Courtesy: Fairfield University

Stags Host No. 15 Towson on Military Appreciation Day

Courtesy: Fairfield University
April 21, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team returns to Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium to host No. 15 nationally-ranked Towson in CAA action on Saturday, April 22. The 3 p.m. contest is the back end of a doubleheader that will feature Fairfield women’s lacrosse challenging Canisius at noon.

Military Appreciation Day
This Saturday is Fairfield Lacrosse’s annual Military Appreciation Day doubleheader. The festivities from Rafferty Stadium will include fundraisers and apparel sales to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation and Operation Hat Trick. In addition, all veterans and active duty military will receive free admission (with a military ID). Click here for complete ticketing and promotional information.

Fairfield’s Last Time Out
Three players had multi-goal outings for the Stags this past Saturday at UMass, but the host Minutemen came away with a 12-8 decision in CAA action on Garber Field. Fairfield (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.

Scouting Towson
A 10-6 win at Delaware last Saturday left No. 15 Towson as the CAA’s final unbeaten at 3-0 as a part of a 7-3 overall record. All three of the Tigers’ losses have come to ranked opponents: No. 12 Loyola, No. 18 Ohio State and No. 6 Denver. The Tigers are ranked fourth in the CAA with 9.50 goals per game, making those tallies stand up with a CAA-best 7.90 goals allowed per contest, which slots the defense at eighth nationally.

With 21 goals and 15 assists, Ryan Drenner ranks second in the CAA in points per game (3.60) and assists per game (1.50) while laanding at fifth in the league with 2.10 goals per outing. Joe Seider has also topped the 20-point mark with 16 goals and seven assists.

The offense has been jumpstarted at the faceoff dot by Alex Woodall, who leads the CAA and ranks 15th in the nation with a .591 win percentage (114-193). He has also collected a team-high 53 ground balls on the draw.

Josh Miller has spent the majority of the minutes in the cage (462:04), though Matt Hoy has started two of the Tigers’ CAA contests, including the most recent win over Delaware. Miller boasts a 7.92 goals-against average and .500 save percentage (61 goals, 61 saves) and Hoy has recorded a 7.83 GAA and .526 save percentage (18 goals, 20 saves) in his 137:56 of action. 

May 7, 2016: #11 Towson 4, Fairfield 2
The lowest scoring CAA Championship Game in history saw the Stags land on the short side of a 4-2 final at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson was kept off the board for the first 31:08 of play, while the Stags were held scoreless for the final 37:24 of action.

Fairfield’s two goals came from Charlie Schnider and Charlie Horning, while Colin Burke notched an assist to cap his rookie season with a Fairfield freshman record 63 points.

Horning also scooped up five ground balls, and Will Fox went 6-of-10 at the faceoff ‘X’ with two ground balls of his own. On the defensive end, First Team All-CAA goalkeeper Tyler Behring made 11 saves in the cage. Matt Borda anchored the defensive unit in front of him with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Tyler White made 15 saves for the Tigers, who claimed their second consecutive CAA Championship. Spencer Parks totaled three points for the hosts with two goals and an assist.

All-Time Series vs. Towson (Towson leads 3-0)
The all-time series between the Stags and Tigers began when Fairfield joined the CAA prior to the 2015 season. Towson has been victorious in all three meetings to date, including last spring’s CAA Championship Game at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Going Coast-to-Coast
After handing out his first career assist in the April 1 game against Hofstra, Andrew Eidenshink handed out another helper this past Saturday at UMass. Long-stick midfielder  J.B. Smith has also registered in the scoring column with a transition goal off the faceoff at Drexel on April 8.

Defensive players also tallied three points for the Stags last spring as 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.

Rodrigues Rattling the Cage
Through three CAA games, Joe Rodrigues shares the CAA lead with nine total goals in conference action. The junior scored a career-high five goals on April 8 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.

Rodrigues, who scored twice against both Hofstra and UMass, and Drexel’s Cole Shafer are the only two CAA student-athletes to have netted two or more goals in all three of their team’s CAA outings this spring.

Climbing the Charts
Still in his sophomore season with the Stags, Colin Burke is establishing himself among the elite scorers in Fairfield history. Burke’s 67 career goals tie him for 15th in program annals with Tom Werney ’05, while his 95 total points through 29 games rank at 18th in Stags history. He is seven goals shy of joining the all-time top 10 and five points away from becoming the 16th Stag in the team’s NCAA varsity history to tally 100 career points.

Spencer Steele ’00 is the Stags’ all-time leading goal scorer with 147 career markers, and Matt Callaghan ’98 holds the program points record with 247 (146g, 101a) in his Fairfield career.

Up Next
Fairfield Lacrosse celebrates Senior Day on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium next Friday, April 28 prior to a 7 p.m. visit from Delaware on the Lax Sports Network.

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