The Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The Fairfield Stags (5-3) (1-0) travel to Hobart College (4-3) (1-0) in Geneva, New York. This will be an ECAC Lacrosse League contest that will start at 1 PM.
The Statesmen started the season by traveling to Siena College and won their season opener in a high scoring contest, 18-15. They next traveled to Syracuse, NY and played in a double header in the Carrier Dome losing to #7/#5 ranked Cornell by a 19-11 score. They stayed on the road and lost to Binghamton in a defensive battle by a 6-2 margin. Their first home game was on March 5th and played #16/#15 ranked Colgate. Hobart upset the Red Raiders in OT by a 9-8 score. In the team’s first ECAC contest of the year was against Michigan and the Statesmen came out on top by a 11-7 score. Canisius was the third home game and Hobart won that contest by a 12-8 score. Last Friday, the Statesmen traveled to Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, PA and lost to Robert Morris by a 16-12 margin. In this contest, Hobart’s Junior Attackman Cam Stone set a Hobart D1 record handing out 8 assists and got one goal for nine points tying the Hobart D1 single game scoring record. Junior Attack Alex Love scored five goals. He has scored one goal in the last 17 consecutive games and has 15 career hat tricks. The Robert Morris game started out slow with both teams being tied at 4-4 going into the locker room at halftime. Hobart scored a goal with Stone getting the assist with 6 seconds left in the period to tie the game. The Statesmen took the lead at 11:58 in the third period only to see Robert Morris score two goals in the next 51 seconds to go back into the lead. Love tied the game for Hobart at the 8:58 mark of the third period. Robert Morris jumped back into the lead with a five goal run including two extra man goals to end the period with a 11-6 lead. Hobart closed the lead to 11-8 in the fourth period but Robert Morris scored the next two goal. The Statesmen concluded the games scoring four of the next six goals but Robert Morris iced the game with a goal off a face off with 30 seconds remaining.
On the season, Hobart has scored 75 goals out of 276 shot attempts for a .272 shooting average. They are scoring 10. 71 goals per game. Their opposition have hit the back of the net 79 times out of 288 shot attempts for a .274 shot percentage. The opponents are scoring 11.29 goals per game. Hobart has 42 goals via the assist and 33 goals coming unassisted. The Statesmen are shooting 39.4 shots per game and their opponents are taking 41.1 shots per game. Hobart has scored seven times on the man up unit off of 22 chances for a .318 conversion rate. The opponents have scored 18 times on the man up situation out of 41 chances for a .431 conversion rate.
The Statesmen have scooped up 215 ground balls with the opposition have gotten to 223 ground balls. Hobart has turned the ball over 112 times this season and their opponents have turned the ball over 108 times. The Statesmen have caused 56 turnovers and the opposition have caused 58 turnovers. Hobart has won 82 off 177 face off chances for a .463 winning percentage. The opponents have won 95 of 177 face offs for a .537 winning percentage. Hobart has received 41 penalties this season and the opposition has been flagged 22 times in the 2013 season.
The third quarter is the best scoring session for the Statesmen with 25 goals being scored this year. They have scored 17 goals in the second period and 15 goals in the opening session. Only 8 goals have been scored in the fourth period. Hobart has the one OT goal against Colgate. The oppenents have scored 32 times in the third period and 22 goals in the first period. The opposition have scored 15 goals in the second period and the opponents have hit the back of the net only 6 times in the final quarter.
Leading the Statesmen in scoring is Alex Love with 26 goals and six assists for 32 points in 2013. Cam Stone with his 8 assist day now has 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points while Jake McHenry has 14 points with 12 goals and two assists. Frank Brown has nine points with five goals and four assists and Jake Silberlicht has three goals and three assists for six points. Peter Zonino has been in goal for all 423 minutes this season. He has allowed 79 goals with a 11.20 goals against average. He has been credited with 81 saves and has a .506 save percentage. Zonino has faced 242 shots this season.
Fairfield has scored 72 goals this year after taking 271 shot attempts for a 9.00 goals per game average and a .266 shot percentage. Their opponents have scored 73 goals with the opposition has taken 299 shot attempts for a 9.12 goals per game average and a.244 shot percentage. Fairfield has taken 33.9 shots per game and the opponents are averaging 37.4 shots per game. The Stags have gotten 39 goals via an assist and 33 unassisted goals while the opponents have 38 goals via the assist and 35 unassisted goals. Fairfield have converted ten extra man goals this season going 10-39 this season for .256 conversion rate while the opponents have scored 9 goals in 27 attempts for a .333 conversion rate.
