Six Stags Score in 12-10 Win over UMass Lowell
Knostman and Murray notch hat tricks, Schnider hands out five assists
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Six different Stags found the back of the net for Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team in a 12-10 victory over UMass Lowell on Tuesday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Jake Knostman and Drew Murray each registered a hat trick for the Stags.
The victory saw Fairfield (1-3) respond to an 8-7 deficit in the third period with a five-goal run to reclaim the lead for good. The Stags kept the River Hawks off the board for 14:28 of clock time, opening up a 12-8 edge before the visitors scratched out a pair of late markers to round out the final tally at 12-8.
With a season-high six Stags contributing goals in the win, Fairfield was also led offensively by a player that didn’t rattle the cage on Tuesday. Co-captain Charlie Schnider recorded a career-high five assists on the day – the most by a Stag since Colin McLinden ’15 handed out six helpers in the overtime win over Yale on March 8, 2014. Despite being held without a goal for the first time in 2016, Schnider registered his third five-point day through Fairfield’s first four games of the campaign.
Knostman registered his second career hat trick and dished out an assist to set a new career standard with four points. Murray’s four points were also a personal best for the sophomore, who added an assist to the Stags’ attack.
Colin Burke continued the strong start to his collegiate career with two goals and an assist. Joe Rodrigues added a pair of scores to notch the third multi-goal day of his tenure with the Stags. Rounding out the Fairfield offense were Dave Fleming with his first goal of the year, and the first goal and first assist in the Fairfield career of Charlie Horning.
Reigning CAA Rookie of the Year Will Fox had a career day at the faceoff ‘X’, winning a personal-best 20-of-25 draws and collecting nine ground balls. J.B. Smith was also integral to the faceoff and defensive success of the Stags with a career-high six ground balls.
Matt Borda led the back line with three ground balls, while Andrew Eidenshink picked up two ground balls and a caused turnover. In the cage, Tyler Behring made four saves to go along with three ground balls and a caused turnover.
UMass Lowell (0-4) was led by four goals from Sam Klingsporn and a five-point showing (3g, 2a) by Sean Tyrrell. Grant Lardieri made nine saves for the River Hawks.
Fairfield continues its home schedule this Saturday, March 5 with a visit from Stony Brook. Faceoff from Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium is slated for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on FairfieldStags.TV.
Stony Brook is currently ranked No. 18 in the USILA poll and unranked but receiving votes in the Cascade/Maverik media poll. The Seawolves, who will be playing their first road contest of the season this Saturday, are 2-1 following wins over Sacred Heart and St. John’s and a loss to then-No. 9/9 Brown.