Fairfield versus Quinnipiac April 15, 2014 Pre game Report

To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse- The #15/#17 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags play their last road game of the season on Tuesday April 15, 2014. The Stags stay in Connecticut taking on in state rival Quinnipiac College Bobcats. The Bobcats play on campus at the QU Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, CT. Game is scheduled to start at 4 PM. Fairfield has an overall record of 9-3 and 2-1 in ECAC Lacrosse League play. The Bobcats currently have a 5-5 overall record and are 3-2 in MAAC Lacrosse League play. Last season, the Stags and Bearcats played a very tight game with the Stags winning by an 11-10 final.
Quinnipiac started the 2014 season playing at home against Brown. The Bobcats lost to the Ivy Leaguers by a 13-6 score. Quinnipiac in their second game played Providence College. The game was moved to Bryant University due to poor field conditions at Providence. The Bobcats beat the Friars with the final score being 16-9. Quinnipiac next traveled to Cambridge, Mass to take on another Ivy League team, Harvard. Harvard prevailed in a tight game 10-8. Staying on the road but only traveling in state, Quinnipiac lost a defensive battle to Hartford by a 6-3 score. Returning home, the Bobcats beat Manhattan by a 10-7 margin. At Marist, Quinnipiac was beaten by a 13-8 final score. The Bobcats concluded the month of March with a trip to Detroit, MI. In an overtime game, Quinnipiac beat the Detroit with 10-9 being the final score. Staying on the road, the Bobcats took on Stony Brook. Quinnipiac outlasted the Seawolves with 12-11 on the scoreboard at the final horn. Another road game this time to Southern NJ, the Bobcats beat Monmouth easily. The final score was 17-9. On Saturday, Quinnipiac returned home to take on Canisius. In a game with MAAC playoff implications, the game was meaningful for both teams. The game started with a 2-1 score after the first quarter with Canisius leading. Canisius outscored the Bobcats in the second quarter by a 5-1 margin. The halftime score was 7-2. Canisius laxmen scored four goals in the third quarter to Quinnipiac’s two goals for 11-4 lead at the end of three periods. The Bobcats had a furious fourth quarter rally scoring six unanswered goals and shutting out the Canisius attack. A stellar defensive effort in the last minute allowed Canisius to leave the Quinnipiac campus with an 11-10 victory.
Interesting, Quinnipiac does not provide stats for the opposition season long numbers. After ten games, the Bobcats have averaged 10.0 goals per game. Bobcats have scored 100 goals this year while taking 380 shots for a .263 shot percentage. The Bobcats have scored 67 goals with an assist. Quinnipiac is credited with 33 unassisted goals. The Bobcats man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 13 times out of 41 chances for a .317 conversion rate. Quinnipiac has scored one man down goal this season.
Quinnipiac scooped up 310 ground balls. The Bobcats have 156 turnovers this season. The Bobcats defense has 72 caused turnovers. Quinnipiac’s face off unit has 119 wins out of 231 chances for a .515 win percentage. On clears, the Bobcats have been successful 153 times out of 178 chances for a .860 clear percentage.
Quinnipiac’s leading scorer is # 5 Michael Sagl who has scored 15 goals and has 20 assists for 35 points. Dylan Webster, # 11, leads the Bobcats in goals with 22. He also has six assists for a 28 point total in 2014. Ryan Keenan has scored 19 goals and three assists for 22 points. Pat Corcoaran has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in this season’s campaign. With 15 points made up of five goals and ten assists is Connor Meth. Matt Diehl has eleven points while Matt Krycia has totaled ten points in 2014. Tom McNaney has eight points, Tom Gilligan has seven points and Nate Nibbelink has scored six points. Three Bobcats have two points this season and one other player for Quinnipiac has one point. Their main FOGO is Zach Vehar. This year, he has won 105 draws out of 186 chances for a 56.5 winning percentage. Webster also has taken 26 face offs winning eight for a 30.8 winning percentage. Chris Kendall has won 5 of the 17 face offs he has take for a 29.4 winning percentage. Gill Connors has started all ten games in goal for the Bobcats. He has played over 562 minutes with 86 goals against and a 9.17 goals against average. He has been credited with 128 saves for a 59.8 save percentage. Jack Brust has played in relief in three games. Brust has allowed 10 goals for an 18.67 goals against average. He also has 11 saves for a 52.4 save percentage. Colin Nesdale has played in two games. He has allowed two goals for a 20.22 goals against average. Nesdale has one save for a 33.3 save percentage.
