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Monday, April 15th, 2013
To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The Fairfield Stags withstood a furious second half run by the Air Force Falcons with a goal by Junior Attack Jordan Greenfield with 33 seconds left in the game to break an 8-8 tie. This pushed the Stags overall record to 7-5 and a 3-2 record in the ECAC Lacrosse League. The game was played at Lessing Field that was soft due to Friday night’s rain and the Women’s Lacrosse game played at 11 AM under cloudy skies with a nice breeze, 50 degrees temperatures. What happen to the bright and sunny 60 degree day promised by the weatherman? The Stag’s ECAC Lacrosse League playoff chances got a big boost today when Hobart beat Bellarmine in 2 OTS with a 9-8 score.
The game opened with Air Force’s Erik Smith taking on Michael Roe in the face off circle to start the game. Roe wins the face off and gets to the ground ball. However, the Falcons causes a turnover right away and Air Force starts on the attack. They work the ball around and at 14:05 Air Force’s Christopher Allen scores unassisted to take a 1-0 Air Force lead. Air Force sends out anther FOGO man- Bryan Price. The move to Price pays off and Kyle O’Brien playing the wing for the Falcons gets to the loose ball. Keith Dryer takes a wide shot and the Falcons back up the shot. At 13:10, Air Force turn over the ball and the Stags clear. The Stags offense is patient while probing the Falcon’s defense. At 11:51, Freshman Middie Conor Dalton nets a goal to tie the game at 1-1. Sophomore Attack Tristian Sperry gets the assist on the goal. Price returns to the face off circle to take on Roe. Price wins the face off with his wing Alex Warren getting to the loose ground ball. After working the ball for 30 seconds, the Falcons turnover the ball and Senior Co-Captain Middie Marshall Johnson gets to the ground ball. The Stags move the ball into the offensive zone and at 10:15, Junior Attack Eric Warden hits the back of the net. Super Soph Colin McLinden who is a natural feeder gets the assist and the Stags now lead 2-1. Price and Roe continue their face off battle and Price wins this one. Air Force’s Kyle O’Brien gets the ground ball. After working the ball in the offensive box, Air Force’s Smith takes a shot that Junior Goal Keeper Jack Murphy makes the save. He starts the clear and the Stags are working hard for a shot but there are no openings for almost 60 seconds. Greenfield rolls off of his defender and sneaks his first goal of the day just past the goalkeeper. Stags now lead 3-1 at 8:04 and the Falcons’ coach calls time out to break the momentum. On the face off, Air Force’s Bryan loses the face to Roe and McLinden playing on the wing gets the loose ground ball. The Fairfield offense is working to find an opening when a loose ball push call goes against the Stags. McLinden in error rolls the ball away instead of just dropping the ball and the officials call a 30 second delay of game penalty at 7:08 of the period. The Falcons’s extra man unit has its first chance. They work the ball around the wheel quickly and Tommy McKee rips one past Murphy with 6:50 left in the first quarter. The score is now 3-2 and the Falcons’ leading scorer Mike Crampton getting the assist. Roe and Price renew their face off battle and Price wins and he also gets the grond ball. The Falcons set up their attack and a shot by Dreyer gets saved by Murphy. He gets the loose ground ball and starts the clear. The Fairfield attack takes it time and at 4:46 remaining in the period they start shooting to get that 4th goal of the quarter. First McLinden sends one wide and the Stags retain the ball. Twenty seconds later, Sperry gets a loose ground ball around the cage and shoots but the Falcons’ Goal Keeper Austin Fox makes a save. McLinden gets the rebound ground ball and passes to Greenfield whose shot is blocked by Air Force’s defense. Fairfield keeps the ball and then McLinden sends a wide shot with the Stags backing up to keep the ball. At 2:28, Greenfield curls around the cage and finds a small opening. He puts it past Fox unassisted and now the Stags lead 4-2. Price and Roe continue their game within the game. Price wins this battle and also gets the ground ball. However, Air Force can not get the ball past the midfield stripe and Warden causes a turnover. The loose ground ball is picked up by Sperry and he wastes no time and his shot is into the back of the net. The goal is unassisted and comes with 2:09 left in the period. The Stags now lead 5-2. Air Force’s Smith comes out to take the face off against Roe. Smith wins the draw and gets the ground ball. Falcons set up their attack and the Stags defense does not want to give up a last second goal. McLinden causes Air Force’s Crampton to turn the ball over with 1:09 remaining in the quarter. The Stags clear and work to get one more goal in the first quarter but find no chances. The first quarter ends with a 5-2 Stags lead. This is one of Fairfield’s most productive scoring periods of the year.
The second quarter starts with Price back in the face off circle against Roe. Roe wins this face off and gets to the ground ball. The Stags offense is working the ball all around waiting to take a good shot. After 64 seconds, Johnson gets a great pass from Sophomore Middie Drew Federico and Johnson gets his senior day goal. Federico is credited with the assist and the Stags now lead 6-2. Air Force changes up face off men and now Smith is out at the X taking on Roe. Roe beats him and gets the ground ball. O’Brien from Air Force creates a quick turnover and the Falcons’ Crampton picks up the ground ball. The officials think Junior Long Pole Defender Toby Armour is too aggressive and call him for a slashing penalty. The officials had a bad day on Saturday and one example was the official blowing the whistle to end play when the flag was down before the Stags got possession or the ball went out of play. Air Force’s coach was very upset on this blown call. Armour gets one minute and the Falcons EMO unit comes out on the field for the second time at 13:34. The Falcons work the ball around and 20 seconds into the man up, they take a shot that Murphy saves. Air Forces gets to the rebound and continue to work the ball around. At 12:46, Kyle Cassady scores the extra man goal with an assist from Keith Dreyer. The Stags lead is now 6-3. Roe and Price are at the face off circle and Price is called for a violation. Fairfield ball. The Stags turn the ball over 40 seconds into the offensive attack and Air Force clears. The Falcons’ Tommy McKee takes a quick shot that Murphy saves. Junior D Middie Shawn Honovich gets the ground ball and speeds down field (he is the fastest player on the Stags). While running down field, Honovich creates all sorts of chaos for the Falcons. They have too many men on the field and the flag flies and while the slow whistle is on the field, Air Force draws a second flag for interference. Again the same official blows his whistle with two flags down before the Falcons can recover the ball or it goes out of bounds. Coach Copelan is now upset at the same blown call! Fairfield now has a two man advantage for 30 seconds at 10:47 with Air Force’s Warden getting the interference call and Ryland De Poi serving the too many men on the field penalty. The Stags have two men up for 30 seconds. They take 19 seconds off the clock and Neubauer’s shot is blocked. Coach Copelan calls a time out with 11 seconds left on the double man up. Out of the time out, Neubauer gets another shot off but it is high. Time expires on the penalties and after the Stags retaining the ball for 30 seconds, a turnover is committed and Air Force gets the ball. The clear is successful and Air Force calls time out at 9;17. Except for a 30 second pushing penalty by the Stags at 7:02 and the Stags successfully defend, both teams can not score before the end of the period. With 42 seconds left in the half, the Falcons’ Taylor Hanley is called for a cross checking penalty that is unreleasable. The Stags’ Junior Attack Alex Cramer takes a point blank shot with 27 left in the period that the Air Force’s Fox makes a stone cold save! The period ends with a loose ball that the officials rule that was in possession by Air Force before the period ends thus the Falcons will start the second half with possession of the ball.
The third period starts with Air Force in possesion of the ball deep in their defensive zone. With some effort the Falcons clear the ball and kill the penalty. The third period is a seesaw battle with both teams taking their time when they have offensive efforts. Neither team can hit a shot for the first 12 and half minutes in the third period. With 3:43 remaining in the period, Neubauer takes a shot that Fox saves, gets the rebound ground ball and Fox starts a successful clear. The Falcons move the ball quickly and Cassady gets a goal with and assist from Dreyer to cut the Stags lead to 6-4 with 2:45 remaining in the period. Price and Roe renew their face off battles. This time Price wins and gets to the ground ball. He attempts to set up the attack. With 2:09 left in that half, Air Force’s Curran has a caused turnover started by Armour. Sophomore Middie Bryan Berry is crossed checked by McKee who sits down and serves one minute at 2:03 remaining in the quarter. The Stags man up unit works the ball around the wheel and Greenfield’s shot is blocked by the defense. The Falcons pick up the ground ball, clear the ball and kill off the penalty. After working the offense for a minute, Air Force’s Smith takes a shot that Murphy saves. Crampton for the Falcons grabs the loose ball and puts it past Murphy to cut the Stags lead to 6-5. This goal is somewhat questionable to us in the stands as we do not think Crampton could have taken the ball out the air when Murphy popped up the initial save and wonder how Crampton was not in the crease. Once again, Price for Air Force comes to the face off circle to take on Roe. Price wins the face off and he gets the ground ball. With 5 seconds left in the period, Sperry creates a turnover. Warden gets the ground ball and shoots but his last second shot is wide. The third period closes with the Stags being shut out offensively and the Falcons closing the score to 6-5.