Fairfield has gotten to 246 ground balls and the opponents have scooped up 269 ground balls. The Stags have turned the ball over 119 times this year while the opponents are turning the ball over 126 times. Fairfield’s defense has caused 71 turnovers this season and the opponents have caused the Stags to turn the ball over 60 times. In the face off circle, Fairfield has won 65 of 169 attempts for a .385 winning percentage and the opponents have been successful 104 times out of 145 chances for a .615 winning percentage. The Stags have been successful on .841 percentage of their clears and the opposition has cleared the ball with a .820 percentage. Fairfield has been penalized 31 times this season and the opponents have been flagged 37 times.
The opening stanza has seen Fairfield score 22 times in the 2013 campaign. The fourth period has been the second most productive period with the Stags hitting the back of the net 20 times and the second period has the Stags scoring 17 times. Fairfield’s least productive period had been the third period with 13 goals being scored. The opponents best scoring period is the final quarter with 26 goals. Opponents have scored 18 times the third quarter and 17 times in the second quarter. The opponents have scored just 12 times in the first period.
Leading the Stags in scoring are Jordan Greenfield with 20 goals and 6 assists for 26 points and Sam Snow is second on the team with 14 goals and five assists for 19 points. Super Soph Colin McLinden has six goals and nine assists for 15 points. Tristian Sperry now has 11 points with eight goals and three assists. Nick Guida has nine points with six goals and three assists. Eric Warden has four goals and four assists for eight points. Super Frosh TJ Neubauer has so far five goals and two assists for seven points. Marshall Johnson has six points with three goals and three assists. Jack Murphy has played all 480 minutes in goal this year. He has allowed 73 goals for a 9.12 goals against average and getting 95 saves for a .565 save percentage. Murphy has faced 299 shots so far in this season.
What to expect in this game: The Stags and Statesmen are playing for the ninth time with Fairfield leading the series five games to three. The last time the Stags went to Geneva, NY in 2011, the Statesmen won 8-7. Fairfield leads the series in ECAC games with 4 wins versus three losses. The one comman opponent is Michigan with the Wolverines being beaten by both teams in a close contest with the Stags and four goal margin by Hobart. Hobart is 3-0 at home this season and beat a tough Colgate squad. Yet it lost road games against Robert Morris and Binghamton. Hobart has me scratching my bald head. Which team will appear tomorrow? They give up goals in bunches but score a lot of goals. Both of their attackmen, Love and Stone, have impressive stats. Several numbers jump out at me. They seem to take a lot penalties-41 and their man down unit has been scored on 18 times with the opponents having a .439 conversion rate. This is a high rate of goals and a very high conversion rate. The third period the Statesmen have been scored on 32 times this year and the first period has seen 22 goals scored against them. The Stags extra man unit has been scoring in the last few games versus the difficulties in the first three games. Need to make the extra man chances work against Hobart as this seems to be a weak point. The Stags offense should get off to a fast start in both the first and third periods as the Statesmen have given up a bunches of goals in these periods. The Stags have a great record with turnovers, only having 12 against Quinnipiac and have a 13.8 season average. Hobart has 16 turnover ratio per game. Hobart has a low face off percentage and although he did not have a winning mark against Quinnipiac, Michael Roe looked almost like he did in 2012 in being a national leader in face offs in 2012.
Jordan Greenfield has had four hat tricks this season and a career high of five goals and one assist against Quinnipiac. He has been credited with two game winning goals this season. His last goal against Michigan was the goal that put the Stags in the lead and he got the game winner against Quinnipiac. Sam Snow is ready to go and will have his shooting shoes on against Hobart. Nick Guida has been quiet on the scoring front in the last couple of games and is due to break out. I still believe both Tristian Sperry and Super Soph Colin McLinden have multiple games in them and are ready to strike. The defense obviously need to shut down Love and Stone. McKinnley has 12 goals and the defense needs to watch him.
Coach Copelan teams have a 28-12 record in games decided by two or less goals and added to that record in the Quinnipiac game. I think the team knows that this is a very important game as the ECAC schedule will get very tough in the month of April. They can not have a slip up in March. They need to win these games to insure a place in the ECAC playoffs in May. With the team at full strength, I expect the Stags to win this road game by three goals. GO STAGS!! Roger Yergeau ’73