Fairfield vs. Providence
March 4, 2014
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, Conn. The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team rallied in the fourth quarter but their comeback bid fell short as they fell to Providence College, 14-11, this afternoon at Alumni Field. Sophomore TJ Neubauer tallied three goals and an assist for four points on the day, which tied a career-best, along with three groundballs. Junior Tristan Sperry registered two goals and two assists while Eric Warden had two goals and an assist. Rookies Jake Knostman and Dave Fleming added two goals apiece. Providence (3-1) took an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Neubauer put home a Sperry pass at 6:09 to make it a one-goal game. After a pair of Friars goals, Knostman made it 4-2 at the 1:44 mark. The Providence offense took over in the second quarter, netting five goals on 13 shots as the Friars took a 10-4 lead into halftime. The Friars' Alex Corboy scored at 12:34 in the third quarter to make it 11-4 but Warden and Fleming responded with goals of their own. The Friars got both goals back but Neubauer touched net with 50 seconds left in the period to give the Stags some momentum. Fairfield (2-2) got its offense going in the fourth quarter. Sperry started the scoring at 12:21 with an unassisted tally. Neubauer followed at 11:35 while Knostman pulled the Stags within 13-10 with a goal at the 9:32 mark. A goal by Corboy at 4:26 returned the lead to four goals for Providence. Despite a goal by Warden late, the Friars were able to hold off the Stags. Fairfield had 14 turnovers while Providence had 12 turnovers, eight of which were caused by the Stags. Fairfield was 16-for-19 in clears while Providence was 11-for-16. Faceoffs were even at 14-for-28. Junior Louie DiGiacomo won seven of the eight faceoffs he took, scooping up a career-best five groundballs. Goalie Jack Murphy recorded eight saves along with three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Tyler Himes made six saves for Providence. Fairfield returns to action on Saturday, March 8 when Yale University visits at 3pm. The game is part of a doubleheader with the women's team. It is also the Fairfield's Faceoff for a Cause game as both teams will be raising funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. For a donation of $15, fans will receive a specially designed t-shirt or hat. In addition, a silent auction will be held at the game with all funds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.