hung tough against the then ranked #1 Maryland. They will be playing in front of a large crowd left over from the spring football game. This will be a dangerous hungry team playing in the Big House. Michigan should not be taken lightly. Wolverines would love to know off a Nationally ranked team and a fellow ECAC Lacrosse League member. Please note that the game has been rescheduled to start at 5:00 PM. A couple of Fairfield notes-Junior Colin McLinden now has 59 career assists and is now sixth on the Fairfield career list. Senior Eric Warden has scored a goal in the last eleven games in the 2013 and 2014 season.
Big 10 Network is not televising lacrosse in 2014. In 2010, the Big 10 Network carried the Fairfield win over Ohio State at their football stadium before the spring football game.
For the Michigan game, there is a charge for the video feed. To view the game live, here is the link:

http://www.mgoblue.com/allaccess/?media=437833

To ”watch” the game on live stats, here is the link:

http://www.mgoblue.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mlacros.html?event=1317515&school=mich&sport=mlacros&camefrom=&startschool=&

GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73

Fairfield 10 Bucknell 6 April 1, 2014 Post Game Report

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The #13/ #15 Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse Stags won its sixth straight game breaking open a tight defensive struggle in the fourth quarter. Stags had a 6-5 lead going into the final stanza. Fairfield broke open the game with a four goal run in the fourth quarter. The Fairfield defense was once again stellar and playing lights out holding the Bucknell Bisons to six goals. Senior Goal Keeper Jack Murphy had an 11 save game. Offensively, Sophomore TJ Neubauer had four goals, Freshman Dave Fleming had two goals, and Junior Colin McLinden had one goal and three assists. I think I said this in the past, McLinden is an assist machine!! Both Senior Michael Roe and Junior Louis DiGiacomo dominated the face off circle with the Stags FOGOs winning 11 of the 19 draws. The game was played in low 50s temps with little wind. Finally a nice spring day (except the Yale game) to play lacrosse. With the victory, Fairfield’s season record is now 8-2 overall and 1-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League.  Bucknell dropped to 5-6 overall and 3-3 in the Patriot League.

The game got moved to 1 PM thus removing the late afternoon sun issue.  The game is ready to start with Senior Jack Murphy in goal for the Stags and Sam Grinberg in the pipes for Bucknell.  Senior Michael Roe comes out to take the first face off of the game against Colin Farawell. Officials call a face off violation on Farawell. Stags start the game with the ball and go on offense.  Senior Eric Warden make a great cut losing his defender, but the Stags attack do not get him the ball. Know Warden would have buried the rock if he was able to get the pass.  The offense moves the ball around the cage but Zach Henkhaus gets a caused turnover for Bucknell and picks up the ground ball at 14:11 of the first quarter. Bisons clear the ball and set up their attack.  Bucknell’s offense probes and Brock Ghelfi takes a wide shot at 13:26.  Bisons get the ground ball on the missed shot then Junior Max Buchanan gets a caused turnover with the ground ball.  On the clear there was a flag down against Fairfield. Senior Alex Cramer gets called for slashing at 13:13 and sits for one minute.  Bucknell’s EMO unit comes on the field. They work the ball around the net. David Dickerson passes to Sean Doyle. Doyle’s shot finds the back of the net with the extra man at 12:37. Bucknell leads 1-0.  Roe and Farawell come out to the face off circle. Once again the officials call a violation on Farawell.  Stags move the ball into the offensive zone and Freshman TJ Neubauer takes the first shot of the day for the Stags. The ball sails over the cage at 11:59. Stags restart but have a caused turnover by Grinberg.  He starts the Bisons clear.  Bucknell set up their offense and Thomas Filobotte takes a shot that Murphy saves. Bisons get the rebound and Burke Bucknell’s shot hits the post.  Bucknell gets his own rebound ground ball.  Bucknell’s offense resets.  Dickson’s shot at 9:42 is wide. Murphy comes out of the cage and scoops up the ground ball.  Bucknell gets a quick caused turnover and Sean Doyle picks up the ground ball for the Bisons.  The Bucknell offense moves the ball around and Junior Bryan Barry gets a caused turnover. Barry gets to the ground ball and races down the field with no Bucknell players around him.  He spots Junior Colin McLinden in the box with no defenders.  Barry passes to McLinden who fires a lazar shot past the Bucknell goal keeper. Perfect teamwork between Barry and McLinden!  Goal is scored at 8:48 and the teams are tied at 1-1. Roe and Farawell take the third face off of the game. Roe wins the draw and Freshman Jay Walsh gets the ground ball.  Bucknell’s Alex Spring gets a caused turnover.  Doyle gets to the ground ball but the Bisons have a turnover almost immediately.  With 8:16 remaining in the period, Stags clear.  Fairfield’s offense passes around looking for that opportunity to score.  Junior Drew Federico hits cutting Freshman Jake Knostman with a pass. Knostman fires a hard shot into the Bison’s net.  Assist to Federico on the Knostman goal at 7:21.  Knotstman has scored assists in the last four games but this is his first goal in four games. He has just been missing the cage. Great to see Knostman scoring a goal.  Fairfield now leads 2-1.  Roe and Farawell take the face off. Farawell wins this draw and his wing Mike Ondrusek gets the ground ball.  Bucknell’s offense sets up.  With 6:45 showing on the clock, Doyle scores with Dickson getting the assist.  Score is now tied at 2-2.  Roe and Farawell battle each other at the X and Henkhaus on the wing gets the ground ball after Farawell wins the face off.  Sophomore Conor Barr forces a caused turnover right away and McLinden picks up the ground ball.  Stags work the ball around the perimeter. Neubauer takes a shot that is saved by Grinberg at 5:57.  Ben Keller for Bucknell finds the rebound ground ball.  He starts the Bucknell clear and their offense is being patient.  McLinden forces a turnover at 4:55 and he gets to the loose ground ball.  Stags clear and set up.  Senior Alex Cramer takes a shot at 4:27 that Grinberg saves.  Bucknell clears and go on the attack.  First Thomas Flibotte takes a shot at 3:38 that hits the crossbar.  Ryan Joseph for Bucknell gets to the rebound.   Joseph takes a shot at 3:13 but it goes wide.  Ten seconds later, Sean Doyle sends off a wide shot.  Bucknell keeps possession.  At 2:51, Joseph takes another shot that goes wide. Thirty seconds later, Joseph tries again but he is still wide.  Bucknell has a turnover and the Stags are clearing.  Bucknell stop the Stags on the clear and get a turnover.  Joseph gets to the ground ball.  At 74 seconds remaining, Todd Heritage fires off a wide shot.  Heritage gets to the rebound ground ball.  Filbotte takes a shot that is blocked.  Officials stop the clock at 65 seconds remaining in the quarter.  Flag down on Fairfield.  Junior Thomas Lukacovic is called for an illegal body check to the head. Officials call for a one minute penalty that is unreleaseable because of the head contact.  Bucknell go man up for one minute.  Forty four seconds remain in the quarter when Tom Black takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Flag down kills the play. Bucknell’s Jackson Place is called for offsides for a 30 second penalty.  With 14 second remaining in the quarter, should the Stags hold the ball or got to the cage?  Stags elect to kill the clock and hold the ball. Period ends with the scored tied at 2 -2 and the Stags retain the ball and start off the second period with the ball.

