To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The Stags traveled to Hofstra and came home with a hard fought tough loss on a cold afternoon, high 20s at game time. A fourth quarter rally and a shutout last seven minutes of the third period and the fourth quarter were not enough to overcome the early lead built up by the Pride. Fairfield’s offense was lead by Freshman Dave Fleming, Junior Drew Federico, and Senior Eric Warden who all scored two goals. The Stags are now 2-1 overall and Hofstra is now 1-2 for the 2014 season.
With Senior Jack Murphy in goal for the Stags and Chris Selva ready for the Pride, Senior Michael Roe faces off against Kris Clarke to start the game. Clarke wins the draw and Anthony Zappone on the wing gets the ground ball. The Pride set up their offense and a shot 47 seconds into the game by Mike Malave is saved by Murphy. The clear is good and Junior Bryan Barry takes a quick shot that goes wide. Stags keep the ball but the Pride create a caused turnover by Ryan Rielly who gets to the ground ball. Hofstra clears and their offense looks for a shot. At 12:18, Korey Hendrickson beats Murphy for an unassisted goal. Pride leads 1-0. Roe and Clarke face off again with Reilly on the Pride wing getting to the ground ball. Murphy makes a save on a quick shot by Zappone. Stags clear and the offense is patient and working very hard to find a good shot. At 10:48, Fleming takes a hard shot but it hits the post! Hofstra clears. For the next few minutes, both offenses are probing but the defenses are prevailing. At 6:59, Junior Max Buchanan is called for an illegal body check after a Pride shot that went wide. The officials make it a one minute unreleaseable penalty. Fairfield’s man down unit does a great job holding the Pride to one shot by Malave and Freshman Jay Walsh creates a turnover at 5:02 and scoops up the ground ball. Stags clear and again the offense works to probe the Pride defense. Freshman Nico Panepinto’s shot is saved by Selva and he starts the clear with 3:17 left in the first quarter. Now the Pride’s offense works the ball against a tight Stags defense. Sam Llinares takes a wide shot at 2:04 but on the rebound ground ball, Tyler Begley finds Brier Davis at 1:51. Davis scores and now Hofstra is up by a 2-0 score. Clarke again beat Roe at the X and Zappone gets the ground ball. Walsh pressures Zappone and Walsh has another caused turnover. Walsh gets to the ground ball and clears. With 48 seconds remaining in the period, Junior Drew Federico, returning home to Long Island, beats Selva with Freshman Jake Knotsman geting the assist. Hofstra now leads 2-1. Junior Louis DiGiacomo now takes the face off against Clarke. Clarke wins with wing Steve Romano getting the ground ball. Hofsta looks for that last minute goal but a shot by Rielly is saved by Murphy with 35 seconds remaining in the quarter who starts the clear. With 17 seconds showing on the clock, Coach Copelan calls time out to set up the final shot. On the restart, Senior Eric Warden gets the shot but it goes wide. Stags back up and have 7 ticks left in the quarter. Before the horn sounds, Fleming goes to the cage but Selva makes a point blank save to keep it a 2-1 Hofstra lead.
Roe comes back out to face Clarke. Roe wins his face off of the day and gets the ground ball. The Stags are very patient on offense but Hofstra’s Rielly has a caused turnover at 12:31. Hofstra clears succssfully. The Pride take their time working the offense. At 11:06 Torin Vam takes a wide shot and Hofstra retains the ball. The Pride’s Sam Llinares scored unassisted at 10:45 to make it a 3-1 Hofstra lead. Clarke takes the face off when the officials call a violation on Roe. With 9:59 remaining in the period, Hofstra’s Vam takes a shot that goes wide but a cross checking penalty is called on Senior Connor Maniatty. Man down unit for Fairfield is now on the field and stops three Pride shots with Murphy making a save at 9:18. Clear is good and Stags offense kills the balance of the penalty. Fleming is left alone and he walks in on the Hofstra cage and scores unassisted at 8:37 to make it a 3-2 Pride lead. Roe loses the face off to Clarke and Steve Romano for Hofstra gets to the ground ball. Vam scores at 7:50 with an assist from Malave. Hofstra now leads 4-2. DiGiacomo is now taking the face for Fairfield against Clarke. The referee calls a violation on Clarke, Stags ball. For the next minute the Stags look to cut the lead but a turnover is committed and Hofstra’s clear is successful. Malave takes a shot that Murphy saves and Sophomore Conor Barr gets the ground ball. Stags clear and at 4:54, Sophomore TJ Neubauer’s shot is saved by Selva. Hofstra clears but at 4:30 mark of the second period, Frosh Walsh creates a turnover. Junior Max Buchanan gets the ground ball and clears. Junior Nick Guida picks up a loose ground ball in the offensive zone. He finds a cutting Junior Tristian Sperry who buries his shot. With 4:21 remaining in the quarter, it is a 4-3 game. On the shot, Hofstra’s Zappone is called for a slashing penalty. Man down face off in the Stags favor. DiGiacomo loses the draw to Clarke who also gets to the ground ball. Timeout is called by Hofstra at 4:05. The Pride kill the man down penalty by keeping the ball in the offensive zone. Stags attempted to double the ball but were not successful in getting a turnover. After both teams are at full strength, Hofstra’s attack finds an opening at 2:48 remaining. Brier with an assist from Llinares scores giving The Pride a 5-3 lead. Clarke and Roe resume their battle at the X but the officials call a violation on Clarke. Stags ball and they go on offense. Federico takes a shot with 2:15 left in the period but Selva makes the save. Hofstra clears and a quick shot by Steve Romano goes wide. The Pride retain the ball. With 80 seconds left in the first half, Malave scores unassisted to push the lead for Hofstra to 6-3. Roe this time beats Clarke and with 53 seconds showing on the clock, Knostman takes a shot that Selva saves. Stags retain the ball but with 29 ticks left in the half. Hofstra gets to a loose ground ball. Hofstra can not clear and turn the ball over to the Stags. Fairfield can not get off a final shot and the period ends with The Pride leading 6-3.
