Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse Dealt First CAA Loss at No. 10 Towson
Burke racks up seven points for Fairfield
TOWSON, Md. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team was handed its first Colonial Athletic Association loss of the spring, falling to No. 10 nationally-ranked Towson by a score of 18-11 on Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Colin Burke tallied a career-high seven points for the Stags.
With the loss, Fairfield stands at an even 7-7 overall and 3-1 in the CAA. Towson, the defending champion of the Association, moves to 11-2 on the season and also holds a 3-1 CAA mark.
Burke’s seven-point performance, which consisted of five goals and two assists, moves him into historic company in the Fairfield record books. With 51 total points (37 goals, 14 assists) this spring, he joins Colin McLinden ’15 as the only two Stags since 1999 to record a 50-point season. Burke is also two points shy of the program’s freshman scoring record of 53 points accumulated by J.T. Groarke ’99 in 1996. With 37 goals, Burke is just one tally behind the Fairfield rookie record of 38 tallies racked up by Spencer Steele ’00 in the 1997 season.
In Saturday’s contest, Nico Panepinto reached a pair of personal career bests with three goals and four total points. Charlie Horning, Drew Murray (man-up) and Conor Dalton all added single tallies for Fairfield, while Horning, Murray and Dave Fleming each handed out one assist. Horning also reeled in four ground balls from his attack position.
Will Fox headed the efforts at the faceoff ‘X’ with a 16-for-24 showing. The reigning CAA Rookie of the Year also collected seven ground balls. Joe DeLasho spelled his classmate Fox and won three draws, while senior midfielders TJ Neubauer and Joe Guidarelli aided the cause with five ground balls apiece.
Tyler Behring made four saves in the Fairfield cage. In front of the junior goalkeeper, Logan Williams and Matt Borda each collected one ground ball with one caused turnover.
Mike Lynch paced the Towson attack with five goals and an assist, while Spencer Park scored three goals with two helpers and Ryan Drenner potted a hat trick. Goalkeeper Tyler White made five saves.
The Tigers held a 41-33 advantage in shots and 35-29 edge in ground balls. Murray’s man-up marker was the Stags’ lone extra-man goal in three attempts. Fairfield was not penalized in the game.
The Stags travel to Delaware to close out the regular season this Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. With a win over the Blue Hens, Fairfield would claim a share of the CAA regular season title. If a Stags’ victory is coupled by a Hofstra win over Towson, Fairfield will garner the top seed and the right to host the CAA Championship on May 5-7. A Towson win would secure the top seed and home-field advantage for the Tigers regardless of other results around the league next weekend.
#3 Brown Clinches Ivy League Title, Takes Down Cornell, 22-5
Ithaca, N.Y. – The #3 Brown men’s lacrosse team clinched its second straight Ivy League title and the number one seed in the Ivy League Tournament with a 22-5 win over Cornell at Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon. Four Brown players scored three or more goals, led by senior attackman Kylor Bellistri (Potomac, MD) with four goals.
The win gives the Bears (12-1, 5-0 Ivy) the top seed in the Ivy League Tournament, which will be played at Stevenson-Pincince Field on the Brown campus, May 6, and 8.
Brown, the nation’s highest scoring team, can post an unbeaten Ivy season and claim the outright Ivy League title with a home victory over Dartmouth on Wednesday evening, April 27.
Junior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY), the nation’s leader in points and assists, posted six points on the afternoon with three goals and three assists. He has registered points in 32 consecutive games for the Bears.
Bellistri added two assists to go with his four goals. Senior middy Brendan Caputo (Westbury, NY) and senior attackman Henry Blynn (Villanova, PA) each scored three goals, with Blynn added two assists for five points, and Caputo adding one assist for four points.
Sophomore Jack Collins (Barrington, RI) and junior AJ Lucchese (Sudbury, MA) each netted two goals for the Bears.
Bears’ All-American goalie Jack Kelly (West Islip, NY) was once again brilliant in goal, making nine of his 12 saves in the first half to help Brown build a 10-3 halftime advantage.
The Bears outshot the Big Red by a 55-31 margin and had a 44-38 advantage in ground balls.
The Bears opened up a 3-0 lead in the first 3:19 of the game on goals by senior middy Matt Graham (Amityville, NY), Caputo and Blynn.
Cornell’s Anthony Teixeira got the Big Red on the scoreboard, but the Bears answered with goals by Blynn, Molloy and sophomore LSM Jake Miller (Hartland, WI) on a pass from All-American LSM Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) to grab a 6-1 lead after one quarter.
