To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The last day of winter according to the calendar but today felt like a mid winter day at the start of the Fairfield versus Quinnipiac Men’s Lacrosse game played at Fairfield University’s Alumni Field. Overcast and chilly at the start but the sun reappeared in the second half. The Stags jumped out to a 6-1 lead early in the second quarter but got two goals late in the fourth quarter to beat the Quinnipiac Bobcats by a final score Fairfield 11-Quinnipiac -10. Jordan Greenfield lead the Stags with five goals, one assist and three ground balls for a career high of six points. It was another hard fought close win, a cardiac kids performance.
The starting face off has Fairfield’s Junior Michael Roe back at the X battling Quinnipiac’s main face off person Dylan Webster. Roe wins the face off to start the game off right with Sophomore Middie Bryan Barry on the wing getting to the ground ball and starting the offense. However the Stags have a forced turnover on its first offensive set and the Bobcats goal keeper Conner Gil gets the ground ball and starts his clear. Quinnipiac works its first offensive set and the officials call a 30 shot warning at 13:04. The Bobcats respond by taking a quick shot that goes wide and they retain the ball on the back up. Trying to restart the offense, Fairfield’s Barry causes a turnover and the Stags clear successfully. Super Soph Colin McLinden takes the first Fairfield shot of the day that is saved by the Bobcats’ Gil but the Stags get the rebound. The Quinnipiac defense creates a turnover and clears. The Bobcats take a shot that Junior Goal Keeper Jack Murphy eats up and starts the clear at 10:39. The Stags offense works the ball but too patiently for the officials and the Stags get a 30 second shot warning at 9:23. With time almost running out on the 30 second shot warning, Junior Attack Jordan Greenfield dodges around the cage and puts it home for a 1-0 Stags lead at 9:01 of the first period. The Greenfield goal is unassisted. Quinnipiac wins the second face off of the day but Junior Defender Toby Armour creates a turnover. Fairfield clears and Junior Middie Shawn Honovich gets the pass and he turns on the after burners to get the ball in the offensive zone and hits Sophomore Attack Tristian Sperry with a picture perfect pass and Sperry buries the shot. Could not draw it up on the board more perfectly. The Stags now lead with 8:35 remaining in the period by a 2-0 score. Michael Roe wins the next face off and Armour gets the ground ball. The offense is working and Super Frosh TJ Neubauer who returned to action from his injury fires a hard shot that the Bobcats’ Gil saves. Stags get the rebound and the ball is now in the stick of Greenfield and he scores unassisted with 7:18 left in the period for a 3-0 Fairfield lead. Quinnipiac gets the next face off and now both offenses have chances over the next five plus minutes with shots being saved and turnovers being committed. With 4:01 showing on the clock, Sophomore Long Pole Kip McMahon, who is getting his first action of the season, corrals a Bobcat turnover and runs down the field. Those long poles gets stars in their eyes when they run down the field and nobody picks them up! McMahon take a hard shot but Gil makes the save. At 2:30 left in the period, the Bobcats coach calls a time out to reset his offense. On the restart, Quinnipiac works the ball around and they get their second 30 second shot warning of the day at 1:35 but the Bobcats Pat Corcoran puts a shot on net right away unassisted and cuts the lead to 3-1 with 1:32 left in the first period. Roe wins the face off and gets to the ground ball. The Stags get into their offensive set and the ball eventually gets to Sophomore Middie Nick Guida who puts it on Greenfield’s stick. Greenfield scores getting his hat trick early and puts the Stags up by a 4-1 score with just 36 seconds left in the period. The Bobcats Webster gets the face off and his wing picks up the ground ball but Neubauer who was also on the wing in the face off creates a turnover. McLinden gets the ground ball twice and Coach Copelan calls timeout with 17 seconds left in the first period. Copelan draws up a play and on the restart the ball finds it way near the Quinnipiac crease and the ball ends up in the net. Was a Stag in the crease? The officials huddle and say no!! McLinden gets the goal unassisted with 7 seconds left for a 5-1 Fairfield lead. Roe merely ties up Webster on the face off as the period ends. The score is 5-1 and this is the Stags best offensive first period of the year.
