Courtesy: Carlisle Stockton

Stags Visit UMass for CAA Game of the Week on LSN

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 13, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team is back on the Lax Sports Network for the CAA Game of the Week on Saturday afternoon at conference foe Massachusetts. Opening faceoff from Garber Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Fairfield’s Last Time Out
On two occasions in the second half, Fairfield cut Drexel’s lead to a single goal, but the host Dragons ultimately held off the Stags to claim a 13-12 decision on Vidas Field last Saturday. Joe Rodrigues scored a career-high five goals for Fairfield, with Colin Burke also netting five points via two goals and three assists. Also finding the back of the net for the Stags were Dylan Beckwith, Travis Ford, Dave Fleming, J.B. Smith and Jack Brennan. Beckwith added two assists to cap his second consecutive three-point performance.

The Stags held an edge on the draw, coming away with 15-of-29 faceoffs. Will Fox helmed the effort with a 14-of-24 performance and seven ground balls. Joe DeLasho also posted a win on the dot to help keep the Fairfield attack on the field.

Tyler Behring made seven saves to go along with three ground balls. Andrew Murrow also scooped up three ground balls from the defensive end of the field.

Scouting UMass
An 11-8 loss at Towson last Saturday brought UMass to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in the CAA. The Minutemen defeated Delaware, 9-6, on April 1 to begin the conference portion of the slate.

Offensively, Tyler Bogart leads the team with 20 goals, while Dan Muller boasts a team-high 27 points by way of 16 goals and a team-best 11 assists. Buddy Carr (11g, 6a) and Grant Consoletti (7g, 10a) have each tallied 17 points. The Minutemen are scoring 8.30 goals per game and allowing 9.90 goals per outing.

D.J. Smith has spent the majority of the minutes in goal, posting a 10.17 goals-against average and .527 save percentage. Sean Sconone helmed the cage for the second half of last Saturday’s game, ceding three Towson goals with six saves.

At 84-of-139 on the faceoff dot, Noah Rak unofficially leads the CAA in faceoff percentage (.604) and ground balls per game (5.86), though he has only appeared in seven games and thus does not yet qualify for the NCAA leaderboard.

April 16, 2016: Fairfield 8, UMass 6
Fairfield earned an 8-6 Senior Day win over UMass at Rafferty Stadium last April. Tyler Behring led the Stags to victory with 19 saves in the cage en route to USILA Defensive Player of the Week honors.

On the offensive end, Jake Knostman scored three goals to register his third career hat trick. Charlie Schnider added a goal and dished out three assists. Charlie Horning chipped in with a goal and an assist with Nico Panepinto, TJ Neubauer and Colin Burke each scoring one goal.

UMass was led by two goals and two assists from Buddy Carr, and Gianni Bianchin doled out three assists. In the cage, Sean Sconone made 10 saves.

All-Time Series vs. Massachusetts
UMass leads the all-time series, 8-4, thanks to a six-game winning streak against the Stags from 1997-2007 to open the series. Fairfield is 4-2 against the Minutemen in the last six meetings. In addition to 10 regular season meetings, the squads met in the NCAA Championship First Round in 2002 and the 2015 CAA Championship Semifinals.

Going Coast-to-Coast
After handing out his first career assist in the April 1 game against Hofstra, Andrew Eidenshink became the first Fairfield defenseman to get in the scoring column this spring. One week later, long-stick midfielder J.B. Smith scored a transition goal off the the faceoff at Drexel.

In 2016, Matt Borda scored a goal with the long pole in a win over Colgate while short-stick defensive midfielder Joe Guidarelli ’16 registered a goal and an assist during his final campaign with the Stags.

On the Draw
Will Fox and Joe DeLasho are the only teammates (among NCAA qualifiers) in the nation to both hold a faceoff winning percentage better than .500. Fox is second in the CAA and 30th in the nation at .534 (62-of-116) on the draw, and DeLasho ranks third in the conference and 37th in the country at .523 (67-of-128). DeLasho also ranks third in the CAA in ground balls at 3.30 per game.

Four Nets Five
Joe Rodrigues did one better than his uniform number with a career-high five goals last Saturday at Drexel. The five total points were also a career best for Rodrigues, whose no-look backhanded tally in the fourth quarter was the Lax Sports Network Play of the Week.

Three Stags netted five goals in a game last season, with Colin Burke doing so twice and TJ Neubauer accomplishing the feat once.

Up Next
Action returns to 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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