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

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fairfield versus Ohio State Pre Game Report

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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

Fairfield 15 Quinnipiac 10 April 15, 2014 Post Game Report

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

The #15/#17 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse team traveled to Hamden, CT to take on the in state rival Quinnipiac Bobcats. In a steady rain and high 50 temps, the Stags offense put in five goals into the Bobcats net in the fourth quarter to secure a 15-10 victory. Sophomore TJ Neubauer lead the charge with a career high of seven points-six goals and one assist including a highlight reel goal in the fourth quarter. In addition, Neubauer got to six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Juniors Tristan Sperry had three goals and one assist and Colin McLinden had two goals and two assists. Senior Eric Warden chipped two goals and scooped up two ground balls. Senior Michael Roe’s and Junior Louis DiGiacomo work at the face off circle neutralized a hot Bobcats FOGO, Zach Vehar. They were a major key to the win. The Stags upped their record to 10-3 overall and 2-1 in the ECAC Lacrosse League while the Bobcats fell to 5-6 overall and 3-2 in the MAAC Lacrosse League standings.

Senior Jack Murphy is goal for the Stags and in a surprise move Jack Brust is handling the goal keeping duties for the Bobcats getting his first start of the season.  Senior Michael Roe is ready at the face off circle to take on the red hot Zach Vehar.  Vehar clamps and rakes the first face off of the day and starts the Bobcats off to the offensive set.  Quinnipiac works the ball around for a minute.  Matt Diehl feeds Ryan Keenan who puts the first shot of the game into the Fairfield nets.  Quinnipiac takes the lead 1-0 at 13:58.   Roe and Vehar again take the face off with Vehar taking the second draw of the day and sets up the Bobcats offense.  Sophomore TJ Neubauer gets a caused turnover and Junior Max Buchanan gets to the ground ball.  Stags quickly clear and take a fast shot.  Senior Connor Maniatty’s shot is saved by Brust.  He starts the clear and Bobcats look for a good shot.  Quinnipiac’s Matt Kycia takes a shot that Murphy saves.  Murphy starts the good clear at 11:57.  Stags are patient for almost a minute looking for the right shot.  Freshman Dave Fleming takes a wide shot.  Stags back up to keep the ball but Coach Andy Copelan calls an early timeout at 10:58 of the first quarter.  He obviously does not like something in the Stags attack.  Stags restart and respond to Coach Copelan quickly.  Junior Tristan Sperry gets his short stick match up and dodges past his defender.  Sperry’s first shot of the day hits twine. Game is now tied at 1-1 with at 10:26.  Junior Louis DiGiacomo now faces Vehar at the face off circle.  DiGiacomo is first to the ball clamping it and gets it out. DiGiacomo finds the ground ball and the Stags restart their offense.  