To the Founders and Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse-The Stags traveled to Geneva, NY to take on the Statesmen of Hobart in a tight contest for three quarters. Fairfield dominated the fourth quarter and came away with a 13-10 victory. For the spring that won’t come, the teams played on a cloudy 33 degree upstate New York cold day. When the ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament comes to Hobart in May, hopefully the weather will be warmer and the Stags will be on of the four teams playing. The Stags now have a 6-3 overall record and are 2-0 in ECAC Lacrosse League play.
The Stags’ Junior Michael Roe is starting in the face off circle taking on Hobart’s Charles Sipe. Roe wins the draw and Senior Co-Captain Marshall Johnson playing on the wing picks up the ground ball. The Stags get into their offensive set. Just 55 seconds in the game, Super Soph Middie Colin McLinden gets the Stags on the board with a 1-0 lead scoring an unassisted goal. Roe and Sipe go back to the X and Sipe wins this confrontation. Sipe’s wing Ethan O’Connor gets the ground ball and the Statesmen gets into its offensive set. Taking its time, Hobart takes a wide shot at 12:59 and retains the ball. At 12:15, Hobart’s Cam Stone ties the game at 1-1 with an unassisted goal. Sipe wins this face off and his wing Eric Lombardo picks up the ground ball. The Statesmen eventually turn the ball over to the Stags with Junior Middie Gordie Carrick getting the ground ball and starts the clear. The Stags probe the Hobart defense. Senior Co-Captain Midfielder Sam Snow takes a shot at 10:30 left in the period and the Hobart Goal Keeper Peter Zonino saves but Sophomore Attack Tristian Sperry snags the ground ball. Sperry fires a shot that Zonino saves. Sperry again gets to the loose ball and he settles down the attack. Snow takes another shot and Zonino saves again. Sperry is on the rebound and his shot is blocked. On the Stags turnover, Hobart clears the ball. Hobart’s time to test the Stags defense and Jack McHenry assisted by Cam Stone gets a goal that give the Statesmen a 2-1 lead with 8:47 remaining in the first stanza. Roe and Sipe get set in the face off circle and Sipe controls getting to the ground ball. Twenty seconds later, the Statesmen turn the ball over and Fairfield clears. The Stags take their time and keep testing Hobart. At 6:54 mark of the first period, Sophomore Attack Nick Guida hits the back of the net to tie the game 2-2. Sophomore Middie Drew Federico is credited with the assist. On the goal, Hobart’s Sean Regan gets a one minute slashing penalty. The Stags’ extra man unit goes on the field to take the face off. Roe is now facing Peter Bolte for the face off. Roe wins the face off and Snow on the wing gets the ground ball to set the EMO chance. With 30 seconds ticked off the clock, Guida takes a high shot and the Stags retain the ball. Snow sets up Super Frosh TJ Neubauer who fires it home with no time left on the penalty clock at 5:54 for an extra man goal. The Stags now lead the game at 3-2. Roe is again faceing off against Sipe and Roe wins the face and also gets the ground ball. A couple of minutes go by with no scores. At 3:01, the officials call a 30 second shot clock warning on Hobart. Junior D Middie Shawn Honovich creates a turnover and gets the ground ball. Two Statesmen are called for a 30 second pushing penalty, Alex Love and Gavin Llewellyn. The Stags are two men up for 30 seconds. Guida takes a wide shot that is backed up and he gets the pass back and takes another shot that Zonino saves. Junior Attack Alex Creamer gets the ground ball but the penalties expire and the Stags have a turnover. Hobart clears and they take a shot with 47 seconds left in the period that Junior Goal Keeper Jack Murphy saves. Junior Long Pole Defender Toby Armour gets the rebound ground ball and starts the Fairfield clear. On the clear, Hobart’s Love is called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for one minute with 24 seconds left in the first period. Freshman Attack Mikey Gulasey is getting his first action of the 2013 season and is on the extra man unit. He takes a shot that is blocked and Hobart gets to the ground ball. Period ends with Stags winning 3-2 but Hobart has possession of the ball with a man in the penalty box and will start the second quarter with the ball.
