NEWARK, Del. – Junior Tristan Sperry (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and senior Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) each tallied five goals and an assist to power the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team to an 18-8 victory over the University of Delaware in their season opener.
Sperry and Warden were just two of the seven Stags that found the back of the net against the Blue Hens. Junior Colin McLinden (Madison, N.J.) had two goals and an assist while sophomore TJ Neubauer (Glen Arm, Md.) had a pair of goals. Rookie Jake Knostman (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) scored his first two collegiate goals as well.
Delaware (1-2) struck first at the 13:47 mark in the first quarter. Sperry tied it up just 44 seconds later with a solo tally. Warden gave the Stags a 2-1 lead at 12:09 with an unassisted goal. Neubauer and Knostman also delivered unassisted goals for the 4-1 advantage. The Blue Head cut it to 4-3 with just over five minutes left in the period but Warden connected with McLinden at 1:49 to swing the momentum back to Fairfield.
The Blue Hens netted the first goal of the second quarter, but the Stags put home three unanswered goals to take an 8-4 advantage into halftime. Delaware scored first in the third quarter, but Fairfield answered with three straight goals, to open up an 11-5 lead. Delaware scored at 2:36 but with one second remaining, Sperry found Warden to make it a six goal lead.
Fairfield (1-0) made it 13-7 at the start of the fourth quarter as rookie Dave Fleming (San Carlos, Calif.) scored his first collegiate goal at 12:42. It was the first of six goals in which the Stags would score in the frame. Fairfield’s final tally came at 4:44 as Conor Dalton (Ellicott City, Md.) tallied his first goal of the season.
In net, senior Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) stopped eight shots and picked up five ground balls in 57 minutes of action while rookie Tyler Behring (Little Silver, N.J.) made his collegiate debut, playing the final three minutes of the game, and did not face any shots.
The Blue Hens went 18-for-28 from the faceoff X while Stags senior Michael Roe (Lutherville, Md.) had all 10 of Fairfield’s wins. Roe also had four ground balls. Delaware had a 30-25 advantage in ground balls.
Fairfield is off until February 22 when they host Manhattan College at 1pm.
Photo courtesy Mark Campbell, University of Delaware Athletics