Stags have the ball and are a man up for 16 seconds to start the second quarter. Knostman’s shot 17 seconds into the period is blocked.  Sperry finds the loose ground ball and resets the Stags offense.  Stags commit a turnover at 13:55 and Bucknell clears.  The Bisons’ offense works the Stags defense.  Peter Burke gets an assist when Shelf scores at 13:27. Bucknell leads 3-2.  Junior Louis DiGiacomo comes out to the X for Fairfield to face off against Farawell.  DiGiacomo wins the draw and Neubarer on the wing gets to the ground ball.   Stags take their time looking for the goal to knot up the score.  Sperry curls around and puts a shot at the goal keeper’s feet.  It seems to go in but the officials do not signal goal.  Neubauer alertly sees the ball in the crease and sends it home.  Neubauer scores unassisted to tie the game at 3-3 with 12:26. Roe returns to the face off circle against Farawell.  Officials call a violation on Roe.  Bucknell takes the ball and move into the offensive zone.  First Burke takes a shot that goes high with 11:53 showing on the clock. Bisons restart and Ghelfi 30 seconds later takes a high shot.  Bucknell keeps the ball. Burke scores unassisted to give Bucknell a 4-3 lead with 11:13 remaining in the first half.  Farawell and Roe continue their face off battles with Farawell winning this face off.  Bucknell’s offense takes their time now that they have the lead.  Heritage takes a shot that Murphy saves at 10:16 but Bucknell gets the rebound.  Tom Black’s quick shot is wide. Fairfield wins the race to the end line. Stags clear and set up in the offensive zone. Fairfield has a turnover around the cage so Grinberg gets to the ground ball.  He clears the ball down field.  Dickerson’s shot is saved by Murphy with 8:17 on the clock.  Barry finds the ground ball and starts the clear.  McLinden steps on the midfield line before with one toe and the Bucknell crowd calls for an offsides penalty.  The lead official throws his flag.  Play is stopped at 8:07 for a 30 second penalty on McLinden.  Bisons’ extra man unit is on the field.  Black takes a shot that is blocked with 7:55 showing on the clock for the second quarter.  Junior Max Buchanan gets to the ground ball and starts the clear. Stags kill the penalty.  Fairfield slows things down and are probing and probing.  At 5:59, Sperry fires a shot high.  Flag was down on Bucknell and play is stopped.  Alex Spring gets a one minute slashing penalty.  Stags man up team enters the game at 5:57.  After a couple of quick passes, Henkhaus for Bucknell has a caused turnover. Bisons clear and kill off the slashing penalty.  They wait till the sides are even when Burke fires a shot that goes wide with 4:40 remaining.  Now Ghelfi sends a shot that Murphy saves.  He starts a successful clear.  Sperry takes a shot at 3:48 that goes wide. Stags backup and restart.  Next Neubauer shoots and his shot goes wide. Coach Andy Coplan calls his first time out of the half.  He obviously sees something he does not like with the offense. Stags restart and with 3:00 left in the half’, McLinden’s shot is saved by Grinberg.  Bucknell clears and the offense waits to take a shot. With 2:04 on the clock, Joseph’s shot is saved by Murphy. He starts the clear with the Stags offense looking for the goal to tie the game.  McLinden is behind the cage and Neubarer loses his defender. Neubauer takes the pass putting the ball swiftly into the back of the Bucknell cage.  McLinden gets the assist on the goal that ties the game at 4-4 with 75 seconds remaining in the second quarter.  Roe and Farawell take the face off. Roe wins the draw and his wing Barry gets to the ground ball. Barry goes straight for the box and Coach Copelan uses his second time out of the half at 1:05.  Copelan diagrams the play to end the first half.  Stags restart and Coach Copelan is telling his offense to wait and be patient.  With 15 seconds left in the quarter, Stags attack the goal. A goal is seemingly scored with 3 seconds remaining but the officials say the Stags player was in the crease.  Bucknell throws the ball downfield but the horn sounds ending the half. Game is tied at 4-4.

