No. 20 Stags Fall in Season Opener at Richmond
Fairfield returns to action next Saturday at Bucknell
RICHMOND, Va. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team dropped a 15-3 decision to host Richmond in its 2017 season opener this afternoon. Travis Ford, Colin Burke and Nico Panepinto had the Stags’ trio of goals, while Charlie Horning and Dylan Beckwith each handed out an assist for the visitors.
Fairfield (0-1) came into the contest ranked No. 20 in the USILA Preseason Coaches’ Poll and as high as No. 17 in national preseason prognostications. Richmond (0-1) entered the season unranked but receiving votes from the USILA and was ranked as high as No. 15 on other national ledgers.
A 1-0 lead was Fairfield’s only advantage of the contest as Ford’s first career tally staked the Stags to a lead at 8:26 in the first quarter. The extra-man marker was set up by a Horning assist. Horning, who had 11 goals and 14 assists last season, extended his streak to 15 consecutive games with a point after his helper this afternoon.
Burke’s goal came in the final minute of the first frame as he converted a feed from Beckwith to rattle the cage. The 2017 CAA Preseason Player of the Year has totaled a point in all 18 games of his collegiate career after netting his first goal of the young campaign.
Burke’s tally, which cut the Richmond lead to 3-2, marked Fairfield’s last goal for a span of over 11 minutes as the Spiders opened up an 8-2 advantage. At that juncture, Panepinto won a scramble for a ground ball on the door step, scooping and scoring to send the Stags into the locker room facing an 8-3 deficit.
The Stags, however, were unable to score in the second half against the Spiders. Richmond, which was coming off of an 11-5 campaign and a trip to the Southern Conference Championship Game, added seven markers after the intermission to close out a 15-3 final margin.
Tyler Behring started in goal for the Stags and made eight saves to go along with five ground balls. Brad Nordstrom took over the cage for the fourth quarter and turned away five shots.
Richmond was led offensively by four goals and four assists from Teddy Hatfield and a six-point afternoon (4g, 2a) from Ryan Lee. Benny Pugh went the distance in goal and made 15 saves for the Spiders.
The Stags are back in action next Saturday, Feb. 18, for the first of three trips to Pennsylvania on the 2017 slate. Fairfield will head to Lewisburg to meet Bucknell in an 11:30 a.m. contest. The Bison are 2-0 on the season after a pair of one-goal victories – 14-13 at Delaware last Saturday and 9-8 this afternoon over Bryant.
Fairfield takes to Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Feb. 25 for a noon visit from Rutgers.
First Half Helps Army West Point To Win Over Men’s Lacrosse
Smith makes 12 saves in 9-2 loss; Bianchin and Muller score
Army 9, Massachusetts 2
Records: Massachusetts (0-1) • [RV] Army (1-0)
Location: Garber Field; Amherst, Mass.
- Isaac Paparo, Jeffrey Trainor and Luc Valenza each caused a pair of turnovers. Valenza did so in his first start on close defense, during which he also had a team-high and personal best of four groundballs.
- Gianni Bianchin earned the first goal of the season for the Minutemen.
- Jeffrey Trainor assisted on Gianni Bianchin’s score. His assist on with 3:14 to go in the second quarter marked Trainor’s first collegiate point.
- Dan Muller scored his first goal of the season through his lone on-target shot of the contest.
- D.J. Smith had 12 saves in goal – a career high for the senior goalkeeper. He split up his saves with three in the first quarter, two in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth.
Army scored the opening six goals of the game with two each for Matthew Donovan, Cole Johnson and David Symmes. Johnson and Donovan connected once apiece in the first quarter, including Donovan’s with only 10 seconds to go in the frame.
Symmes opened the second with his strike at the 13:29 mark of the second. Donovan (11:09) and Johnson (8:12) followed before Symmes added his second with 5:43 to play in the half. Gianni Bianchin put Massachusetts on the scoreboard with 3:14 left in the half on a feed from Jeffrey Trainor. It marked Trainor’s first collegiate point.
Gunnar Miller and Ted Flesener scored for Army as the Black Knights extended their advantage to 8-1 by the end of the third quarter. Glesener’s score came during a man-advantage attempt, Army’s lone conversion in three tries with an extra man.
Dan Muller found the back of the Garber Field net for his first goal of the season and made it 8-2 Army with 3:27 to go in the game. However, the Black Knights responded following the next faceoff as Nate Jones connected 12 seconds later.
Massachusetts hits the road to Ohio State for a game in Columbus, Ohio, on Sat., Feb. 18 at Noon.