Price and Roe start the fourth quarter at the X. Roe wins this battle and gets the ground ball. He hits Greenfield with a pretty pass and Greenfield puts it home. Greenfield now has a hat trick. Only seven seconds have clicked off the clock with Roe getting an assist and the Stags push the lead to 7-5. Coach Will Mraz remarks “that kid Greenfield sure can finish!” Falcons now send out Smith to take the face off versus Roe. Smith wins this draw and gets the ground ball. For the next nine minutes, the action is back and forth and neither team is scoring. With 6:37 left in the game, the Stags have a turnover and the Falcons’ get the ground ball, clear and call a time out with 6:29 remaining. On the restart, the Falcons offense is working the ball around. Air Force’s Allen scores a goal with an assist from Crampton. The goal makes it a one goal game again with 5:59 left in the game. Roe now faces Price in the middle of the field. Roe wins and Barry playing on the wing gets the ground ball. The Stags attack is working hard to find the right shot. At 4:49, McLinden’s shot hits the post. Warden gets the rebound and fires a shot that goes high. Fairfield retains the ball and the attack continues to work hard and trying to be patient. The ball becomes loose and McLinden gets the ground ball. He passes to his line mate Neubaurer. Nebaurer fires his rocket shot and it hits the back of the net. McLinden gets the assist and the Stags now lead 8-6 with 3:35 remaining in the game. Now it is Smith’s turn to take the face off . Air Force wins the face off and within 25 seconds, Crampton takes a shot that Murphy saves. The Falcons’ McKee gets a ground ball and Smith takes a wide shot. Air Force is firing away! Next Cassady takes a high shot. With 2:00 remaining in the game, Air Force’s Allen gets an unassisted goal to make it a one goal game again. Price and Roe are the X to take a critical face off. Roe wins the battle and gets the ground ball. Before leaving the field, Roe passes the ball but the Stags have a turnover. The Falcons clear and Crampton takes a wide shot at 1:02. Air Force retains that ball and Smith scores a tying goal at 8-8 with 51 seconds left in the game. The Stags stands are wondering are we going to have an OT game. Price and Roe face off this time. Roe wins the face off and he passes to McLinden. McLinden gets the ball to Greenfield who wastes no time in firing a hard shot past the Falcons’ Keeper Fox. McLinden gets the assist and the Stags now lead 9-8 with 33 seconds left in the game. This is Greenfield’s fourth goal of the game. Now Smith is battling Roe at the X. Smith wins the face off and gets the ball in the box. The Falcons’ coach now calls a time out with 21 seconds left to set up a tying goal. On the restart, Allen takes a shot for the Falcons that is blocked with 11 seconds remaining. Cassady with one second left takes a wide shot and Murphy gets the ground ball. Game over!!! Stags win 9-8. Another nail biter from the cardiac kids.
The Stags had 32 shots while Air Force finished with 31 shots. Fairfield got to 35 ground balls while the Falcons scooped up 32 gbs. In turnovers, Air Force committed 15 while the Stags had 13. Air Force face off men combined for 11 wins out of 20 chances. Fairfield was successful on 16 of 17 clears and the Falcons cleared 15 of 17 chances. Air Force was successful twice out of three extra man chances while the Stags did not score in their 3 EMO opportunities.
Stars of the game-Junior Jordan Greenfield had 4 goals including the game winner and also got to two ground balls. Super Soph Colin McLinden had 3 assists and 5 ground balls and classmate Tristian Sperry had one goal, one assist and four ground balls. Junior Eric Warden had a fine day with one goal and 4 gbs. Goal Keeper Jack Murphy has 12 saves for the day including 6 saves on the second period. For the Falcons, Christopher Allen had three goals and one ground ball. Kyle Cassady had two goals while Kyle O’Brien got to 4 ground balls. The two face men, Eric Smith and Bryan Price each had 4 ground balls, while combining 11 wins out of 20 chances in the face off circle. The goal keeper Austin Fox had a rough first period but settle down. Six of his 12 saves in the second half.
Seen at the game-Coach Will Mraz returned to the sidelines on Saturday forgoing seeing his daughter playing. Bob Cyper made is up from Rye, NY. Mike “Magic” Brannigan came to the game from White Plains, NY. Tony Merola ventured from Carmel, NY. AJ O’Brian ’80 gave up an officiating gig to attend the game. Joe Sargent attended the game with his wife and daughter. From the Class of 2012, Brendan MacTeague was in the stands with his father. Brent Adams’ father who has been recovering from some medical issues came to the game to give the Stags good luck. He was working his way up to Glastonbury, CT to see Brent play an exhibition game for the Boston Cannons. My apologies if I missed you and did not mention you. It was great to see a lot of the Fairfield Lax Alumni attending on Senior Day.
Special Report- ECAC Lacrosse Standing- The Stags send their thanks to the Hobart who beat Bellarmine last Saturday by a 9-8 score in double OT. Here is the up to date standings-
Ohio State 3-2
Bellarmine 3-4 Season in ECAC completed
Air Force 1-4
The Stags to secure a spot in the ECAC Lacrosse Tournament must win one of the last two games against Denver and Ohio State. The Stags do not want to have go to a tie breaker with Bellarmine as they have the first tie breaker with the win against Fairfield. Ohio State plays Air Force on the road this Saturday. The team has their work cut out for them but control their own fate.
The Stags return to action on Saturday April 20th when they go on the road to Denver University in Denver, CO. The game will start at 1 PM Mountain time. Roger Yergeau ’73
Friday, April 12th, 2013
To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The Fairfield Lacrosse Stags will have its final home game for the 2013 season on Saturday April 13th following the Women’s Game against Canisius . Game time should be around 2:00 PM. Lessing Field will be the site of both games. Air Force, an ECAC Lacrosse League member, will be the Stags opponent on Saturday. This will be Senior Day for the Senior Class of 2013 players on the team. Prior to the game, there will be a on the field ceremony honoring the five seniors on the team. Honored will be Sam Snow, Gordie Wells, Matt Rubetone, Dan Niebler, and Marshall Johnson. The Stags current record is 6-5 overall and 2-2 in the ECAC. The Air Force Falcons sport a 6-5 overall record and 1-3 in the ECAC.
The Air Force Falcons are an improved team this season. They started the season playing #4 ranked North Carolina on the road and lost 16-8. Staying on the road, the Falcons beat High Point by 14-4 margin. Air Force went to Piscataway, NJ to take on Rutgers and beat the Scarlett Knights by 11-9 score. The Falcons returned home to Colorado and opened their “home” season by playing two games in Denver and the third game on their campus. The first “home” game in Denver was against Canisius. The Falcons won by a 10-8 mark. The next “home” game in Denver was against #12 ranked Lehigh. The Falcons were upset winners by a 15-10 margin. Marquette in its first year as a D1 program played the first of the home game on the Air Force campus and the Falcons lost the game by a 8-6 score. Air Force played is first ECAC game of the 2013 season against Bellarmine in Lousville, KY. Bellarmine won the game by a 11-10 score. Loyola, Air Force’s next ECAC foe, traveled to Denver and beat the Falcons by a 13-7 mark. Air Force “traveled” to Denver and lost their neighboring ECAC opponents by a 11-10 OT score. The newest ECAC member Michigan hosted the Falcons two weeks ago. Air Force won its only ECAC game this year by a 10-6 margin. The Falcons next traveled to Mercer College in Macon, GA last Saturday and won the game 15-9. Junior Mike Compton was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week based on his 11 point game. He had three goals and eight assists in the game. It was Compton’s third hat trick game in row. Air Force jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the second quarter. Mercer scored the next two goals to cut the lead in half to a 4-2 score. The Falcons scored two of the three next goals to have a 6-3 lead at halftime. Air Force scored the first two goals of the second half to push the lead to 8-3 in the first five minutes. The Falcons lead by as much as 6 goals in the third quarter with a 11-6 lead at the end of the period. In the final quarter, the Falcons scored three man up goals and closed out the game with a 15-8 final score.
When doing my research, I could not get the most up to date stats for Air Force. All stats here are as of March 30th and do not include the Mercer game. Air Force has scored 101 goals this season after taking 414 shots for 9.18 goals per game average and a .244 shot percentage. The opponents have scored 96 goals with 350 shots being taken for a 8.72 goals per game average with a .274 shot percentage. Air Force is taking 37.63 shots per game and their opposition has taken 31.81 shots per game. The Falcons have scored on 10 man up goals out of 32 chances for a .312 conversion rate. Their man down defense has allowed only seven goals out of 27 chances holding the opponents to a .259 conversion rate. The Air Force stats do not have the number of goals scored via the assist and unassisted.
The Falcons have gotten to 298 ground balls while their opponents have gotten to 304. Air Force has had 153 turnovers with 80 caused turnovers and the opponents have made 151 turnover while their defense has caused 83 turnovers. As a team, Air Force has won 117 face offs out of 231 chances for a .506 winning percentage. The opponents have 114 wins out of the 231 chances with a .496 winning percentage. On the clear, the Falcons have a .852 success percentage and their opponents have cleared the ball with a .875 success percentage.
Air Force loves the third quarter. They have scored 32 goals in the third quarter. The fourth quarter has seen the Falcons hit the back of the net 24 times and 23 times in the second period. Air Force’s first quarter is the lowest scoring period with 22 goals. The opponents best scoring period is also the third period with 28 goals. The fourth quarter has seen the opposition score 24 times and 22 times in the second quarter. The opponents have scored 22 times in the first quarter.
