Courtesy: Elaine Nord

Road Trip Continues at No. 18 Stony Brook on Saturday

Courtesy: Fairfield University
March 02, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team continues its road swing with a Saturday afternoon trip to visit No. 18 Stony Brook. The Stags and Seawolves will faceoff from LaValle Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.

Fairfield is looking to snap a two-game losing streak against Stony Brook and to climb above .500 for the first time this season. This meeting marks the second straight year that the Seawolves are ranked No. 18 by the USILA entering their clash with the Stags. 

Fairfield’s Last Time Out
Fairfield scored five of the last goals of the game to come away with an 8-7 victory on Tuesday afternoon at UMass Lowell. Dylan Beckwith scored two goals with one assist for the Stags, and Travis Ford capped his two-goal day with the game-winning marker in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

Alex Wagner added a goal and an assist for Fairfield as freshmen accounted for five of the Stags’ eight goals. Joe Rodrigues, Jake Knostman and Colin Burke also rattled the cage with Burke also handing out an assist.

Will Fox helped control the game on the draw, posting a 14-of-19 mark with nine ground balls. Wagner added five ground balls while Beckwith and Matt Borda collected four apiece.

In the cage, Brad Nordstrom made his first start since 2015 and came away with 10 saves to earn the win.

The River Hawks were led by three goals and an assist from Sean Tyrrell, with Jon Phillips adding three points (one goal, two assists) off the bench. Grant Lardieri made 16 saves in the cage for UMass Lowell.

Scouting Stony Brook
The Stony Brook Seawolves have won their first three games of 2017 to move into the USILA national rankings at No. 18. Most recently, Stony Brook knocked off then-No. 10 Brown, 25-17, in an offensive slugfest in Providence. The Seawolves, who will be opening their home slate on Saturday, have also picked up road wins at Sacred Heart (12-11) and St. John’s (14-5).

The UMass Lowell attack is led by 11 goals and 14 total points from Cory VanGinhoven with Alex Corpolongo adding 13 points (eight goals, five assists) to the effort. Ryan Blitzer has handed out a team-best eight assists en route to 12 points on the year.

Brandon Maciejewski has played 173:47 out of 180 possible minutes in goal for the Seawolves. He has posted an 11.05 goals-against average and a .439 save percentage (32 goals allowed, 25 saves).

Jay Lindsay has taken the majority of the faceoffs en route to a 35-of-69 (.507) showing with 13 ground balls. Lindsay has also potted a goal and dished out two assists off the draw. 

March 5, 2016: #18 Stony Brook 9, Fairfield 6
A five-goal third quarter proved to be the difference as Fairfield was clipped by No. 18 Stony Brook, 9-6, on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. TJ Neubauer netted a hat trick for the Stags, and Tyler Behring made 12 saves.

In addition to the 11th hat trick of Neubauer’s career, Fairfield benefitted offensively from two Colin Burke goals. A Joe Rodrigues marker and a Charlie Horning assist rounded out the Fairfield attack on the afternoon.

Spencer Noonan scooped up three ground balls in front of Behring, and J.B. Smith had five ground balls in the midfield with a caused turnover.

At the faceoff ‘X’, Will Fox posted a 7-for-14 mark and Joe DeLasho won two of his four draw attempts. Fox also gathered a trio of ground balls.

Fairfield vs. Ranked Opponents
Fairfield has defeated at least one ranked opponent (in the USILA Coaches’ Poll) in seven of Andy Copelan’s nine seasons at the helm of the Stags - including a win at then-No. 1 Denver during the 2013 season. The Stags have four wins over top-10 programs during the Andy Copelan era.

Based upon the current edition of the poll, Saturday’s game at No. 18 Stony Brook is the next of four upcoming opportunities for the Stags to knock off a ranked opponent this spring. Two of Fairfield’s prior opponents this spring - Richmond and Bucknell - were both unranked but receiving votes at the time of their meetings with the Stags, while Rutgers was slotted at No. 14 by the USILA for its visit to Rafferty Stadium.

Provided that No. 7 Yale does not drop out of the national rankings next week, the Stags are slated to play ranked opponents in consecutive games for the first time since 2013. In that campaign, Fairfield closed their spring with a 10-9 win at No. 1 Denver, a 14-8 loss at No. 13 Ohio State and a 10-8 loss to No. 3 Denver in the ECAC Championship Semifinals.

Up Next
The Stags wrap up their three-game road jaunt with a short trip up I-95 to visit No. 7 Yale on Saturday, March 11. Fairfield returns to Rafferty Stadium to host Cleveland State on Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. on FairfieldStags.TV.

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