Stags take over a minute off the clock working the ball when the Bobcats’ Chris Kendall gets a caused turnover.  Carmen French gets the ground ball for Quinnipiac.  Bobcats’ offense has a turnover 30 seconds into their offensive set. Stags clear and the offense work the perimeter for a shot.  Senior Eric Warden fires a hard shot into the goal for an unassisted goal.  Fairfield now leads 2-1 with 7:39 remaining in the first quarter.  DiGiacomo faces off again against Vehar.  Vehar does the clamp and rack, pops the ball into the front of his stick, races to the Stags goal and scores.  The unassisted goal ties the game at 2-2 just six seconds after the Warden goal.  Roe comes back out to take on Vehar.  Roe ties up Vehar to prevent the clamp and rake.  Roe gets the ball loose and picks up the ground ball.  Stags offense works the Quinnipiac defense. Neubauer takes a shot but it hits the post! Bobcats’ Greg Penergast gets to the ground ball and he starts the clear.  Quinnipiac’s Keenan takes a quick shot that Murphy saves.  Stags clear and go into their offensive set.  Bobcats Nat Nibbelink gets a caused turnover. Bobcats clear and quickly take a shot.  Connor Meth scores unassisted at 5:19 in the first quarter.  Quinnipiac now leads 3-2.  Roe and Vehar face off. Roe ties up Vehar and Neubauer gets to the ground ball playing on the wing.  Stags work the wheel.  Sophomore Conor Dalton gives a feeding pass to his high school teammate Neubauer.  Neubauer’s high heat is into the Bobcats goal. The assisted goal ties the score at 3-3 with 4:36 remaining in the first quarter. Roe and Vehar continue their duel at the X. Roe gets the win and the ground ball.  Stags start on offense.  They are working the Quinnipiac defensive perimeter.  Warden takes a shot that goes wide at 3:38.  Stags retain the ball but Bobcats’ Meth gets a caused turnover.  Kendell for Quinnipiac gets to the ground ball. He starts the clear but the Stags are riding hard.  Murphy gets a caused turnover at 3:06 and he starts a good Stags clear.  Fairfield’s offensive unit continues to look for the right chance to go to the goal.  Junior Colin McLinden goes behind the cage and takes his defender to the rack.  McLinden finds top left corner and scores.  His unassisted goal at 2:06 left in the first period gives the Stags a 4-3 lead.  A great sign for the Fairfield offense as the first four Fairfield goals of the game are scored by the four scoring leaders for the Stags. Roe and Vehar take to the center of the field.  Roe wins the face off and gets the ground ball.  Stags look for one last second shot of the period shot that will push the lead to two goals.  They wait until less than a minute to go when Sperry’s shot is saved by Brust.  Kendell for the Bobcats gets a caused turnover on the restart with Evan Weldon getting to the ground ball.  Quinnipiac clears but they have a turnover with five seconds remaining. The horn sounds ending the first period with the Stags leading Quinnipiac 4 to 3.