Leading the Falcons in scoring is Mike Crampton who had 27 goals and 15 assists for 41 points this year (I added the Mercer game stats only for Crampton). Tommy McKee has scored 24 goals and has 3 assists for 27 points. Keith Dreyer has 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points while Eric Smith has 21 points with 14 goals and 7 assists. Christopher Allen has 15 points with 10 goals and 5 assists and the other double digit scorer is Kyle Cassady nine goals and two assists for 11 points. Austin Fox has been in the goal for the majority of the year. He has played 562 minutes with 91 goals being scored against him for a 9.70 goals against average. He has a .531 save percentage and has faced 332 shots. Doug Gouchoe has played a little more than a half this year with 36 minutes being played in the cage. Five goals have been scored against him and he has a 8.29 goals against average. He has faced 16 shots this year and a .444 save percentage.
Fairfield has scored 99 goals this year after taking 3480 shot attempts for a 9.00 goals per game average and a .261 shot percentage. Their opponents have scored 104 goals with the opposition has taken 390 shot attempts for a 9.45 goals per game average and a.267 shot percentage. Fairfield has taken 34.5 shots per game and the opponents are averaging 35.5 shots per game. The Stags have gotten 46 goals via an assist and 53 unassisted goals while the opponents have 49 goals via the assist and 55 unassisted goals. Fairfield have converted 14 extra man goals this season going 14-51 this season for .275 conversion rate while the opponents have scored 10 goals in 33 attempts for a .303 conversion rate.
Fairfield has gotten to 354 ground balls and the opponents have scooped up 351 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 164 times this year while the opponents are turning the ball over 163 times. Fairfield’s defense has caused 76 turnovers this season and the opponents have caused the Stags to turn the ball over 99 times. In the face off circle, Fairfield has won 107 of 236 attempts for a .453 winning percentage and the opponents have been successful 129 times out of 236 chances for a .547 winning percentage. The Stags have been successful on .853 percentage of their clears and the opposition has cleared the ball with a .862 percentage. Fairfield has been penalized 37 times this season and the opponents have been flagged 51 times.
The opening stanza has seen Fairfield score 28 times in the 2013 campaign. The fourth period has been the second most productive period with the Stags hitting the back of the net 27 times and the second period has the Stags scoring 24 times. Fairfield’s least productive period had been the third period with 21 goals being scored. The opponents best scoring period is the final quarter with 28 goals. Opponents have scored 26 times in the second quarter and the third quarter. The opponents have scored just 24 times in the first period. One OT goal was scored on the Falcons.
Leading the Stags in scoring are Jordan Greenfield with 23 goals and 7 assists for 30 points and Sam Snow is second on the team with 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points. Tristian Sperry now has 18 points with 15 goals and three assists. Super Soph Colin McLinden has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points. Nick Guida, Super Frosh TJ Neubauer, Eric Warden all have eleven points. Guida has seven goals and four assists, Neubauer has nine goals and two assists and Warden has seven goals and four assists for nine points. Drew Federico and Marshall Johnson have seven points. They both have scored four goals and three assists. Jack Murphy has played all 660 minutes in goal this year. He has allowed 104 goals for a 9.45 goals against average and getting 123 saves for a .542 save percentage. Murphy has faced 390 shots so far in this season.
What to expect: To me it is very simple. The Stags have to run the table to make the ECAC Lacrosse League playoffs. Tough task with Denver and Ohio State being on the road. Air Force has improved this year. Do not let the 1-3 league record think they will be a soft touch. Took Denver to OT. Lost to Bellarmine by one goal. Beat ranked Lehigh. You know they would love to come East and knock the Stags out the ECAC Playoffs. Got to think that the seniors want to win their last home game. Think this will be another typical Fairfield close to the vest game. Will not predict a final score but I think the Stags will still be in ECAC Playoff race at the end of the day. GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73
Sunday, April 7th, 2013
To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The Loyola Greyhounds used a 5 goal run in the first period to spark a 5-1 lead that the Fairfield Stags could not cover on the Greyhounds way to a 13-7 final score. The game was played in Baltimore, MD on Loyola’s campus in a 54 degree sunny afternoon before a crowd of 2,100 plus fans.
The Stags’ Junior FOGO Michael Roe faced Loyola’s Brendon Donovan in the opening face off circle. Roe wins the initial face off and his wing Senior Co-Captain Midfielder Marshall Johnson getting to the ground ball. The Stags work their offense and at 13:52 Sophomore Attack Tristian Sperry make the first shot of the day that is saved by Loyola’s Goal Keeper Jack Runkel makes the save. The Greyhounds’ Joe Fletcher gets the ground ball and starts a good clear for Loyola. After a minute of working their offense, Davis Butts for Loyola takes a shot that Junior Goal Keeper Jack Murphy saves. Murphy starts the clear. Stags offense probes the Greyhounds defense and after one minute they open up. First Senior Co-Captain Midfielder Sam Snow shoots wide and the Stags back up. Sperry takes another shot and his shot goes wide. Again the Stags retain the ball. Johnson gets the ball and at 10:32 he scores unassisted to give Fairfield a 1-0 lead. Roe and Donovan square off at the X and Donovan wins with his wing Kyle Duffy getting the ground ball. The Greyhounds are patient and at 9:15 Patrick Fanshaw takes a shot that Murphy saves. A 30 second pushing penalty is called on Sophomore D Middie Bryan Barry and the Greyhounds send their extra man unit out on the field. Loyola’s Mike Sawyer takes a wide shot and they retain the ball. With the penalty almost over, Loyola’s Kevin Ryan scores a man up goal and ties the game at 1-1 with 8:44 showing on the clock. Harry Kutner gets credit for the assist on the goal. Donovan beats Roe on the second straight face off and wing Donovan gets the ground ball. He passes the ball to Scott Ratliff who runs down the field and scores unassisted with only 9 seconds coming off the clock for a 2-1 lead for Loyola to continue on its five goal run. Roe takes Donovan this time on the face off and Johnson gets the ground ball. The Stags offense works hard but the Greyhounds have a caused turnover but Loyola turns the ball over right away. Super Frosh Middie TJ Neubauer gets the ground ball and starts a good clear for Fairfield. The Stags work the ball for 30 seconds but turn the ball over back to Loyola who clears. The Greyhounds’ Nikko Pontrello takes a wide shot and they back up the shot. With 6:27 on the clock, Chris Layne scores an unassisted goal to push the lead to 3-1. Coach Copelan takes a time out to break the Loyola momentum. Donovan now beats Roe in the face off circle and Donovan gets the ground ball. Butts takes a wide shot and then Sean O’Sullivan hits a post and the Stags get the ball. With 4:40 left in the first period, Johnson takes a wide shot and Snow gets the loose ground ball. Snow takes a shot that goes wide. Loyola is closest to the ball when it goes out of bounds Their clear is good and the Greyhounds work the ball around the wheel. Justin Ward gets a pass and scores unassisted at 3:11 to give Loyola a 4-1 lead. Roe beats Donovan and he gets the ground ball. Fairfield works the ball but the Greyhounds create a caused turnover and Runkel picks up the ground ball and starts the clear. Working the ball quickly down the field, Ward again gets the ball and scores his second unassisted goal in a row for a 5-1 Loyola lead with 2:12 left in the period. Roe gets the best of Donovan and Barry playing the wing gets the loose ground ball. Fairfield takes it time on offense and Sophomore Attack Nick Guida gets a loose ground ball to keep the Stags on the attack. He passes to Sophomore Midfield Drew Federico who scores unassisted with 40 seconds left in the period to cut the Greyhounds lead to 5-2. Loyola gets the face off when the officials call a violation on Roe. The Greyhounds strike quickly with Pontrello hitting Ratliff with a pass who puts it home. Loyola leads 6-2 with 23 seconds left in the first period. Roe wins the face off beating Donovan and Roe gets the ground ball. The period ends before the Stags can get a shot with Loyola having a 6-2 lead after one period.
The second period starts and Roe wins both the face off and the ground ball. He starts the Fairfield attack and after trying to find a weak spot in the Greyhound defense, Super Soph Middie Colin McLinden takes a shot that goes high. Junior Attack Jordan Greenfield gets the ground ball and the Stags remain on offense. With 13:15 on the clock, Junior Middie Eric Warden shot flies over the cage. Loyola gets the ball and makes a successful clear. The Greyhounds’ Butts sends a shot wide with Loyola retaining the ball. At 12:09, O’Sullivan dodges and scores unassisted to make the score 7-2 in Loyola’s favor. The Greyhounds send out a new face off man to take on Roe, Blake Burkhart. Burkhart wins the first battle and his wing Ratliff gets the ground ball. Thirty seconds in the Loyola attack, Patrick Fenshaw shoots and Murphy makes the save. Johnson gets the rebound ground ball and starts the clear. Warden takes a shot at 9:40 and beats Runkel. Warden’s goal is unassisted and cuts the Loyola lead to 7-3. Burkhart again beats Roe on the face off and Josh Logan playing the wing picks up the ground ball. Ratliff scores unassisted to give Loyola a 8-3 lead with 9:12 remaining in the first half. Coach Copelan sends out Sophomore FOGO Lou DiGiacomo to take on Burkhart at the X. DiGiacomo wins his first draw with Johnson on the wing getting the ground ball. The Stags offense knows they have to score. First Snow takes a shot that is blocked and then 30 seconds later Federico’s shot is also blocked. In the subsequent play, Loyola gets possession and the officials can now assess a 30 second holding penalty on Reid Acton to give Fairfield an extra man opportunity. First Sophomore Attack Nick Guida takes a high shot and then with both teamsare at even strength. Fairfield retains the ball. Next Greenfield takes a shot that is blocked. McLinden gets to the ground ball and at 6:17 remaining in the period the officials call a 30 shot clock warning on the Stags. At the 6:00 minute mark, Greenfield’s shot goes wide and Sperry gets the ground ball. He passes to Snow who puts his shot wide. Loyola finally gets the ball back and they have a good clear. O’Sullivan takes a shot that Murphy saves after the Greyhounds had worked the ball around. The Stags’ Junior D Middie Shawn Honovich takes the ball down the field and fires a shot wide. Loyola calls time out to reset their defense at 4:59. The Stags restart and the officials call another 30 second shot warning with 3:55 on the clock. Snow goes to the cage and scores unassisted at 3:46. This cuts the lead to 8-4. Both Roe and Burkhart are in the face off circle. Roe wins and gets to the ground ball. Fairfield needs a goal and the offense is working hard to find a way to beat Runkel. Warden takes a shot but Runkel makes the save and starts the clear. Junior Long Pole Defender Toby Armour causes Loyola’s Pontello to turn the ball over at 1:43. Armour gets the ground ball and starts the clear. Coach Copelan calls his second timeout of the half with 1:24 left in the half. Fairfield restarts but the Stags turnover the ball and Loyola’s Frazier gets the ground ball and starts the clear. With 56 seconds left in the half, Loyola’s Hawkins scores unassisted to push the Loyola lead to 9-4. Roe beats Burkhart at the face off circle with Roe getting the ground ball. The Stags works the attack for 30 seconds but turn the ball over. Loyola’s coach calls his second time out with 11 seconds later. Butts sends a shot high 5 seconds remaining and Loyola’s Sawyer turns the ball over. The period ends with the Greyhounds leading 9-4.
