Division I Roundup, April 24th

Molloy’s Four Goals, Goss’ 14 Saves Lead Brown Over Cornell, 13-10

Providence, R.I. – Senior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) scored four goals and handed out three assists, and freshman goalie Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) made 10 of his 14 saves in the second half, to lead Brown to a 13-10 Ivy League win over Cornell Saturday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field.

The win lifts Brown to 7-5 overall, 3-2 in the Ivy League, and assures the Bears a berth in the upcoming Ivy League Tournament, starting May 5 at Yale.  Cornell falls to 4-8 overall, 2-3 in Ivy play.

With four goals this afternoon, Molloy moved into a tie for fifth place in all-time NCAA Division I scoring with 191 career goals, equaling the mark by Cornell’s Mike French from 1974-76. Molloy also ranks seventh in NCAA history with 310 career points, just six points short of Brown’s all-time scoring record of 316 points by Darren Lowe from 1989-1992.

Molloy, the 2016 Tewaaraton Award winner, also has the nation’s longest consecutive game scoring streak, now 37 straight games dating back to April 4, 2014.

Freshman Luke McCaleb (Chevy Chase, MD) also had a big day for the Bears with three goals, while junior Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA) and sophomore Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) added two goals each.

Goss, the nation’s leader in saves per game, got going when the Bears needed him most with seven of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter alone to turn aside several Big Red challenges.

Bears’ senior LSM Larken Kemp (Greenwich, CT) wreaked havoc throughout the game with four caused turnovers and four ground balls. He now has 112 career caused turnovers, seventh best in NCAA history.

Junior Ted Ottens (Wilton, CT) dominated the face-off x for Brown, capturing 21-of-26 face-offs, including all 15 in the opening half.  He also scored his seventh goal of the season.

Freshman Jeff Teat led the Big Red with three goals and three assists, while Jordan Dowiak added two goals.

The Bears trailed 3-1 early in the opening quarter, but goals by McCaleb and Panepinto quickly tied the game. Dowiak scored for the Big Red for a 4-3 advantage, McCaleb and Molloy scored consecutive goals for a 5-4 Brown lead after one quarter.

The pace slowed down in the second quarter with each team limited to just two goals each. The Bears led by as many as two goals in the quarter, following goals by sophomore Jackson Newsome (Arlington, VA) and Molloy, but Teat’s goal with 21 seconds left cut Brown’s lead to 7-6 at intermission.

Mcculloch tied the game for the Big Red, 7-7, with a goal two minutes into the third quarter.

Brown answered with three straight goals and took the lead for good with McCaleb, Hudak and Molloy scoring for a 10-7 lead at the 7:31 mark.

Dowiak scored for the Big Red with 6:32 left in the quarter, but consecutive goals by Panepinto and Hudak lifted the Bears to a 12-8 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes.

The Big Red drew to within two goals, 12-10 on consecutive scores by Teat, the second with 7:44 remaining, but Molloy iced the game with his fourth goal with 1:44 left on the clock.

The Bears will play their final non-league game of the season, traveling to Smithfield, R.I., on Tuesday, April 25, to face Bryant in a battle for the Ocean State Cup. Face-off is 7:00 p.m. at the Turf and Track Complex.

 

Stags Stop No. 15 Towson, 9-8, at Rafferty Stadium

Behring makes 17 saves as Fairfield notches its first CAA win

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Tyler Behring made 17 saves and Joe Rodrigues netted a hat trick to lead the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 win over No. 15 nationally-ranked Towson in CAA action on Saturday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Colin Burke also recorded a three-point day with two goals and an assist in the Stags’ first CAA win of the spring.

Fairfield (4-9, 1-3 CAA) earns its first-ever win over Towson (10-4, 3-1 CAA) in a series that began when the Stags joined the CAA in 2015. Today’s game was the rematch from the 2016 CAA Championship Game played at the Tigers’ Johnny Unitas Stadium last May.

“I couldn’t be prouder of this group of guys,” said Head Coach Andy Copelan. “Unfortunately we don’t have a chance to extend our season this year, but I think this win showed what this program is all about.”