Roe and Clarke take the second half face off with Clarke getting the win and Zappone getting to the ground ball. At 14:13, Walsh creates another turnover and the loose ground ball is picked up by Senior Greg Perraut. Stags clear and work their offensive sets. A shot by Federico is wide and then Warden’s shot is blocked. At 11:39, Hofstra’s Romano gets a ground ball and starts the clear. Barr quickly creates a turnover and the ground ball. The Stags clear is good but at 10:12, but Fairfield has a turnover. Hofstra clears and work the ball in the offensive zone. The Pride’s Drew Coholan scores unassisted at 9:18 for a 7-3 lead. Clarke beats Roe on the face off and Clarke takes the ground ball right to the cage scoring Hofstra’s 8th goal of the day for a 8-3 Pride lead. DiGiacomo now comes out the face off circle to battle Clarke. Clarke wins the face off with Romano getting the ground ball. The Pride quickly turns the ball over and Fleming gets the ground ball. Stags need a goal and Sperry feeds Federico who hits the back of the net. This cuts the lead to 8-4 for Hofstra with 8:14 showing on the clock. Clarke again beats DiGiacomo with John Reicherter getting the ground ball. The Pride is deliberate in their offensive set. Llinares’ pass to Vam results in a goal giving Hofstra a 9-4 lead with 7:28 left in the third quarter. DiGiacomo gets a win at the face off circle against Clarke and he picks up the ground ball to start the Stags offense. At 6:49 left in the quarter, Warden gets an unassisted goal and cuts the lead to 9-5 in Hofstra’s favor. The last six minutes plus of the third quarter has both teams working the offenses and having having turnovers. The period ends with Hofstra leading 9-5.
The fourth quarter starts with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on Zapprone and Federico as the officials do not like their “jockeying” for position on the wing. Clarke takes the fourth quarter face off when DiGiacomo is called for a violation. Hofstra holds the ball but have a turnover. Stags clear and Fleming gets his second goal of the game unassisted to make it a 9-6 game with 13:05 remaining. On the goal, Fleming is slashed by Reicherter. Stags now have a man up face off for the second time in the game. Roe returns to the X against Clarke but Hostra takes the critical draw. The Pride kill off the penalty in the offensive zone. Teams are back and forth. At 4:38 left in the game, Coach Copelan calls time out to set up the attack. Federico gets a shot but Selva making a save. Fleming gets the ground ball and resets the offense. With 3:33 remaining in the game, Warden scores his second goal of the game to make it a 9-7 game. DiGiacomo beats Clarke and when the ball goes back to the box, Buchanan gets the ground ball. Stags clear and look for a good shot. Federico’s shot at 2:35 is wide but Stags retain the ball. With 1:58 showing on the game clock, Hofstra has a caused turnover. Stags are aggressive and the Pride do not clear the ball. Senior Sean Honovich gets the resulting ground ball and Coach Copelan uses his last timeout at 1:26. Stags restart but Hofstra’s Rielly gets a caused turnover and the ground ball with 62 seconds left in the game. The Pride clear the ball and hold it till 23 seconds left in the game. Coach Tierney for Hofstra calls a time out as the Stags are working hard to get a Hofstra turnover. On the restart, The Pride offense move the ball smartly around the cage and then into the corner of the field. With seven seconds remaining, Senior Toby Armour is called for a slash as the Stags defense was trying to get a turnover. The officials also could have called Murphy who was doubling the Hofstra attack with a cross check. Game ends with Hofstra winning 9-7.
Hofstra outshot the Stags by a 32 to 28 margin. The Pride got to 29 ground balls and versus 22 for the Stags. Hofstra turned the ball over 13 times while Fairfield only had 9 turnovers. Fairfield had 5 caused turnovers while Hofstra had 6 caused turnovers. Both teams had 2 face off violation. Hofstra dominated the face offs winning 16 of 20. Fairfield was perfect on it clears going 16 for 16 and the Pride successfully cleared 15 of 17 clears. Both teams went 0 for 3 on extra man opportunities. Murphy was credited with 8 saves and Salve for Hofstra had 10 saves for the game.
Man Down Unit-For three first games this season, the man down unit has not allowed goal. Great job guys!!
Stars of the Game-Going to go with defense for the Hofstra game. Seniors Toby Armour, Greg Peraut with three ground balls and Junior Max Buchanan with 2 ground balls shut down The Pride’s leading scorer holding him to one goal and two assists. In a breakout performance, Freshman Jay Walsh had four caused turnovers for the game.
Frosh of the Year-Got a real battle on for this honor. Jake Knostman is still in the “lead’ with his five goals from the first two games. He got an assist against Hofstra. Dave Fleming now has four goals this season with his two goal game today. On the defensive side, Jay Walsh is making a strong case with his four caused turnovers today. Not much change in the Soph of the Year honor. TJ Neubaurer, Mikey Gulasey and Conor Dalton are all in the running.
Seen at the Game-Joe Kern met me at the front gate and we watched the game together. Got us into the Hofstra Alumni Lounge for the fourth quarter so we could warm up! Great to spend time with Joe.
Stags have a rest this weekend. They start a four game home stand on Tuesday March 4th at 3 PM against Providence College, currently with a 1-0 record. The Friars are in the Big East Conference play Quinnipiac College on Saturday March 1st at 4 PM. The game has been moved to Bryant College due to snow conditions at Providence College. Best Regards- Roger Yergeau ’73