Donovan rejoins Roe in the face off circle to start the second half with Roe getting another win and his wing Johnson picks up the ground ball. The Stags works the ball for a minute when Neubauer takes a wide shot. Loyola’s Pat Laconi is called for a 30 second holding penalty and the Stags’ EMO unit makes it second appearance of the day at 13:51 of the third period. The EMO unit work the ball and at 13:38 Greenfield scores a man up goal with Snow getting an assist. Loyola now has a 9-5 lead. Roe and Donovan continue their face off battle with Roe winning both the face off and ground ball. The Stags work the offense for the next 40 seconds and then turn the ball over. Loyola clears and Ratliff scores his fourth goal of the day with Pat Laconi getting an assist at 12:44. Loyola increases their lead to 10-5. Roe and Donovan come out the midfield but the officials call a violation on Donovan. The Stags pick up the ball and start their offense. Forty seconds into the offensive effort, Loyola has a caused turnover and Hawkins picks up the ground ball and starts the clear. In no rush, Loyola’s offense takes it time and a minute later with 10:53 remaining in the third period, Loyola’s Sawyer gets a goal with an assist from Ward. The Greyhounds now have a 11-5 lead. Burkhard now comes back to face Roe at the X and the officials call a violation on Burkhard. The Stags work the ball downfield quickly and Warden scores unassisted to cut the Loyola to 11-6 with 10:18 left on the clock. Roe beats Burkhard at the X and Roe gets the ground ball. For the next seven minute both team trade the ball and take shots that do not go in. At 3:49, the Greyhounds’ Hawkins gets a 30 second pushing penalty. The Fairfield extra man unit works to cut the Loyola lead. The extra man opportunity ends and 2 seconds later Freshman Attack Mikey Gulasey shoots and hits the post! Loyola wins the race to the ball and clear the ball. The Greyhounds take 90 seconds off the clock and Sawyer scores unassisted with 1:29 remaining in the third period to up the Loyola lead to 12-6. Roe once again beats Donovan at the X and Roe again wins the ground ball. Stags clear and try to score for the next minute but with 33 seconds left in the period, Loyola has a caused turnover. Fletcher gets the ground ball for the Greyhounds and Fletcher passes to Hawkins who works his way to the cage and score unassisted with 18 seconds remaining on the clock. Loyola now leads 13-6. Roe beats Donovan at the face off circle and Johnson gets the ground ball. Johnson goes the cage immediately and his shot with 8 seconds is saved by Runkel. He makes a clear and Loyola’s Sawyer puts a shot on net as the clock expires with Murphy making that same. Loyola now leads 13-6.
Roe and Burkhart battle to start the fourth quarter and Burkhart wins with Ratliff now on the wing getting the ground ball. The fourth quarter sees only one illegal procedure penalty for 30 seconds by Federico at 10:24. Neither team can score until Sperry gets a goal unassisted at 1:56 left in the game to make the final score 13-7.
Loyola outshot the Stags by a 38 to 33 margin. Fairfield had 9 saves in goal and Loyola had seven saves. The Stags won the ground ball game getting to 34 gbs while the Greyhounds snagged 20. While Fairfield only committed 13 turnovers, Loyola has just 8 turnovers. The Stags won the face off battle taking 17 of 24 face offs and Loyola only won 7 of 24 face offs. Loyola was 20 of 20 in its clears and Fairfield has an excellent 18 of 19 successful clears. Both teams had one extra man goal with Fairfield have 3 chances and was man up twice.
Stars of the game: Eric Warden lead the Stags in scoring with 2 goals and one ground ball. Marshall Johnson was credited with 7 ground balls. Michael Roe was 15 of 22 in the face off circle returning to his 2012 form and he had 9 ground balls. Jordan Greenfield had one goal and two ground balls. On defense Toby Armour and Dan Niebler each had one caused turnover. Leading the Greyhounds was Scott Ratliff with four goals and three ground balls. Josh Hawkins had two goals and two ground balls. Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward each had two goals. Joe Fletcher was credited with three ground balls.
The Stags return to action on Saturday April 13th at home against ECAC opponent Air Force . The game will be played on Lessing Field and starts after the women’s game versus Canisius. Saturday will also be Senior Day and all the seniors will be honored in a ceremony before the game.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The Fairfield Lacrosse Stags are on the road this Saturday, April 6th in Baltimore, Maryland to play the Defending National Champions Loyola University at 2:30 PM. Loyola is currently ranked #5 in the Nike/Media Poll and #6 in the Coaches Poll. This will also be a ECAC Lacrosse League game. The Greyhounds have a 8-2 overall record and a 4-0 ECAC Conference record. Fairfield has a 6-4 season record and 2-1 ECAC Conference mark.
Loyola started the year ranked #1 in the country as the defending champions and a return of many of the key players from last year’s team. The Greyhounds opened the season with an exhibition against the U.S. National Team in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Loyola lost the game by of score of 17-13 against an all star post graduate team. They opened the season on the road playing at Deleware. Loyola won this game in a tight 9-8 score. They stayed on the road visiting intra state rival Townson. The Greyhounds came out on top in this game by a 14-9 tally. Loyola had their home season opener against another intra state rival, Maryland. The Terrapins were ranked #2 in the country at the time of this game. The nationally televised game saw Maryland jump out into an early lead and holding on to beat the Greyhounds by a 12-10 score. Another intra state rival, UMBC was up next for Loyola at home. The Greyhounds won the game going away by a 21-9 margin. In an ECAC game, Loyola closed out its home stand by beating Bellarmine by a 8-6 margin. Loyola then traveled to Durham, NC to take on the Duke Blue Devils. Duke beat Loyola by a 9-8 score. The Greyhounds traveled to Denver, CO and played the Air Force, another ECAC game. Loyola beat the Falcons by a 13-7 margin. In March, the Greyhounds took on the Georgetown Hoyas. The Greyhounds beat the Hoyas by a 13-8 mark. Next on the road for Loyola was the newest ECAC Lacrosse member, the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan fell to Loyola by a 13-8 score. Staying in the Midwest, the Greyhounds played last Saturday at #8 ranked and fellow ECAC conference opponent, Ohio State. The Buckeyes tied the score at 3-3 with 3:03 left in the first half. Then Loyola in a span of of less than 90 seconds, Loyola scored for 3 goals to have a 6-3 half time lead. The Greyhounds continued scoring with the next three goals, two in the third quarter and one in the fourth to take a commanding 9-3 lead. The Greyhounds defense shut out the Buckeyes for nearly 33 minutes, which included all the third quarter and much of the fourth stanza. Ohio State got the final goal of the day with only 9 seconds left in the game. The final score was 9-4 in Loyola’s favor. In this game the Loyola man down unit stopped five extra man chances for Ohio State. The Buckeyes were fifth in the nation in this catergory with a 53.8 conversion rate coming into the game.
Loyola enters this game scoring 115 goals in 390 shot attempts for a 11.50 goals scored per game average. Their opponents have scored 75 times out of 309 shot attempts witha 7.50 goals per game average. The Greyhounds have a .295 shot percentage while averaging 39.0 shots per game. The opposition has a .243 shot percentage with an average of 30.9 shots per game. Loyola has gotten 68 of their goals via the assist route and 47 unassisted goals. The Loyola opponents have gotten 34 of their goals via the assist route and 41 of the goals scored this season unassisted. Greyhounds have gotten 11 of their goals this season with an extra man and have been credited with one man down goal. Loyola man up unit has been on the field 33 times this season with a .333 conversion rate. Their opponents have score only 4 times this season with an extra man out of 29 chances for a .138 conversion rate.
