No. 18 Stony Brook Holds Off Stags, 9-6
A 5-0 third quarter proved decisive for the Seawolves
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – A 5-0 third quarter for host Stony Brook proved decisive as the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team fell, 9-6, at the No. 18 nationally-ranked Seawolves this afternoon on Long Island. Alex Wagner and Kendall Keahey each scored two goals for the Stags, while Colin Burke racked up three points with a goal and two assists.
Burke’s three points extend his scoring streak to 22 consecutive games – a run that encompasses his entire collegiate career to date. The Tewaaraton Award Watch List candidate leads the Stags this season with seven goals and six assists. In this afternoon’s outing, Fairfield (2-3) also got a goal from Travis Ford, with Dylan Beckwith notching his fifth assist of the spring.
The Stags’ defense was strong against a Stony Brook (4-0) attack that entered the day averaging 17 goals per game and most recently netted 25 in a 25-17 rout of then-No. 10 Brown. In addition to a season-low scoring output for Stony Brook this afternoon, Fairfield pressured the Seawolves into a season-high 17 turnovers. Tyler Behring made four saves in the cage in 58:28 of work, and Brad Nordstrom turned away the lone shot he faced over the final 1:32.
Will Fox led the effort in the midfield with an 8-for-14 showing on the draw and six ground balls.
The only goal of the first quarter came off the stick of Keahey, whose second marker of the year staked Fairfield to a 1-0 lead after 15 minutes of action. Following an equalizer by Cory VanGinhoven, Keahey struck again – this time courtesy of a Beckwith feed – to put the Stags back on top 2-1, with 8:44 remaining in the second frame. After Stony Brook pulled even once again, Ford and Wagner each converted late in the period to send Fairfield into the locker room holding a 4-2 advantage.
After the intermission, the Seawolves came out firing with five unanswered goals in the third quarter. Alex Corpolongo scored twice in the stanza, including a marker with just two seconds on the clock to cap the run and extend the Stony Brook advantage to 7-4 entering the fourth quarter.
After nearly seven scoreless minutes in the final frame, Burke got on the board to cut the margin to 7-5. However, the next two goals went to Stony Brook to salt the game away. The Stags’ last tally saw Wagner convert a pass from Burke in the closing minute of action, rounding out the margin at its 9-6 final.
Corpolongo and VanGinhoven each potted two goals for the Seawolves, while Ryan Blitzer added a goal and two assists. Brandon Maciejewski earned the win in the cage with six saves.
The Stags wrap up their three-game road jaunt with a short trip up I-95 to visit No. 7 Yale on Saturday, March 11. Provided that No. 7 Yale does not drop out of the USILA national rankings next week, the Stags are slated to play ranked opponents in consecutive games for the first time since 2013.
Fairfield returns to Rafferty Stadium to host Cleveland State on Wednesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. on FairfieldStags.TV.
#10 Rutgers Outlasts #19 Brown, 13-11
Piscataway, N.J. – Kieran Mullins scored three of his game high four goals in the fourth quarter to lift #10 Rutgers (5-0) to a 13-11 win over #19 Brown (1-2) Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Senior Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) and junior Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA) each scored three goals and added an assist for Brown. Senior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) added two goals for the Bears.
Bears’ freshman goalie Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) made 12 of his 19 saves in the opening half as Rutgers out-shot the Bears by a 47-45 margin overall.
Jeff George and Christian Scarpello each scored two goals for Rutgers, who has its highest national ranking since the 2004 season. Max Edelmann registered eight saves in net for the Scarlet Knights.
With the score tied, 3-3, early in the second quarter, Brown got consecutive goals by Molloy, Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) off a face-off, and Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA), to grab a 6-3 advantage with 8:01 remaining.
Rutgers cut the Bears lead to one goal at the half, 6-5, on late goals by George and Mullins.
The Scarlet Knights’ Joe Francisco won the face-off to open the second half and went down to score and tie the game, 6-6.
Molloy and freshman Jack Kniffin (Darien, CT) put the Bears up by two goals, 8-6, but Rutgers quickly answered on goals by George, Connor Murphy and Chad Tolliver to give the Scarlet Knights their first lead of the game, 9-8, with 3:16 left in the third quarter.
Graham and Stephen Hudak scored for the Bears sandwiched around a goal by Christian Scarpello and the game was tied, 10-10, heading into the fourth quarter.
Mullins scored two straight goals to give Rutgers a 12-10 lead with 10:58 left. Hudak scored at 4:36 for the Bears to pull to within 12-11, but Mullins iced the game for the Scarlet Knights with his fourth goal with 2:16 remaining.
Brown returns to action again on Tuesday, March 7, hosting Villanova in an afternoon contest. All the action starts at 4:00 pm at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
Second Half Rally Leads Harvard Past Men’s Lacrosse
FINAL SCORE: Harvard 13, Vermont 10
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dawes Milchling registered his fifth career hat trick and added three assists, but Harvard strung together a six-goal run over the final two quarters to earn a 13-10 victory over Vermont on Saturday at Harvard Stadium.
Saturday’s result moves the Catamounts to 3-3 on the season, while Harvard improves to 4-0 overall.
Harvard jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the 12:35 mark of the opening quarter on tallies by Morgan Cheek and Sean Coleman. The sides then exchanged goals for the remainder of the quarter before Vermont netted four straight heading into period number two. Charlie Cobb had his first goal of the season during the stretch, while Braiden Davis had a pair, including one on an EMO.
After Cheek responded with a pair to tie the score at six-all, the Catamounts wrapped up the first half’s scoring with a trio. Milchling buried a shot with 6:04 on the clock, then Michael Clarke found Davis at the 4:07 mark and Jack Knight set up Cam Milligan with less than three minutes remaining.
While UVM carried an advantage of three into the second half, the Crimson proceeded to net six straight coming out of the break. That ultimately resulted in a 12-9 advantage for Harvard. Milchling narrowed the UVM deficit down to 12-10 with 2:48 remaining in regulation, but Cheek extended the lead back to three with just over a minute left to seal the win.
Milligan now has scored a goal in 13 straight games, a streak that entered the weekend tied for the sixth longest across Division I. The senior also has logged a point in each of his 37 games as a Catamount, a run that was tied for the 11th longest among all active players heading into Saturday.
Harvard’s Robert Shaw made 14 saves in the win, while Nick Washuta turned aside seven shots for the Catamounts. Vermont had the overall edge in shots, 37-33. Led by a game-high 10 from Charlie Erdmann, UVM also scooped 32 ground balls to Harvard’s 26 as a team.
The Catamounts wrap up their four-game road swing next Saturday (March 11) with a 3 p.m. tilt at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Connecticut.