The Statesmen have the ball to start the second quarter and the Stags play aggressive defense. Hobart has a turnover and Coach Copelan calls time out at 14:32 to use the last 8 seconds remaining on the man up situation. The Stags can not get shot off and retain the ball. At 13:58, Hobart’s Reid Rosello is called for a 30 second holding penalty. Fairfield’s extra man unit goes on the field. Super Frosh Neubauer takes a shot that is blocked but Neubauer scoops up the ground ball and shoots immediately. He scores the man up goal at 13:49 unassisted and the Stags lead 4-2. On the goal, Hobart’s Sean Regan is flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct one minute penalty Hobart’s coach calls his first time out of the half to settle his team. Since the penalty was dead ball foul, there is no face off and the Stags get the ball at midfield. On the restart, Fairfield works the ball but ball ends up on the field and Creamer picks up the ground ball. He passes to Junior Attack Jordan Greenfield who shoots but his shot is blocked. Hobart goal keeper Zonino gets the ground ball and starts a successful clear. Hobart starts on offense but the Stags’ Carrick causes his second turnover of the day. Stags clear. Greenfield gets a loose ground ball and passes to Sperry. Sperry dodges and puts the ball in the net to score unassisted with 11:12 left in the second period. Fairfield now leads 5-2. Roe and Sipe come back on the field for a face off and Sipe wins with the wing Lombardo gets the ground ball. The Statesmen work the ball and at 10:20, Love scores unassisted for Hobart to cut Fairfield’s lead to 5-3 with 10:20 left in the half. Sipe wins the face off over Roe and Lombardo again gets to the ground ball on the face off. Hobart has a turnover but the Stags fail to clear. At 8:47, a Statesman hits a post and the Statesmen’s Love get the ground ball. He settles the Hobart offense and at 8:10, Stone gets an unassisted goal to reduce the Fairfield lead to 5-4. Roe and Sipe battle again at the X and this time Roe wins the face off. Roe picks up the ground ball and passes back to Sophomore Long Ball Defender Thomas Lukacovic. Lokacovic takes the ball downfield and takes a high shot! The Stags back up and the offense is patient and works the ball around the Hobart defense. Junior Middie Eric Warden, one of the hardest working Stags, drives to the cage and scores unassisted at 6:31 to push the Fairfield to a 2 goal lead at 6-4. This time Sipe beats Roe on the face off and wing Lombardo gets the ground ball. At 6:14 left in the half, Hobart calls a time out. The Statesmen restart after the time out and they take two shots, the first one wide and Murphy makes the save on the second shot. The Stags clear but at 4:01, the Statesmen create a turnover and they have a good clear. At 3:21, Love scores unassisted to cut the lead to 6-5. Hobart’s Sipe wins the face off against Roe and Hobart’s wing O’Connor picks up the loose ground ball. The Stags get the ball back but a Hobart creates a caused turnover. The Statesmen’s snag the ground ball and clear the ball at 1:40. They work the ball around and with 39 seconds left in the half, Love scores again this time being assisted by Taylor Vanderbeek. The game is now tied at 6-6. Roe wins the face off against Sipe and Freshman Middie Conor Dalton plays the wing on the face off gets the ground ball. With no time remaining in the period , the Stags have a caused turnover. Half ends with the Stags and Hobart going into the locker room tied at 6-6.