Loyola has gotten to 337 ground balls while the opponents have gotten to 260 gbs. The Greyhounds have had 139 turnovers this year and their defense has been credited with 100 caused turnovers. The opponents have turned the ball over 161 times this season and have caused 71 Loyola turnovers. Loyola’s face off unit has won 120 of the 225 face offs taken this season with a .533 winning rate. The opponents have won 105 of the 225 face offs taken in 2013 with a .467 conversion rate. Loyola is clearing at a .930 percentage this year and the opponents have cleared .892 percent of the times. Loyola has been flagged for a penalty 30 times this year and their oppenents have received 34 penalties.
The most productive quarter for scoring by the Greyhounds is the third period with 39 goals. They have hit the back of the net 28 times in the second quarter and scored 27 goals in the first period. Loyola final quarter has seen the attack score 21 times. Their opponents best scoring period is the final stanza with 24 goals. The opening quarter has seen the opposition get 21 goals and 18 goals in the third quarter. The opposition’s lowest scoring period is the second period with 12 goals.
The Greyhounds have eight players being credited with double diget points this season. Their most prolific point getter is Justin Ward who has 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points. Nikko Pontrello has had 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in this campaign. Mike Sawyer and Chris Layne are tied on the team with 19 points. Sawyer has scored 17 goals and 2 assists while Layne has produced 11 goals and 8 assists. With 12 points this year are Zach Herreweyers and Davis Butts. Butts has four goals and 8 assists while Herreweyers has 11 goals and one assist. Both Sean O’Sullivan and Scott Ratliff have points this season. O’Sullivan has 9 goals and one assist while Ratliff has 7 goals and three assists. In goal, Jack Runkel, who is Fairfield native but went to private school, has been between the pipes for for 533 of the 600 minutes played this season. He has allowed 70 goals and has a 7.87 goals against average. He has made 78 saves this year with a .527 save percentage. His relief in the nets, Jimmy Joe Granito, has been in the cage for 66 minutes. He has allowed 5 goals with a 4.53 goals against average. Granito has been made 8 saves with a .615 save percentage.
Fairfield has scored 92 goals this year after taking 347 shot attempts for a 9.20 goals per game average and a .265 shot percentage. Their opponents have scored 91 goals with the opposition has taken 352 shot attempts for a 9.10 goals per game average and a.259 shot percentage. Fairfield has taken 34.7 shots per game and the opponents are averaging 35.2 shots per game. The Stags have gotten 45 goals via an assist and 47 unassisted goals while the opponents have 44 goals via the assist and 47 unassisted goals. Fairfield have converted 13 extra man goals this season going 13-48 this season for .271 conversion rate while the opponents have scored 9 goals in 31 attempts for a .290 conversion rate.
Fairfield has gotten to 320 ground balls and the opponents have scooped up 331 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 151 times this year while the opponents are turning the ball over 155 times. Fairfield’s defense has caused 74 turnovers this season and the opponents have caused the Stags to turn the ball over 89 times. In the face off circle, Fairfield has won 90 of 212 attempts for a .425 winning percentage and the opponents have been successful 122 times out of 212 chances for a .575 winning percentage. The Stags have been successful on .844 percentage of their clears and the opposition has cleared the ball with a .846 percentage. Fairfield has been penalized 35 times this season and the opponents have been flagged 48 times.
The opening stanza has seen Fairfield score 26 times in the 2013 campaign. The fourth period has been the second most productive period with the Stags hitting the back of the net 26 times and the second period has the Stags scoring 22 times. Fairfield’s least productive period had been the third period with 19 goals being scored. The opponents best scoring period is the final quarter with 28 goals. Opponents have scored 23 times in the second quarter and 22 times in the third quarter. The opponents have scored just 18 times in the first period.
Leading the Stags in scoring are Jordan Greenfield with 22 goals and 7 assists for 29 points and Sam Snow is second on the team with 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points. Super Soph Colin McLinden has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points. Tristian Sperry now has 17 points with 14 goals and three assists. Nick Guida and Super Frosh TJ Neubauer both have eleven points. Guida has seven goals and four assists while Neubauer has nine goals and two assists. Eric Warden has five goals and four assists for nine points. Drew Federico and Marshall Johnson have six points. They both have scored three goals and three assists. Jack Murphy has played all 600 minutes in goal this year. He has allowed 91 goals for a 9.10 goals against average and getting 114 saves for a .556 save percentage. Murphy has faced 352 shots so far in this season.
What to Expect: A very tough task for the Stags this Saturday. Loyola is playing its first home game since the early March and the game will be played after a women’s game that starts at 12 noon. Runkel is a tough goal keeper and Justin Ward is scoring lots of goals and assists. I am impressed that their man down defense has only allowed four goals this season. Ratliff is a game changer. In last year’s game, the Stags were leading after 3 periods. So the Stags showed they can play with the Greyhonds. The team needs to be firing on all cylinders. Got to get Sam Snow and Nick Guida to start scoring again. The Stags annually upset a major ranked opponent. Coach Copelan knows how to game plan and the team historically play tights games. I expect a hard fought and back and forth game. Will not predict a score again this week. GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73
Sunday, March 31st, 2013
To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-On a clear and 60 degree spring day, the Fairfield Stags could not overcome a 6-3 halftime deficit with a furious fourth quarter rally and fell to ECAC Lacrosse League foe Bellarmine by an 8-7 score. The Stags are now 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the ECAC Lacrosse League standings.
The game started with Junior FOGO man Michael Roe in the face off circle facing the Knights’ David Herring. Roe wins the initial face off and gets to the ground ball. He sets up the Stags’ first offensive effort. The Stags are searching and probing the Bellarmine defense when at 13:47, Sophomore Attack Tristian Sperry has his first shot blocked. Bellarmine is successful on their first clear of the day. The Knights work the ball around the wheel and at 12:59, the Knight’s Chad Mitchell beats Junior Goal Keeper Jack Murphy for the first goal of the day. Mitchell’s goal is unassisted and the Knights lead 1-0. Herring and Roe take the second face off of the day and this time Herring wins the draw. His wing Bobby Schmitt gets the loose ground ball. Bellarmine takes a shot 40 seconds after the face off but Murphy makes the save. He starts the Stags clear and the Fairfield offense takes over. At 11:09, the Bellarmine’s defense creates a caused turnover. The Knights clear the ball and the attack works for a shot. With 10:07 left in the first period, the Knight’s Karsen Leung scores unassisted to give Bellarmine a 2-0 lead. Herring beats Roe on the next face off and Herring gets to the ground ball. Bellarmine takes a fast shot wide but retains the ball. At 9:14, the Knights have a turnover and Fairfield clears. Stags work the offensive attack and at 7:52, Senior Co-Captain Sam Snow takes a shot that the Bellarmine Goal Keeper Dillon Ward saves. Ward starts the Knights clear and quick shot taken by Bellarmine is saved by Murphy. The Knights pickup the loose ground ball and they turn the ball over at 6:25. Fairfield clears and quickly goes on the attack with Sperry taking a shot that is high. On the shot, Bellarmine’s Reid Wesley is called for a one minute cross checking penalty at 5:48. The Stags’ extra man unit comes on the field and works the ball quickly. Snow passes to Junior Attack Jordan Greenfield who blasts the shot past the Bellarmine goal keeper at 5:20. Snow gets the assist and the Stags cut the lead to 2-1. Roe wins the subsequent face off after a Bellarmine violation. The Stags work the ball for one minute and Coach Copelan calls for his first time of the day. After the time out, the Stags turn the ball over and Bellarmine clears. For the next several minutes, both teams take shots and have turnovers. With 38 seconds left in the first period, the Stags’ Sophomore Mid Fielder Drew Federico takes a shot the Ward saves. Dillon Ward makes a quick clear and Schmitt passes to Michael Ward. Michael Ward gets a goal with Schmitt assisting at 27 seconds for a 3-1 Bellarmine lead. Herring beats Roe on the face off and gets the ground ball. Herring takes a shot that Murphy saves but the Knights’ Cameron Gardner gets the ground ball. He takes a shot and scores unassisted with 20 seconds left in the first period to give Bellarmine 4-1 lead. Herring wins the last face off of the first period and Gardner takes a shot that goes wide. The first period ends with the Knight’s winning 4-1.
The second period starts with Roe winning the face off and getting the ground ball. He feeds Snow who takes an immediate shot but is blocked. Roe gets the rebound ground ball and settles the offense. At 13:48, Super Frosh TJ Neubauer takes a shot that Ward saves but the Knights have a 30 second penalty called on Colin Hart for pushing. The man up unit comes on the field and start moving the ball. Snow takes a shot that is saved by Ward. Stags retained the ball but Bellarmine causes a turnover after both team are even strength. The Bellarmine’s clear is good. Quickly Neubauer causes a Knights’ turnover and he picks up the loose ground ball. The Stags move the ball down field and are now firing from all angles. First Sperry takes a shot that Ward saves. Greenfield picks up the rebound ground ball and he sends a shot wide. On the backup, Stags restart the offense and now Junior Midfielder Eric Warden fires a shot that Ward saves. Federico gets the ball and blasts it past the Knight’s goal keeper to score unassisted at 11:44 of the second period and cuts the lead in half to 4-2. Bellarmine’s Herring wins the face and his wing Wesley gets the ground ball. After about a minute of trying to find an opening in the Stags’ defense, Bellarmine turns the ball over on a caused turnover by Junior D Middie Shawn Honovich. The Stags clear fails and turnover the ball to Bellarmine. The Knights clear the ball and set up their offense. At 9:10 of the second period, Bellarmine’s Karsen Leung scores unassisted to make it a 5-2 ball game. Roe now wins the face off but turns the ball over to Bellarmine. For the next seven and half minutes, neither team can score and the Stags’ offense get two 30 second shot clock warnings. At 1:36 of the half, Bellarmine has a turnover but the Stags fail to clear. The Knights Michael Ward gets the ground ball and feeds Bobby Schmidt. Schmidt hits a cutting Lance Robinson. Robinson scores with 1:25 left in the half and now pushes Bellarmine’s lead to 6-2 with Schmidt getting the assist. Roe wins the face off and gets the ground ball. With 48 seconds left in the second period, Super Soph Colin McLinden scores an unassisted goal and cuts the lead to 6-3. Herring beats Roe on the face off and gets to the ground ball. Bellarmine calls time out with 39 seconds remaining in an effort to get the final shot. On the restart, Senior Co-Captain D Middie Marshall Johnson causes a turnover and the Fairfield clear is good. With 11 seconds left on the clock, Coach Copelan calls timeout . The Stags fail to get shot off after the timeout and go into halftime down 6-3.