Fans in the stands are buzzing on how big and tough the Bucknell’s defense is.  “Need to stop trading goals with them” is heard several times.  Roe and Farawell step out to the midfield strip ready to take the third quarter face off.  Roe wins the draw and Barr on the wing gets the ground ball.  Stags offense goes on the attack but they commit a turnover.  Bucknell clears and their attack is looking for a chance to score. After taking almost over a minute with the ball, Burke takes a wide shot. Bison back up and restart.  Stags defense is not giving them any room.  Senior Greg Perraut gets a caused turnover and Murphy scoops the ground ball.  Stags clear and the attack goes to work.  Fleming gets the ball and fires into the cage a very hard shot.  His goal breaks the tie and is unassisted. Fairfield now leads 5-4 with 12:21 remaining in the third period.  DiGicomo comes out to take the face off against Farawell.  Farawell takes the draw and Bucknell’s Spring gets the ground ball.  He passes back to his goal keeper who is out of the cage to set up the clear.  Ball is loose near the end line. Sperry plays the goal keeper aggressively and is rewarded when the Bucknell player knocks the ball over the end line. Stags ball due to Sperry’s hustle.  Stags offense work to find that next goal to get some separation from the Bisons.  McLinden wraps around the cage but his shot is wide.  Fleming takes a shot but it is saved by Grinberg. McLinden finds the rebound ground ball. Stags reset but Henkhaus gets a caused turnover.  Bucknell’s Place takes the ground ball and Bucknell clears.  The Bisons are looking for a chance to score but the Stags defense is not giving them a chance.  Bisons have a turnover and Fairfield’s Barr gets the ground ball and clears.  The Stags attack settles and work the Bisons defense.  Fairfield has a turnover at 8:37 and Mike Schiappa gets the ground ball.  He starts the Bucknell clear.  Bisons’ attack is deliberate and the Stags defense works hard to take away any chances.  Doyle takes a shot at 7:19 that is blocked and Murphy gets to the ground ball. He starts the clear.  Stags attack look for a quick strike.  Knostman takes a shot at 6:49 but Grinberg makes a tough save.  Bucknell’s Mike Ondrusek gets to the rebound ground ball.  Bison clear and they look to tie up the game.  A quick shot is taken by Heritage that Murphy saves.  Black gets to the rebound and sends it home for a score to tie the game.  Black’s unassisted goal at 6:07 knots up the game at 5-5. DiGiacomo takes the face off against Farawell. Farawell wins the battle and Spring on the wing gets the ground ball.  Bucknell’s attack is taking a long time to work the ball.  Stags defenses are keeping the Bisons outside and out of the shooting lanes.  Just over five minutes left in the quarter, Burke takes shot that goes wide.  Bisons back up and restart.  Burke again tries and his second shot is also wide.  Bucknell keeps the ball. Burke fires again but Murphy makes the save at 4:31.  Bisons get the ground ball and they take a minute off the clock. Murphy comes out of the cage and gets a caused turnover at 3:26. The Stags clearing attempt fails as the ball is turned over.  Spring gets the ground ball.  Flibotte takes a shot that Murphy saves at 2:47 remaining in the third period. Stags get a good clear and set up the offense.  The attack is taking their time to get off a good shot.  Federico fires a wide shot with 63 seconds remaining.  Fairfield backs up the ball and restarts.  The debate in the stands-when will the attack go to the cage? Will they wait till the clock gets to 15 seconds?  Sperry has the ball behind the cage. Federico loses his defender and Sperry hits him with a pin point pass.  Federico puts a very hard shot into the cage with 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter.  Stags now lead 6-5 with Sperry getting the assist.  Farawell and DiGiacomo take the face off. Farawell wins the face off and his wing Spring gets to the ground ball.  Bucknell wants that  last second score to tie the game but the Fairfield defense will not let them take a shot.  Just before the horn goes off, Perraut gets a caused turnover and Barry gets the ground ball preventing any final shot.  Fairfield leads after three periods by a 6-5 score.

Final period starts with Farawell and DiGiacomo taking the face off.  DiGiacomo gets the win with Neubauer coming in from the wing to get the ground ball. Stags attack takes a minute off the clock but Bucknell’s Spring gets a caused turnover.  Bisons clear into their offensive zone. Bucknell takes some time off the clock.  Burke takes a shot at the 12:44 mark that Murphy saves. Stags start their clear and reset the offense.  Ball goes around the wheel and Warden has the ball.  He fires his hardest shot of the year straight past the Bucknell goal keeper.  Stags now lead 7-5 with 12:18 remaining in the game on Warden’s unassisted goal.  In 2014, when the Stags need a big goal, Warden produces.  DiGiacomo and Farawell renew their face off battle. DiGiacomo gets the win and Barry from the wing scoops the ground ball. Stags offense takes its time. After almost a minute, Neubauer gets past his defender. His shot lands in the back of the net.  Stags new lead 7-5 with 10:58 remaining in the game on Neubauer’s unassisted goal-his third of the afternoon.  DiGiacomo and Farawell meet at the X. DiGiacomo wins the face off and he gets the ground ball.  Grinberg saves a Neubauer shot at 10:13. Spring gets to the ground ball.  Bucknell clears and their offense is looking for a crack in the Stags defense.  Senior Toby Armour strips a Bucknell attack player of the ball and he gets the ground ball.  Fairfield clears into the box.  Warden takes a quick shot that goes high.  McLinden gets the ball from the end line and passes to Neubauer.  Neubauer fires one of his rocket shots into the Bucknell goal.  Stags now lead 9-5 with 8:33 left in the game on Neubauer’s fourth goal of the game and McLinden’s assist.  Is the three goal lead good enough with the Stags defense blanketing the Bucknell attack?  Bucknell’s coach calls time out as he tries to find a solution to the question. Game restarts DiGiacomo and Farawell facing off. Officials call a violation on the Stags FOGO. Bucknell ball. Into the offensive zone, the Bisons’ attack know they need to take shots.  First Flibotte fires off a wide shot. Bisons back up to retain the ball. Next Heritage fires a wide shot at 7:20 left on the clock.  Ryan gets the rebound ground ball for Bucknell.  Flibotte takes another shot that also goes wide.  Bisons slow down and the Stags defense is shutting down any further shots.  Dickson takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Bison get the rebound ground ball.  Bisons commit a turnover and Perraut gets to the ground ball at 6:15. He starts the clear. Stags attack has the ball in the offensive zone. They are making careful passes waiting for right chance to take a shot.  McLinden take the ball behind the cage.  Fleming comes loose and he flicks the ball on the McLinden pass.  Officials raise their hands signaling a goal.  Most of us in the stands thought Fleming missed but the shot was so fast it blurred past the Bucknell net minder. Fairfield now has a five goal lead with 4:58 left in the game and 10-5 score being flashed on the scoreboard. Farawell and DiGiacomo face off at the X. DiGiacomo takes the face off with Neubauer sweeping up the ground ball from the wing.  Will the Stags hold the ball until the officials call a stall?  The offense takes over a minute off the clock when McLinden takes a shot that Grinberg saves with 3:44 remaining in the game.  Bucknell clears and the Bisons need a score.  Stags defense is not giving any room.  Bucknell’s Brett Pearce takes a shot that is blocked at 2:50.  Bisons retain possession.  Doyle takes a shot that goes wide.  When the ball goes out of bounds, Coach Copelan calls time out to give his defense a breather.  Game restarts with 2:34 remaining in the game.  After the restart by Bucknell, Doyle takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Stags clear with 2:02 left to play.  Stags run down the clock till 1:17 when Grinberg makes a save on McLinden’s shot.  Bucknell clears. With 32 seconds left in the game, Adam Lynn for Bucknell takes a shot that is blocked.  Flibotte gets the blocked shot on the ground.  A last second shot with 20 seconds left in the game by Bucknell’s Burke is successful. Assist goes to Dickson making the score Fairfield 10 Bucknell 6.  Farawell meets DiGiacomo one more time. DiGiacomo wins the face off and gets the ground ball. He passes to the attack.  With the horn sounding to Bucknell gets a caused turnover.  Fairfield 10 Bucknell 6-final score.

