To The Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-Second season is here! The #14/#15 Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse Stags will play in the ECAC Lacrosse League Semi Finals on Thursday May 1st. The Tournament will be played at the Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The Stags have the #1 seed in the Tournament by virtue of their overall season record of 11-3. Fairfield will play the #4 seed Michigan Wolverines at 5 PM in the first Semi-Final game. The second Semi Final game will match Ohio State Buckeyes versus Air Force Falcons at 8 PM. Both games will be carried on the Fox Sports Network Channel 2. The finals of the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament will be on Saturday May 3rd at 5 PM. Michigan comes into the ECAC Lacrosse League Semi Finals with an overall record of 5-10 and 1-3 ECAC Lacrosse League Conference record
Fairfield played Michigan on April 5th in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Stags won the game by a score of 9-8. Fairfield jumped out to an 8-4 halftime lead and maintained the lead to win the game.
Michigan started the 2014 season playing at then #9 ranked Penn State. The Wolverines lost the game by a 22-7 score. Mercer played the first home game against Michigan. Michigan took its home opener 20-7. They next traveled to Detroit winning a 14-13 OT game. Staying on the road, Michigan went to Baltimore and played #8 Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays topped Michigan with the final score of 14-5. Cornell went to Ann Arbor being the then ranked #15 in the country. The Big Red avoided being upset by Michigan. Cornell won the shootout 15-14 in OT. The Wolverines then went to High Point and were beaten 9-7. Staying in the south, Michigan took on Furman, a first year program. The Wolverines took the contest with 11-9 being the final score. Staying on the road, Michigan opened its ECAC Lacrosse League season with an 11-10 OT victory over Bellarmine. Maryland visited Michigan ranked as the #1 team in the country. The Terrapins, who will join the Big Ten in 2015, beat Michigan by a 13-5 final score. St. Josephs from Philadelphia made the trip to Michigan. St. Joes took the game by a 15-6 score. Michigan visited the Air Force Academy for an ECAC Lacrosse League game. Air Force won the game by a final score 15-12. Fairfield visited the Big House after the Spring Football game. Stags came away with a 9-8 victory. The Wolverines traveled to Ohio State for an ECAC Lacrosse League game. The Buckeyes beat Michigan by a 15-6 margin. Yale, ranked #13, visited Michigan and beat the Wolverines by a 13-7 score. Last Saturday the Wolverines played Robert Morris at home and concluded its regular season with a 19-10 victory.
After fifthteen games, the Wolverines have averaged 10.13 goals per game and the opponents have also averaged 12.60 goals per game. Michigan has scored 152 goals this year while taking 600 shots for a .253 shot percentage. The opposition has scored 189 goals after taking 587 shots for a .322 shot percentage. The Wolverines have scored 73 goals with an assist and the opposition scored 108 goals via an assist. Michigan is credited with 79 unassisted goals and their opponents have 86 unassisted goals. The Wolverines man up team has put the ball in the back of the cage 19 times out of 53 chances for a .358 conversion rate. The opposition’s man up unit has countered with 15 goals out of 50 attempts for a .300 conversion rate. Michigan and one opponent have each scored a man down goal in 2014. Michigan scooped up 451 ground ball and their opponents have gotten 455 ground balls. The Wolverines has 220 turnovers and their opponents have 227 turnovers. The Wolverine defense has 116 caused turnovers and their opposition has 122 caused turnovers. Michigan’s face off unit has 195 wins out of 390 chances for a .500 win percentage. The opponents have 195 wins out of the 390 face offs for a .500 face off percentage. On clears, the Wolverines have been successful 192 times out of 217 chances for a .885 clear percentage. Their opponents have cleared the ball 247 out of 291 tries for a .849 clear percentage. The Wolverines have been flagged 59 times for 50:00 minutes of penalty time. Their opposition has received 61 penalties for 52.30 minutes.
The Wolverines have scored 44 goals in the second quarter this season. Michigan’s offense has scored 37 goals in the fourth quarter. In the first quarter, the Wolverines have tallied 35 goals and 34 goals in the third quarter. Michigan has 2 goals in the first OT period played this season. The opposition has countered with 53 goals in the second quarter and 50 goals in the third quarter. Opponents hit the back of the nets 47 times in the first quarter and 38 goals in the fourth quarter. One OT goal was scored by the opposition. Michigan has taken 175 shots in the fourth quarter in 2014 and 148 shots in the second quarter. The Wolverines have 141 shots in the first quarter and 130 in the third stanza. Their opponents’ best quarter for shots is the third quarter with 161 shots. The opposition has fired off 145 shots in the fourth quarter and 144 in the second quarter. The lowest amount of shots taken is 132 shots in the first quarter. Michigan’s leading scorer is #10 Ian King who has 30 goals this season and 1 assist for 31 points. Next on the scoring list are #47 Kyle Jackson whose 29 points are made up of twenty four goals and five assists and #11 Thomas Papas with fifth teen goals and thirteen assists for his 28 points. David McCormick has scored twelve goals and ten assists for 22 points. Dan Kinek and Mike Francia have thirteen points in 2014. Kinek has scored four goals and been credited with nine assists while Francia has tallied six goals and seven assists. Mike Hernandez has been credited with eleven points along with Mikie Schlosser. Doug Bryant has compiled 9 points. Andrew Portnoy has chipped in with eight points. Riley Kennedy has compiled six points. Two Michigan players have four and three points this season. One player had two points this season while eleven other Wolverines players have scored one point in 2014. The Wolverines have used two players at the FOGO. The leading FOGO is #21 Brad Lott who has won 154 of 285 draws for a .540 winning percentage. Also taking face offs has been # 20 Will Biagi who has won 27 draws of the 61 taken for a .442 winning percentage. Robbie Zonino has played 868 plus minutes plus between the pipes for the Wolverines this season and started all fifthteen games. He has allowed 178 goals for a 12.30 goals against average. Zonino has been credited with 146 saves for a .451 save percentage. Mike D’Alessio relieved Zonino in two games this season. He has played 30 plus minutes. D’Alessio has allowed eight goals for a 15.66 goals against average. He is being credited with three saves and .273 save percentage. Dan Riso also has played in two games. He has played over seven minutes and allowed three goals for a 24.05 goals against average. He has one save for a .250 save percentage.
