Division I Roundup: 4/18

Stags Stay Unbeaten in CAA Play with 8-6 Win over UMass

Behring makes 19 saves in Fairfield’s Senior Day victory

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team took sole possession of first place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings with an 8-6 win over visiting Massachusetts on Senior Day at Rafferty Stadium. Junior Tyler Behring led the Stags to victory with 19 saves in the cage.

Fairfield (7-6, 3-0 CAA) has won five of its last six games and caps the home slate with wins its last three games on Conway Field. The Stags would officially clinch a berth in the upcoming CAA postseason with a Hofstra win at Drexel later this afternoon.

Behring’s 19 saves mark the most for the junior netminder since turning away a career-high 23 offerings from Bucknell on Feb. 20. He also vacated the cage to collect four ground balls.

On the offensive end, Jake Knostman scored three goals to register his third career hat trick. His three tallies came in succession in the first half as the Stags put together a 6-0 stretch to claim the lead that carried them to victory.

Charlie Schnider added a goal and dished out three assists. The senior is the CAA leader with 27 assists this spring, moving into a tie for seventh place on Fairfield’s single-season list. Matt Callaghan ’98 and J.T. Groarke ’99 – both Fairfield Athletics Hall of Famers – share the top of that ledger with 33 assists apiece.

Charlie Horning chipped with a goal and an assist for Fairfield, with Nico Panepinto, TJ Neubauer and Colin Burke each scoring one goal to round out the attack. Horning also scooped up five ground balls, most of which extended Fairfield’s possession in the offensive end.

In the midfield, the faceoffs were split down the middle at 9-of-18. Will Fox accounted for five of the Stags’ wins and Joe DeLasho came away with four draws.

The starting defensive unit in front of Behring this afternoon was Andrew Eidenshink, Logan Williamson and Matt Borda. The Stags have allowed just 7.0 goals per game in their three CAA contests this season.

UMass (4-7, 0-3 CAA) was led by two goals and two assists from Buddy Carr, and Gianni Bianchin doled out three assists. In the cage, Sean Sconone made 10 saves. D.J. Smith took over in the final three minutes of action, mostly spent out of the crease as the Minutemen looked to force a turnover.

The visitors scored the game’s first goal just 30 seconds into the action, but that marker was the only shot to elude Behring for the first 38:04 of action. The junior netminder saved the next 14 shots on goal that he faced, facilitating a 6-0 Fairfield run.

Horning scored to start the stretch, followed by three in row from Knostman. The last of the junior co-captain’s hat trick came with just 6.4 seconds to go in the half, sending the Stags into the intermission with a 4-1 advantage.

Out of the break, Burke and Schnider each buried unassisted goals to extend the margin to 6-1. After Carr scored again for UMass, Neubauer answered to extend the advantage to 7-2. The Minutemen scored twice in the final minutes of the third frame, cutting the Stags’ lead to 7-4 with 15 minutes to play.

After five scoreless minutes in the final frame, Dan Muller rattled the cage for UMass to cut the advantage further. However, the Stags needed just 67 seconds to answer as Panepinto fired home his fourth goal of the spring.

A goal for UMass with just 1:58 to play rounded out the scoring as the Stags ran down the clock on an 8-6 victory.

Fairfield was outshot, 40-31, by UMass but held the edge in ground balls, 24-23.

Prior to the game, the Stags recognized their six-member senior class: Conor Dalton, Joe Guidarelli, Robert Popdan and captains Neubauer, Schnider and Conor Barr. Including today’s win, the class of 2016 has been a part of 36 Fairfield victories.

The Stags will play their final two CAA games on the road, beginning with a trip to No. 7 Towson next Saturday, April 23. The nationally-ranked Tigers are 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the CAA following a 10-7 home loss to Delaware (5-8, 2-1 CAA) this afternoon.

Fairfield will visit the Blue Hens to cap the regular season on Friday, April 29.

 

Second Half Men’s Lax Rally Comes Up Short at Fairfield

Carr provides two goals, two assists; Karaska contributes three caused turnovers in 8-6 defeat

FAIRFIELD, Conn. University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse outscored Fairfield in the second half but was unable to overcome first half scoring struggles in an 8-6 loss at the Stags’ Rafferty Stadium Saturday afternoon. Buddy Carr led the offense with four points on two goals and as many assists while Kyle Karaska produced three caused turnovers and a pair of groundballs on close defense.

Massachusetts led in shots, 40-31 and finished 17-for-17 on clear attempts, but was unable to best Fairfield goalie Tyler Behring early as Behring posted 19 saves for the win, including 11 in 12 shots faced during the first half. The loss dropped the Minutemen to 4-7 on the year and 0-3 in CAA action while Fairfield improved to 7-6 overall with three victories in as many league games.