Fairfield is averaging 11.58 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.83 goals per game. The Stags have scored 139 goals in its ten games out of 355 shots for a .392 shot percentage. The opponents scored 106 goals out of 430 shots for a .247 shot percentage. Seventy three of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored fifty nine assisted goals. Fairfield has 66 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 47 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fifteen times out of 37 man up chances for a .405 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed nine extra man goals this season out of thirty six chances for a .250 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 332 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 347 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 159 times and the opponents had 160 turnovers. Fairfield has 80 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 87 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 128 times out of 285 chances for .449 winning percentage. The opposition are 157 of 285 face offs for a .551 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 187 times out of 208 chances for a .899 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 197 times successfully out of 221 chances for a .891 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 36 times in the twelve games for 31.00 minutes and the opponents received 38 penalties for 34.00 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored thirty seven times in the second quarter and the fourth quarter. The Stags scored thirty two times in the third quarter. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 32 times in the first period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 30 goals in the second quarter and 27 goals in the third stanza. Twenty five goals have been scored in the first period and 24 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 105 shots, 88 shots in the second quarter, 83 times in the third quarter and 78 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 114 shots in the fourth quarter, 108 in the first quarter, 101 shots in the third quarter, 108 shots in second quarter and two in the OT period.
Colin McLinden now leads the team in scoring with 37 points, 13 goals and 24 assists. Eric Warden leads the team in goals with 26 and he has two assists for 29 points. Tristan Sperry now is second on the team for points scored. He has 35 points with 19 goals and 16 assists. TJ Neubauer has 27 points in the 2014 season. Neubauer has twenty three goals and four assists. Dave Fleming has 20 goals and five assists for 25 points. Jake Knostman has twelve goals and six assists. Drew Federico has twelve goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and two assist in 2014 while Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Alex Cramer has three goals and two assists in the 2014 campaign. Nico Panepinto has four points and Nick Guida with one goal and two assists. Jack Murphy played 701 plus minutes in the twelve games played. One hundred two goals have been scored against him for an 8.72 goals against average. He has been credited with 118 saves for a .536 save percentage. Tyler Behring played 20 plus minutes in the nets in relief of Murphy. The relief appearances have come in four games. Four goals have been scored against him for an 11.58 goals against average and credited with three saves for a .429 save percentage.
As stated in the Air Force post game report, the Stags need to forget that game. Have to establish a new winning streak. Stags have a 4-1 record against Quinnipiac but all the games I remember have been close games. Quinnipiac would love to beat a nationally ranked team and another Connecticut team. Need to shut down Michael Sagl as he has scored in 29 straight games and has multiple point games in 27 of the 29 games played. Their other standout offensive player is Dylan Webster with 22 goals this season. The FOGO Zach Vehar had a hot game against Canisius winning 19 of 25 face offs for a .760 winning percentage and winning six of seven face offs in the fourth quarter rally against Canisius. Michael Roe and Louis DiGiacomo need to continue their strong showings in the last three games. The Stags have the scoring muscle and their shot percentage is one of the best in the country. The Stags defense and Jack Murphy will have rebound and play a strong games on Tuesday. Just concerned if the game is rainy as predicted, how this will affect turnovers and goal scoring. Stags really need to clean up the turnovers in this game and have a stronger clear. It is the time of the season that some of the Stags bench is going to get significant minutes. They have to be ready to step up to play big time college lacrosse. Teams needs to use their depth in late season games when the regulars legs get tired and bodies are black and blue from playing a tough collegiate schedule. Game time is 4 PM at the QU Lacrosse Turf in Hamden, CT. I am planning to attend the game as it is not too far from Westchester County. No games to officiate tomorrow as most Westchester schools are on spring break. Will send out an e-mail when I return home with the results.
It looks like the Quinnipiac video is free. The Air Force video was crap!! Up on top of the football stadium with little lax players running around the field and NO audio? I know Quinnipiac has a good TV and radio program so I expect their video to be clean. The announcers will most likely be students and rooting for the Bearcats. Video starts at 3:30 PM. Here is the link:

http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/QU_Men-s_Lacrosse_Video_vs._Fairfield

Here is the link to “watch” the game on live stats:

http://livestats.prestosports.com/quinnipiac/

GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73

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