Courtesy: Carlisle Stockton

Stags to Host No. 6 Hofstra Under the Lights in Saturday's CAA Opener

Courtesy: Fairfield University
March 30, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team opens the five-weekend CAA slate with a visit from unbeaten and No. 6 nationally-ranked Hofstra on Saturday, April 1. Opening faceoff under the lights on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on FairfieldStags.TV.

On-Campus Parking Notice
Due to campus construction, the parking lot adjacent to the Kelley Center will be closed to the general public for the remainder of the season. Parking will be available in the lot between University Field and Lessing Field and as directed by parking attendants on gameday. We request the cooperation of all fans in observing all posted signage when parking on campus.

Handicapped parking is available for those with proper permits on a first come, first served basis. Those in need of additional assistance are encouraged to contact Fairfield Athletics at 203-254-4000 ext. 2208 prior to gameday to ensure that proper accommodations are met.

Fairfield’s Last Time Out
Drew Murray and Colin Burke racked up four points apiece to pace Fairfield last Saturday, but visiting Villanova had the first five goals of the day and never looked back to take an 18-9 decision. Travis Ford also scored two markers for the Stags.

Burke’s four-point day and run his team-leading totals to 18 goals and 25 points, while Murray’s performance, which was comprised of his first three goals of the spring, matched his career-best scoring output.

After his pair of goals, Ford has 15 thus far in his freshman campaign. Rounding out the scoring for Fairfield was Dylan Beckwith with his eighth goal of the year.

The Stags held an edge on the faceoff dot, led by a 15-of-26 showing with six ground balls from Joe DeLasho. Will Fox added a 4-of-5 showing, and Spencer Noonan scooped up three ground balls from the wing to aid the effort on the draw.

Tyler Behring made 10 saves, and the defense in front of him was paced by four ground balls and three caused turnovers by Andrew Eidenshink.

Jack Curran, Christian Cuccinello and Jake Froccaro each had five points to guide Villanova to its fourth consecutive win. The Wildcats’ cage was helmed by Nick Testa, who made 14 saves.

Scouting Hofstra
Hofstra begins CAA play off to the best start in program history at 8-0 and holding its highest USILA ranking (No. 6) since earning the No. 4 spot in 2011. The Pride is also slotted at No. 3 in both the Maverik Media Poll and US Lacrosse Rankings. Six of Hofstra’s eight wins have come by two goals or fewer, including an 11-9 win at North Carolina that has been the Pride’s signature victory of 2017 to date.

Offensively, Josh Byrne (23g, 17a) leads the CAA and is among the nation’s leaders with 2.88 goals and 5.00 total points per game. Ryan Tierney adds 18 goals and nine assists with Dylan Alderman contributing nine goals and 13 helpers. As a unit, Hofstra ranks second in the CAA with 11.75 goals per game.

The Pride have also been solid on the faceoff dot, where Kyle Gallagher ranks second in the CAA with a .553 winning percentage (63-of-114) and with 5.67 ground balls per contest. Gallagher has stepped in for All-CAA specialist Kris Clarke, who returned to the lineup over the last three games to add a 30-of-53 (.566) mark on the draw.

Jack Concannon helms the cage for the Pride, where he owns a .613 save percentage (62 goals allowed, 98 saves) to lead the CAA and rank fourth nationally. His 12.25 saves per game also tops the conference while his 8.00 goals-against average is second in the CAA.

Up Next
The Stags are set to play the two CAA road games on the 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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