Bianchin dished out a career-best three assists while a quartet of Minutemen produced a goal each in Tyler Bogart, Jake Lisauskas, Dan Muller and Ben Spencer.

Sean Sconone started in goal and took the loss for the Minutemen with 10 saves against eight goals allowed (.556 save percentage) over 57 minutes in the cage. D.J. Smith relieved Sconone for the final three minutes of the game and totaled a save on his only shot faced. Kevin Porzelt chipped in three groundballs with a pair of caused turnovers in front of Sconone and Smith to add to the defensive effort.

Jake Knostman had three points on as many goals for Fairfield while Charlie Schnider led the Stags with four points via one tally and a trio of assists handed out.

Trailing by as many as five goals halfway through the third quarter, Massachusetts closed the frame with three of the final four goals to pull within three of tying entering the final quarter.

Carr scored unassisted with six minutes, 56 seconds to play in the third, but TJ Neubauer answered to extend the Fairfield lead back to five goals with 4:34 to go in the frame. Bogart and Spencer then scored back-to-back, separated only by 55 seconds on the Rafferty Stadium scoreboard, and turned the 7-2 tilt into a three-goal game entering the last stanza.

The Minutemen took advantage of a Fairfield turnover – one of 15 the Stags committed in the game – and used an extended possession to claw within two of tying on Muller’s fourth quarter goal. Muller reached back and unleashed a strike inches inside the base of the left post following a pass from Carr.

After Nico Panepinto bumped the home team’s advantage back to three, Lisauskas rippled the netting with a hard strike just inside the two-minute mark of the fourth. However, Lisauskas’ goal – his eighth of the year – proved to be the final UMass shot of the game.

Massachusetts needed just 30 seconds to find the back of the net with Carr’s team-leading 16th of the season on a feed from Bianchin. Rak, who finished the first quarter 3-of-4 on faceoffs, won the opening draw and play quickly found its way to Bianchin, who raced toward the right before he dished into the middle to Carr.

Fairfield scored back-to-back to turn its one-goal deficit around before the quarter settled into a goalie battle between UMass starter Sean Sconone and his counterpart on the other end of the field, Tyler Behring.

Sconone and Behring traded saves through the end of the opening quarter and Behring kept the Minutemen off the scoreboard in the second as the Stags took a 4-1 lead into the break.

Follow UMass men’s lacrosse on Twitter via @UMassMLacrosse and on Instagram (UMassMLAX). The Minutemen play on campus next for Senior Day when Hofstra visits Garber Field for a 1 p.m. tilt on Sat., April 23. The University of Massachusetts will honor the 2006 men’s lacrosse team during halftime of the contest in recognition of the squad’s appearance in the NCAA Championship Game.

 

Holy Cross Men’s Lacrosse Tallies 12-6 Win Over Colgate

THE BASICS:
Score:
 Holy Cross 12, Colgate 6
Records: Holy Cross (3-10, 2-5 PL) Colgate (3-9, 1-6 PL)

The Lead:  Junior Jon Vogel (Chesterfield, Mo.) led the Crusaders with four goals and senior captain Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made 10 saves, as the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team defeated Colgate, 12-6 on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders will host Boston University in the regular season finale on Friday, April 22, as the winner of the game will earn the final spot in the six-team Patriot League Tournament.

HOW IT HAPPENED:     

  • The Crusaders jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the first quarter. After Colgate netted the first goal at the 14:14 mark, Holy Cross responded with the next three scores. Junior Marc Buermann (West Caldwell, N.J.), senior Sean Wilkinson (Ridgefield, Conn.) and sophomore Matthew Fischetti (Summit, N.J.) each tallied a first quarter goal.
  • The Raiders secured a goal with 2:56 left to play in the first quarter to trim the Crusaders’ lead to one goal to enter the second quarter.
  • Colgate tied the game, 3-3, early in the second quarter at the 14:12 mark before Holy Cross answered with the next three goals to move out to a 6-3 lead. Senior Connor Sofield (Long Beach, N.Y.) notched the go-ahead score at 5:38 in the second quarter to put Holy Cross on top, 4-3. Then in the third quarter, Vogelposted a goal at the 13:56 mark, and senior Joe Reilly (Point Lookout, N.Y.) tallied another goal 12 seconds later to extend Holy Cross to a three-goal lead.
  • The Raiders scored at 13:11 to briefly trim the Crusaders’ lead; however, Buermann and junior Jack Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) each recorded goals to increase the Crusaders’ advantage to 8-4 with 7:53 left in the third quarter.
  • Colgate tallied one more third quarter goal before Holy Cross scored four straight goals to lead, 12-5. Vogel recorded three goals in the span, and Sofield added another, while junior Sean Kirkpatrick (Glen Mills, Pa.)earned an assist.
  • With 4:00 left in the fourth quarter, the Raiders netted the final goal of the game, as the Crusaders secured the 12-6 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Michael Ortlieb made 10 saves and recorded a .625 save percentage to earn the win, while Brandon Burke posted eight saves during the first 53:18 and Jake Danehy had one stop in the final 6:42 for the Raiders.
  • Holy Cross outshot Colgate, 49-26.
  • The Crusaders picked up 31 ground balls and the Raiders secured 27.
  • Colgate won 16 face-offs, while Holy Cross tallied six.
  • The Raiders went 1-4 on extra-man opportunities, while the Crusaders went 0-3.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • This is the second time in program history that the Holy Cross men’s lacrosse team has defeated Colgate. The previous win was a 9-8 victory on March 13, 2010.
  • Sofield earned his first career game-winner.
  • Vogel has netted at least one goal in 15 consecutive games.
  • Vogel’s hat-trick is his seventh of the season.
  • Wilkinson has at least one point in 14 straight games.
  • Michael Ortlieb has 132 career ground balls, which are ninth all-time in program history.

