Courtesy: Elaine Nord

No. 6 Hofstra Tops Stags, 10-6, in CAA Opener

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 01, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team opened its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) schedule with a 10-6 loss to unbeaten and No. 6 nationally-ranked Hofstra on Saturday night on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Dylan Beckwith paced the Stags offensively with two goals and an assist.

Fairfield (3-7, 0-1 CAA) also got two goals from Joe Rodrigues and a marker apiece from Travis Ford and Drew Murray. Beckwith, Ford, Murray, Andrew Eidenshink and Jake Knostman each distributed an assist for the Stags.

The Stags’ attack was started by solid performances on the draw from Joe DeLasho and Will Fox. DeLasho went 8-of-11 on the dot with three ground balls, and Fox added a 6-of-9 showing. Riley Peters aided the effort from the wing with three ground balls of his own.

Tyler Behring started in the cage and made 10 saves for the Stags. Brad Nordstrom spent the last 2:11 of the contest between the posts and did not face a shot.

Hofstra (9-0, 1-0 CAA) continues the best start in program history and stands as one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the nation (Penn State). The Pride were paced this evening by five points (2g, 3a) from Josh Byrne with Ryan Tierney and Brendan Kavanagh posting matching statlines of one goal and two assists.

The Pride was anchored from the defensive side of the field by goalkeeper Jack Concannon. Concannon turned away 16 shots and also collected four ground balls to keep the Stags’ attack at bay.

Fairfield opened the scoring with a transition goal started by a turnover on the defensive end. The ball found the stick of Eidenshink who raced all the way down the field before connecting with Beckwith for the day’s first goal. Eidenshink’s assist was the first career point for the All-America defenseman.

Hofstra responded with the game’s first run to take a 3-1 lead before the Stags capped the first period scoring with a man-up tally from Ford. The goal was his 16th of the season and his team-leading fourth man-up marker of the spring.

Ford’s goal, however, was the Stags’ last until the fourth quarter as Fairfield was kept off the board for a span of 35:49 as the Pride opened up an 8-2 advantage. The drought was ended on a Murray goal that started Fairfield’s first scoring run of the game. The marker was followed by a man-up tally banged home by Rodrigues and Beckwith’s second of the day to trim the deficit to 8-5 with 7:41 to play.

However, the next two goals went to the Pride as Alex Moeser’s goal ended the streak and Kavanagh tacked one on into the vacated cage and Behring joined his defensemen in applying extra pressure looking to force a late Hofstra turnover.

Rodrigues’ second goal of the day – on a Beckwith assist – capped the scoring with 2:11 to go to round out the final margin at 10-6.

The Stags outshot Hofstra, 37-33, and the ground ball battle was even at 23-23. Both squads went 2-of-3 on their extra-man opportunities, and Fairfield committed 10 turnovers to Hofstra’s nine giveaways.

The Stags are set to play the two CAA road games on their 2017 slate with back-to-back Saturday treks to Drexel on April 8 and Massachusetts on April 15. Both games will be broadcast live on the Lax Sports Network as the CAA Game of the Week.

Action returns to Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Saturday, April 22 for a visit from Towson at 3 p.m. on Military Appreciation Day. The day begins with Fairfield Women’s Lacrosse challenging Canisius at noon. Both ends of the April 22 twin bill will be broadcast live on ESPN3 by the Fairfield University Media Center.

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