Quinnipiac wins the second quarter face off with the officials calling a violation against Roe. The Bobcats work the ball around and take a wide shot that the Bobcats back up. No shots are being taken by the Bobcats offense so the officials again call a 30 second shot warning at 13:22. This time, Sophomore Defender Thomas Lukacovic creates a turnover and the Stags clear. At the 12 minute mark, Sperry takes a wide shot but the back up Sophomore Middie Drew Federico gets the ball to Junior Middie Eric Warden with just 10 seconds off the clock. Federico gets the assist and the Stags now lead 6-1. Roe wins the face off and wing Barry gets the ground ball. For the next five minutes each offense has a chances but no goals are scored. After a Bobcats clear with 8:11 left in the half, Quinnipiac starts their offensive set. Almost a minute later at 7:18, the Bobcats’ Billy Oppenheimer scores a goal with an assist from Michael Sagl. Now Fairfield leads 6-2. Roe wins the face off when Webster is called for a violation. For the next four minutes, both teams have their chances. Getting into the mix for the first time since he was injured in preseason is Freshman Midfielder Ian Seale from Dallas, Texas. He is a good player and watch for him once he gets 100%. At 3:25 a Bobcats shot is blocked and the Stags have their only failed turnover of the day. At 2:58, Corcoran with an assist from Tom Gilligan cuts the Fairfield lead in half and now the score is 6-3. Webster is awarded the face off on a violation on Roe. The Bobcats take a shot that Murphy saves at 1:36 left in the half and four seconds later, Coach Copelan calls his second time out in the half with ball going out in Quinnipiac’s favor. Copelan is trying to settle down his defense and prevent a last minute goal. On the restart, the Stags defense is playing aggressively and Quinnipiac turns the ball over with 1:10 left in the second period. Fairfield clears the ball. The Stags offense works the ball around and with 31 seconds on the clock, Gil makes a save off of Junior Attack Alex Creamer’s shot. Now the Quinnipiac coach calls his second time out with 26 seconds remaining. The Bobcats restart the ball but with four seconds left, Freshman Conor Dalton who is getting a lot of playing time today, picks up the loose ground ball and passes to Cramer who shoots wide with the halftime horn going off. Stags go into the locker room with a 6-3 lead.
The second half starts and the sun is trying to come out. Quinnipiac’s Webster wins the face off and picks up the ground ball. For the next seven minutes, both teams have a flurry of shots but no scores. At 8:55, Junior D Middie Pet DeSalvo gets a slashing call for a one minute penalty. The substitute man down defense takes the field for the Stags. The play tight defense and a Bobcats man up shot is saved by Murphy. The Stags clear and smartly kill the balance of the one minute penalty. At 7:33 Super Frosh Neubauer fires a cannon into the Bobcats net for an unassisted goal. Now the Stags lead 7-3. Roe now wins the face off on a violate by Quinnipiac’s Connor Devane. The Stags offense has a turnover and the Bobcats clear. Quinnipiac’s offense is working hard. Fairfield’s Murphy makes a save but the Bobcats retain the ball. The next shot by Quinnipiac is wide and the Bobcat’s Sagl gets the ground ball. He passes the ball to Corcoran who gets the ball to face off man Webster and he scores at 5:46 in the third period. The Bobcats cut the lead to 7-4. The Bobcats’ Devane is beaten on the face off by Roe and he gets to the ground ball. Roe passes the ball back to the defense to start the clear but Murphy turns the ball over. Coach Copelan calls his first time out of the second half to calm down the team. Quinnipiac restarts the game after the time out and gets the ball into the offensive zone. Lukacovic gets his second caused turnover of the day at 4:50 and Stags clear. At 3:59, Greenfield has his shot blocked and Gil picks up the loose ground ball. Gil starts the clear. Bobcats go into their offensive set and are probing the Stags’ defense. At 2:53, the Bobcats take a wide shot that they back up. With 2:22 remaining in the period, Oppenheimer gets his second goal of the day with an assist from Matt Diehl to make it a 7-5 game. Webster is back in the face off circle and beats Roe with Quinnipiac’s offense looking for another goal before the period ends. At 1:06 on the clock, a shot is taken wide but the Bobcats keep the ball. With just 46 seconds remaining in the period, the Bobcats’ Jay Binkowski scores with an assist to Sagl. The Fairfield lead is down to one at 7-6 and Qunnipiac has all the momentum. Sophomore Lou DiGiacomo comes out to the face off to battle the Bobcats’ Devane. Devane wins the draw and Quinnipiac wants the tying goal before the period ends. D Middie Barry causes a Bobcat turnover with five seconds left in the period. The third quarter ends with the Stags clearing to kill the clock and leave the field with a 7-6 lead.