Behring’s 17 saves marked a season high for the senior netminder, who also scooped up a pair of ground balls. He set the tone for his day in the cage with 12 stops in the first half, including two saves to thwart a pair of Towson extra-man opportunities.

In front of Behring, the defenseman Nick Panara scooped up two ground balls, as he joined Andrew Eidenshink and Andrew Murrow in stifling the Towson attack.

With his three goals this afternoon, Rodrigues has netted 12 of his career-best 16 markers during the CAA portion of the schedule. The junior midfielder is one of just two CAA players (Drexel’s Cole Shafer) to have scored multiple goals in all four of his CAA games this spring.

Burke’s three points move him further up Fairfield’s career leaderboards. Now with a team-best 23 goals and 12 assists in his sophomore campaign, Burke ranks 17th in Fairfield history with 98 career points and 13th in program annals with 69 career goals.

Travis Ford added two goals for the Stags, with Dylan Beckwith and Matt Sharpe each rattling the cage once. Drew Murray rounded out the Fairfield scoring with his sixth assist of the year.

Towson was led offensively by three goals and an assist from Joe Seider. Dylan Kinnear added two goals, while Tyler Konen (1 goal, 1 assist) and Ryan Drenner (2 assists) also contributed two points to the Tigers’ attack. Matt Hoy made six saves in the cage.

After over five minutes of scoreless action, the Stags got on the board with Sharpe’s third goal of the spring. Burke would add his first of the day to extend the lead to 2-0 with 6:47 to go in the first quarter. After an over 10-minute drought, Jon Mazza rattled the cage for the Tigers, but Fairfield struck last in the frame, converting a man-up opportunity as Ford finished off a pass from Murray to make it 3-1 in favor of the Stags.

With Behring and the Stags’ defensive unit holding Towson scoreless for another extended stretch – this time a span of 16:29 – the Fairfield lead grew to 6-1. Rodrigues scored back-to-back markers during that time, the second of which was followed up just 14 seconds later when Beckwith scooped up a ground ball in the midfield and raced toward the cage for the finish. Towson answered in kind with a Kinnear goal just 45 seconds later to cap the first half scoring with Fairfield on top, 6-2. The Tigers had an opportunity to cut further into the lead, but a Behring save helped the Stags fight off a two-minute man-down situation as the first half expired.

In the second half, Fairfield once again opened the scoring as Joe Rodrigues completed his hat trick just 31 seconds into the third quarter. Towson responded just seven seconds later as Alex Woodall won the faceoff and found Seider for the finish. The Tigers added another quick marker on Mike Lynch’s man-up goal at 13:06 in the period, but once again Behring and the Fairfield defense would clamp down to keep the margin at 7-4 entering the fourth quarter.

This time, Towson was kept off the board for just over 20 minutes, a span that saw Burke bury an acrobatic goal to extend the lead to 8-4 with 12:45 to play. After Seider’s man-up goal ended the Tigers’ scoring slump, Ford connected on his second of the afternoon – and 19th of the year – to stake the Stags to a 9-5 lead.

At that point, the two-time defending CAA Champions made one final push. Kinnear’s second goal cut the deficit to 9-6 with 1:36 to go, and Seider’s marker just 17 seconds later shaved the margin even further at 9-7. Konen would fire home one more man-up tally with just one second to go, but the whistle for the ensuing faceoff was all that the Stags needed to run out the clock on a 9-8 win.

Towson outshot Fairfield, 43-32, and held a 21-16 advantage on ground balls. Woodall went 13-of-19 on the draw for the Tigers with Will Fox coming away with six faceoff wins for the Stags. Both teams were perfect on clear attempts as Fairfield converted all 17 of their clears and Towson posted a 15-for-15 mark.

The Stags will complete the 2017 season this Friday, April 28 with Senior Night on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Fairfield will recognize its nine-member senior class prior to a 7 p.m. faceoff win CAA foe Delaware.

