Fairfield versus Yale March 8, 2014 PreGame Report

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags will play the second half of a doubleheader with the Women’s team to support the Wounded Warriors Project Saturday March 8th at 3 PM. The Stags will play the # 10/#11 nationally ranked Ivy League Yale Bulldogs. Stags come into the game with a 2-2 record and the Bulldogs have a 2-0 season mark.
The Bulldogs started the 2014 season with a 10-6 victory at home against the then ranked #19 St. John’s from the Big East. They next traveled to Bryant University last Saturday and avoided an upset. The Bulldogs won the game, with 9-8 being the final score. They Bulldogs got off to a fast start scoring six goals in the first quarter, holding a 6-3 margin after one period. Both teams scored one goal in the second period for 7-4 Yale halftime lead. Defenses again prevailed in the third period with both clubs again only getting one goal each keeping the Bulldogs in the lead by an 8-5 score at the end of three periods. Bryant cut the Yale lead down to 8-7 but the Bulldogs got the eventual game winner with 5 minutes remaining in the game. The final five minutes were frantic with Bryant making it a 9-8 game but Yale prevailed at the final horn.
Yale is very lean on providing team and individual stats so this section of the pregame report will not be as detailed as normal. Guess you have to cut corners with a $20 billion dollar endowment fund!! After two games, the Bulldogs have scored 19 goals while their opponents have scored 14 goals. Yale is taking 45 shots per game and has a .211 shot percentage. Eight of their goals have been with an assist. Their opponents have scored 14 goals after taking 58 shots. The Bulldogs not scored this year on seven man up chances this season but have scored one man down goal. Yale’s man down team also has not allowed a goal out of five chances in the two games.
Yale has scooped up 51 ground ball and the Bulldogs have 28 turnovers. The opposition has 35 ground balls and 37 turnovers. The Bulldogs defense has 20 caused turnovers and their opposition also has 27 caused turnovers. On clears, Yale has been successful 34 times out of 36 chances. Their opponents have cleared the ball 25 out of 31 tries.
The leading scorers are # 9 Conrad Oberbeck with four goals and one assist and # 22 Brandon Managan with three goals and two assists. Colin Flaherty, # 18, has scored four goals. Jeff Cimbalista and Michael Bonacci each have two goals for the 2014 season. Mark Glichi has one goal and one assist while Shane Thornton has been credited with two assists. Three other Yale players have one point for the young season. Eric Natale has played all 120 minutes in goal this year allowing 14 goals and getting 20 saves.
Fairfield is averaging 13.5 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.75 goals per game. The Stags have scored 54 goals in its four games out of 126 shots for a .429 shot percentage. The opponents scored 35 goals out of 120 shots for a .292 shot percentage. Twenty six of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored sixteen assisted goals. Fairfield has 28 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 19 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored nine times out of 19 man up chances for a .474 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed only one extra man goal this season out of eleven chances for a .091 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 114 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 126 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 52 times and the opponents had 60 turnovers. Fairfield had 28 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 27 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 43 times out of 102 chances for .422 winning percentage. The opposition are 59 of 102 face offs for a .578 winning percentage. The Stags has successfully cleared 72 times out of 79 chances for a .911 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 52 times successfully out of 63 chances for a .825 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 14 times in the four games for 13.30 minutes and the opponents received 20 penalties for 18 minutes of penalty time.
The Stags scored sixteen times in the fourth quarter, fourteen times in the first and third quarters and ten times in the second quarter. The opponents scored twelve goals in the second quarter and ten times in the first stanza. Eight goals have been scored in the third period and only five goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 41 shots, 30 shots in the third quarter, 29 times in the first quarter and 26 times in the second quarter. Stags’ opponents have 35 shots in the second quarter, 31 in the third quarter, 30 in the first quarter and 24 shots in fourth frames of the 2014 season.
Tristian Sperry leads team in scoring with 17 points, ten goals and seven assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 12 and has two assists for 14 points. Jake Knotsman has six goals and two assists for eight points. TJ Neubauer has six goals and one assist for seven points along with Colin McLinden whose seven points come with two goals and five assists in 2014. Dave Fleming has six goals this year. With five points is Mikey Gulasey with three goals and two assists. Conor Dalton has scored four goals in 2014. Nick Guida and Nico Panepinto have three points, Guida with one goal and two assists and Panepinto has three assists. Jack Murphy played 225 plus minutes in the four games played. Thirty three goals have been scored against him for an 8.78 goals against average. He has been credited with 34 saves for a .507 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.
Stags need to recover from the loss against Providence taking on the nationally ranked Yale Bulldogs. This will be the fifth game of the season for the Stags versus the third game of the 2014 season for the Bulldogs.
This game in conjunction with Women’s noon game against Vermont is called the Fairfield Faceoff for a Cause to support the Wounded Warriors Project. 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 Yale game. It is predicted to be 50 plus degree day on Saturday. Come to Alumni Field and see the team play. To view the game live, here is a link:

http://www.maacsports.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17400

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

http://www.sidearmstats.com/fairfield/mlax/

GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73

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