The second quarter starts with Roe and Vehar taking the face off. Roe beats Vehar and Sophomore Conor Barr gets to the ground ball.  Stags offense works to get the first goal of the quarter.  Stags take a minute off the clock and the shooting begins. First Fleming takes a shot that is high at 13:53.  Stags back up. McLinden’s shot is wide at 13:46. Offense works the ball, and then Warden’s effort is wide at 13:14.  Stags’ offense pulls back and works to find the best possible shot.  Warden fires another shot that goes wide at 12:12.  Fairfield continues to hold the ball.  Freshman Jake Knostman next takes a shot that Brust makes the save.  Quinnipiac clears the ball. Now they take a minute off the clock.  Bobcats’ Tom Gilligan shot is blocked at 10:28.  The rebound ground ball is picked up by Quinnipiac’s Tom McNaney.  He passes to Matt Diehl who scores.  The game is now tied at 4-4 at 10:05 of the second quarter.  Roe and Vehar take the second face off of the second quarter.  Vehar wins the face off and gets to the ground ball.  A fast shot by Ryan Keenan is wide.  Bobcats back up and keep the ball.  Stags defense is tightly packed and Maniatty gets a caused turnover at 9:13.  Barr gets to the ground ball and the Stags are clearing quickly.  Fairfield has numbers as Barr send a great pass to Junior Bryan Barry.  Barry hits Sperry in stride. Sperry’s shot finds the back of the Quinnipiac goal.  Fairfield takes the lead 5-4 at 9:04 of the second quarter. Great to see the hard working D-Middie Barry gets rewarded with an assist on Sperry’s goal! Now DiGiacomo and Vehar face off.  Vehar wins the draw and gets to the ground ball.  Quinipiac works the ball for 30 seconds when they have a turnover.  Stags clear and set up the offense.  Fleming drives to the goal but his shot is wide at 7:38.  Fairfield backs up.  Neubauer gets the ball, dodges and fires one of his rockets between the Quinnipiac goal keeper and the right pipe.  Fairfield now leads 6-4 on the unassisted Neubauer goal.  Quinnipiac’s coach calls time out to slow down the Stags.  Roe renews his battle at the face off circle against Vehar.  Vehar wins this face off and gets to the ground ball.  Quinnipiac slow things down and their offense is trying to find a shot against the tight Fairfield defense.  Bobcats’ Tom Gilligan takes a shot at 5:39   that Murphy makes the save.  The rebound ground ball is picked up by Bobcats’  Michael Sagl.  Quinnipiac has a turnover at 5:09.  Stags clear into the box. Coach Copelan uses his second time out of the half to give the team a rest at 4:54. Stags restart and the offense is patient.  McLinden takes a shot at 3:52 but Brust makes a save.   Quinnipiac clears into the offensive zone.  They are not rushing their attack and have a turnover with 2:53 left in the first half.  Fairfield clears the defensive zone.  Fleming shot at 2:06 is wide.  Fairfield backs up the shot and the offense shortens the period.  Neubauer sees an opening and fires a shot past the Bobcats goal keeper. Stags now lead 7-4 with 1:27 left in the first half.  Roe takes the face off against Vehar. Roe takes the draw and Barr gets to the ground ball.   Moving the ball into the offensive zone, Stags have a turnover at 1:08 remaining in the half.  Quinnipiac’s offense works for the final shot of the first half.  With 18 seconds left in the half, Diehl scores unassisted.  The score is now 7-5 Fairfield.  Roe and Vehar take the face off.  Freshman Jay Walsh gets to the ground ball. Horn sounds ending the first half. Stags lead 7-5.

