Stags Power Past NJIT, 13-6
Beckwith and Ford each net a hat trick for Fairfield
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Led by hat tricks from freshmen Dylan Beckwith and Travis Ford, the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team powered past visiting NJIT, 13-6, on Tuesday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Nine different players notched points for the Stags en route to matching their season high of 13 goals in the home victory.
Fairfield (3-5) snaps a three-game losing streak with the win over the Highlanders. In addition to their season-high scoring output, the Stags limited an opponent to single-digit tallies for the fifth time in their last six outings.
Beckwith totaled a career-best five points with two assists to go along with his hat trick. Ford’s hat trick was the second of his career; he was previously named CAA Rookie of the Week after tallying four goals at Yale on March 11.
Dave Fleming and Jake Knostman each added two goals, while Colin Burke, Kendall Keahey and Joe Rodrigues netted one apiece. Rounding out the offense were Rodrigues, Fleming, Liam DaRos and Adam Riestis with one assist each.
Helping to keep the Stags’ offense on the field was Joe DeLasho, who went 14-of-18 on the draw with eight ground balls. Will Fox and Liam Lynch each added a win on the dot as Fairfield came away with 16-of-22 faceoffs in total. Also aiding the possession effort was Samuel Murphy with three ground balls.
In the cage, Tyler Behring made seven saves to earn the win. The Fairfield defense pressured NJIT into 16 turnovers, including three caused by JB Smith and two forced by Logan Williamson.
NJIT (0-9) was led by four goals from Aaron Forster. Ryan Callaghan and Cole Robillard each scored once, and Matt Brown and Ryan Kaden each handed out one assist. Cameron Cronk started in the cage and ceded eight goals with three saves. Nick Marzullo finished the effort in goal, coming away with nine saves with allowing five Fairfield tallies.
The Stags were off to a fast start this afternoon with four different players rattling the cage to stake Fairfield to a 4-2 lead after the first quarter. Ford completed his hat trick before the intermission, scoring twice in a 6-0 second frame to send the Stags into the locker room with a 10-2 advantage. Prior to today, Fairfield’s last 10-goal half came in a 13-9 win over Colgate on March 14, 2015 at Rafferty Stadium.
Beckwith accounted for two of the Stags’ three second-half goals – with Knostman adding the other for his second of the day – as Fairfield cruised to a 13-6 triumph.
The Stags will play back-to-back home games for the first time this spring – and just their third home contest of the season overall – with a Saturday, March 25 visit from Villanova. The meeting with the Wildcats, which will be broadcast live on ESPN3, marks the celebration of Fairfield University’s 75th Anniversary and the 25th varsity season of Fairfield men’s lacrosse.
The current homestand will span three games in total as the Stags open their CAA slate with a visit from No. 7 Hofstra under the lights on Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m.
Molloy’s Seven Goals Spark Brown To 17-14 Win Over Holy Cross
Providence, R.I. – Brown senior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) displayed the offensive skills that earned him the Tewaaraton Award by scoring seven goals and adding three assists to lead the Bears (3-3) to a 17-14 come-from-behind win over Holy Cross (2-6) Tuesday evening at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
Molloy scored four of his game-high seven goals in the opening half. Junior middy Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA) registered a hat-trick for the fourth consecutive game, scoring three goals and handing out an assist, while senior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) registered two goals for the Bears. Brown All-American LSM Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) had two assists.
Brown out-shot the Crusaders by a 60-35 margin, getting off 33 shots in the second half alone. In the face-off x, junior Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) won 23-of-31 face-offs to help the Bears to a 24-33 advantage overall.
Sean Kirkpatrick paced Holy Cross with five goals and one assist, while Marc Buermann added four goals. Kevin Lux added a goal and four assists. Crusaders’ goalie Jonathan Tesoro kept his squad in the game with nine of his 14 saves in the opening half.
The Bears, who have never lost to Holy Cross in 16 outings, trailed by as many as four goals in the opening half, 8-4, with 10:32 left in the second quarter, following a goal by attackman Jon Vogel.
Senior Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) scored at 8:14 of the second quarter, followed by two Molloy goals that cut the Crusaders lead to 8-7. A late goal by Vogel gave the Crusaders a 9-7 lead at the half.
Brown opened the second half with a 9-1 spurt, out-scoring the Crusaders, 5-1, in the third quarter alone and continuing with four straight goals to open the fourth quarter to grab a 16-10 advantage with 11:36 remaining on Hudak’s third goal.
The Crusaders made it interesting in the later part of the fourth quarter, scoring four straight goals, capped off by a Kirkpatrick tally with 3:36 remaining to cut Brown’s lead to 16-14.
Molloy iced the game for the Bears with his seventh goal with nine seconds remaining.
Brown travels to Amherst, Mass., on Saturday, March 25 to battle UMass in the 52nd meeting between the two New England rivals. Face-off is 12:00 noon at Garbor Field.