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Twelve Stags Post Points in 13-12 Win at Bucknell

Courtesy: Fairfield University
February 18, 2017

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Twelve different Stags contributed at least one point as the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team topped host Bucknell, 13-12, on Saturday afternoon. Colin Burke led the scoring effort with four goals and two assists in the Stags’ first victory of 2017.

In addition to Burke’s six-point day, Fairfield (1-1) got two goals apiece from Jake Knostman and Dave Fleming. Travis Ford netted a goal for the second straight game, while Alex Wagner, Kendall Keahey, Joe DeLasho and Matt Sharpe all converted the first goal of their respective careers. Dylan Beckwith, Jack Brennan and Joe Rodrigues each handed out two assists, while Wagner and Drew Murray contributed one assist apiece.

Fairfield’s 13 goals match the Stags’ 2016 season high attained in wins over Georgetown and Quinnipiac.

DeLasho helped the Stags control possession from the faceoff ‘X’, where he won a career-best 16 draws on 26 attempts. He also came away with a game-high and personal-best 10 ground balls. Will Fox aided the effort with a 2-for-2 day on the draw.

In the cage, Tyler Behring made 14 saves while going the distance to earn the win. In front of Behring, Andrew Eidenshink and Riley Peters each scooped up three ground balls.

Bucknell (2-1) was led by six points (two goals, four assists) from Will Sands, five points (four goals, one assist) by Sean O’Brien and a Connor O’Hara hat trick. Christian Klipstein made 10 saves in goal, ceding 11 of Fairfield’s 13 goals in 57:02 of work.

The Bison struck first in the contest, keeping Fairfield off the board in the first quarter en route to a 2-0 advantage. However, the Stags responded with four straight markers in the second frame. Wagner and Fleming each converted passes from Burke to tie the game at 2-2, and then the 2017 CAA Preseason Player of the Year rattled the cage himself to put Fairfield in front. Ford added a man-up goal on Murray’s feed to extend the margin to 4-2. Knostman added the first goal of his senior campaign to keep the Stags on top as Bucknell netted a pair to send the game into the intermission with Fairfield leading, 5-4.

Burke and Fleming each scored less than 100 seconds into the third quarter, but the Bison responded in kind to hold the Stags’ lead at one goal, 7-6, with 8:50 to go in the period. At the point, Fairfield accounted for the next four markers, starting with Burke’s second of the day. DeLasho picked up the ensuing faceoff and took it all the way to score his first career goal just eight seconds later. Burke then capped his hat trick, and Keahey added a goal on Rodrigues’ second assist of the afternoon to close the run with the Stags holding an 11-6 lead.

That lead would evaporate, however, as Bucknell accounted for five straight goals over a period of 9:15 to tie the game at 11-11 with 6:54 to play. Sharpe was the man to snap the deadlock, converting a pass from Brennan to put Fairfield back on top, 12-11, with 4:23 to go. Knostman then added the goal that proved to be the game-winner with 2:39 left. Bucknell struck once more in the closing seconds, but DeLasho won his 16th and final draw of the day with Beckwith swooping in to grab the ground ball as time ran out on a 13-12 Fairfield victory.

The Stags went 13-for-17 on faceoffs in the second half with Fox winning both of his attempts and DeLasho posting an 11-for-15 mark over the final two periods.

For the game, the Stags were outshot, 51-34, and won the ground ball battle by a 30-29 count. Fairfield was 12-for-13 clearing the ball and committed 12 turnovers while forcing seven Bucknell giveaways.

The Stags open their home slate and make their Lax Sports Network debut next Saturday, Feb. 25 with a visit from No. 18 Rutgers. Faceoff from Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium is slated for noon as the first game of a doubleheader that also features Fairfield women’s lacrosse challenging Hofstra at 3 p.m. on FairfieldStags.TV.

Visit FairfieldStags.com/TIX to purchase tickets for next Saturday’s action and click here to view the promotions surrounding the twin bill at Rafferty Stadium.

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