Bucknell outshot the Stags by a 43 to 27 margin.  Bisons scooped up 34 ground balls while the Stags got 30 ground balls. Both teams had two face off violations.  Stags won the battle at the face off circle taking 11 of 19 including 5 of 6 in the fourth quarter.  The Bisons completed all 14 of their clears while the Stags were successful on 16 of 18.  Bucknell cashed in on one of four extra man chances while the Stags did not score in their two EMO chances.  Murphy had 11 saves and Grinberg has 9 saves in the game.  In the turnover department, both teams had 14 turnovers.

Stars of the Game-do I start defensively or offensively?   The whole team?  Let’s go offensive to start.  Sophomore TJ Neubauer scored four goals in the game.  Plus he got to five ground balls playing the wing on face offs.  Junior Colin McLinden played like an All American candidate.  Scored the first Stags goal of the day and then handed out three assists.  He also got to three ground balls.  Freshman David Fleming scored two goals on three shots. Junior Drew Federico got a goal and one assist.  Freshman Jack Knostman got a goal in the Bucknell game.  This will boost his confidence in his shot.  Finally but not the least-Senior Eric Warden scored one goal.  Warden just seems in 2014 to score when the team needs it the most. His fourth quarter goal gave the Stags both momentum and the start to building the five difference for the later stages of the fourth quarter.  Since it was the Stags seventh goal of the game and Bucknell scored six goals, this gives him his fifth game winning goal of the 2014 season!   Defensively- First Senior Jack Murphy who had 11 saves plus five ground balls and two caused turnovers.  The stalwarts in front of Murphy-Seniors Toby Armour, Greg Perraut, Juniors Max Buchanan and Thomas Lukacovic.  The D middies who played great-Senior Shawn Honovich, Pete DeSalvo, Junior Bryan Barry, Sophomore Conor Barr and Freshman Jay Walsh.  Both of the face off men had great games. Senior Michael Roe won 6 of 9 face offs and Junior Louis DiGiacomo took 6 of 10 face offs including winning 5 of 6 in the fourth quarter and got to two ground balls.

Frosh of the Year-Dave Fleming now has 15 goals and four assists for 19 points and Jake Neubauer has nine goals and four assists for 13 points. Still a close race.  Waiting until the final games! Soph of the Year-TJ Neubauer -has raised his points total to 21 goals and two assists for a total of twenty three points.

Seen in the Stands-Coach Will Mraz was at the game strategizing.  Great to have Will at a game and listen to his lacrosse insights.  Gerald O’Hara ’90 came from Pleasantville, NY to see the Stags play. Light crowd for a midweek game at 1 PM.

This was a special game for a couple of reasons. Coach Andy Copelan is Bucknell alum and he beat his former team.  Parent Tom Neubauer is also a Bucknell alum.   This was the last Fairfield University Lacrosse home game on Alumni Field game. Next season, Rafferty Stadium will be the home of the Fairfield lacrosse teams.  Stags go on the road for the next three games.  On Saturday April 5th, Fairfield travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan to take on the Michigan Wolverines in an ECAC Lacrosse League game.  The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 PM.  It is being called “The Battle at the Big House.”  Michigan’s Spring Football game will precede the lacrosse game.  Should be a great experience for the team to play in a stadium with seating for over 100,000.   Go Stags!! Roger Yergeau ‘73

 