Blynn scored again for the Bears for a 7-1 Brown lead, but Cornell came back with a goal by Colton Rupp with 11:39 left in the second quarter to trail 7-2.
Bellistri scored twice, sandwiched around a Molloy behind-the-back goal, to lift the Bears to a 10-3 advantage with 6:25 left in the half. Big Red attackman Jordan Dowiak scored with 2:47 left to cut Brown’s lead to 10-3 at the half.
A goal by Cornell’s Kason Tarbell to open the second half pulled the Big Red to within six goals, 10-4, but Brown flexed its offensive muscles once again, getting two more goals from Bellistri and one each by Caputo and Lucchese to open a 14-4 lead after three quarters.
While Tarbell opened the scoring in the fourth quarter for Cornell, eight straight goals by Brown to end the game lifted the Bears to a 22-5 advantage.
#3 Brown will wrap-up its Ivy League season at home on Wednesday, April 27, hosting Dartmouth at Stevenson-Pincince Field at 7:00 pm. It’s Senior Day for Brown’s 10 seniors, who will be honored in pre-game ceremonies: Kylor Bellistri, Henry Blynn, Brendan Caputo, Matt Graham, Will Gural, Jack Kelly, James Lawrence, Todd Stewart, Bailey Tills and John Yozzo-Scaperrotta.
– With six points vs. Cornell (4 goals, 2 assists) senior Kylor Bellistri moved into 16th place on Brown’s all-tie scoring list with 144 career points (105 goals, 39 assists).
– Senior Henry Blynn had three goals and two assists to move into 21st place on Brown’s all-time scoring list with 133 points (99 goals, 34 assists).
– Brown’s 22 goals are the most for the season and the highest output since netting 22 goals vs. Michigan and Manhattan in 2015.
UVM Men’s Lacrosse Rolls Past Hartford, 13-4
FINAL SCORE: Vermont 13, Hartford 4
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The Vermont Catamounts held the Hartford Hawks scoreless until the 8:16 mark of the third quarter to cruise to a 13-4 victory at Al-Marzook Field in America East men’s lacrosse action on Saturday.
Vermont moves into third place in the America East standings with a 3-2 mark and moves to 7-7 overall. UVM’s seven wins marks the most under head coach Ryan Curtis, who is in his 10th year at the helm of the Catamounts.
Hartford, which entered the game riding a five-game win streak, falls to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in league play.
The Catamounts jumped on the Hawks, who were celebrating Senior Day, quickly. Matt Gudas gave Vermont a 2-0 lead after one quarter of play. Gudas scored his fourth goal of the season 59 seconds into the contest and added his second tally of the day at the 7:43 mark of the period.
The Hawks had their chances, hitting the pipe a couple of times, but Jon Kaplan was able to keep them scoreless with four stops in the quarter.
UVM kept the Hawks off the scoreboard in the second quarter as well. Cam Milligan and Ian MacKay each struck twice and Jack Knight added his seventh goal of the year to give Vermont a 7-0 lead at the half.
The Catamounts pushed their lead to 9-0 with back-to-back goals to open the scoring in the third quarter. Dawes Milchling netted his 21st goal of the year on an unassisted play and MacKay finished up a hat trick, converting a feed from Nick Bartlett, at the 11:42 mark of the period.
Alex Brown finally got Hartford on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at the 8:16 mark. The Catamounts answered with three straight goals to close the half and led 12-1 after three quarters.
James Barlow wrapped up the scoring for Vermont with the first goal of the fourth quarter to make the score 13-1 in favor of the Catamounts. Hartford closed out the game with three goals off the stick of three different players.
MacKay and Milligan finished the day with three goals each, while Cam Stafford added three points on a goal and two assists. Overall, seven Catamounts scored in the contest and 10 players picked up a point.
Jaedon Henderson paced the Hartford offense with two points on one goal and one assist.
Kaplan finished the day with 14 saves to pick up the win. Thomas Stockham and Patrick Buono relieved Kaplan for the final three minutes of action with Stockham picking up one stop.
Ryan Vanderford and Zack Jones combined for 16 saves in the Hartford net. Vanderford was tagged with the loss for the Hawks.
Vermont closes out the regular season hosting Binghamton and will aim to secure a spot in the conference playoffs. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m., under the lights at Virtue Field. The game will be streamed for free via AmericaEast.tv at UVMathletics.com.
Tickets to the game can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com/tickets or in person one hour before game time at the Gutterson Fieldhouse Box Office.