UP NEXT:

  • The Crusaders return to action on Friday, April 22, when they host Boston University in a Turnpike Trophy Series match up at 7:05 p.m. The winner of the game will qualify for the Patriot League Tournament.

SENIOR NIGHT ON APRIL 22:

  • The Crusaders will honor their 10 seniors before the game versus Boston University.
  • The senior class has led the Crusaders to their most Patriot League wins during a four-year span in program history.

KUZNIEWSKI FIELD DEDICATION:

  • Also on April 22, the Kuzniewski Field dedication will take place at halftime of the game. Former student-athletes are encouraged to attend, as Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski, S.J. will be honored at halftime for his many years of dedication and service to Holy Cross.

 

MacKay Nets 100th Career Goal to Lift UVM over UMBC 14-10

FINAL SCORE: Vermont 14, UMBC 10
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Ian MacKay’s game-high seven points pushed the junior past the 100 career goal milestone in Vermont’s 14-10 conference win over UMBC on Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. The Catamounts improve to 6-7 (2-2) on the season, while the Retrievers fall to 3-8 (0-4).

MacKay piled up his seven points on five goals and a pair of assists and extended his point streak to 42 straight games. The Ontario native became just the ninth player in program history with 100 goals, lifting him into a tie for seventh all-time in career goals scored with Kip Edwards ’01. MacKay is also four points from tying Edwards for eighth on the all-time points list.

Five more Catamounts produced multi-point showings, including Cam Milligan (2g, 2a), Michael Clarke (2g, 1a), Connor Van Ryn (2a) and Dawes Milchling (2g), Jon Kaplan made his fifth straight start and collected nine saves in goal for Vermont.

Nate Lewnes and Max Maxwell each posted a hat trick to combine for six of UMBC’s 10 goals, and dished out two helpers apiece. Ruston Souder had a double-figure save showing in goal for the Retrievers and stopped 13 shots.

UMBC tallied the opening goal in the first minute of play, but Vermont responded with four unanswered goals from four different Catamounts. After 15 minutes, UVM held a 5-3 advantage over the Retrievers.

Nick Bartlett sparked a three-score run for Vermont in the second quarter as MacKay followed with his first two tallies of the day. UVM extended its lead to 8-3 with MacKay’s milestone tally, before Maxwell and Zach Kalas each posted a goal in the remaining minutes of the half. Milchling and Clarke added two more Catamount scores and sent the teams to the locker room with a 10-5 cushion over UMBC.

The third quarter was a defensive battle as both teams combined for only three goals and 14 total shots. MacKay’s third goal in the period lifted him to seventh all-time in career goals scored.

In the final quarter the Retrievers went on a 3-0 run over six minutes, but another pair of goals by MacKay and a score by Stafford secured the Catamounts’ second conference win and fourth straight home victory.

In the final quarter the Retrievers went on a 3-0 run over six minutes, but another pair of goals by MacKay and a score by Stafford secured the Catamounts’ second conference win and fourth straight home victory.

Vermont went 4-for-4 on extra man opportunities and cleared 19-of-20 attempts. Shots favored UVM 38-32 and the Cats picked up 33 ground balls compared to UMBC’s 29. Luc LeBlanc dominated at the faceoff X by winning 15 of his 20 draws.

UVM travels to West Hartford, Connecticut next Saturday (April 23) to take on second place Hartford. Faceoff against the Hawks is set for 5 p.m. Vermont returns to Virtue Field the following weekend (April 30) to host Binghamton in its final home game of the season under the lights on Senior Night at 7 p.m.

 

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