Fairfield versus Bucknell April 1, 2014 Pre Game Report

Monday, March 31st, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The #13/#15 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags play on Tuesday April 1, 2014 at Alumni Field against the Patriot League Bucknell Bison. This game will have extra incentive for Coach Andy Copelan as he is a Bucknell alum! The Stags enter the game with a record of 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League .The Bison have a 2014 season record of 5-5 and have a Patriot League record of 3-3. This is only the third time the teams have met. In 2007, the Stags won at home by a 13-7 score. In 2008, the teams played at Bucknell (one parent related to me that it was so cold, they had to scrap ice off the bleachers!). The Bison won that game by a 9-8 score. Coach Copelan has faced Bucknell one time in his coaching career. When Coach Copelan was at Marist College, the Bison beat Marist by a 11-3 score. The start time for this mid week game is 1:00 PM. New starting time for the Bucknell game.
Bucknell began the season with a #14/#15 preseason ranking and possible Patriot League championship expectations. Their first game of the season was against Delaware at home in Lewisburg, PA. In a very close game, Bucknell beat Delaware by a 6-4 score in a defensive battle. The Bison then traveled to Bryant University with their #14/#15 ranking intact to be upset by a 12-9 final. The way Bryant is playing in 2014 this may not have been an upset as Bryant is currently a Top 20 team. Bucknell’s ranking fell to #20. Playing at home in a Patriot League game, Bucknell won the game by a 9-6 margin. Back on the road up to Hamilton, NY, the Bison lost to Colgate by a 9-8 score in a Patriot League contest. Colgate was not nationally ranked then but currently is also in the Top 20. Bucknell returned home to take on in state rival and Patriot League member #16/#16 Lehigh. The Bison lost this game by a 9-3 score. The team went south to take on #5/#6 North Carolina. The Tarheels won this game by a 20-4 score. Bucknell stayed on the road traveling north to take on Patriot League Holy Cross. The Bison offense had a great day and Bucknell won by a 18-8 final score. Bucknell entertained Ivy League Brown at home and beat the Bears. The final score was 13-8. Boston University next came to Lewisburg. The Bucknell seniors did not play against the first year program Terriers who are in the Patriot League. A report from their Athletic Department released the day before the game stated the seniors hazed the freshman lacrosse players in the fall. All seniors were suspended on game. Thus the Bison had to play Boston without any seniors. The underclassmen prevailed against the Terriers by a 7-3 score. This past Saturday, Bucknell took on the Cadets of Army at West Point in a Patriot League game. Army came into the game ranked #20 in the national polls and the top ranked defense in the country. Army scored first but Bucknell responded to take a 2-1 lead. Army responded with a late first quarter goal to knot the game up at 2-2. The Bison took an early second quarter lead of 3-2 but Army goes on a three goal run to lead 5-3. Bucknell responds with an man up goal but Army wins the subsequent face off and scores with 23 seconds remaining in the first half to lead 6-4. After halftime, Army’s lock down defense really kicked in. They shut out the Bison in the third period and offensive scored three goals to lead the game 9-4. Army pushed the fourth quarter lead to 11-5. The final horn sounds with the game being a 11-6 final score.
After ten games, the Bison have averaged 8.30 goals per game and the opponents have also averaged 9.00 goals per game. Bucknell has scored 83 goals this year while taking 366 shots for a .227 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 90 goals after taking 344 shots for a .262 shot percentage. The Bison have scored 40 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 60 goals via an assist. Bucknell is credited with 43 unassisted goals and their opponents have 30 unassisted goals. The Bison man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 13 times out of 28 chances for a .464 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 16 goals out of 37 attempts for a .432 conversion rate.
Bucknell scooped up 251 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 334 ground balls. The Knights have 124 turnovers versus 158 turnovers for their opponents. The Bison defense has 94 caused turnovers and their opposition has 66 caused turnovers. Bucknell’s face off unit has 68 wins out of 206 chances for a .330 win percentage. The opponents have 138 wins out of the 206 face offs for a .670 face off percentage. On clears, the Bison have been successful 177 times out of 204 chances for a .868 clear percentage. Their opponents have cleared the ball 128 out of 162 tries for a .790 clear percentage. The Bison have been flagged 40 times for 30:30 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 32 penalties for 26.30 minutes.
The Bison have scored 31 goals in the second quarter this season. Bucknell’ offense has seen18 goals in the first and fourth quarters. The opposition has countered with 30 goals in the third quarter and 21 goals in the fourth quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 20 times in the first quarter and 19 goals in the second quarter. Bucknell has taken 102 shots in the fourth quarter in 2014 and 99 shots in the second quarter. The Bison have 83 shots in the first quarter and 82 shots in the third stanza. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the fourth quarter with 96 shots. The opposition has fired off 83 shots in the first and second quarters and 82 shots in the third quarter.
Bucknell’s leading scorer is #3 Sean Doyle who has 15 goals this season and 13 assists for 28 points. Next on the scoring list is #41 David Dickson whose 23 points are made up of eleven goals and 12 assists. Tied for the team goal scoring lead with Doyle are # 16 Todd Heritage and #26 Thomas Flibotte. Heritage and Filbotte both have 15 goals and one assist. Kyle Shanahan is credited with eight points-seven goals and one assist. Brock Ghelfi has seven points. Peter Burke, Ryan Joseph and Thomas Black have scored four points. Scoring three points this season are Quinn Collison and Alex Ryan. Seven Bison players have scored one point in 2014. The Bisons have used four players at the FOGO . The two leading FOGO players are #27 Eric Monfort who has won 29 of 78 in draws for a .367 winning percentage and # 38 Gavin Sullivan who has won 25 draws of the 74 taken for a .338 winning percentage. Both Alex Spring and Peter Burke have taken 20 plus draws at the face off circle. Sam Grinberg has played 574 minutes plus between the pipes for the Bison this season and started all ten games. He has allowed 85 goals for an 8.88 goals against average. Grinberg has been credited with 108 saves for a .560 save percentage. Frank Morelli has relieved Grinberg in three games this season. He has played 22 plus minutes. Morelli has allowed five goals for a 13.58 goal against average. He is being credited with three saves and .375 save percentage. Jake Kennedy has appeared in one game for three plus minutes with no goals against or recorded any saves.
Fairfield is averaging 12.44 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.44 goals per game. The Stags have scored 112 goals in it nine games out of 279 shots for a .401 shot percentage. The opponents scored 76 goals out of 303 shots for a .251 shot percentage. Fifty six of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored forty one assisted goals. Fairfield has 56 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 35 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fourteen times out of 30 man up chances for a .467 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed only seven extra man goal this season out of thirty chances for a .233 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 245 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 261 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 116 times and the opponents had 127 turnovers. Fairfield has 64 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 59 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 90 times out of 219 chances for .411 winning percentage. The opposition are 129 of 219 face offs for a .589 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 157 times out of 174 chances for a .902 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 119 times successfully out of 136 chances for a .875 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 32 times in the nine games for 27.30 minutes and the opponents received 30 penalties for 28.00 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored twenty nine times in the fourth quarter. The Stags scored twenty eight times in the second and third quarters. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 26 times in the first period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 21 goals in both the second quarter and third stanza. Eighteen goals have been scored in the first period and 16 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 84 shots, 66 shots in the second quarter, 65 times in the third quarter and 63 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 81 shots in the fourth quarter, 76 in the third quarter, 74 in the second quarter, 70 shots in first quarter and two in the OT period.
Tristian Sperry leads the team in scoring with 32 points, 18 goals and 14 assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 24 and has two assists for 26 points. Colin McLinden now is second on the team for points scored. He has 28 points with ten goals and 18 assists. TJ Neubauer has 19 points in the 2014 season. Neubauer has seventeen goals and two assists. Dave Fleming has thirteen goals and three assist for 16 points. Jake Knostman has scored eight goals and five assists for 13 points. Next on the scoring list is Drew Federico. Federico has eleven points consisting of nine goals and two assists. Conor Dalton has scored six goals and one assist in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Nick Guida and Nico Panepinto have three points, Guida with one goal and two assists and Panepinto has three assists. Alex Cramer has one goal and two assists in the 2014 campaign. Jack Murphy played 526 plus minutes in the nine games played. Seventy two goals have been scored against him for an 8.21 goals against average. He has been credited with 88 saves for a .550 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 16 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in three games. Four goals have been scored against him for a 14.80 goals against average and credited with one save for a .200 save percentage.
Please note the new start time of 1 PM, not the original 3 PM on the published schedule and in my Bellarmine post game report. Bucknell is having a disappointing season with their 5-5 record. The Bison had high expectations of challenging Loyola for the Patriot League Championship and the NCAA AQ bid. Coming in second in the Patriot League regular season standings and/or the Patriot League Championship Tournament would hopefully bring an at large bid was a backup goal. The Bison are a good team. Bucknell would love to knock the nationally ranked Stag to show Patriot League pride and beating an alumni coach. Stags need to come out to this game ready to play a strong tough opponent. Team has momentum and needs to continue the drive to show the national pollsters and the NCAA Committee that the Stags are ready for the national stage. I will be at the game wearing my Fairfield Lacrosse jacket plus my hat!!!!!
In Fairfield, there is a charge for the video feed. To view the game live, here is the link:

http://www.fairfieldstags.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?SPID=137830&db_oem_id=32500

