Courtesy: Carlisle Stockton

Stags Fall at UMass, 12-8, in CAA Action

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 15, 2017

AMHERST, Mass. – Three players had multi-goal outings for the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at UMass, but the host Minutemen came away with a 12-8 decision in CAA action on Garber Field.

Fairfield (3-9, 0-3 CAA) got two goals apiece from each starting offensive midfielder – Dave Fleming, Jake Knostman and Joe Rodrigues – with single tallies coming from Colin Burke and Dylan Beckwith. Fleming, Burke, Beckwith, Travis Ford and Andrew Eidenshink each dished out an assist for the Stags.

On the defensive end, Tyler Behring made 12 saves while Logan Williamson collected five ground balls in front of the cage. Eidenshink also had four ground balls with Samuel Murphy scooping up three. Will Fox went 10-for-18 with ground balls on the draw to lead the Stags at the faceoff dot.

UMass (5-6, 2-1 CAA) was led by two goals and three assists from Jeff Trainor. Tyler Bogart added a hat trick for the Minutemen. D.J. Smith made 13 saves in the cage to earn the win.

After three minutes of scoreless action, the first two markers went to the Minutemen. The hosts were looking to open up a three-goal lead, but Logan Williamson forced a turnover and Eidenshink scooped up the ball in transition. The senior defenseman carried the length of the field and connected with Beckwith to put the Stags on the board and cut the deficit to 2-1. UMass added two more before Rodrigues rifled home a feed from Ford to stop the run.

Once again, UMass added a pair to extend the lead to 6-2, and this time the Stags responded in kind with two of their own. First, Burke wrapped around and converted a man-up opportunity to stop the Minuteman run. He was followed by Knostman’s blast that connected top shelf to make it a 6-4 game with 4:24 to go in the period. However, UMass struck last in the frame as Bogart’s second of the frame sent the Stags into the locker room trailing, 7-4.

The Minutemen extended their lead in the third quarter, notching the only two tallies of the frame to claim a 9-4 lead heading into the fourth. The Stags struck first in the period on Knostman’s second of the day, but UMass responded again with multiple goals to keep Fairfield at arm’s length. The Stags made a late push as Fleming netted back-to-back goals and Rodrigues added his second of the afternoon in the final minute of play to round out the final score at 12-8.

The Stags are back in action on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium next 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.

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