The third period starts with Roe winning the initial face off and Junior Long Pole Defender Greg Perraut playing the wing and scooping up the ground ball. He sets up the Stags’ attack and at 13:41 Warden takes a shot the Ward saves. The Knights clears but the defense has a caused turnover credited to Senior Long Pole Defender Dan Niebler. Perraut picks up the ground ball and the Stags clear. Fairfield offense sets up quickly and Greenfield takes a shot that Ward saves. Bellarmine clears and now their offense shots quickly. Michael Ward has a wide shot but the Knights retain the ball. The Knights get the ball in play and at 11:00 minutes in the third stanza, Robinson scores with an assist to Ryan Scinta. Bellarmine pushes the lead to 7-3. Roe is now winning the face offs and he takes this one while getting to the ground ball. Stags need and want a goal quickly and Sperry responds. He scores unassisted at 10:23 to cut the Bellarmine lead to 7-4. Roe wins again and gets the ground ball to set up the Stags offense. After a couple of quick Stags’ shots and a 30 second warning, both teams are unable to find the back of the net for the next four minutes. At 7:06 during a Bellarmine clear, Senior D Middie Gordie Wells causes a turnover and gets the ground ball. He clears the defensive zone and the Stags are working hard on attack. At 6:21 in the period, Sperry again finds pay dirt and scores unassisted to make it a 7-5 ballgame. Bellarmine sends out Stephen Soriano to take the face off against Roe. Roe wins again with Johnson on the wing gets the loose ground ball. Sperry goes for the hat trick at 5:26 by Ward makes another save. Play is blown dead as Soriano for Bellarmine receives a 30 second technical foul for pushing. On the EMO chance, both Snow and Greenfield take shots that Ward saves one and one goes wide. The period ends with neither of the teams scoring and Warden getting a high shot off with 2 seconds left in the quarter. The quarter ends with Bellarmine leading 7-5.
The fourth quarter starts with Roe staying hot in the face off circle. He beats Herring and Roe gets the ground ball. Sperry takes a quick shot that goes wide. Fairfield backs up and work the ball around. At 14:01, Greenfield takes a shot and Ward makes the save. Federico gets the rebound ground ball and passes to Neubauer whose shot goes wide. Stags back up and reset the offense. Greenfield takes another shot that Ward saves but the Stags retain the ball. At 12:21 left in the game, Bellarmine has a caused turnover, they gather the ground ball and make a successful clear. The Knights are taking their time and a shot by Michael Ward is blocked but Bellarmine retains the ball. At 10:39 left in the game, the officials call a 30 second shot warning on the Knights. They go to the cage and one shot is blocked. After picking up a loose ground ball, Brogan Hill scores unassisted at 10:16 putting Bellarmine up by three for a 8-5 lead. Roe has Herring’s number and wins the face off with Super Frosh Neubauer on the wing getting to the ground ball. Bellarmine quickly has a caused turnover and get the ground ball. Greenfield is all over the Bellarmine midfielder and he causes a turnover. Snow gets the ground ball and he settles down the attack. Sperry takes a shot at 9:16 that Ward saves. Federico gets the loose ground ball and he dodges the Bellarmine defense and scores his second goal of the day unassisted at 9:03. The score is now Bellarmine 8 and Fairfield 6. Roe is dominating the face off circle and beats Herring. Johnson now on the wing picks up the ground ball and sets up the Fairfield attack. At 8:20, the Stags are assessed their only penalty of the day with Warden getting a 30 second pushing penalty. Bellarmine extra man unit is not going to the cage and after both teams are even, the Knights are warned by the officials that the 30 shot clock warning is on. Bellarmine takes a shot that Murphy saves and he starts the clear. At 6:34 on the clock, Coach Copelan calls a time out to set up the offense. The Stags on the restart move the ball and Sperry gets his third goal of the day at 6:17 to cut the Bellarmine lead 8-7. Sperry’s goal is unassisted. Soriano is back in the face off circle for Bellarmine. Roe again wins the face off and he gets the ground ball. The Stags are patiently working the attack trying to find the chance to get the tying goal. At 4:55, McLinden sends a shot wide and the Stags back up. Snow gets his shot off and Ward makes the save. The goal keeper gets to the ground ball and he starts the clear. The Knights are in no rush to take a shot. With 3:08 left in the game, Bellarmine has a turnover and Johnson gets to the ground ball. Stags clear and with 2:15 left in the game, Greenfield shoots and hits the post! The Knights clear and at 1:23, the officials call a 30 second shot clock warning. Junior D Middie Pete Di Salvo causes a turnover and gets the loose ground ball. However, the Stags fail to clear the ball and turn the ball over. With 42 seconds, Bellarmine takes a shot and Murphy makes a save. Murphy get the ground ball and makes the clear. Coach Copelan calls his last time out. On the restart, Warden gets a good look but sends the shot wide. Stags back up and with one second left, Snow’s shot is saved by Ward. Game ends with Bellarmine winning 8-7.
Stars of the game-Tristian Sperry had a hat trick while Drew Federico had two goals and three ground balls. Getting that ice breaking goal against Hobart has restarted Federico’s offense. Jordan Greenfield had one goal but also had four ground balls and one key caused turnover. Junior Long Pole Defender Toby Armour had three ground balls. Face off man Michael Roe dominated the face off circle and did not lose a second half face off. He won 13 of 19 face offs and was credited with 10 ground balls. Star for Bellarmine was Dillon Ward. The goal keeper had 17 saves and four ground balls. With two goals each, Lance Robinson and Karsen Leung paced the Knights’ offensively.
In the game, the Stags out shot the Knights by a 43 to 25 margin. Fairfield got to 40 ground balls versus 27 ground balls snagged by Bellarmine. The Stags had 17 turnovers while the Knights only had 14 turnovers. Fairfield converted one of three extra man chances while Bellarmine did not convert their one attempt. As noted, the Stags won the face off circle battle getting 13 of 19 face offs,
The Stags travel to Baltimore, Maryland to take on the defending national champions Loyola in another ECAC Lacrosse League game on Saturday April 6th.
Monday, February 18th, 2013
To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The Naval Academy comes to Fairfield University on Tuesday February 19th at 3 PM for a game against the Stags Laxmen 2013 on Alumni Field. Navy comes into Fairfield with a 2-0 record, their best start since 2009, and the Stags have 1-0 record after its road win against Bryant University on Saturday. This game will be the Stags home season opener for the 2013 season. Navy is unranked and the Stags have moved up from #16 in the preseason polls to #15 in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Division 1 Coaches Poll.
Navy has played both of their games at home so this will be their first game on the road. On February 9th, the Midshipmen beat Virgina Military Academy by a 20-7 score. On Saturday, Navy beat Detroit University by a 11-7 score. Detroit took an early 1-0 lead and Navy tied the game up at 1-1 just before the first period ended. The Midshipmen score the first two goals in the second period but Detroit got one back to cut the lead to 3-2. Navy then went a three goal run in 2 minutes and 27 seconds to take a 6-2 halftime lead. The Mids scored just 37 seconds into the third period and added another goal to push the lead to 8-2. The Titians cut the lead to 8-3 after being shut out for 17 minutes to end the third period. Navy scores three of the next four goals to run the lead to 11-4 with 8:16 left in the game. Detroit made a three goal run over the next three minutes to make it a 11-7 game and the game concluded with neither team scoring in the last 4:30 of the game.
The Midshipmen have scored 31 goals this season off of 93 shots and are averaging 15.5 goals per game on a .333 shot percentage. Their opponents have scored 14 goals off of 55 shots for 7.0 goals per game average with a .255 shot percentage. The Mids have scored 17 assisted goals and 14 unassisted goals while their opposition has scored 6 unassisted goals and 8 assisted goals. Navy has cashed in 2 man up goals out of 8 chances for a .250 conversion percentage. Their opponents have also scored 2 man up goals out of 13 chances for a .154 conversion rate. Interestingly, the Mids already have 2 man down goals this season while their opponents have not scored any man down goals. This is interesting because most teams only score two or three man down goals in a season. Navy has won 29 of 52 faceoffs taken this season for a winning percentage of .558 and the opponents have won 23 of 52 faceoffs for a .442 winning percentage.
Navy has gotten to 83 ground balls and their opponents have scooped up 56. The Mids have caused 26 while the opposition has turned over Navy 14 times this year. Navy has 42 turnovers this season while their opponents have turned the ball over 52 times this season. The Midshipmen have been penalized 13 times this year and the opponents have been flagged 8 times.