To ”watch” the game on live stats, here is the link:

http://www.fairfieldstags.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?SPID=137830&DB_OEM_ID=32500&LIST_SPORT_KEY=M_LACROSSE

GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73

Fairfield 9 Bellarmine 3 March 29, 2014 Post Game Report

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

The Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse team opened its ECAC Lacrosse League schedule with a 9-3 win over the Bellarmine Knights. Stags travelled to Louisville, KY for its ninth game of the season. The game was played in the low 40s with rain most of the game and significant puddles on the field. Bellarmine jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but a five goal run for the balance of the first half paced the Stags to victory. The win featured a stifling Stags defense that shut out the Knights for over 39 plus minutes and two goals by Senior Eric Warden, Junior Tristan Sperry’s two goals and assist and Junior Colin McLinden’s one goal and two assists. Goal keeper Senior Jack Murphy ended the day with 12 saves.  Stags now have a 7-2 overall season record and 1-0 in ECAC play.  Bellarmine fell to 4-4 in overall play and 0-4 in the ECAC.

The game is ready to start with Senior Jack Murphy in goal for the Stags and Will Haas in the nets for the Knights.  To take the initial face off of the game is Senior Michael Roe and Grant Beczkalo for Bellarmine. Beczkalo takes the draw and gets to the ground ball.  Bellarmine sets up its offense and is looking for the first shot of the day. After working the ball for over a minute, Tucker Ciessau takes a shot that goes wide at 13:56.  Knights retain the ball and 30 seconds later Austin Shanks takes a wide shot. On the restart, Bellarmine has a turnover and the Stags offense has its first chance of the day.  The Knights’ defense gets a caused turnover and Colin Hart picks up the ground ball. Belllarmine clears the ball into the offensive zone.  The Knights offense is being too deliberate for the officials. They put on the 30 second shot clock at 10:27.  Shanks wraps around the cage.  Shanks scores unassisted at 10:17.  Bellarmine takes a 1-0 lead.  Roe faces off against Beczkalo with the Knights’ FOGO getting the win.  Bellarmine again is on the attack.  Ryan Scinta takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Officials call a delay of game penalty on Freshman Jay Walsh.   Bellarmine sends it man up unit on the field for a 30 second advantage at 9:47.  Cameron Gardner takes a shot 20 seconds into the penalty but it goes wide.  Bellarmine retains possession getting to the ground ball.  They hold the ball taking time off the clock.  With 7:47 remaining in the first quarter, Ciessau fires a shot that Murphy is tracking all the way. He makes the save and starts the Stags clear. Fairfield’s offense has another caused turnover on the wet carpet.  Shane Healey gets the ground ball for Bellarmine at 6:42. The clear is good.  Bellarmine’s offense just keeps prodding the Stags defense.  Sophomore TJ Neubauer checks a Knights’ stick and gets a caused turnover. Junior Bryan Barry scoops up the ground ball. On the clear, Bellarmine gets another caused turnover at 5:49 of the period.  Colin Hart gets to the ground ball and the Knights clear.  Bellarmine again takes its time on offense. Ryan Scinta’s shot at 4:35 goes high.  Knights retain the ball and Scinta takes a second shot at 4:01. Murphy makes the save.  Murphy brings the ball up field on the clear and his stick is checked by Ciessau.  Ciessau picks up the ground ball and fires a shot into the empty net with 3:23 remaining in the first period. Bellarmine extends its lead to 2-0.  Coach Andy Copelan calls a time out to settle the team and to get them focused.  During the time out, I went downstairs to my coat closet and put on a Fairfield Lacrosse jacket to help change the mojo.  The time out seems to get the team focused as Junior Louis DiGiacomo wins the face off against Beczkalo.  Neubauer on the wing gets to the ground ball and sets up the Stags offense.  Stags offense is on its second real offense effort of the game. The attack searches for that seam in the Knights defense.  Freshman Andrew Eidenshink takes a shot at 2:35 that goes wide.  Fellow Freshman Jake Knostman gets the rebound ground ball and resets the Stags offense.  Junior Drew Federico fires a shot at 1:59 but it hits the post!  Stags retain the ball.  Junior Tristan Sperry gets the ball into his stick. Sperry takes his defender to the cage, dodges him and puts the ball into the back of the net with 1:47 showing on the clock.  Bellarmine now leads 2-1.  DiGiacomo takes the face off against Beczakolo.  Beczakolo wins the draw and the ground ball.   Bellarmine wants to find a good last minute shot but they have a turnover.  Senior Shawn Honovich gets the ground ball with 64 seconds remaining in the first period.  Stags quickly turn the ball over. The ground ball is picked up by Healey. During the scramble for the ball, officials flag Scinta for a slashing penalty with 59 seconds left in the first quarter.  Stags man up unit enters the field for the first time of the game.  Stags look to get the EMO goal and end the period but Bellarmine gets a caused turnover with 36 seconds remaining. The Knights successfully clear but have a turnover with seven seconds remaining in the period.  Stags smartly hold the ball in the defensive zone. By holding the ball with one second remaining in the Bellarmine penalty, there will be no second quarter face off and the Stags start the second period with the ball. Bellarmine has a 2-1 lead at the end of the first session of the game.

