Twelve Stags Post Points in 13-12 Win at Bucknell
Burke leads the scoring effort with four goals and two assists
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Twelve different Stags contributed at least one point as the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team topped host Bucknell, 13-12, on Saturday afternoon. Colin Burke led the scoring effort with four goals and two assists in the Stags’ first victory of 2017.
In addition to Burke’s six-point day, Fairfield (1-1) got two goals apiece from Jake Knostman and Dave Fleming. Travis Ford netted a goal for the second straight game, while Alex Wagner, Kendall Keahey, Joe DeLasho and Matt Sharpe all converted the first goal of their respective careers. Dylan Beckwith, Jack Brennan and Joe Rodrigues each handed out two assists, while Wagner and Drew Murray contributed one assist apiece.
Fairfield’s 13 goals match the Stags’ 2016 season high attained in wins over Georgetown and Quinnipiac.
DeLasho helped the Stags control possession from the faceoff ‘X’, where he won a career-best 16 draws on 26 attempts. He also came away with a game-high and personal-best 10 ground balls. Will Fox aided the effort with a 2-for-2 day on the draw.
In the cage, Tyler Behring made 14 saves while going the distance to earn the win. In front of Behring, Andrew Eidenshink and Riley Peters each scooped up three ground balls.
Bucknell (2-1) was led by six points (two goals, four assists) from Will Sands, five points (four goals, one assist) by Sean O’Brien and a Connor O’Hara hat trick. Christian Klipstein made 10 saves in goal, ceding 11 of Fairfield’s 13 goals in 57:02 of work.
The Bison struck first in the contest, keeping Fairfield off the board in the first quarter en route to a 2-0 advantage. However, the Stags responded with four straight markers in the second frame. Wagner and Fleming each converted passes from Burke to tie the game at 2-2, and then the 2017 CAA Preseason Player of the Year rattled the cage himself to put Fairfield in front. Ford added a man-up goal on Murray’s feed to extend the margin to 4-2. Knostman added the first goal of his senior campaign to keep the Stags on top as Bucknell netted a pair to send the game into the intermission with Fairfield leading, 5-4.
Burke and Fleming each scored less than 100 seconds into the third quarter, but the Bison responded in kind to hold the Stags’ lead at one goal, 7-6, with 8:50 to go in the period. At the point, Fairfield accounted for the next four markers, starting with Burke’s second of the day. DeLasho picked up the ensuing faceoff and took it all the way to score his first career goal just eight seconds later. Burke then capped his hat trick, and Keahey added a goal on Rodrigues’ second assist of the afternoon to close the run with the Stags holding an 11-6 lead.
That lead would evaporate, however, as Bucknell accounted for five straight goals over a period of 9:15 to tie the game at 11-11 with 6:54 to play. Sharpe was the man to snap the deadlock, converting a pass from Brennan to put Fairfield back on top, 12-11, with 4:23 to go. Knostman then added the goal that proved to be the game-winner with 2:39 left. Bucknell struck once more in the closing seconds, but DeLasho won his 16th and final draw of the day with Beckwith swooping in to grab the ground ball as time ran out on a 13-12 Fairfield victory.
The Stags went 13-for-17 on faceoffs in the second half with Fox winning both of his attempts and DeLasho posting an 11-for-15 mark over the final two periods.
For the game, the Stags were outshot, 51-34, and won the ground ball battle by a 30-29 count. Fairfield was 12-for-13 clearing the ball and committed 12 turnovers while forcing seven Bucknell giveaways.
The Stags open their home slate and make their Lax Sports Network debut next Saturday, Feb. 25 with a visit from No. 18 Rutgers. Faceoff from Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium is slated for noon as the first game of a doubleheader that also features Fairfield women’s lacrosse challenging Hofstra at 3 p.m. on FairfieldStags.TV.