The Naval Academy has scored 6 goals in the first period this season and hit the back for the net 11 times in the second period. After the halftime break, Navy has scored 8 times in the third period and 6 times in the final stanza. Their opponents have just 2 goals in the first period and 1 goal in the second period. In the third period their opponents offenses have woken up and got 4 goals in the third period and 7 goals in the final period.
Junior Tucker Hull leads the team in scoring with 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points in the 2013 campaign. Junior attackman Austin Heneveld has three goals and 5 assists to tie Hull for the scoring lead with 8 points. Erik Hoffstadt and Sam Jones have 6 points with Hoffstadt getting 4 goals and 2 assists and Jones has three goals and assists for 2013. Senior goal keeper Nolan Hickey made a career high 7 saves last Saturday and has been in the cage for 105 minutes of the 120 minutes played this season. He has allowed 11 goals against for a 6.29 goals against average. He has been credited with 12 saves for a .522 save percentage and has faced 44 shots. John Conners has played 13 minutes and allowed 2 goals and Paul Zimmerman played for 1 minute plus this year and allowed one goal.
The Stags scored 8 goals on 36 shot attempts versus Bryant for 8.0 goals per game average and a . 222 shot percentage. Bryant got 6 goals on 43 shot attempts for a 6.0 goals per game average by the opposition for a .140 shot percentage. The Stags scored four assisted and unassisted goals on Saturday while Bryant got three assisted and unassisted goals. Fairfield did not score in the two extra man chances for a .000 conversion rate and Bryant got one extra man goal out of 4 attempts for a .250 conversion rate. The Stags scooped up 23 ground balls and Bryant got to 38 ground balls. Fairfield turned the ball over 15 times on Saturday while the Bulldogs had 19 turnovers. The Stags defense caused 9 turnovers while Bryant created 8 caused turnovers. The Stags won 3 of 18 faceoffs for a .153 winning percentage while the Bulldogs won 15 of 18 faceoffs for a .833 winning percentage. Fairfield was assessed for 4 penalties on Saturday while Bryant was flagged only twice.
Fairfield scored twice in the opening period and once in both the second and third periods on Saturday with four goals coming in the final stanza. Bryant got one goal in both the first and fourth periods and scored two goals in the second and third period.
Jordan Greenfield off his four goal game on Saturday leads the team in scoring with four points. Super Soph Colin McLinden has one goal and two assists for three points and Eric Warden had two assists for two points. Sam Snow, Tristian Sperry, and Nick Guida all had one goal against Bryant. Junior goalkeeper Jack Murphy played all 60 minutes against Bryant and allowed 6 goals for 6.0 goals against average. He was credited with 11 saves for a outstanding .647 save percentage and faced 43 shots. These are Charlie Cipriano numbers. No pressure on you Mr. Murphy!
Hard to prognosticate this game. Do not want to knock the level of Navy’s prior two opponents but the Stags are a definite step up in class for the Midshipmen. In talking with Coach Copelan a couple of weeks ago on what he expected against Navy, his observation that they are a well condition service academy team that plays tough hard nosed lacrosse. Rick Sowell who lead the St. John’s program is in his second year of coaching Navy so he is familiar with the Stags. The Stags need to play better in the face off circle, scoop up more ground balls and convert the extra man opportunities. Goalkeeper Murphy and the young defense played great on Saturday and needs another strong effort. Navy is averaging 15 goals per game this season so the Stags defense need an A plus effort on Tuesday. I fully expect Sam Snow to break out against the Midshipmen. He has a great compliment with Greenfield, McLinden, Warden, Sperry and Guida. Watch out for freshmen TJ Neubauer and Conor Dalton trying hard to get their first career Stags goals. Both Shawn Honovich and Marshall Johnson I expect to show some of their offensive fireworks while playing defensive middies. The weather is calling for 45 degrees and rain. I will be making the trek to Fairfield to see the season opener so my e-mail report on the final score will be delayed until I return to Westchester. The Stags web site does not show a live stats link but games in the past have been broadcast out on live stats. Here is the link to the Stags lax schedule. Click on the Navy game tomorrow around 3 PM if you want to follow the game on line.
Should you happen to be at the game, please look for me. Unless Will Mraz is out of town for his Major Gifts capacity for the University, I should be with him. Would like to identify all the Stags Lax Alumni at the game in my “Seen at the Game” segment in my post game report. GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73
Sunday, February 17th, 2013
To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The delayed start to the 2013 Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse Season ended on Saturday February 16th at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI under cold temperatures with snow falling and resulted in a 8 to 6 hard fought win for the Stags over the Bulldogs. Starting for the Stags to open the 2013 season were: Attack: Tristian Sperry, Nick Guida, Jordan Greenfield; Midfield-Sam Snow, Colin McLinden, TJ Neubauer; Defense-Toby Armour, Greg Perraut, Tom Lukacovic; Goalkeeper-Jack Murphy.
The start of the game was delayed 17 minutes because the scoreboard was not working and snow started to pick up as the teams hit the field but the snow was not sticking. Bryant wins the opening face off to start the game. The Stags’ Murphy makes his first save of his Fairfield career 37 seconds into the game and clears the ball successfully. The Stags test the Bryant’s freshman goal keeper Tom Carey making his first start after playing 4 plus minutes against Colgate last Sunday and he makes a couple of great saves. At the 9:54 mark of the period, Junior Jordan Greenfield breaks free after taking a pass from Sophomore Colin McLinden and beats Bryant’s Carey to open the scoring for the game and the 2013 season for a 1-0 score. Sophomore Nick Guida gets his first goal for 2013 with an assist from Junior Eric Warden with 8:23 showing on the clock to post a 2-0 Fairfield lead. The Bulldogs win their third faceoff of the game but are unable to capitalize. After turnovers by both teams, Bryant’s Bo Redpath scores an unassisted goal at 7:33 to cut the lead to 2-1. Bryant’s Kevin Massa again wins the draw, taking his fourth straight face off. Bryant is assessed the first penalty of the game at 4:15 for a one minute cross checking foul. The Stags take two shot with the extra man but Bryant’s Carey is up to the task and makes both saves. With 2:22 left in the quarter, Fairfield’s Sam Snow gets a 30 second penalty for being offsides. The Stags defense plays tight and creates a Bryant turnover. Period ends with the score Fairfield 2 and Bryant 1.
Bryant’s Massa continues to dominate the face off circle and wins his fifth straight to start the second period. Bryant’s Shane Morrell comes from behind the cage and scores unassisted to tie the game at 2-2 at the 13:34 mark. Bryant starts to dominate the action with Stags set offense unable to work and the Bryant defense continuing to pressure Fairfield as soon as they get the ball in the box. Coach Copelan takes a time out with 10:24 left in the period to settle the Stags as Bryant is starting to control the possessions. In the next few minutes, both goal keepers make a great save to keep the game tight. Bryant’s Carey makes a great save and starts the fast break with Brian Schlansker scoring from the right crease to make it a Bryant 3-2 lead with 6:36 showing on the clock. Once again Massa from Bryant wins the face off but the Stags defense plays tough and gets a turnover. With 4:53 left in the half, the Stags Senior Captain Snow scores an assisted goal from McLinden in front of the cage to make it a 3-3 tie game. Fairfield finally wins the face off due to a violation by Bryant’s Massa. With 3:38 left in the half, Fairfield starts a very long possession. The Stags take a couple of high shots but continue to hold the ball. Coach Andy calls a time with 2:31 left in the half. In 2012, the Stags scored an amazing number of goals after Copelan draws up an offensive play. Once again the Stags score 19 seconds after the time out but the officials waive off the goal due to a crease violation! Fairfield’s Murphy make a solid save on a Bryant shot from 10 yards to preserve the 3-3 tie at halftime.
At halftime the observations are both teams are having trouble setting up their offenses, Bryant is dominating the face off circle and it is COLD!!! Are these teams going to play another classic OT game like they did in the 2012 season opener?
The third period starts and Massa once again wins the faceoff for Bryant. With the snow falling, both teams trade shots and turnovers for the next 6 minutes. Bryant creates a fast break and Dan Sipperly breaks the tie for a 4-3 Bryant lead with 8:48 in the third period. Massa again wins the face off and gets tripped by the Stags’ Thomas Lukacovic to create a one minute extra man opportunity for Bryant at 8:40. Bryant wastes little time and 22 seconds later, Peter McMahon scores an assisted goal to give Bryant a 5-3 lead. Massa continues to dominate the X and wins the faceoff. At 7:09 mark of the period, Fairfield’s Greg Perraut gets called for slashing to give Bryant another extra man chance. Fairfield’s defense holds and clears the penalty. The Stags are shooting but can not hit the cage over the next several minutes including a fantastic save made by Bryant’s Carey on two shots which one was a close in shot taken by Nick Guida on a rebound with 3:30 left in the third period. Bryant finally creates a turnover but the Stags get the ball in the last minute of the period and Sophomore Tristan Sperry scoring unassisted cuts the lead to 5-4 with 20 seconds left in the third period.