The Stags start the second quarter on the offense.  Fairfield’s offense whips the ball around the cage.  Thirty three seconds into the quarter, Junior Colin McLinden goes to the goal and scores unassisted.  The game is now all tied at 2-2.  Roe returns to the X facing off against Beczkalo.  Roe wins the draw and Junior Conor Barr gets the ground ball from the wing.  Fairfield’s offense works the perimeter of the Bellarmine defense.  Sperry has the ball. He finds an opening beating his defender.  Sperry gets his second goal of the game at 13:39.  Stags take the lead by a 3-2 score.  Roe faces off again against Beczkalo.  He wins and gets the ground ball.  Fairfield’s offense is trying to find an opening.  Senior Eric Warden takes a shot that goes wide at 12:36. Stags back up and retain the ball.  Brogan Hill gets a caused turnover for Bellarmine. Michael Pilisco scoops the ground ball starting the Bellarmine clear at 12:10.  Knights’ offensive effort is deliberate.   Murphy saves a shot taken by Ciessau at 11:08. Stags clear and the offense takes its time.  At 10:02, Fairfield has a turnover. Now Bellarmine clears when Hart gets to the ground ball.  Knights work the ball with Taylor Stuart taking a shot at 9:15.  Murphy makes the save and he starts a good clear.  Fairfield’s offense probes the Bellarmine defense.  Officials stop play calling a penalty for cross checking on Stuart at 7:51.  Fairfield’s man up unit will have a minute advantage.  Stags’ EMO works quickly as Warden fires a shot into the cage assisted by Knostman.  Fairfield now leads 4-1 with 7:34 remaining in the second quarter.  Beczkalo takes on Roe at the face off circle. This time Beczkalo takes the draw and wins the ground ball.  Knights have a quick turnover and the Stags offense takes over.  No need to rush a shot. Neubaurer shot at 5:49 is blocked but McLinden gets the rebound.  He is looking for a cutter and finds Freshman Dave Fleming. Fleming flicks home his shot into the Bellarmine’s cage. McLinden gets the assist pushing the Fairfield lead to 5-2 with 5:23 remaining in the half.  Roe and Beczkalo face off again. This time Roe takes the draw and the ground ball.  Barry playing on the wing gets the ball from Roe and he fires a shot wide. At 5:13, the Stags have a turnover. Now the Bellarmine coach calls time out to set up his offense. Knights are working the ball around the Stags defense.  Officials call a 30 second shot clock and force Bellarmine to the cage.  At the end of the shot clock, officials call a penalty on Fleming for illegal procedure.  Knight’s man up unit has the advantage for 30 seconds starting at 2:45.  Knights get only one shot off by Chad Mitchell during the man advantage.  Bellarmine keeps the ball when Mitchell’s next shot is wide.  Fairfield’s Senior D Middie Pete DeSalvo is called for an interference penalty with 52 seconds left in the half.  Knights’ extra man unit enters the game looking for a goal.  Bellarmine has a bad pass on the EMO and Fairfield clears the ground ball. Once the Stags enter the box, Coach Copelan calls his second time with 19 seconds remaining to set the offense for a last second shot. Stags restart and with 10 seconds remaining, Fairfield goes to the Knights cage.  Stags cannot get a shot off before the horn sounds.  Stags lead at halftime by a 5-2 score.

The second half starts with Roe taking the face off against Beczkalo. Roe wins the draw and he gets the ground ball.  Stags offense works the ball for over a minute and then has a turnover.  Healey gets the ground ball and starts the clear.  Bellarmine works to solve the Fairfield defense.  The officials again give them a stall warning starting the 30 second shot clock at 12:22.  The Stags defense is so tight,  the Knights cannot get a shot off.  Ball goes to Fairfield on the shot clock violation.  Stags clear and work the offense.  Neubarer shot at 10:50 is stopped by Haas.  He gets the ground ball and starts the clear.  Bellarmine’s offense now has the ball in the offensive zone for almost two minutes but cannot crack the Stags’ defense.  First Shanks shoots wide at 10:32. He follows up with another wide shot at 10:02.  Next Ciessau has a shot go wide at 9:43. Shanks tries again at 8:50 but he is wide of the cage again. Finally at 8:50, Shanks shot is on the net. Murphy makes the save seeing the ball into his stick. Stags clear.  At 7:16, Haas has a caused turnover stopping the Stags offense.  He gets the ground ball and Bellarmine clears.  Almost another 2 minutes comes off the clock before Mitchell can get a shot off.  Murphy is seeing everything in this contest makes the save at 5:17.  Senior Greg Perraut finds the rebound ground ball and he starts the Fairfield clear.  The Fairfield offense works the Knights defense.  They are rewarded when Sophomore Conor Dalton is able to beat the Knights’ goal tender.  Stags now lead 6-2 with 4:09 left in the third period on Dalton’s unassisted goal.  Roe and Beczkalo are taking the face off.  Officials call a violation on Beczkalo. Stags pick up the ball and go on the attack.  With a five goal lead, Stags’ offense is very deliberate.  Sperry takes a wide shot at 2:59. Bellarmine gets to the end line first.  Knights have the ball starting the clear into the offensive zone.  Scinta takes a quick shot that Murphy saves.  Barry races to the loose ground ball and he starts the Stags clear.  Fairfield again slows down the tempo on offense with the lead.  Bobby Schmitt creates a caused turnover with 91 seconds remaining in the third period.  Schmitt gets the ground ball.  Knights clear into the offensive zone.  Stags defense won’t allow a shot for the rest of the third period. Horn sounds ending the quarter with Fairfield in the lead 6-2.  Stags defense has shut out Bellarmine in last two quarters.

