FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The No. 14/17 Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team knocked off the Ohio State University, 7-5, this afternoon to clinch a share of the 2014 ECAC Lacrosse League Regular Season Championship. The Stags (11-3; 3-1 ECAC) share their first-ever league regular season title with Ohio State and Air Force.
Sophomore TJ Neubauertallied two goals while junior Colin McLindenhad a goal and two assists. RookieDave Flemingadded a goal and an assist. Michael Roewas crucial at the faceoff X for the Stags, winning nine of the 14 he took with six ground balls.
Ohio State (6-7; 3-1 ECAC) struck first as Jesse King put one home at the 12:37 mark. Senior Alex Cramertied it up at 9:56 tucking in a pass from rookie Jake Knostman. Just 31 seconds later, Neubauer would put the Stags ahead with his 30th goal of the year for a lead which would not be relinquished.
Neubauer scored his second goal of the day at the 12:06 mark of the second quarter off a pass from McLinden. Two minutes later, Fleming connected with McLinden to put the Stags on top, 4-1. The Buckeyes ended their scoring drought at 6:46 on a goal by Chris Mahoney to make the score 4-2. The score would remain that way at the break.
Ohio State’s Ryan Hunter made it a one goal game at 13:12 in the third quarter, but that Stags countered at 9:46 as McLinden found junior Nick Guidato make it 5-3. John Kelly pulled the Buckeyes within 5-4 with 3:17 left in the period.
Momentum swung less than a minute into the fourth quarter as senior Eric Wardenripped a shot past Scott Spencer to make it 6-4. Fleming scored a minute later to make it a three-goal game. The Buckeyes’ Carter Brown made it 7-5 with 4:45 left in the game, but the Stags defense clamped down for the win.
Senior Jack Murphyhad another strong outing in goal for the Stags. He stopped 11 shots, caused two turnovers, and scooped up eight ground balls. Spencer made nine saves for the Buckeyes.
Senior Greg Perrautappeared in his program record-setting 61st career game, finishing with three ground balls and a caused turnover. Sophomore Conor Barradded caused two turnovers and had three ground balls. Senior Shawn Honovichhad two ground balls.
Fairfield will head to the 2014 ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament, May 1-3, in Columbus, Ohio. The field is comprised of Fairfield, host Ohio State, Air Force, and Michigan, which will be the fourth seed. Due to the three-way tie for first place, the final tournament seeding will be determined and announced by the ECAC on Monday. The games will be broadcast live on Fox College Sports.