Division I Roundup, 4/3

Hartford Outlasts Catamounts 15-13

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Dawes Milchling paced Vermont with a career-high five goals, but Hartford used a run of five overlapping the middle two quarters to rally back from a three-goal deficit and top the Catamounts 15-13 on Saturday at Virtue Field.

The game was played in conjunction with UVM’s annual Rally Against Cancer Series presented by Otter Creek Awnings and Vermont Custom Closets. In addition, Vermont welcomed back over 110 men’s lacrosse alumni as the program celebrated 40 years of varsity status at the university.

Hartford’s Griffin Feiner had a team-high five goals to go with two assists. Dylan Protesto went 19-for-28 at the faceoff X. Protesto was the nation’s top faceoff man in 2016.

Milchling began the day’s scoring less than two minutes into the game. After Dylan Jinks evened the score at one-apiece, Cam Milligan set up Matt Palmer for his first collegiate goal, followed at the 3:03 mark by Charlie Cobb‘s fourth of the season to double Vermont’s lead to 3-1.

The early stages of the second stanza saw Alex Stanko score twice in 42 seconds, working the lead to 5-2 in favor of the Green and Gold. Soon after, Liam Rischmann inked his first goal as a Catamount, but Hartford then built momentum with a run of five, including a tally for Alex Borja with only two seconds left in the half. That sent UVM into the break trailing 8-6.

Coming out of halftime, the Catamounts chipped away and used two goals in succession from Milchling late in the third to close in at 11-10. Jinks and Feiner closed the quarter with a quick pair, including one goal on a man-up opportunity.

In the fourth quarter, Milchling added two more in the final three minutes, but in the end UVM was unable to recover from a deficit of as many of four in the 15 minute stretch.

James Leary caused a pair of turnovers and six Catamounts, including Leary, had at least two ground balls.

For UVM, Nick Washuta made 14 saves in the loss, countered by nine stops for Hartford’s Ryan Vanderford. Six of Vanderford’s saves came in the final 15 minutes of the game.

UVM falls to 4-6 with the loss and 0-3 in America East play, while Hartford is now 4-5 (1-1 America East).

Next on the docket for the Catamounts is a Saturday, April 8 game at UMass Lowell. Opening faceoff will be at 2 p.m. from Cushing Field in Lowell, Massachusetts.


No. 6 Hofstra Top Stags, 10-6, in CAA Opener

Beckwith leads Fairfield attack with three points

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team opened its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) schedule with a 10-6 loss to unbeaten and No. 6 nationally-ranked Hofstra on Saturday night on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Dylan Beckwith paced the Stags offensively with two goals and an assist.

Fairfield (3-7, 0-1 CAA) also got two goals from Joe Rodrigues and a marker apiece from Travis Ford and Drew Murray. Beckwith, Ford, Murray, Andrew Eidenshink and Jake Knostman each distributed an assist for the Stags.

The Stags’ attack was started by solid performances on the draw from Joe DeLasho and Will Fox. DeLasho went 8-of-11 on the dot with three ground balls, and Fox added a 6-of-9 showing. Riley Peters aided the effort from the wing with three ground balls of his own.

Tyler Behring started in the cage and made 10 saves for the Stags. Brad Nordstrom spent the last 2:11 of the contest between the posts and did not face a shot.

Hofstra (9-0, 1-0 CAA) continues the best start in program history and stands as one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the nation (Penn State). The Pride were paced this evening by five points (2g, 3a) from Josh Byrne with Ryan Tierney and Brendan Kavanagh posting matching statlines of one goal and two assists.

The Pride was anchored from the defensive side of the field by goalkeeper Jack Concannon. Concannon turned away 16 shots and also collected four ground balls to keep the Stags’ attack at bay.

Fairfield opened the scoring with a transition goal started by a turnover on the defensive end. The ball found the stick of Eidenshink who raced all the way down the field before connecting with Beckwith for the day’s first goal. Eidenshink’s assist was the first career point for the All-America defenseman.