The second half starts with Roe facing off against Vehar.  Vehar wins the first face off of the second half and gets to the ground ball.  Bobcats have an immediate turnover and the Stags offense go on the attack.  Thirty seconds in the period, Knotsman takes a shot that Brust stops.  Brust gets the ground ball and starts the clear.  Once Quinnipiac has the ball in the offensive zone, Neubauar gets a caused turnover.  Murphy gets to the ground ball at 13:46 and he starts the clear. Fleming takes a quick shot but it is wide of the mark.  Stags reset and work the ball around.  McLinden has the ball behind the cage looking for a cutter. Sperry breaks free. McLinden puts the ball in Sperry’s stick. Sperry scores the goal with an assist from McLinden at 13:03. Stags now lead 8-5.  Roe and Vehar face off. Vehar wins the draw and Meth gets to the ground ball.  Bobcats clear but they have a turnover shortly into their offensive set.  Stags clear and Neubauer takes a quick shot high. Fairfield retains the ball and takes some time off the clock looking for a good shot.  Quinnipiac’s Carmen French has a caused turnover but the Bobcats turn the ball over.  Fairfield clears into the box. French gets his second caused turnover at 10:50 of the second quarter.  Quinnipiac clears into the box. Now Senior Toby Armour has a caused turnover.  Stags clear and Warden’s shot is saved by Brust with 9:33 left of the third quarter.  Senior Alex Cramer scoops up the rebound ground ball and he pulls the ball out to settle the offense.  Stags take time off the clock but have a turnover.  Bobcats’ Dylan Webster gets the ground ball.  After Quinnipiac works the ball downfield, Armour has another caused turnover.  Stags ball when the ball goes out of bounds.  Quinnipiac’s coach wants to settle things down and calls his first timeout of the second half with 8:16 remaining the third quarter.  Stags clear on the restart.  Knostman takes a wide shot 35 seconds into the Stags attack.  Bobcats clear and settle their offense.  Bobcats keep passing for over a minute when Gilligan scores. The unassisted goal comes at 6:18 left in the third period cutting the Fairfield lead at 8-6.  DiGiacomo takes on Vehar.  DiGiacomo wins and gets the ground ball. Stags’ attack the goal when McLinden puts home a fast break shot.  McLinden gets the goal at 6:07 and to push the Stags lead to 9 to 6.  Flag is down as McLinden gets slashed on his way to the cage by Evan Wendall. Goal is scored and the officials will administer a  man down face off.  DiGiacomo faces off against a new  Bobcats at the face off circle, Chris Kendall.  DiGiacomo directs the ball to Neubarer in the open wing. Stags set the man up goal attempt.  Stags EMO works hard against the packed in Bobcats defense.  Warden’s shot at 5:16 is saved by Brust.  He starts the Bobcats clear. Diehl takes a wide shot at 4:13.  Bobcats retain the ball.   Max Buchanan gets a caused turnover and Senior Greg Perraut gets to the loose ground ball. Stags clear and a flag is down.  Fairfield has a free play but cannot convert.  Quinnipiac receives a penalty for having too many men on the field.  The Bobcats will be a man down for 30 seconds. Stags’ EMO unit returns to the field at 2:31.  Stags move the ball around quickly and Fleming’s shot is wide.  Warden gets to the ground ball.  Neubauer gets the ball from Warden and Neubauer spots Knostman cutting.  Neubauer puts the ball into Knostman’s stick.  Knostman buries his shot with two minutes remaining in the period.  Fairfield is now in the lead by 10-6 on the even strength goal. DiGiacomo is still taking the face offs and Vehar come back.  Vehar wins the draw.  His wing Weldon gets the ground ball and streaks to the goal.  Weldon passes to Keenan on the fast break.  Keenan scores with an assist to Weldon cutting the Fairfield lead 10-7 with 1:44 still left to play in the third period.  DiGiacomo takes the face off against Vehar. Vehar wins the face off and gets the ground ball.  Quinnipiac’s offense looks like they want to wait to try and score late in the quarter.  The Stags defense is not giving them any chances.  Buchanan gets a caused turnover with 44 seconds remaining in the period. Senior Pete DeSalvo gets to the ground ball and he rushes the ball into the Stags offensive zone.  The Fairfield attack wants the last 10 second goal but cannot find a good shot.  Period ends with the Stags leading 10-7.

