To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags play a road game onTuesday February 25, 2014. The Stags will be on the road to play the Hofstra Pride. The game will start at 3 PM at Hofstra’s James M. Shuart Stadium. Fairfield comes into the game with a 2-0 record. The latest national polls have Fairfield ranked #18 by the Warriors Men’s D1 Media Poll and the USILDA Coaches Poll has the Stags ranked #17. The Pride are members of the CAA which Fairfield wil join in 2015. Hofstra has an 0-2 record of coming into the game. Two years ago, the Stags and Pride played a classic 3 OT game with Fairfield’s Brent Adams getting the dramatic game winner. Last year, the Pride outplayed the Stags in all phases of the game and won by a 9-2 score.
Hofstra started the season at home and lost by a 11-9 score to Marquette University. The second year program of Marquette is coached by a former Hofstra player and Associate Head Coach and their roster has many players who played their high shool lacrosse on Long Island. The press reports stated the Marquette crowd was larger than the Hofstra contingent at the game!! This past Saturday, the Pride traveled to Princeton to take on the #10 ranked Tigers. The game was nationally televised on ESPU. After jumping out to a 8-4 lead in the third period, the Pride lost to Princeton by a 12-9 final score.
After two games, the Pride have scored 19 goals out of 78 shots taken, thus averaging 9.5 goals per game with a .244 shot percentage. Their opponents have scored 23 goals out of 59 shots with a 11.5 goals per game with a .390 shot percentage. Hofstra is taking 39 shots per game and their opponents have taken 29.5 shots per game. The Pride have scored 6 goals with an assist so far in 2014. The opposition have recorded 15 goals via the assist route. Thirteen of the Pride goals this year have been unassisted while the opposition has scored 8 times unassisted. Hofstra has had five man up chances this season and hit the back of the net twice for a .400 conversion percentage. Their opponents have had a man advantage six times and scored five times with a .833 conversion percentage.
The Pride have scooped up 58 ground balls and their opponents have also gotten to 58 ground ball. Hofstra has 26 turnovers while their opposition has had 28 turnovers. The Pride defense has 10 caused turnovers and their opposition also has 10 caused turnovers. In the face off game, Manhattan has won 25 draws out of 50 chances for a .500 winning percentage. The opponents thus have also taken 25 draws out of 50 chances for a .500 winning percentage. On the clear, the Pride have successfully cleared 26 times out of 28 chances for ..929 clear percentage. The opponents have cleared the ball 32 times out of 38 opprotunites for a .842 clear percentage. The officials have flagged Manhattan 6 times for 4.30 minutes in penalties and the opponents have been flagged 5 times for 3.30 in penalty minutes.
The Pride is consistent in their scoring by the quarter. So far in the 2014 season, they have scored five times in the first, third and fourth quarters and four goals in the second stanza. Their opponents have hit the back of the net 8 times in the fourth period, six times in the first and third quarters, and three times in the second period. Hofstra’s best shoooting period is the second quarter where they have taken 27 shots this year. The fourth period has seen the Pride attack take 18 shots, 17 shots in the third quarter and 16 shots in the opening stanza. The Pride opponents like the third period with 20 shots being taken and 18 shots in the fourth quarter. Hofstra’s opponents have taken 13 shots in the first period and only 8 shots in the second quarter.
Leading Hofstra in goals and points is Sam Llinares, #5 , who has five goals and five assists for ten points. Next on the scoring list is Lance Yapor with four goals, Korey Hendrickson with three goals and both Torin Varm and Mike Malave have scored two goals. Three other players have also scored one goal for the season. Chris Selva has played all 120 minutes in goal this year. He has allowed 23 goals and has a 11.5 goals against average. He has been credited with 17 saves for a .425 save percentage.
The Stags scored 36 goals in its first two games out of 75 shots for a .480 shot percentage. The opponents scored 12 goals out of 59 shots for a .203 shot percentage. Fourteen of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored five assisted goals. Fairfield has 22 unassisted goals and the opposition have scored seven unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored eight times out of twelve man up chances for a .667 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has not allowed an extra man goal this season. The opponents have been unable to convert on their four extra man chances.
Fairfield has scooped up 61 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition have captured 68 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 29 times and the opponents had 35 turnovers. Fairfield had 15 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 16 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 23 times out of 54 chances for .426 winning percentage. The opposition are 31 of 54 face offs for a .574 winning percentage. The Stags has successfully cleared 40 times out of 44 chances for a .909 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 26 times successfully out of 30 chances for a .867 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags six times in the first two games for 6.30 minutes and the opponents received eleven penalties for 10 minutes of penalty time.
The Stags scored eleven times in the first period, ten times in final quarter, nine times in the third and six times in the second quarter. The opponents scored four goals in the opening frame and final stanza and two goals in both if the second and third quarters. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 24 shots, 18 shots in the third quarter, 17 times in the first period and 16 times in the second quarter. Stags opponents also have 18 shots in the third quarter, 17 in the final stanza and 12 shots in both the first and second frames of the game.
Tristian Sperry leads team in scoring with 11 points, seven goals and four assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 8 and has one assist for 9 points. Jake Knotsman has five goals in 2014, followed by Conor Dalton with four goals and TJ Neubauer with three goals. Both Drew Federico and Mikey Gulasey have four points this season, two goals and two assist for each player. Colin McLinden has three points with two goals and one assist and Dave Fleming has contributed with two goals. Just playing in the Manhattan game, Nick Guida has one goal. Jack Murphy played 105 plus minutes in the two games played. Ten goals have been scored against him for an 5.69 goals against average. He was credited with 18 saves for a .643 save percentage. Tyler Behring played almost 15 minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. Two goals have been scored against him for a 8.22 goals against average. He was credited with one save against Manhattan for a .333 save percentage.
The Stags will be facing a very angry and hungry team on Tuesday afternoon. Losing to to a young Marquette program coached by a Hofstra alum and then having a substantial lead against a nationally ranked team on national TV will make the Pride a difficult squad to face. Hofstra will also be a higher caliber team than our first two opponents. Coach Copelan will make some adjustments to the attack. The defense of Murphy, Armour, Perrault and Buchanan should give the Stags a major edge. The EMO unit needs to continue its great start. Stags have to do a better job at the face off circle and on ground balls. The Stags young players will be tested and the upper classmen will have to show the way. I will be making the trip to Hofstra. Been there many times with my daughter Claire for soccer and lacrosse tournaments and with my son Peter for lacrosse tournaments. Joe Kern will be at the game and promises me a seat in a luxury box. Kernal knows everyone in the lacrosse world on Long Island. GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73