Another close Fairfield lacrosse game! The fourth period starts with Roe winning the face off due to a Webster violation. The Stags offense works to get the next goal but with 13:37, Fairfield turns the ball over. The Bobcats get the ground ball and start their clear and strike quickly. Corcoran scores his third goal of the day unassisted and ties the game at 7-7 with 13:24 showing on the clock. Webster wins the face off beating Roe and after the Bobcats work the ball around, Sagl takes a wide shot. Murphy gets to the ground ball and starts the clear. The ball finds Greenfield and he beats Gil unassisted with 11:35 left in the game. Stags lead 8-7. Webster wins the draw against Roe and the Bobcats take a shot after working their offensive set. The shot is blocked and Murphy tracks down the ground ball. Stags clear and get the ball to Sperry quickly who finds his classmate McLinden who scores the goal to make it a 9-7 game with 9:52 left in the game. Quinnipiac responds right away. Webster wins the face off and picks up the ground ball. Webster passes to Sagl who puts a hard shot past Murphy with only 6 seconds after the Stags score to make it a one goal game with Fairfield leading 9-8. On the next face off, Webster does it again and now he passes to Basil Kostaras who ties the game at 9-9 with 8:49 left in the game. Two face off wins and two assists for Webster in just 12 seconds! Fairfield Spphomore Lou DiGiacomo now comes out to the face off circle and Webster is called for a face off violation. For the next four minutes, both teams try to break the tie with no success. With 4:49 left in the game, Quinnipiac calls time out. On the restart, the Bobcats have a turnover and Neubauer gets to the ground ball. In picking up the ground ball, Neubauer is crossed checked in the head and the officials call a one minute non releasable penalty on the Bobcats’ Chris Messina with 3:36 showing on the clock. The man up unit makes its first apperance of the day. Greenfield takes a shot that Gil saves but Greenfield gets the rebound ground ball. Greenfield immediately passes to the cutting Creamer who breaks the tie. Greenfield is having a monster day with four goals and now one assist. Fairfield is now up 10-9 with 3:33 left on the clock and still have a man up for 30 seconds on the unreleasable penalty. Binkowski comes out to the face off circle for the Bobcats against Roe. Binkowski wins the face off and gets the ground ball. He tries to kill the last part of the penalty. Barry playing tough D, gets a caused turnonver with Perraut getting the loose ground ball. Clear is good and Warden gets off a good shot that Gil saves. Now the Bobcats clear and the Quinnipic coach calls his second timeout of the half with 2:06 left in the game. On the restart, the Bobcats offense move the ball with Sagl taking a shot that Murphy saves and gets the ground ball. The clear is good and Coach Copelan uses his second time out at 1:25. Super Soph McLinden gets to a loose ground ball and passes to Greenfield who notches his fifth goal of the game with McLinden getting an assist. Fairfield now has a 11-9 lead with 61 seconds to go. Webster and Roe once again battle for the face off. Roe wins the draw and gets the ground ball. He passes to McLinden. McLinden tries to run around the field in an effort to kill the clock and end the game. With 32 seconds the swarming Bobcats defense causes a Fairfield turnover. Quinnipiac’s Carmen French picks up the ground ball and gets the ball to Sagl who feeds Kostaras. He scores with 26 seconds left in the game. The score is now 11-10. Roe beats Webster at the face off. Sperry has the ball and he tries to run out the clock. Quinnipiac caused a turnover with 5 seconds. The Bobcat try a desperation shot the Murphy saves. Game over and the Stags are relieved that they won this game.
Stars of the game: Jordan Greenfield had a career high of 5 goals and one assist. He helped get the Stags off to a fast start with 3 goals in the first period. In the fourth quarter his assist paced the man up unit on its only chance of the day and he scored the game winning goal. Super Soph Colin McLinden got two goals and one assist. Michael Roe won 10 face offs and he got to three ground balls. Brian Barry just plays a steady hard pace the whole game. He had three caused turnovers and three ground balls. He was all over the field. The stars for Quinipiac were Michael Sagl who had with a goal and three assists. Pat Corcoran had three goals and one assist to lead the Bobcats in scoring. Goal Keeper Gill Connors had 12 saves for the day, four ground balls and a caused turnover.
The Bobcats outshot the Stags by a 34 to 31 margin. The Stags did win the ground ball battle by snagging 30 ground balls versus 22 ground balls for Quinnipiac. Fairfield continues to have minimal turnovers. The Stags had 12 turnovers versus the Bobcats who had 16 turnovers. The Bobcats won the face off war getting 13 of the 24 face offs versus the Stags getting 11 of 24 face offs. The Stags only had one bad clear going 19 of 20 in this category while Quinnipiac had 15 successful clears out of 17 chances.
The Stags returned to action on Saturday, Marc 23rd at 1 PM to play ECAC Lacrosse League game against Hobart College in upstate New York.