Fairfield is averaging 11.50 goals per game in the 2014 season while holding the opposition to 8.64 goals per game. The Stags have scored 161 goals in its fourteen games out of 418 shots for a .385 shot percentage. The opponents scored 121 goals out of 482 shots for a .251shot percentage. Eighty five of the Stags goals came via an assist while the opponents scored sixty five assisted goals. Fairfield has 76 unassisted goals and the opposition has scored 56 unassisted goals. Fairfield has scored fifteen times out of 40 man up chances for a .375 conversion rate. Fairfield’s man down defense has allowed ten extra man goals this season out of thirty seven chances for a .270 conversion rate.
Fairfield has scooped up 393 ground balls in 2014 and the opposition has captured 395 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 183 times and the opponents had 195 turnovers. Fairfield has 101 caused turnovers while the Stags’ opponents have been credited with 100 caused turnovers. In the face off game, the Stags won 152 times out of 330 chances for .461 winning percentage. The opposition are 178 of 330 face offs for a .539 winning percentage. The Stags have successfully cleared 233 times out of 259 chances for a .900 clear percentage this season. The opponents cleared 193 times successfully out of 217 chances for a .889 clear percentage. Officials flagged the Stags 38 times in the thirteen games for 32.30 minutes and the opponents received 41 penalties for 36.30 minutes of penalty time.
Fairfield has scored forty four times in the fourth quarter and 42 times in the second quarter. The Stags scored thirty eight times in the first quarter. Fairfield has hit the back of the net 36 times in the third period. The team also has the one OT goal. The opponents scored 33 goals in the second quarter and 31 goals in the third stanza. Twenty nine goals have been scored in the first period and 28 goals in the fourth quarter by the opposition. The fourth quarter has seen the Stags taking 120 shots, 106 shots in the second quarter, 99 times in the third quarter and 92 shots in the first quarter. Fairfield has taken one big shot in OT. Stags’ opponents have 138 shots in the fourth quarter, 121 in the first quarter, 114 shots in the second quarter, 107 shots in third quarter and two in the OT period.
Colin McLinden leads the team in scoring with 44 points, 16 goals and 28 assists. TJ Neubauer leads the team in goals with 31 and he has five assists for 36 points. Tristan Sperry is second on the team for points scored. He has 39 points with 22 goals and 17 assists. Eric Warden has 31 points in the 2014 season. Warden has twenty nine goals and two assists. Dave Fleming has 22 goals and seven assists for 29 points. Jake Knostman has thirteen goals and seven assists. Drew Federico has twelve goals and three assists. Conor Dalton has scored seven goals and three assists in 2014 while Alex Cramer has four goals and three assists in the 2014 campaign. Mikey Gulasey has scored three goals and two assists for five points. Nico Panepinto has four points and Nick Guida has two goals and two assists. Bryan Barry has two assists this season. Jack Murphy played 821 plus minutes in the thirteen games played. One hundred seventeen goals have been scored against him for an 8.54 goals against average. He has been credited with 131 saves for a .528 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.
The Stags enter the contest having played in the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament for the past four years. This is Michigan’s first time playing in post season play as a Division 1 team. Michigan has played the #24th strongest schedule in the country. Overall the Wolverines’ have the season long margin over the Stags in the face off circle winning .500 percent of their draws. Michigan has nothing to lose and everything to gain in this contest. Their confidence should be high as they only lost to the Stags by one goal in early April. Fairfield has the advantage in defense and offense. Stags are tops in the country in shot percentage, scoring over 35% of shots taken. Murphy is the ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Murphy’s defensive team of Greg Perraut, Toby Armour and Max Buchanan to me are the ECAC’s first team defensive unit. Buchanan is coming off a monster game against Ohio State shutting down Quint’s favorite Canadian gunner, Jesse King. Michigan has allowed 12 goals a game while the Stags have a 8 plus a game. Defense wins championships. Michigan is a dangerous athletic team and a hungry squad. Fairfield cannot take them too lightly Stags need to establish themselves early and continue their quality play throughout the game. GO STAGS!!! Roger Yergeau ’73