The fourth quarter is about to start.  Stags fans are mindful of Quinnipiac’s six goal rally in the fourth quarter in their last game.  Roe takes the first face off against Vehar in the final stanza.  Roe beats Vehar with Neubauer on the wing getting the ground ball.  He passes to McLinden and Neubauer continues to the cage.  McLinden goes straight at Brust.  Brust stops McLinden.  The ball is loose on the ground in front of the crease.  Neubauer comes sliding in on the ground, gets the ball and flicks it past the Bobcats’ goaltender!  Garbage goal?  Yes, but a great hustle and wonderful effort by Neubauer that would have been an ESPN Top 10 highlight.  One of the best goals for the Stags in 2014.  Neubauer’s goal with the assist from McLinden sixteen seconds into the fourth quarter now gives the Stags a four goal lead with the score now 11-7. Roe faces off Vehar at the face off circle. Vehar wins the draw and Meth gets to the ground ball.  Quinnipiac’s offense works hard taking a minute off the clock. Flag is down and play stops at 13:56. Buchanan is called for a slash.  Bobcats’ man up unit comes on the field.  Bobcats work quickly.  Quinniapiac’s Henry Murphy scores off a pass from Sagl at 13:32. Stags lead is now 11-8. Roe and Vehar take the face off with Vehar getting the win.  Quinnipiac’s Evan Weldon gets the ground ball and starts the offense.  Bobcats take their time before Diehl’s shot at 12:36 goes wide.  Stags are closest to the ball when it goes out of bounds. Fairfield’s ball and the clear is successful. The offense works the Quinnipiac defensive perimeter.   Sperry takes a shot the Brust saves at 11:37.  Bobcats clear and go on the attack.  Gilligan takes a shot that hits the pipe.  Meth gets the rebound and his shot is into the goal.  The unassisted goal comes at 10:52 remaining in the game and cuts the Fairfield lead to 11-9.  Coach Copelan uses his first time out of the second half to settle down the team and stop the Bobcats momentum. DiGiacomo now is taking the face off against Vehar.  DiGiacomo wins the draw and Neubauer gets to the ground ball playing on the wing.  Fairfield’s attack tries to find a seam.  Neubauer takes a shot that Brust saves at the 10:17 mark.  Stags retain the ball.  Quinnipiac’s Kendall gets a caused turnover and starts the clear after getting the ground ball with 9:41 left in the period.  Bobcats’  Matt Kycia fires a shot that Murphy saves at 9:03.  Gilligan gets the ground ball and passes to Sagl.  Sagl’s shot is high.  Bobcats keep the ball.  Neubauer gets a caused turnover and he starts the clear. Fairfield’s offense settles down and works the Bobcats’ defense.  Fleming has the ball and he passes to Warden. Warden takes a shot and it is past the Bobcats’ goal keeper.  Warden’s assisted goal by Fleming at 7:37 makes the score 12-9.  DiGiacomo takes the face off against Vehar.  Vehar wins the face off and gets to the ground ball.  He goes directly to the cage and fires a shot. Murphy makes a big time save.  He gets to the ground ball and starts the clear.  Sperry has the ball behind the cage.  He spots the cutting Neubauer.  Neubauer does not miss.  His assisted goal from Sperry gives the Stags a four goal lead at 6:36 left in the game making it a 12-9 ball game.  Roe now takes the face off.  He wins the face off and gets the ground ball.  Stags offense works the Bobcats defense.  Fleming has the ball behind the net.  He has scored in every game this season but does not have a goal in this game.  I say aloud to Don Starski and Michael Roe’s father Richard, “David, you can take this guy.” Sure enough, Fleming goes iso and powers his way to the front of the cage. His hard shot is in the back of the cage.  Fleming’s unassisted goal with 5:50 remaining in the game gives Fairfield a 14-9 lead.  Roe takes the face off against Vehar. Roe takes the draw and Walsh gets the ground ball.  Stags have a quick turnover.  Quinnipiac clears and finds a packed Stags defense.   Perraut gets a caused turnover at 5:02 and Stags clear.  The Fairfield offense takes it time but a caused turnover by Meth comes with 4:14 left in the quarter.  Bobcats’ Tom McNancy takes a shot that is wide.  On the Quinnipiac restart, Neubauer gets a caused turnover at 3:30.  Neubauer gets the ground ball and sprints down the field. He passes to Senior Alec Cramer. Neubauer keeps coming to the cage. Cramer hits Neubauer with a pass. The hot Neubauer strikes for his sixth goal of the game with 3:21 left in the game. Fairfield now leads 15-9. Roe and Vehar return to the face off circle.  Vehar wins this face off and starts the Quinnipiac offense.  The Bobcats start taking shots.  Diehl takes his first shot at 2:23 and it goes wide.  He takes a second shot at 2:12 and again his shot is wide.  Quinnipiac keeps the ball.  Nibbelink scores with an assist from Gilligan.  Fairfield’s lead is now 15-10 with 1:36 showing on the clock.  DiGiacomo takes the face off against versus Vehar. DiGiacomo gets the win and Maniatty gets the ground ball.  Flag is down as Quinnipiac’s Meth is called for an illegal body check on the face off with 89 seconds left in the game.  Stags man up unit is content to pass the ball and take time off the clock.  Knotsman fires a shot that Brust saves with 45 seconds remaining in the game. Quinnipiac tries to clear the ball but they are stopped.   Perraut finds the loose ground ball with just 20 seconds left in the game. Fairfield runs out the clock.  Final score is Fairfield 15 Quinnipiac 10.

