Division I Roundup Part 2 – March 24th

Milligan’s Career-High Nine Points Lift Men’s Lacrosse to 18-10 Win at UMass Lowell

FINAL SCORE: Vermont 18, UMass Lowell 10
LOWELL, Mass. – Cam Milligan tallied a career-high nine points on four goals and five assists to lead Vermont past UMass Lowell, 18-10, in UVM’s America East opener Saturday afternoon at Cushing Field. Vermont improves to 3-6 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while UMass Lowell drops to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in America East.

Vermont registered a season-high 18 goals in the contest, led by Milligan’s second four-goal output of the year. The sophomore also picked up his seventh multi-assist effort this season with five helpers. Four other Catamounts notched multi-goal games, including Ian MacKay (3 g, 2 ast) and Dyson White (3 g, 1 ast). Kyle Walsh (2 g), Cam Stafford (1 g) and Dan DiStefano (1 g) each collected their first career goals in the game.

Cory Highfield paced the River Hawks on the afternoon with a team-high four points on a pair of goals and assists, while Sean Tyrrell and Nicholas Pino chipped in with three goals each.

Jon Kaplan registered his fifth double-digit save performance of the season with 14 stops, as the sophomore earned his third career win. Alex Desmarais made 18 saves in just over 30 minutes in net for UMass Lowell.

After a pair of UMass Lowell goals to open the contest, Vermont rattled off six straight in the final eight-plus minutes of the first period to take a 6-2 advantage at the end of one. Milligan notched five of his nine points in the quarter on three goals and a pair of assists.

Tyrrell and Pino each scored in the first five minutes of the second quarter to cut the team’s deficit to 7-4, but the Catamounts responded with goals from MacKay, Alex Stanko and James Barlow to extend its lead to 10-4 heading into the break.

Vermont went on a 4-0 run midway through the third quarter to jump out to a big lead over UMass Lowell, 14-5. The River Hawks were able to tally two of the final three scores of the period, but UVM still held a 15-7 advantage with just one quarter to play. White led the Catamounts in the third with three points on a pair of goals and one assist.

UMass Lowell cut the Catamount lead to 16-9 with six minutes remaining in the contest, but that was as close as the River Hawks would get, as Walsh and DiStefano added insurance goals to close out the 18-10 victory for UVM.

The Catamounts play their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday (March 24) at Dartmouth at 3 p.m.


Stags Lock Down No. 20 Villanova for 11-4 Win on Dedication Day at Rafferty Stadium

Behring turns away 16 shots, Neubauer nets four goals

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fueled by 16 saves from goalkeeper Tyler Behring, the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team earned an 11-4 win over No. 20 Villanova on Dedication Day at Rafferty Stadium. TJ Neubauer led the Stags’ offense with four goals in the victory, which was broadcast live to a nationwide audience on ESPN3 and SNY.

With its third consecutive victory, Fairfield (5-4) has now defeated at least one ranked opponent (in the USILA Coaches’ Poll) in each of Head Coach Andy Copelan’s seven seasons at the helm.

Behring’s 16 saves mark a career high as well as the most by a Fairfield goalkeeper since Jack Murphy turned away 17 UMBC offerings on March 2, 2013. The sophomore netminder also collected three ground balls. After falling behind 2-0 early in the first quarter, Behring and the Stags’ defense kept Villanova (5-3) off the board until two minutes into the fourth frame – a span of 40:43 of game time. Matt Borda led the unit in front of Behring with a career-best nine ground balls to go along with two caused turnovers.

Neubauer’s four goals extended his team-leading total to 19 on the season. Tristan Sperry, who leads the Stags with 30 points, scored two goals and distributed two assists this evening while gathering four ground balls Charlie Schnider added three points with a goal and two helpers.

Seven Stags scored in total in the contest with Drew Federico, Colin McLinden, Jake Knostman and Joe Rodrigues each adding single tallies in the win.