Hofstra responded with the game’s first run to take a 3-1 lead before the Stags capped the first period scoring with a man-up tally from Ford. The goal was his 16th of the season and his team-leading fourth man-up marker of the spring.

Ford’s goal, however, was the Stags’ last until the fourth quarter as Fairfield was kept off the board for a span of 35:49 as the Pride opened up an 8-2 advantage. The drought was ended on a Murray goal that started Fairfield’s first scoring run of the game. The marker was followed by a man-up tally banged home by Rodrigues and Beckwith’s second of the day to trim the deficit to 8-5 with 7:41 to play.

However, the next two goals went to the Pride as Alex Moeser’s goal ended the streak and Kavanagh tacked one on into the vacated cage and Behring joined his defensemen in applying extra pressure looking to force a late Hofstra turnover.

Rodrigues’ second goal of the day – on a Beckwith assist – capped the scoring with 2:11 to go to round out the final margin at 10-6.

The Stags outshot Hofstra, 37-33, and the ground ball battle was even at 23-23. Both squads went 2-of-3 on their extra-man opportunities, and Fairfield committed 10 turnovers to Hofstra’s nine giveaways.

The Stags are set to play the two CAA road games on their 2017 slate with back-to-back Saturday treks to Drexel on April 8 and Massachusetts on April 15. Both games will be broadcast live on the Lax Sports Network as the CAA Game of the Week.

Action returns to Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Saturday, April 22 for a visit from Towson at 3 p.m. on Military Appreciation Day. The day begins with Fairfield Women’s Lacrosse challenging Canisius at noon. Both ends of the April 22 twin bill will be broadcast live on ESPN3 by the Fairfield University Media Center.


#15 Princeton Takes 21-11 Win Over Brown  

Princeton, N.J. – Brown had its three game winning streak over Princeton snapped Saturday afternoon at Class of 1952 Stadium with the Tigers coming away with a 21-11 win over the Bears behind five goals each by Gavin McBride and Michael Sowers.

The Bears fall to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while Princeton improves to 6-3, 2-1 in Ivy play.

Bears’ senior middy Matt Graham (Amityville, NY) and sophomore Jackson Newsome (Arlington, VA) scored two goals each to lead the Bears, with Graham adding two assists and Newsome registering his first goals of the season.  Junior Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) won 21-of-36 face-offs and picked-up a team high eight ground balls.

Brown senior Tewaaraton Award winner Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) had three points, scoring one goal and handing out two assists.  He moved into 13th place in all-time NCAA scoring with 290 career points.

Senior All-American Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT), recognized as the top long stick middy in the nation, had a goal and two assists for the Bears to move into second place in all-time long pole scoring with 48 career points, trailing the all-time mark of 55 points by Bryant’s Mason Poli. Kemp also caused three turnovers.

Sowers had nine points for the Tigers on five goals and four assists, while McBride added one assist for six points.  Zach Currier registered a goal and six assists and picked-up a game high 11 ground balls.

The Tigers had an advantage in the trenches, holding a 45-36 advantage in ground balls.

Brown held a 3-2 lead with 2:03 left in the opening quarter following a goal by junior Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA).

The Tigers responded with five straight goals, first by Charlie Durbin and Riley Thompson to close out the second quarter, and then Dawson McKenzie, Durbin and Adam Hardej scored to open the second quarter and build a 7-3 advantage with 10:39 left in the second quarter.

Bears’ freshman Jack Kniffin (Darien, CT) stopped the Tigers’ run with a goal at 9:38 of the second quarter to trail 7-4, but Princeton answered with three straight goals to take control and pull ahead by an 11-4 margin.   Graham scored for the Bears with 1:32 left to trail 11-5 at the half.

Molloy’s goal early in the third quarter cut Princeton’s lead to 11-6, but the Tigers kept their foot on the accelerator, outscoring the Bears, 5-3, in the third and 5-3 in the fourth quarter to cruise to the victory.

Brown returns to Stevenson-Pincince Field on Saturday, April 8 to battle the Penn Quakers in an Ivy League game.  Face-off is 1:00 pm.