Courtesy: Carlisle Stockton

No. 18 Stony Brook Holds Off Stags, 9-6

Courtesy: Fairfield University
March 04, 2017

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – A 5-0 third quarter for host Stony Brook proved decisive as the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team fell, 9-6, at the No. 18 nationally-ranked Seawolves this afternoon on Long Island. Alex Wagner and Kendall Keahey each scored two goals for the Stags, while Colin Burke racked up three points with a goal and two assists.

Burke’s three points extend his scoring streak to 22 consecutive games – a run that encompasses his entire collegiate career to date. The Tewaaraton Award Watch List candidate leads the Stags this season with seven goals and six assists. In this afternoon’s outing, Fairfield (2-3) also got a goal from Travis Ford, with Dylan Beckwith notching his fifth assist of the spring.

The Stags’ defense was strong against a Stony Brook (4-0) attack that entered the day averaging 17 goals per game and most recently netted 25 in a 25-17 rout of then-No. 10 Brown. In addition to a season-low scoring output for Stony Brook this afternoon, Fairfield pressured the Seawolves into a season-high 17 turnovers. Tyler Behring made six saves in the cage in 58:28 of work, and Brad Nordstrom turned away the lone shot he faced over the final 1:32.

Will Fox led the effort in the midfield with an 8-for-14 showing on the draw and six ground balls.

The only goal of the first quarter came off the stick of Keahey, whose second marker of the year staked Fairfield to a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes of action. Following an equalizer by Cory VanGinhoven, Keahey struck again – this time courtesy of a Beckwith feed – to put the Stags back on top 2-1, with 8:44 remaining in the second frame. After Stony Brook pulled even once again, Ford and Wagner each converted late in the period to send Fairfield into the locker room holding a 4-2 advantage.

After the intermission, the Seawolves came out firing with five unanswered goals in the third quarter. Alex Corpolongo scored twice in the stanza, including a marker with just two seconds on the clock to cap the run and extend the Stony Brook advantage to 7-4 entering the fourth quarter.

After nearly seven scoreless minutes in the final frame, Burke got on the board to cut the margin to 7-5. However, the next two goals went to Stony Brook to salt the game away. The Stags’ last tally saw Wagner convert a pass from Burke in the closing minute of action, rounding out the margin at its 9-6 final.

Corpolongo and VanGinhoven each potted two goals for the Seawolves, while Ryan Blitzer added a goal and two assists. Brandon Maciejewski earned the win in the cage with six saves.

The Stags wrap up their three-game road swing with a short trip up I-95 to visit No. 7 Yale on Saturday, March 11 live on ESPN3. If No. 7 Yale does not drop out of the USILA national rankings next week, the Stags are slated to play ranked opponents in consecutive games for the first time since 2013.

Fairfield returns to Rafferty Stadium to host Cleveland State on Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. on FairfieldStags.TV.

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