Villanova’s first two goals came within the first 6:17 of play as the Wildcats grabbed a 2-0 lead with 8:43 left in the opening frame. The Stags responded with Schnider goal that started the team on what amounted to a run of eight consecutive markers. Fairfield carried a 5-2 lead into the half and an 8-2 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Jack Curran finally ended the drought for Villanova with a goal at 13:00 in the fourth quarter, but the Stags’ defense remained on point and the 8-3 advantage held through the midway point of the stanza. Neubauer completed his hat trick at 6:54 and, after the Wildcats snuck one more through, Neubauer and Rodrigues capped the effort with two goals in a span of 32 seconds to round out the 11-4 final score.

The Stags were outshot by the visitors, 40-28. Fairfield held a 27-21 advantage in ground balls and committed 15 turnovers while pressuring the Wildcats into 11 miscues.

The day began with a 12-3 win for Fairfield women’s lacrosse over Manhattan in the Stags’ 2015 MAAC opener. The official blessing and dedication of Rafferty Stadium – a new state-of-the-art facility at the University – was held in between ends of the doubleheader.

Up next, Fairfield begins CAA Lacrosse play for the first time next Saturday, March 28 at defending champion Drexel. The Stags will also play at Massachusetts on Saturday, April 4 before beginning a three-game, regular-season-ending homestand against CAA Lacosse foes with a visit from Towson on Saturday, April 11.


No. 15/16 Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Comes Up Short in Double Overtime at Dartmouth, 12-11

Ardrey totaled five points on four goals and one assist.

HANOVER, N.H. – The No. 15/16 Harvard men’s lacrosse team scored two goals in the final 2:44 of regulation to force overtime at Dartmouth Saturday afternoon but it was the Big Green which prevailed, netting the game winner 1:39 into the second overtime period to take a 12-11 victory.

Ian Ardrey had a big day, matching his career-high of four goals while adding one assist for five total points. Deke Burns and Joe Lang each contributed two goals with Sean Coleman (1g), Devin Dwyer (1g, 1a) and Sean McDonagh (1g, 1a) also finding the back of the net.

Bryan Moore made 12 saves in goal, including two in the first overtime period to keep the score even. Moore also collected six ground balls with Ryan Norton adding five. Brian Fischer and Matt Ryan each caused three turnovers, and Ryan also tallied four ground balls.

Dartmouth (2-3, 1-0 Ivy League) won 22-of-27 face offs to dominate possession, and held a 39-34 edge in ground balls. The Big Green also converted on 3-of-4 man-up opportunities while Harvard (4-4, 0-2 Ivy League) was 0-of-6 on the man advantage.

Dartmouth scored three goals in 36 seconds to take a commanding 3-0 lead with 12:42 remaining in the first quarter. Harvard cut its deficit to 3-2 off scores by Burns and Lang, but a pair of Adam Fishman strikes extended the margin to 5-2. Burns scored his second of the day to make it a 5-3 game at the half.

Ardrey and Dwyer went back-to-back to open the third quarter, tying the score at 5-5. The Big Green responded with three straight goals for an 8-5 margin, however, and answered each time the Crimson found the back of the net to maintain its edge. Trailing 11-9, Ardrey made it a one-goal game with 2:44 to play, and added his fourth with just 14 seconds remaining to force overtime.

Dartmouth outshot Harvard 3-2 in the first overtime period but neither team was able to convert. The Big Green won the opening faceoff of the second overtime and fired two shots wide, maintaining possession after both. Dartmouth finally broke through on its third attempt, however, as Jack Korzelius netted the game winner with 2:21 on the clock, 12-11.

Harvard will be back in action Wednesday, March 25 when it hosts No. 13/11 Albany at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium. Face off is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Game Notes: Ian Ardrey matched his career-high with four goals and totaled a career-best five points (4g, 1a) … Devin Dwyer totaled two points (1g, 1a) to extend his point-scoring streak to 27 games dating back to 2013 … Ian Ardrey (4g, 1a) and Deke Burns (2g) extended their respective point-scoring streaks to nine games …  Joe Lang has scored at least one goal in seven of eight games to begin his career, and has turned in multiple-point performances in six of eight contests … Brian Fischer and Matt Ryan each matched their career-highs with three caused turnovers … Bryan Moore has posted double-digit saves in each of his last three starts.