 

First Half Offense Guides No. 7 Hofstra By UMass Men’s Lacrosse

Ben Spencer nets hat trick, Paparo causes four Pride turnovers in 15-8 loss

No. 7 Hofstra 15, Massachusetts 8

Records: Massachusetts (5-7, 2-2 CAA) • No. 7 Hofstra (11-1, 3-1)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ben Spencer scored twice in the third quarter and once more in the fourth for his second hat trick of the year and his career. He converted back-to-back 10 yards out from the right post in the third before he added an extra-man tally in the fourth.
  • Jeff Trainor had a goal and assist for his fifth multi-point game of the year. He has all five in the last six games for 16 of his 17 points on the year.
  • Noah Rak went 19-for-26 on faceoffs with nine groundballs. It reset his single-game best for faceoffs won. He won his 100th faceoff of the season during the second quarter and ended the game 111-for-182 on the year (61.0 percent) with 53 groundballs.
  • Jake Lisauskas earned his second multi-point game and first multi-goal performance with a pair of conversions at No. 7 Hofstra.
  • Isaac Paparo had another multi-caused turnover performance with four to go along with five groundballs. It is tied for the most caused turnovers by a Minuteman in one season (Jake Smith, 25; 2011 & Tom Celentani, 25; 2010) in program history since caused turnovers became an official statistic according to the NCAA record book in 2010.
  • Gianni Bianchin dished a pair of assists, his 15th career multi-point game and fifth with two or more assists.
  • Mike McDonough picked up five groundballs from his spot at long-stick midfielder. It marked a one-game career best for the Minuteman.

FIRST QUARTER

Sloppy play from both sides led to a 4-1 Hofstra lead after one quarter of play. Hofstra scored back-to-back goals for a 2-0 lead midway through the frame before Jeff Trainor hit for the first Minuteman tally. Centered on the cage 15 yards out, Trainor shifted right and slipped a shot between the legs of Hofstra goalie Jack Concannon for his ninth tally of the year.

The Pride added another back-to-back scoring series with two from Josh Byrne for the three-goal advantage at the break. The side combined 14 turnovers over the opening 15 minutes, with seven committed apiece.

SECOND QUARTER

Byrne earned the hat trick while Brendan Kavanaugh converted during an extra-man chance as Hofstra built its lead to 6-1 with 9:25 to play in the opening half.

Hofstra built its lead to eight goals – supported by four scores and a trio of assists by Byrne – before the Minutemen tallied again. Jake Lisauskas scored on a doorstep feed from Trainor as Trainor rolled around the right post with 2:10 to go in the frame. However, the Pride answered during the ensuing faceoff for a 10-2 lead.

Jesse Leung made it a 10-3 game at the half with the final scoring series. Leung toed the crease with the clock winding down toward zero and deposited a shot by Concannon with seven seconds to play. It was his fourth goal of the season, all scored over the last four games.

THIRD QUARTER

Ben Spencer fired in back-to-back tallies 10 yards away from the right post. Spencer sent his first over the left shoulder of Concannon while he dropped his second one just inside the post and to the left of Concannon’s feet. Spencer’s second made it a 10-5 Hofstra lead with 9:33 to go.

Alex Moeser and Dylan Alderman answered for the Pride before Grant Consoletti scored on a man-up play to cut it to 12-6 heading to the fourth.

Noah Rak continued his dominance at the faceoff X during the third as he went a perfect 6-for-6 against Kyle Gallagher. Rak was also 4-of-6 in the first and fourth quarters and 5-of-9 during the second.

FOURTH QUARTER

Spencer added his third of the day at the 10:16 mark of the fourth, sandwiched around a pair of Hofstra tallies. It went as his second career and season hat trick.

Lisauskas also scored for the Minutemen during the fourth, doing so unassisted with 5:56 to go.

UP NEXT

The Minutemen cap the regular season and host Senior Night when Drexel visits Garber Field on Fri., April 28 at 5 p.m. Gianni Bianchin, Grant Consoletti, Dylan Gruder, James Marusi, Dan Muller, Joe Romano, Charlie Schatz, D.J. Smith, Paul Spinney and Tyler Weeks will be recognized before the start of play. The game will be broadcast live exclusively on the Lax Sports Network.