BURLINGTON, Vt. – Freshman Ben French buried five goals and Dawes Milchling added a hat trick as the Vermont men’s lacrosse team cruised to a 14-8 win over Holy Cross on Saturday in the team’s home opener at Virtue Field.Following the win, UVM is 3-0 for the first time since the 2001 season, while Holy Cross falls to 0-2 early on.Freshman Nick Washuta earned the win in goal after making 10 saves on the day for the Catamounts.Vermont got off to a hot start offensively and constructed a seven-goal run to begin the game. UVM needed less than five minutes to build a 4-0 lead early in the first quarter on tallies by French (2), Cam Milligan and Rob Hudson. Milchling then closed the scoring for the first 15 minutes with an additional goal before French and Matt Gudas padded the lead at seven early in the second stanza.The sides then traded goals in a sequence that included a man-up tally for Milchling before Alex Stanko extended the Vermont lead to eight at 9-1. Jon Vogel buried a shot for Holy Cross, but Jack Knight and French countered for the Green and Gold and sent the teams into halftime with an 11-2 advantage.
While the Crusaders scored three unanswered following the break courtesy of Kevin Lux, Jack Ortlieb and Marc Buermann, UVM once again responded, this time with goals from French and Hudson. Holy Cross proceeded to record three of the final four tallies on the day but the early offensive outpouring by UVM put the game out of reach.
Charlie Erdmann paced the Catamounts at the faceoff X, winning 11-of-24.
UVM is back on the road next Saturday (Feb. 25) and takes on Providence at 1 p.m.
Kniffin’s Six Goals Lead #10 Brown Over Quinnipiac, 25-9, In Mike Daley’s Coaching Debut
Providence, R.I. – Freshman attackman Jack Kniffin (Darien, CT) scored six goals and senior Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) added four goals and four assists as #10 Brown ushered in the Mike Daly era with a 25-9 win over Quinnipiac at Stevenson-Pincince Field Sunday afternoon.
“This felt good, but I would by lying to you if I said that I saw this coming,” said Daly after his coaching debut at Brown. “Quinnipiac is a good team, but we played for the full 60 minutes and our team has embraced our style to play even faster.”
Molloy picked up where he left off a year ago, assisting on Kniffin’s season opening goal and then finding the back of the net for his first goal since undergoing offseason foot surgery. The USILA Outstanding Player and Attackman of the Year drew a crowd whenever he touched the ball, but continued to have the vision that made him the nation’s top player.
Kniffin scored his six goals on 11 shots, while adding an assist, displaying a quick shot with the ability to dodge. Freshman attackman Luke McCaleb (Chevy Chase, MD) also made his collegiate debut and tallied four goals and three assists.
Senior First Team All-American LSM Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) also wreaked havoc with the Bobcats defense with a goal, three assists and seven ground balls. Senior Second Team All-American defenseman Alec Tulett (Toronto, Ontario) helped keep the Bobcats at bay and picked up six ground balls.
The Bears started freshman Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) in goal and he responded with seven saves, while allowing six goals in 41:51. Senior Peter Scott (Mercer Island, WA) played the last 18:09 with three saves.
The Bears also had success in the face-off x, with junior Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) winning 20-of-25 face-offs and the Bears capturing 24-of-28 face-offs overall. Brown also out-shot the Bobcats by a 67-30 margin.
Quinnipiac was paced by Brian Feldman with three goals and Anthony Carchiette, who added two goals. Goalie Jack Brust registered 15 saves for the Bobcats.
Kniffin scored three of Brown’s first five goals with Molloy adding the other two to help the Bears build a 5-1 first quarter advantage. Junior Steven Hudak (Rydal, PA), senior AJ Lucchese (Sudbury, MA) and sophomore Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) netted two goals each for the Bears.
Quinnipiac scored the first and last goals of the second quarter, but in between, Panepinto, Kniffin, sophomore Carson Song (Charlotte, NC) and Molloy scored to give the Bears a 10-3 lead at intermission.
