Fairfield’s Tyler Behring Named USILA Defensive Player of the Week

Junior made 19 saves in Fairfield’s 8-6 win over UMass on Saturday

PERRY, N.Y. – After making 19 saves to lead the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team to an 8-6 win over UMass this past Saturday, Tyler Behring has been tabbed by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) as the USILA/Lids Team Sports Division I Defensive Player of the Week.

Behring’s 19 saves came off of 25 shots on goal from the Minutemen, as the junior turned away 76 percent of the tries on target from the visitors. After Fairfield fell behind 1-0 just 30 seconds into the game, Behring saved the next 14 shots on goal, keeping UMass off the board for 37:34 of game time to facilitate a 6-0 Stags run. He also collected four ground balls as the club improved to 7-6 overall and 3-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Nineteen saves marked the most by a CAA goalkeeper this season aside from Behring’s own 23-save showing against Bucknell on Feb. 20.

For the season, Behring leads the CAA and ranks seventh in the nation with 12.23 saves per game. His .556 save percentage slots him second in the CAA and eighth nationally, while his 9.59 goals-against average is third in the CAA and 27th in the nation.

Also on the national landscape, Behring is a nominee for the Inside Lacrosse StringKing Player of the Week. Voting for the award will close later on Wednesday.

Last spring, Behring was named CAA Player of the Week, Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week and NCAA.com Division I Defensive Player of the Week after stopping 16 shots with four goals allowed in a win over then-No. 20 Villanova.

Fairfield returns to action this Saturday, April 23 with a trip to No. 10 Towson.