As I noted in the pre game report, the third period has seen both Hobart and their opponents scoring a lot of goals. Will this happen in this contest? Roe faces Sipe in the face off X to start the second half. Sipe beats Roe and O’Connor for Hobart gets the loose ground ball. The Statesmen get into their offensive set trying to see if Fairfield has made any defensive changes in the second half. At 14:07, the Stags’ Armour picks up a one minute slashing call and Hobert’s EMO unit makes its first appearance of the day. The Stags extra man defensive unit works hard and at 13:34 Hobart gets its only extra man shot that goes high. The Statesmen retain the ball and Love gets a ground ball at 12:59. Five seconds later, he scores unassisted to put Hobart into the lead by a 7-6 score. This time Roe beats Sipe at the face off circle and gets the ground ball. However, he turns the ball over to Hobart and Sipe gets the ground ball. Hobart’s O’Connor takes a quick shot high and the Statesmen retain the ball. A minute later, Hobart’s Brown takes a shot that Murphy saves and he starts the clear. The Stags offense work their offense and at 10:23 Super Frosh Neubauer gets his first career hat trick (I think there will a lot more hat trick days to come in the next four years). Neubauer ties the score unassisted at 7-7. With Roe and Sipe trading face off wins, this one goes to Sipe and the wing O’Conner picks up the ground ball. Junior Long Stick Middie Connor Maniatty seeing his second game action this season gets called for a one minute tripping penalty. The Stags extra man unit gets the ball after Hobart’s Stone commits a turnover and the Fairfield clears. The Stags kill the last 45 seconds of the penalty. When the penalty is over, the Stags go to the cage. Sperry gets a goal with an assist from Guida at 8:35 left in the third period to put Fairfield into the lead, 8-7. Now it is Roe’s turn to win the face off and he gets the ground ball. For the next five minutes the teams trade the ball and no team scores. At 4:41, Hobart gets a ground ball after the Stags make a turnover and the Statesmen successfully clear the ball. With 3:52 left in the third perid, Derek Anker scores a goal unassisted to tie the game again now at 8-8. Roe wins his second consecutive face off and McLinden playing on the wing gets the ground ball. He sets up the Stags offense. At 3:05, the ball is on Sophomore Midfielder Drew Federico’s stick and he scores an unassisted goal to put the Stags in the lead by a 9-8 score. Federico who is making the transition from attack to midfielder this season scored his first goal of the year. Hope this goal scoring will break his personal scoring slump. Federico has a number of assists this year helping the offense while not scoring himself. Congratulations Drew on working hard and getting this goal. Now it is Sipe’s turn to win the face off and he gets the ground ball. Sipe goes to the cage and takes a shot that Murphy saves. Hobart’s Love gets the ground ball and sends a shot on the goal that Murphy again saves. Hobart gets the rebound ground ball. Love takes another shot that is blocked and Hobart gets the rebound ground ball. Stone takes a shot that goes wide. At 2:02, Fairfield’s Armour gets a 30 second penalty for pushing. Hobart gets off one shot that goes wide and they retain the ball. The officials call a 30 second shot warning against Hobart at 38 seconds left of the period. Eleven seconds later, Hobart’s Taylor Vanderbeek scores with an assist from Stone to tie the game at 9-9. Now it is Roe’s turn to win the face off and he gets the ground ball. Roe passes to Snow who takes a shot wide at 17 seconds. With 5 seconds left, Snow take a high shot. Greenfield backing up the shot passes the ball to McLinden with one second left in the the period who puts it in the back of the net. Greenfield is credited with an assist on the goal. Fairfield now leads 10-9 at the end of the third period.