Fairfield outshot Quinnipiac by a 38 to 24 margin.  Murphy had five saves while Brust was credited with 11 saves.  Stags won the ground ball battle 30 to 28.  Quinnipiac had 20 turnovers while the Stags had 11 turnovers.  The officials did not call a face off violation on either team.  The Stags’ team of Roe and DiGiacomo won 15 of 29 face offs.  Fairfield cleared 17 of 17 on the day while the Bobcats cleared 15 of 17. Fairfield had three extra man chances and did not convert.  The last EMO at the end of the game, Fairfield used the penalty minute mostly to kill the clock.  Quinnipiac scored on it one extra man chance.

Stars of the Game-What a game for Sophomore TJ Neubauer!!  Six goals, one assist, six ground ball and four caused turnovers! Very gutty performances in my book for Senior Eric Warden and Junior Colin McLinden.  Both are battling season long wear and tear injuries and could have taken the day off.  Warden had two goals and two ground balls while McLinden had two goals and two assists.  Junior Tristan Sperry flies under the radar with three goals and one assist on the day.  Sperry just keeps his steady workman like play game after game.  Senior Michael Roe and Junior Louis DiGiacomo tagged teamed the Bobcats “hot” FOGO.  Roe won 10 for 19 face offs and had four ground balls. DiGiacomo took five of ten face offs and got to two ground balls. He also did something subtle but important.  Stags in the third period scored and went man up.  DiGiacomo on the face off was able to push the ball to the empty wing thus allowing the Stags to take advantage of the man up.  Senior Greg Perraut had two caused turnovers and two ground balls.  Sophomore Conor Barr has three ground balls and Freshman Jay Walsh got to two ground balls.

Frosh of the Year-Freshman Dave Fleming is taking the lead for the mythical award.  Fleming now has 27 points this season with 21 goals and six assists.  He preserved his goal scoring streak in the fourth quarter with his great isolation goal. Plus made me look lacrosse smart!  Freshman Jake Knostman has thirteen goals and six assists for 19 points.  Great season for any player even more for a freshman.  I am sounding like a broken record (they don’t record records any more). Outstanding play by the two freshman and both are very nice young men.  Soph of the Year-Now first on the team in goals and third in points-Sophomore TJ Neubauer.  He has 29 goals and five assists for 34 points. Plus he is second on the team in ground balls with 38.  What a season!!

Seen in the Stands- Don Starski ’73 did not play on the first two Stags lacrosse teams. Don has become  a true fan of Stags Lacrosse. He made the trip in the steady rain for the Quinnipiac game from Enfield, CT. Don- thanks for supporting the team and coming out in the steady rain. See you on April 26th for the Ohio State game.

I am giving a big applause to Coach Andy Copelan and his staff for the Quinnipiac game.  The loss to Air Force was a big blow in many ways but one parent after the Air Force game e-mailed me “the team will be fine.” He was correct. The team was fine against Quinnipiac in large part of the coaching of Andy and his staff.  Plus the team had gutty performances from their black and blue players.  Great play from the offense and strong play from the defense especially in the second half. In addition determined play from the face off men to give the Stags an advantage.  Due to the changes in the ECAC Lacrosse League teams, Fairfield does not have to play this weekend.  I am sure the team will enjoy the rest and heal up the season long bumps and bruises from playing 13 games over the last two months in this cold winter/spring season.  Fairfield next plays on April 26th against Ohio State at 1 PM on Lessing Field.  Will be a big day for Stags Lacrosse.  Reception at 11 AM for the Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse, formal ground breaking for Rafferty Stadium at 12 Noon, honoring the 10 Seniors before the game, an important ECAC Lacrosse League game at 1 PM against a resurgent Ohio State team, induction at halftime Ted Spencer, coach of the Stags for 13 seasons, into the Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame and a post game reception for Ted.  What a full day!!! Come early as parking will be a premium.  Shuttle buses will be running from the parking lots to Lessing Field.  Construction has started on the parking lot of Alumni Field so that parking is now gone. Hope many if not all of you make the trip to Fairfield to attend the Friends Reception, see the ground breaking of Rafferty Stadium, honoring the ten 2014 seniors, see the #15 team in the country play and congratulate Ted Spencer into the Fairfield Athletic Hall of Fame.  Roger Yergeau ’73

 

 

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