The fourth period starts with Massa winning his 12th of 13 face offs and takes a quick shot but has no one backing it up and the Stags take possession. Both goal keepers are hot with Bryant’s Carey making a great save on an in close shot from Snow and the Stags’ Murphy responds by stoning the Bryant attack with 12:55 left in the game and he starts the clear to set up the Fairfield offense. The Stags’ Greenfield gets his second goal of the day unassisted on a bounce shot to tie the game at 5-5 with 12:09 left on the clock. The Stags finally win the face off and both teams trade turnovers. The Stags grab the lead at 6-5 with Greenfield completing his hat trick with another assist from Warden on a cross the crease pass with 9:31 left in the game. The Stags win the second straight face off but after the Stags’ offense was putting on great pressure Bryant finally gets to clear the ball. On the clear Bryant’s Colin Gantz scores unassisted to tie the game with 8:06 showing on the clock. The Stags win another face off and set up their offense. Greenfield gets his fourth goal unassisted to put Fairfield back in the lead by a 7-6 score with 6:07 left in the game. Bryant’s Massa wins the faceoff to set up their offense but the Stags’ defense creates a turnover. With 4:30 left, Fairfield gets a stall call since they are not going to the cage. Snow gets pushed with 4:04 left for a 30 second extra man chance for Fairfield but Bryant is able clear the penalty. The Stags’s Lukacovic gets a 30 second interference call giving Bryant an extra man chance to tie the game with 2:59 remaining. Twenty seconds later, the Stags keeper Murphy stops a close in shot to preserve the Fairifield lead and clears to ball to kill the penalty chance. With 2 minutes remaining, Coach Copelan calls a time out to set up the Stags’ offense and the snow stops. McLinden gets his first goal of 2013 with goal keeper out of the net with 1:44 left in the game to put Fairfield up by a 8-6 score (the Stags once again responding to another Coach Andy time out!). Bryant wins the face off and starts their final offensive drive. They keep shooting high and wide a couple of times with one minute remaining but retain possession. With 20 seconds left in the game, Murphy makes another great save and Bryant is called for a crease violation. The Stags kill the ball for the remaining time to get the win in their first game of the 2013 season by a 8-6 score.
The stars of the game were Jordan Greenfield with his four goals, Colin McLinden (should I crown him Super Sophomore after one game? He was my Super Freshman in 2012!) with one goal and two assists, Eric Warden with his two assists and Jack Murphy who made 11 saves including a couple of tough saves in the fourth period. Bryant out shot the Stags by a 43 to 36 margin and Bryant won 15 of 18 face offs. Bryant had 19 turnovers versus 15 turnovers for Fairfield. While Murphy was credited with 11 saves, Bryant’s goal keeper Carey was credited with 6 saves. Bryant captured 38 ground balls with the Stags scooped up 23 ground balls. Fairfield was 0 for 2 in man up chances while Bryant converted one man goal out of 4 chances. Fairfield was successful on 20 of 22 clears while Bryant completed 13 of 16 clears. Murphy lead the Stags in ground balls with 6 ground balls and both Nick Guida and Tristian Sperry got to 2 ground balls.
The Stags are 1-0 for the 2013 season and play again on Tuesday February 19th at 3 PM at home on Alumni Field versus the undefeated Naval Academy who have won both of their first starts in 2013. Look for the pregame report on Monday. Roger Yergeau ’73
Thursday, February 14th, 2013
To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-After digging out of almost 3 feet of snow on the Fairfield Campus, the Stags Lacrosse team will open on the road against Bryant University Bulldogs in Smithfield, RI on Saturday February 16th at 1 PM. The game will be on Live Stats-without a charge- so you can follow the game on line. Here is the link to Live Stats- http://livestats.prestosports.com/bryant/
Bryant University is coached by Mike Pressler who is the former Duke coach. The Bulldogs opened the season last Sunday against #10 ranked Colgate on Sunday afternoon behinds mounds of snow ringing the Bryant Turf Complex and cold temperatures. Colgate won the game in OT with a goal midway in the period to beat Bryant by a 14-13 score.
Bryant is the NEC champions and was undefeated at home last year coming off a 14-4 record. Colgate is lead by Peter Baum, the National Player of the Year and the NCAA leading goal scorer. The Bulldogs held Baum to 2 goals and 2 assists but could not stop Matt Clarkson who tallied 5 goals. Bryant was lead by Alex Zomerfeld who had three goals.
Colgate opened the game with a goal by Clarkson 90 seconds into the game before Bryant scored the next three goals with Zomerfeld getting two of the three Bryant goals. Colgate and Bryant traded the next three goals and Bryant ended the first period with a 4 -3 score. Colgate opened the second period with two goals to grab a 5-4 lead. Bryant responded with three straight tallies to regain the lead by a 7-5 margin. Colgate’s Clarkson ended the Bulldogs run for a 7-6 score. Bryant and Colgate traded goals to end the second period with Peter Baum getting his first goal of the year with 39 seconds left in the half to close the Bryant lead to 8-7.
The second half started with the Red Raiders on a three goal run to lead the game by a 10-8 score. Bryant finally scored with 52 seconds left in the third period for a 10-9 score. Colgate opened the fourth period for a score with 2 minutes off the clock for a 11-9 score. Bryant next scored the only man up goal of the game with 7:08 left in the game to make the score 11-10. Four seconds later, the Bulldogs tied the game at 11-11. Colgate’s Clarkson got his fourth and fifth goals of the game to post a 13-11 lead with 4:15 left in the game. Bryant’s Zomerfeld cut the lead to 13-12 with 3 minutes showing on the clock. Bryant ties the game with only 8 seconds left in the game to force an OT period.
Bryant wins the OT faceoff and took a shot at close range but the Colgate goalkeeper makes a huge save and the Colgate’s D scooped up the rebound ground ball and started a fast break. The breaking midfield found that his attackman Jimmy Ryan had a seam, made the pass and Ryan was able to step in and stick the ball in the net for a 14-13 game winner.
Colgate lead the game with 59 shots versus Bryant only taking 37 shots. The Bulldogs won the ground ball war by a 33 to 31 margin and Bryant had 21 turnovers versus Colgate’s 14 turnovers. Bryant won the faceoff battle by taking 20 of the 31 faceoffs. The Bulldogs scored the only man up goal of the game in five chances and Colgate was 0 for 1 in the one man up opprotunity chance of the game. Bryant used two goal keepers with Gunnar Waldt making 13 saves while allowing 14 goals in 57:36 minutes of playing time. Tom Carey played for 4:15 minutes and recorded one save while allowing no goals.
Normally at this point of the pregame report I would review the Stags last game and season stats. Since the Stags did not play, let me review some of the preseason report.
The starting attack should be Tristian Sperry, who is a dodger, passer Nick Guida and lefty Jordan Greenfield. Top replacements will be Junior Alex Cramer and Freshman Paul Heller from the top flight Duxbury HS, Massachusetts lacrosse program. Tristian originally came to Fairfield as a midfielder and Coach Copelan has switched him to attack in 2013. Coach Copelan sees this an opportunity for Tristian as Andy wants offensive minded midfielders on the field. Inside Lacrosse Magazine dubbed Nick Guida as the sleeper pick of the team. Nick’s older brother Rob plays for John Hopkins and Guida is also making the transition from midfield to attack.
The top midfielders are Sam Snow, Eric Warden, Drew Federico, Colin McLinden, Marshall Johnson, Junior Shawn Honovich and two Freshmen from Loyola Blakefield, Maryland high powered lacrosse program TJ Neubauer and Conner Dalton. Playing with a high school teammate will help both TJ’s and Conner’s transition to D1 Lacrosse. Both Marshall and Shawn will have various roles on the team with an emphasis on defensive transition midfielders. Marshall is a great ground baller scooper and Shawn has tremendous speed. In 2012 only Brent Adams had better speed that Shawn on the Stags Lacrosse team. Federico was an attackman in 2012 and he also is making the transition to a new position at midfield like Sam Snow made as a sophomore. Sam came to Fairfield as an attackman but Coach Copelan thought he was was so good in front of the cage and more valuable to the team than being behind the cage. Andy also wants Sam on the field as much as possible playing a hybrid style of mid and attack like Colgate did with Peter Baum in 2012.
The defense will have a new look with the graduation of Drew Palmer and Brendan McTeague. John Hopkins transfer Toby Armour will be on the defense making the switch from Long Stick Midfielder to close defense for the Stags. Junior Greg Perrault who has started on defense as a freshman will be a third year starter. Sophomores Max Buchanan and Thomas Lukacovic will get plenty of playing time along with Seniors Gordie Wells, Dan Niebler, Junior Gordie Carrick, and Sophomore Max Buchanan.
Face Offs-Last season Junior Michael Roe was one of leading faceoff men in the nation and a major cog in getting the Stags offense off to a fast start. Joining Michael in the faceoff circle will be Marshall Johnson and Sophomore Lou DiGiacomo.
Goal Keeper-This will be a new look with the 2 time ECAC Goal Keeper of the Year Charlie Ciprano graduating in May, 2012. Battling for the goal keeper spot are Freshman Tom Branca, Sophomore Conner Fraylick and Junior transfer from Mass Maritime Jack Murphy. Coach Copelan will be looking very closely at both Murphy and Fraylick in the first couple of games to determine the starter in this key slot.
Who will have the advantage in this game? Bryant has played one tough game ending in a brutal loss. The Stags are rested and ready to bust loose. Last year the Stags needed an OT period to beat the Bulldogs. The Stags are the second nationally ranked team they are playing in the first two weeks of the season. Mike Pressler’s teams are well coached and are a tough group of players and want to enhance their reputation by beating a nationally ranked team. I again feel strongly that the Stags will score and but the young defense and new goalkeeping team will be tested. I will be watching the game on line and will report the final results as soon as possible. Roger Yergeau ’73