March 14, 2013

Greenfield, Fairfield Drop Michigan to 0-7

from press release

The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team defeated visiting University of Michigan 10-8 to earn its eighth consecutive ECAC Lacrosse League opening game victory. The Stags improve to 4-3 on the year and 1-0 in conference play, while the Wolverines fall to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in ECAC action.

Jordan Greenfield (Dover, Mass.) scored his third goal of the game, man-up, from a Sam Snow (Bainbridge Island, Wash,) with 3:29 to play in the third quarter to blunt a Michigan run and put Fairfield ahead for good, 8-7. Tristan Sperry (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored 2:05 into the final period, unassisted to give the Stags a 9-7 advantage.

Michigan would cut the deficit to a goal with 11:56 to play as David Joseph put home a tally. The Stags would respond promptly, as Snow scored an unassisted goal off of the ensuing face-off, won by Pierce Hyldahl (Annandale, N.J.) to give the Stags the final margin. Fairfield would not allow a goal the remainder of the way, with Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) making four of his 10 saves in the final three minutes.

Gerald Logan made 17 saves in net for Michigan, with five in each of the middle two quarters. He also picked up four ground balls, equaling Brad Lott for the team-high in that category. Lott was 12-18 at the face-off X for Michigan.

Greenfield finished with a game-high three goals and had four ground balls for the Stags. Snow finished with three points, a goal and two assist, while Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) touched net twice. Sperry had a goal and an assist, as well as four ground balls.

Murphy had a game-high six ground balls, as the Stags finished with a 36-30 edge in the category. The Stags outshot Michigan 40-31 and had fewer turnovers, 23-16 in the game, with both teams causing nine turnovers. Fairfield cleared 12-16, while Michigan was 12-15. Both teams scored twice in man-up situations.

Warden scored a pass from Conor Dalton (Ellicott City, Md.) 1:45 into the contest to give the Stags a 1-0 lead. The advantage would be short-lived however as David McCormack struck at the 11:49 mark, from David Joseph, to tie the score. Dalton put the Stags back in front with an unassisted goal at the 9:04 mark. Fairfield would score off the ensuing face-off when Bryan Barry (Duxbury, Mass.) picked up the ground ball and put it home 10 seconds later. The Stags took a 4-1 lead midway in the quarter when Greenfield scored for the first time.

Michigan would respond with a run of its own, as Will Meter (1:56) and David McCormack scored seven ticks apart to cut the deficit to 4-3 at the end of the quarter. Peter Krauss scored a man-up goal 89 seconds into the second quarter to tie the score, 4-4. Alex Cramer (Annapolis, Md.) put Fairfield back in front 8:38 later, scoring a pass from Marshall Johnson (Canandaigua, N.Y.). Warden found the net for a man-up goal, this one on a pass from Snow with 1:29 left before halftime to give the Stags a 6-4 lead at the break.

The Wolverines opened the second half with three of the first four goals, staring 48 seconds in with Kraus' second. After Greenfield made the score 7-5 at the 9:25 mark, the Wolverines scored at 8:56 (Mike Hernandez) and 4:55 (Thomas Parra) to knot the score at 7-7.

Hernandez finished with a team-best three points, a goal and two assists, for Michigan, who received two goals apiece from McCormack and Kraus.

The Stags return to action on Tuesday, March 19 when they host Quinnipiac at 4 p.m. on Alumni Field.


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