Another close Fairfield lacrosse game!! Roe wins the face off to start the fourth quarter and Maniatty playing on the wing gets the ground ball to set up the Fairfield attack. The Stags make a turnover and Hobart gets the ground ball and clears the defensive zone. Senior D Middie Gordie Wells causes Hobart to turn the ball over and scoops the ground ball. His clearing pass goes to Junior Defender Greg Perraut who sprints down the field with scoring a goal on his mind. Perraut takes a shot that goes wide. On the back up, the Stags get the ball and Super Frosh Neubauer puts home his fourth goal of the day unassisted to give Fairfield a two goal lead with 13:15 left in the game at 11-9. It’s Sipe’s turn to win beat Roe at the face off X and Hobart goes on the attack. The Statesmen’s Jake Silberlicht scores an unassisted goal at 12:45 to cut the Fairfield lead to 11-10. Roe wins the subsequent face off and gets the ground ball and he sets up the Stags’offense. Greenfield takes a shot that Zonino makes a save. Hobart’s Lombard is called for a slashing penalty on Greenfield’s shot and Lombard gets one minute. The Stags EMO unit comes on the field. Gulasey misses getting his first career goal by hitting the post. The Stags keep the ball and Greenfield takes a shot the Zonino saves. Hobart’s clear is successful and they kill the balance of the penalty. The Statemen work the ball for about a minute when Johnson causes a turnover. Freshman Long Stick Middie Trent Lauer seeing his first game playing time of the season gets the ground ball and sets up the offense. With 9:25 left in the fourth quarter, Snow passes to Greenfield who puts the ball behind the goal keeper to give Fairfield a two goal lead at 12-10. Snow gets his second assist of the day. Now its Sipe’s turn to win the face off. Sipe gets to the ground ball and again goes to the cage. Perraut steps up and caused Sipe to turn the ball over. Honovich gets the created ground ball but the Stags fail to clear and turn the ball over. Hobart goes back on offense but Hobart’s Lauer creates a turnover with 8:19 left in the game. Maniatty picks up the ground ball and Fairfield clears. The Stags offense is determined to get a three goal lead. At 7:41, Sperry sends a high shot towards the cage and the Stags retain the ball and look for the opening to score the 13th goal of the game and trying to kill some clock. At 6:28, Sperry send a wide shot but the officials determine the shot was not on the cage and give Fairfield a 30 second shot clock warning at 6:24. At 6:09, the officials call a 30 second shot clock warning against the Stags and the ball goes over to Hobart. The Statesmen clear and look to cut into the Fairfield 2 goal lead. At 5:01 a Hobart shot is blocked and 8 seconds later Perraut gets a ground ball and starts the Stags clear with 4:40 left in the game. The Stags continue to take their time on offense and at 3:37 Sperry finds the back of the net unassisted. This is Sperry’s third goal of the day and I believe is his first Stags career hat trick to put the Stags up 13-10. I am sure we will see more hat tricks from Tristian over the next three years. Roe wins the final face off of the day and Roe scoops up the ground ball. The Hobart defense creates a Stags turnover with 2:45 left in the game and the Statesmen clear. Murphy stops a Regan shot at 2:36 and Love’s shot at 2:29 is blocked. Hobart gets the loose ground and call a timeout with 2:12 remaining. On the restart, Hobart comes out shooting. At 2:01 Stone takes a wide shot, and at 1:54 Love takes a shot the Murphy saves. With 1:37 left on the clock, Murphy comes out of the cage and causes Stone to turn over the ball. Murphy picks up the ground ball and starts the clear. With 56 remaining in the contest, Hobart’s Regan gets a 30 second pushing penalty. The man up unit works the ball to kill the clock and with no time remaining the Statesmen cause a turnover.
The Stags outshot the Statesmen by a 33 to 28 margin. Both goal keepers were credited with 7 saves each. Hobart just out beat Fairfield in the ground category by a 35 to 34 mark. Both teams had 15 turnovers. Hobat had 8 caused turnovers and the Stags had 7 caused turnovers. The teams face off men had 24 face offs with each team getting 12 wins. Fairfield completed 13 of 15 clears and Hobart was successful in getting 14 of 15 clears. The Stags extra man unit converted two of six chances and the Fairfield man down defense shut out Hobart in their three attempts.
The stars of the game: Super Frosh TJ Neubauer had a career day with his first Stags hat trick for a total of four goals and got to two ground balls. Tristian Sperry also had a hat trick with his three goals. Super Soph Colin McLinden contributed two goals including the first goal of the day along with 2 ground balls. Sam Snow got two assists and picked up three ground balls. Michael Roe got back to winning 50% of the face offs. Goalkeeper Jack Murphy in addition to his seven saves he had seven ground balls. Leading Hobart were Alex Love with 4 goals, five ground balls and Cam Stone had 2 goals and 2 assists. Ethan O’Connor had five ground balls and Reid Rosello had four grounds.
The Stags will play Bellarmine on Saturday March 30th. The game will be at Alumni Field and starts at 12 noon. This will be an ECAC League Lacrosse game. Roger Yergeau ’73