Roe starts the fourth quarter meeting Beczkalo at the face off circle.  Roe takes the draw and Barr gets the ground ball from the wing. Stags’ attack is working hard with patience.  From behind the cage, Sperry passes to Senior Alex Cramer who scores.  Stags now lead 7-2 with 14:07 left in the game.  Roe again battles Beczkalo. Roe takes the face off and Walsh gets to the ground ball from his wing.  Stags offense works the wheel but on an attempt to go to the cage, Sean Joyce is flagged for a holding penalty.  Fairfield’s man up unit has the field for the third time starting at 13:27.  The Knights are able to stop the Stags EMO effort and both teams are back to even strength after 30 seconds.  Stags still have possession.  Federico sees an opening at 12:10 but his shot goes wide.  Stags back up and keep the ball.  McLinden tries to extend the Fairfield lead with 11:39 still left to play but his shot goes high.  Stags again back up and Fairfield’s offense again looks for an opening.  Warden fires a hard shot which goes high.  Stags pass the ball back to Warden but his shot is blocked. Haas comes out of the cage to get the resulting ground ball.  He clears. Knights’ offense is trying to solve the Stags defensive zone.  Gardner has his shot at 9:33 left in the game go wide.  Shanks follows up with a wide shot.  On the backup, Bellarmine restarts. Daniel Zamora passes to Scinta who scores for the Knights with 8:59 remaining on the game clock. Stags lead is now 7-3. This is the first Bellarmine goal since 3:23 mark of the first period.  The Stags defense and Murphy held the Knights scoreless for over 39 minutes.  Beczkalo takes the draw against Roe.  Officials call a violation on the Knights FOGO.  Stags ball but Schmitt gets a quick caused turnover.  Bellarmine does not waste any time with Brogan Hill taking a quick shot.  Murphy has another save, gets the rebound ground ball and he starts the clear with 8:09 on the clock.  Fairfield’s attack is taking the air out of the ball.  The officials call the first stall of the day on the Stags at 6:58. Fairfield has to take a shot on the cage within 30 seconds.  Eric Warden blasts a shot past the Bellarmine goal keeper at 6:31 after taking a pass from McLinden. Warden’s goal beat the 30 second shot warning by 2 seconds upping the Fairfield lead to 8-3. Roe now faces Stephen Soriano for the face off.  Roe beats Soriano and gets the ground ball. Stags offense goes back on the attack.  First Cramer sends a shot wide at 5:43. Cramer takes a second shot that also goes wide at 5:36.  Next McLinden’s shot goes wide. The Bellarmine coach calls time when the ball goes out on the end line at 5:26.  He is trying to give his exhausted defense a quick rest.  Stags have the ball on the restart as they were closest to the end line when McLinden’s shot went out of bounds.  The Stags move the ball around the crease a couple of quick times around the horn. Neubaruer sees a seam.  He lets fly his hard shot and the ball is in the back of the net for an unassisted goal. Stags now lead with 4:59 left in the game by a 9-3 score.  DiGiacomo takes the face off against Beczkalo.  Beczkalo wins and his wing Hill gets the ball.  Perraut causes Hill to turn the ball over but the Stags commit a turnover after getting the ground ball.  Schmitt gets the ground ball at 4:22.  Gardner sends a shot wide at 3:59. Takes the Knights another 30 seconds for Mitchell to take a shot. Murphy has the save. Stags clear the ball. Warden wants another goal and he fires wide at 2:39. Haas saves but Warden gets the rebound ground ball. Warden sends the rebound back at Haas but he makes another save.  The Knights clear the ball into the offensive zone. Scinta take a shot at 2:17 but it is wide. While the Knights have the ball in the offensive, Haas comes out of the goal for Bellarmine and is replaced by Chris Cousins.  Gardner who has been held scoreless in the game sends a shot wide of the cage at 1:59.  Ciessau takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Bellarmine gets the rebound but Perraut gets a caused turnover with 90 seconds remaining in the game.  Stags get the ground ball but have a quick turnover.  Shanks picks up a ground ball with 1:17 showing on the clock.  Mitchell sends a shot wide with 65 seconds left in the game.  Gardner fires another wide shot with 49 seconds remaining in the contest.  Shanks shot with 41 seconds still on the clock is saved by Murphy.  Knights get the rebound and Gardner tries again.  Again Gardner is wide of the net with 28 seconds on the clock.  Mitchell takes one final shot at 13 seconds. The final shot is wide.  Stags get the ball and hold it for the final horn. A “workman” like victory highlighted by great defense and goalkeeping. Stags win the game by a 9-3 final.

Bellarmine outshot the Stags by a 34-26 margin.  Knights also beat the Stags in the ground ball game taking 27 gbs versus 20 gbs for Fairfield.  Bellarmine had two face off violations and the Stags FOGOs were not called for a violation.  Roe and DiGiacomo dominated the face off circle taking 10 of the 15 draws taken in the game.  Fairfield was good on 15 of 17 clears while Bellarmine successful on 15 of 16 clears.  Stags cashed in one extra man goal chance of the three chances in the game.  Fairfield’s man down team shut out Bellarmine who had three EMOs on the day.  Murphy had 12 saves while Haas was credited with four saves.  Fairfield had 16 turnovers while the Knights committed 12 turnovers.

Stars of the game-The Fairfield defense and Jack Murphy in goal. Murphy had 12 saves and one ground ball to earn the win.  Seniors Toby Armour, Greg Perraut and Junior Max Buchanan were like a stone wall playing defense. Perraut had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Have to add the D Middies who all worked hard to keep Bellarmine off the board.  Senior Michael Roe and Junior Louis DiGiacomo controlled the face off circle. Offensively, Juniors Tristan Sperry and Colin McLinden both had three points.  Sperry had two goals and one assist.  McLinden scored one goal and two assists.  McLinden keeps moving up the Stags career assist leader board.  Every game McLinden and Warden team up for a goal or more. Senior Eric Warden had two goals including the EMO goal.  Freshman Dave Fleming scored one goal and his classmate Jake Knostman had an assist (watch out Colin, Jake is sneaking up on you in the assist totals!).  Senior Alex Cramer chipped in a goal. Sophomores TJ Neubauer and Conor Dalton (team mates since grammar school) each got one goal in the game. Neubauer also was credited with a caused turnover.

Frosh of the Year-Started this category and “award” two years ago. In 2012 and 2012 the category had clear winners. This year it is still a “battle” for this honor. Fleming now has 13 goals and three assists for 16 points and Knostman has eight goals and five assists for 13 points.  Let’s hope both players continue to score lots of goals and assists in the months of April and May!!  Soph of the Year-TJ Neubauer has 17 goals and two assists for 19 points in the 2014 season.

Bellarmine with the loss is eliminated for a berth in the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament to be held at Ohio State in May.  Stags will face three more ECAC games-two on the road and the home game on April 26th against Ohio State.  April 26th will be a big day for Fairfield Lacrosse.  The University is holding a reception before the game, ground breaking ceremonies for the Rafferty Stadium, Senior Recognition Day, the introduction of long time Former Stags’ Head Coach Ted Spencer into the Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime of the Ohio State game. The Ohio State game is slated to be played on Lessing Field. After the game, the University will host a post game party for Ted Spencer.  It will be a great day for the Fairfield Lacrosse Program and Family.  On Tuesday afternoon, April 1st, Fairfield returns home to play the Patriot League Bucknell Bison.  The game will have some extra special meaning for Coach Andy Copelan as he is a Bucknell alum.  Game starts at 3 PM on Alumni Field.  GO STAGS!!   Roger Yergeau ’73.