No. 11/12 Men's Lacrosse Suffers First ECAC Setback at Air Force

Courtesy: Fairfield University
         
Release: April 12, 2014
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Courtesy: Fairfield University
Dave Fleming

USAFA, Colo. – The No. 11/12 Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team had their seven-game winning streak snapped and suffered their first ECAC Lacrosse League loss of the season, falling to Air Force, 16-8, at Falcon Stadium. Rookie Dave Fleming had a four-point effort with three goals and an assist for Fairfield (9-3; 2-1 ECAC)

Sophomore TJ Neubauer and rookie Jake Knostman each scored twice while Alex Cramer had a goal. Neubauer also picked up an assist and three ground balls.

Air Force (8-3; 3-0 ECAC) struck first in the opening quarter as Keith Dreyer put home a Tommy McKee pass at 7:08. Fairfield got on the board 14 seconds later on Neubauer’s 22nd goal of the season. The Falcons would score the next three goals of the game, opening up a 4-1 lead early in the second quarter. After a goal by Fleming at 12:24, Air Force rattled off three more unanswered goals. Knostman stopped the run at three-minute mark with a goal off a pass from Fleming. With 18 ticks left on the clock, Mike Crampton scored his 32nd goal of the year to send Air Force into the break with an 8-3 advantage.

The Falcons pushed their lead to six goals at the 12:36 mark in the third quarter. Back-to-back goals by Fleming pulled the Stags within 9-5 with 10:02 left in the quarter but Air Force responded with three unanswered goals to shift momentum. The Falcons controlled the rest of the way for the 16-8 victory.

Senior Jack Murphy made 11 saves while Tyler Behring made two. Brett Dadiego and Doug Gouchoe combined for nine saves for the Falcons.

For the first time this season, Colin McLinden, Eric Warden, and Tristan Sperry were all held without a point. Warden had recorded at least one goal in 12 games dating back to last season.

Air Force out-shot Fairfield 50-20. Ground balls were even at 28 while the Stags won 14 of the 27 faceoffs. Michael Roe went 11-for-20 at the X with eight ground balls.

Fairfield heads to Quinnipiac on April 15. The Stags close out the regular season on April 26 when they host Ohio State at Lessing Field. For tickets for the Ohio State game, contact Helen Smaldone (hsmaldone@fairifeld.edu). Fairfield then heads to the 2014 ECAC Lacrosse League Championship, May 1-3, in Columbus, Ohio.

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