Brown exploded for 10 third quarter goals to pull ahead by a 20-7 margin with Kniffin scoring twice, Molloy scoring his fourth goal, McCaleb scoring four times, and Kemp, Hudak and Ottens adding one goal each.
The Bears got fourth quarter goals from junior LSM Jake Miller (Hartland, WI), two by Lucchese, and one each by Hudak and freshman Levi McGrady (Pittsburgh, PA).
Brown is back in action again next Saturday, February 25, hosting Stony Brook at Stevenson-Pincince Field, starting at 1:00 pm.
No. 20 Ohio State Squeaks By UMass Men’s Lacrosse
Ben Spencer records first collegiate hat trick in 8-7 loss to the Buckeyes
No. 20 Ohio State 8, Massachusetts 7
Records: Massachusetts (0-2) • Ohio State (3-0)
Location: Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
- Ben Spencer recorded his first collegiate hat trick with three goals at No. 20 Ohio State.
- Tyler Bogart put in a multi-goal performance with two tallies as a starter on attack.
- Isaac Paparo notched a personal best of six groundballs while he also collected a pair of caused turnovers for the second consecutive game.
- Shane Rinkus and Jake Lisauskas each earned their first goals of the season against the Buckeyes. Rinkus added two caused turnovers and a groundball while Lisauskas also had an assist for a two-point game.
- D.J. Smith turned aside 10 Buckeye shots, his second consecutive double-digit save performance after he had 12 against Army. He had three each in the first, second and fourth quarters at Ohio State.
- Massachusetts was perfect on extra-man opportunities with a goal during each of its two chances. Ben Spencer accounted for both conversions.
An eventful first quarter saw the sides play to a 3-3 draw as Massachusetts and Ohio State traded goals back-and-forth. The Buckeyes went up first on Austin Shanks’ score, but long-stick midfielder Shane Rinkus answered for the Minutemen. Colin Chell pushed Ohio State back in front five minutes in only to see Ben Spencer respond with the first of his three goals with seven minutes, 34 seconds to go.
Deadlocked at 2-2, Johnny Pearson connected for Ohio State on a feed from Tre Leclaire; however, Spencer recorded his second of the day moments before the end of the frame to match Pearson. Spencer capitalized on one of the Buckeyes’ 13 turnovers after Luc Valenza won the Minutemen possession back with a groundball pickup.
Defensive intensity matched offensive output from the first quarter as Massachusetts notched the lone goal of the frame for a 4-3 lead at halftime. Tyler Bogart secured his first goal of the season on a pass from Dan Muller with 6:38 remaining in the stanza.
Evenly contested, both sides had three saves and won one faceoff in the second quarter. Ohio State led in shots, 8-6, but Massachusetts held the edge in on-target attempts, 4-3. Both sides were also perfect on clears without a penalty committed by the Minutemen or Buckeyes.
Offense took over again in the third, with five total goals scored during a hectic 15 minutes at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes knotted the game a 4-all on Leclaire’s goal, but Massachusetts converted back-to-back possessions for a 6-4 lead. In the span of 19 seconds, Spencer struck for the third time on the day before Jake Lisauskas made it a two-goal lead.
Ohio State was undaunted and put in a pair to send the game to the fourth quarter tied at 6-6. Pearson and Chell teamed up and nailed attempts at the 6:19 and 2:35 marks, respectively.
Play at Ohio State rotated back to a defensive standoff as the sides condensed scoring in the deciding frame to a span of 67 seconds. Bogart started the quick-strike streak with 11:46 left before the Buckeyes scored at the 10:52 and 10:39 marks of play. JT Blubaugh answered Bogart to make it a 7-7 game before Jeff Henrick put in the deciding goal during the ensuing faceoff play.
Massachusetts continues its four-game roadtrip with a Sat., Feb. 25 contest at Harvard. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Photo courtesy Ohio State Athletics