Fairfield versus Providence College Pre Game Report March 4, 2014

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags start a four game home stand on Tuesday March 4th at 4 PM.  The Stags will play the Providence College Friars, a team from the Big East.  I believe that this will be the first meeting between the Friars and the Stags on the lacrosse field. Stags come into the game with a 2-1 record and the Friars also have a 2-1 season mark.

Providence started the year with a road win over Vermont by a score of 8-6. In their second game, the Friars beat Boston University by a 10-7 score in the Terriers first Division 1 Lacrosse game in Boston, Mass. On Saturday, March 1st, their home opener which was moved to Bryant University due to field conditions on the Providence campus. The Friars lost to Quinnipiac College by a 16-9 score.  Providence scored the first goal of the game but the Bobcats went on a five goal run in the first period.  The Friars concluded the first quarter with a goal to end the period by a 5-2 score.  Quinnipiac then went on a 9 goal run including 6 goals in the second quarter for an 11-2 halftime lead.  The Bobcats ended the third quarter by a 14-2 score.  Providence started the fourth quarter with two goals and then a five goal run to end the game.

After three games, the Friars have scored 27 goals out of 133 shots taken, thus averaging 9.0 goals per game with a .203 shot percentage. Their opponents have scored 29 goals out of 105 shots with a 9.67 goals per game with a .276 shot percentage. Providence is taking 44.3 shots per game and their opponents have taken 35 shots per game. The Friars have scored 12 goals with an assist so far in 2014. The opposition has recorded 20 goals via the assist route. Fifthteen of the Friars goals this year have been unassisted while the opposition has scored nine times unassisted. Providence has had twelve man up chances this season and hit the back of the net seven times for a .583 conversion percentage. Their opponents have had a man advantage eleven times and scored five times with a .455 conversion percentage.

The Friars have scooped up 90 ground balls and their opponents have also gotten to 96 ground ball. Providence has 46 turnovers while their opposition has had 70 turnovers. The Friars defense has 35 caused turnovers and their opposition also has 27 caused turnovers. In the face off game, Providence has won 24 draws out of 68 chances for a .353 winning percentage. The opponents thus have also taken 44 draws out of 68 chances for a .647 winning percentage. On the clear, the Friars have successfully cleared 62 times out of 66 chances for ..939 clear percentage. The opponents have cleared the ball 45 times out of 68 opportunities for a .662 clear percentage. The officials have flagged Providence eleven times for 8 minutes in penalties and the opponents have been flagged 12 times for 9.30 in penalty minutes.

The Friars so far in the 2014 season have scored nine times in the fourth period, eight times in the first quarter and six goals in the second stanza. Providence has scored four times in the second quarter. Their opponents have hit the back of the net nine times in the first period, eight times in the second quarter, and seven times in the third period. The opposition has scored five times in the final stanza. Providence best shooting period is the fourth quarter where they have taken 39 shots this year.  The first period has seen the Friars attack take 35 shots, 31 shots in the third quarter and 16 shots in the second stanza.  The Friars opponents like the second period with 29 shots being taken and 26 shots in the fourth quarter. Providence’ opponents have taken 25 shots in the first and third quarters.

Leading Providence in goals is Alex Conbuy #18, who has seven goals and one assists for eight points.  Leading the Friars in scoring is #33 Sean Wright with five goals and four assists for nine points. Joseph Fitzpatrick has four goals and one assist for five points while Greg FitzMaurice has three goals and one assist for four points. Andrew Barton has scored two goals and three assists for five points. Two other players have also scored 2 goals for the season and finally two other Friars have one goal. Tyler Himes has played 150 minutes in goal this year.  He has allowed 24 goals and has a 9.60 goals against average.  He has been credited with 24 saves for a .500 save percentage. Peter Badgley played 23 minutes in relief for Himes at the Quinnipiac game allowing 5 goals and getting three saves.  Max Huber finished the Quinnipiac game playing almost seven minutes.  He did not allow any goals and made one save.

Fairfield is averaging 14.33 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 7.00 goals per game. The Stags have scored 43 goals in its first two games out of 103 shots for a .417 shot percentage. The opponents scored 21 goals out of 91 shots for a .231 shot percentage.  Twenty of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored nine assisted goals.  Fairfield has 23 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored twelve unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored eight times out of 15 man up chances for a .533 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 seven extra man chances.

Fairfield has scooped up 83 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 97 ground balls.  The Stags have turned the ball over 38 times and the opponents had 48 turnovers.  Fairfield had 20 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 22 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 29 times out of 74 chances for .392 winning percentage.  The opposition are 45 of 74 face offs for a  .608 winning percentage.  The Stags has successfully cleared 56 times out of 60 chances for a .933 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 41 times successfully out of 47 chances for a .872 clear percentage.  Officials flagged the Stags ten times in the first three games for 10.30 minutes and the opponents received 15 penalties for 13.3 minutes of penalty time.

The Stags scored twelve times in the first period and fourth quarter, eleven times in the third and eight times in the second quarter.  The opponents scored six goals in the opening frame and the second stanza, and five goals in the third period and only four goals in the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 32 shots, 25 shots in the first and third quarters, and 21 times in the second quarter.  Stags opponents have 26 shots in the third quarter, 22 in the first and second quarters and 21 shots in fourth frames of the 2014 season.

Tristian Sperry leads team in scoring with 13 points, eight goals and five assists.  Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 10 and has one assist for 11 points.  Jake Knotsman has five goals and two assists for six points along with Drew Federico whose six points come with four goals and two assists also in 2014.  With five points are Mikey Gulasey and Colin McLinden.  Gulasey has three goals and two assists while McLinden has two goal and three assists.  Word is that McLinden will play in the Providence game.  Conor Dalton and Dave Fleming both have four goals for their point totals.  TJ Neubauer has three goals so far this season. Nick Guida and Nico Panepinto have three points, Guida with one goal and two assists and Panepinto has three assists. Jack Murphy played 165 plus minutes in the three games played. Nineteen goals have been scored against him for a 6.89 goals against average.  He has been credited with 26 saves for a .578 save percentage. Tyler Behring played almost 15 minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. Two goals have been scored against him for an 8.22 goals against average and credited with one save for a .333 save percentage.

Busy week for the Stags with Providence on Tuesday and playing Yale on Saturday afternoon. The Stags will be rested for Providence and should have a big rebound effort after the Hofstra game.

Fairfield lacrosse teams, both the women’s and men’s, will play games on Saturday March 8th and use the games to support the Wounded Warriors Project.  To help, the Stags will be raising money and awareness by collecting donations and holding a silent auction during their lone doubleheader on March 8. The day begins at 12pm when the women’s team hosts Vermont followed by the men’s game against Yale at 3pm.

With a donation of $15, fans will receive a specially designed hat or a t-shirt for the event, while supplies last. Fans can also bid on a variety of silent auction items including: a PS4 gaming system, a GoPro Camera, a Bose SoundDock®, a signed hockey stick by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, a jersey signed by the USA Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Team, tickets for the New York Giants and the New York Yankees, a weekend getaway package to Saratoga Springs, a Vineyard Vines gift basket, and more. All items were donated by family and friends of the lacrosse programs and all funds raised go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.

I will be attending the Providence game.  To view the game live, here is a link:


There is a charge to watch the live video.  To “watch” on live stats, here is the link:


Will send an e-mail blast with the final score on late Monday.  Have a lacrosse officials meeting at 7 PM in Somers, NY.  GO STAGS!!  Roger Yergeau ’73


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