Behring makes career-high 23 saves for Fairfield
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Tyler Behring made a career-high 23 saves in goal for the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team, but the Stags were upended by visiting Bucknell by a 13-8 count on Saturday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. TJ Neubauer led the offense with three goals and an assist.
“There’s certainly things to work on which made today an uphill climb,” said Head Coach Andy Copelan. “But, with all that said, we had a one-goal lead at halftime and we just weren’t able to close. We just have to continue to get better.”
In addition to Neubauer’s hat trick, the Stags (0-2) benefitted from two Joe Rodrigues goals as well as markers from Charlie Schnider, Colin Burke and the first career tally from Nico Panepinto. Burke, who is the reigning CAA Rookie of the Week, also handed out two assists.
Behring’s 23-save performance marked the best in the nation since Detroit’s Jason Weber turned away 28 offerings from Mercer on March 4, 2015. It was also the most saves by a CAA netminder since Austin Kaut made 25 stops for Penn State against Massachusetts on March 19, 2011.
A Second Team All-CAA honoree last season, Behring also picked up one ground ball and recorded a caused turnover. He made 15 saves in Monday’s meeting with Richmond.
“We believe in Tyler. He’s dependable and we know what we’re going to get from him,” said Copelan of his junior goalkeeper.
In front of Behring, Matt Borda led the defensive effort with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Logan Williamson also collected three ground balls.
In addition to his four-point day, Neubauer had a team-best four ground balls as Fairfield nabbed 17 to Bucknell’s 36. The Bison were bolstered in that department by a 19-6 advantage at the faceoff ‘X’.
Bucknell (3-0) was guided on the offensive end by three goals and two assists from Sean Doyle. Will Sands and a goal and two helpers, and Tommy O’Connor netted a pair for the unbeaten Bison. Christian Klipstein protected the Bucknell cage and came away with six saves.
The Stags will now hit the road for the first time in 2016 with a trek to Rutgers next Saturday, Feb. 27 for a 3 p.m. faceoff. The Scarlet Knights are 2-0 this spring after wins over St. John’s and Army West Point.
Fairfield will then have a short turnaround as action returns to Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Tuesday, March 1 for a visit from Massachusetts-Lowell.