To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The #13/#15 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags play on Tuesday April 1, 2014 at Alumni Field against the Patriot League Bucknell Bison. This game will have extra incentive for Coach Andy Copelan as he is a Bucknell alum! The Stags enter the game with a record of 7-2 overall and 1-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League .The Bison have a 2014 season record of 5-5 and have a Patriot League record of 3-3. This is only the third time the teams have met. In 2007, the Stags won at home by a 13-7 score. In 2008, the teams played at Bucknell (one parent related to me that it was so cold, they had to scrap ice off the bleachers!). The Bison won that game by a 9-8 score. Coach Copelan has faced Bucknell one time in his coaching career. When Coach Copelan was at Marist College, the Bison beat Marist by a 11-3 score. The start time for this mid week game is 1:00 PM. New starting time for the Bucknell game.
Bucknell began the season with a #14/#15 preseason ranking and possible Patriot League championship expectations. Their first game of the season was against Delaware at home in Lewisburg, PA. In a very close game, Bucknell beat Delaware by a 6-4 score in a defensive battle. The Bison then traveled to Bryant University with their #14/#15 ranking intact to be upset by a 12-9 final. The way Bryant is playing in 2014 this may not have been an upset as Bryant is currently a Top 20 team. Bucknell’s ranking fell to #20. Playing at home in a Patriot League game, Bucknell won the game by a 9-6 margin. Back on the road up to Hamilton, NY, the Bison lost to Colgate by a 9-8 score in a Patriot League contest. Colgate was not nationally ranked then but currently is also in the Top 20. Bucknell returned home to take on in state rival and Patriot League member #16/#16 Lehigh. The Bison lost this game by a 9-3 score. The team went south to take on #5/#6 North Carolina. The Tarheels won this game by a 20-4 score. Bucknell stayed on the road traveling north to take on Patriot League Holy Cross. The Bison offense had a great day and Bucknell won by a 18-8 final score. Bucknell entertained Ivy League Brown at home and beat the Bears. The final score was 13-8. Boston University next came to Lewisburg. The Bucknell seniors did not play against the first year program Terriers who are in the Patriot League. A report from their Athletic Department released the day before the game stated the seniors hazed the freshman lacrosse players in the fall. All seniors were suspended on game. Thus the Bison had to play Boston without any seniors. The underclassmen prevailed against the Terriers by a 7-3 score. This past Saturday, Bucknell took on the Cadets of Army at West Point in a Patriot League game. Army came into the game ranked #20 in the national polls and the top ranked defense in the country. Army scored first but Bucknell responded to take a 2-1 lead. Army responded with a late first quarter goal to knot the game up at 2-2. The Bison took an early second quarter lead of 3-2 but Army goes on a three goal run to lead 5-3. Bucknell responds with an man up goal but Army wins the subsequent face off and scores with 23 seconds remaining in the first half to lead 6-4. After halftime, Army’s lock down defense really kicked in. They shut out the Bison in the third period and offensive scored three goals to lead the game 9-4. Army pushed the fourth quarter lead to 11-5. The final horn sounds with the game being a 11-6 final score.
After ten games, the Bison have averaged 8.30 goals per game and the opponents have also averaged 9.00 goals per game. Bucknell has scored 83 goals this year while taking 366 shots for a .227 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 90 goals after taking 344 shots for a .262 shot percentage. The Bison have scored 40 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 60 goals via an assist. Bucknell is credited with 43 unassisted goals and their opponents have 30 unassisted goals. The Bison man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 13 times out of 28 chances for a .464 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 16 goals out of 37 attempts for a .432 conversion rate.
Bucknell scooped up 251 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 334 ground balls. The Knights have 124 turnovers versus 158 turnovers for their opponents. The Bison defense has 94 caused turnovers and their opposition has 66 caused turnovers. Bucknell’s face off unit has 68 wins out of 206 chances for a .330 win percentage. The opponents have 138 wins out of the 206 face offs for a .670 face off percentage. On clears, the Bison have been successful 177 times out of 204 chances for a .868 clear percentage. Their opponents have cleared the ball 128 out of 162 tries for a .790 clear percentage. The Bison have been flagged 40 times for 30:30 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 32 penalties for 26.30 minutes.
The Bison have scored 31 goals in the second quarter this season. Bucknell’ offense has seen18 goals in the first and fourth quarters. The opposition has countered with 30 goals in the third quarter and 21 goals in the fourth quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 20 times in the first quarter and 19 goals in the second quarter. Bucknell has taken 102 shots in the fourth quarter in 2014 and 99 shots in the second quarter. The Bison have 83 shots in the first quarter and 82 shots in the third stanza. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the fourth quarter with 96 shots. The opposition has fired off 83 shots in the first and second quarters and 82 shots in the third quarter.
Bucknell’s leading scorer is #3 Sean Doyle who has 15 goals this season and 13 assists for 28 points. Next on the scoring list is #41 David Dickson whose 23 points are made up of eleven goals and 12 assists. Tied for the team goal scoring lead with Doyle are # 16 Todd Heritage and #26 Thomas Flibotte. Heritage and Filbotte both have 15 goals and one assist. Kyle Shanahan is credited with eight points-seven goals and one assist. Brock Ghelfi has seven points. Peter Burke, Ryan Joseph and Thomas Black have scored four points. Scoring three points this season are Quinn Collison and Alex Ryan. Seven Bison players have scored one point in 2014. The Bisons have used four players at the FOGO . The two leading FOGO players are #27 Eric Monfort who has won 29 of 78 in draws for a .367 winning percentage and # 38 Gavin Sullivan who has won 25 draws of the 74 taken for a .338 winning percentage. Both Alex Spring and Peter Burke have taken 20 plus draws at the face off circle. Sam Grinberg has played 574 minutes plus between the pipes for the Bison this season and started all ten games. He has allowed 85 goals for an 8.88 goals against average. Grinberg has been credited with 108 saves for a .560 save percentage. Frank Morelli has relieved Grinberg in three games this season. He has played 22 plus minutes. Morelli has allowed five goals for a 13.58 goal against average. He is being credited with three saves and .375 save percentage. Jake Kennedy has appeared in one game for three plus minutes with no goals against or recorded any saves.
Fairfield is averaging 12.44 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.44 goals per game. The Stags have scored 112 goals in it nine games out of 279 shots for a .401 shot percentage. The opponents scored 76 goals out of 303 shots for a .251 shot percentage. Fifty six of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored forty one assisted goals. Fairfield has 56 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 35 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fourteen times out of 30 man up chances for a .467 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed only seven extra man goal this season out of thirty chances for a .233 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 245 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 261 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 116 times and the opponents had 127 turnovers. Fairfield has 64 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 59 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 90 times out of 219 chances for .411 winning percentage. The opposition are 129 of 219 face offs for a .589 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 157 times out of 174 chances for a .902 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 119 times successfully out of 136 chances for a .875 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 32 times in the nine games for 27.30 minutes and the opponents received 30 penalties for 28.00 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored twenty nine times in the fourth quarter. The Stags scored twenty eight times in the second and third quarters. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 26 times in the first period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 21 goals in both the second quarter and third stanza. Eighteen goals have been scored in the first period and 16 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 84 shots, 66 shots in the second quarter, 65 times in the third quarter and 63 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 81 shots in the fourth quarter, 76 in the third quarter, 74 in the second quarter, 70 shots in first quarter and two in the OT period.
Tristian Sperry leads the team in scoring with 32 points, 18 goals and 14 assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 24 and has two assists for 26 points. Colin McLinden now is second on the team for points scored. He has 28 points with ten goals and 18 assists. TJ Neubauer has 19 points in the 2014 season. Neubauer has seventeen goals and two assists. Dave Fleming has thirteen goals and three assist for 16 points. Jake Knostman has scored eight goals and five assists for 13 points. Next on the scoring list is Drew Federico. Federico has eleven points consisting of nine goals and two assists. Conor Dalton has scored six goals and one assist in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Nick Guida and Nico Panepinto have three points, Guida with one goal and two assists and Panepinto has three assists. Alex Cramer has one goal and two assists in the 2014 campaign. Jack Murphy played 526 plus minutes in the nine games played. Seventy two goals have been scored against him for an 8.21 goals against average. He has been credited with 88 saves for a .550 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 16 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in three games. Four goals have been scored against him for a 14.80 goals against average and credited with one save for a .200 save percentage.
Please note the new start time of 1 PM, not the original 3 PM on the published schedule and in my Bellarmine post game report. Bucknell is having a disappointing season with their 5-5 record. The Bison had high expectations of challenging Loyola for the Patriot League Championship and the NCAA AQ bid. Coming in second in the Patriot League regular season standings and/or the Patriot League Championship Tournament would hopefully bring an at large bid was a backup goal. The Bison are a good team. Bucknell would love to knock the nationally ranked Stag to show Patriot League pride and beating an alumni coach. Stags need to come out to this game ready to play a strong tough opponent. Team has momentum and needs to continue the drive to show the national pollsters and the NCAA Committee that the Stags are ready for the national stage. I will be at the game wearing my Fairfield Lacrosse jacket plus my hat!!!!!
In Fairfield, there is a charge for the video feed. To view the game live, here is the link:
To ”watch” the game on live stats, here is the link:
GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73