Fairfield vs. Michigan
March 14, 2013
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team plays its ECAC Lacrosse League opener on Thursday night as it hosts the University of Michigan at 7 p.m. on Alumni Field. The Stags are 3-3 overall and 0-0 in ECAC play, while the Wolverines are 0-6 on the year and 0-2 in league play.

Fairfield and Michigan are meeting for the first time in the history of the programs. The Wolverines are in their second season as a Division I program.

Fairfield embarks on its eighth ECAC Lacrosse League season and is a perfect 7-0 in the opening conference game of each season. Fairfield's first-ever ECAC game was an 11-7 win at Rutgers in 2006. The Scarlet Knights were the Stags league opener for four seasons. Michigan becomes the fourth different league opponent to be the Stags opening day opponent, joining Ohio State (2010), Air Force (2011) and Hobart (2012). The Stags have opened league play at home since 2009.

On Wednesday the first Jesuit Pope, Francis I, was elected. The last time that a pope was elected was April 11, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI, was also the last time the Stags qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In the game following that election the Stags defeated then conference rival Notre Dame, 12-11.

Fairfield is the last league team to begin its ECAC schedule. Michigan and Bellarmine began the league schedule on February 16, and the Knights (2-1) have already played three league contests. Michigan has played twice (0-2) with the other five members all having one ECAC game

Sam Snow recorded his third hat trick of the year, and second in as many games, with three against Yale. The effort moved him atop the Stags leader board with 13 goals, and he ranks 63rd in the nation at 2.2 goals per game. Snow also has three assists and ranks second on the team with 16 points.

Fairfield committed a season-low equaling 13 turnovers at Yale, a total they had in the previous game versus UMBC , as well as in the win over Navy. It marked the first time this season that the Stags committed 15 or fewer turnovers and lost a game. Fairfield is turning the ball over 15.2 times per game, and is -4 in turnover margin entering Thursday night. The Stags committed a season-high 21 turnovers in the loss at Carolina.

Michigan enters the game at 0-6 and being outscored 76-38 for the season. The Wolverines notched three man-up goals in their last outing, an 11-7 loss to ECAC foe Hobart on March 9, and are 8-27 (29.6%) for the year. Kyle Jackson is the team leader in goals (9), assists (6) and points (15), with three man-up tallies. Brad Lott is 30-69 at the face-off X for Michigan, with seven ground balls, while Kevin Wylie is 12-24. As a team the Wolverines are 51-136 at the X. JD Johnson is leading the team with 19 ground balls, with Michigan on the short end of a 226-155 ground ball margin on the year. Gerald Logan has stopped 102 shots this season, 17 a game, and has a 12.68 GAA entering play on Thursday.

The Stags have successfully killed of two-thirds (14-21) of its opponents extra-man chances, good for 26th in the nation. The Stags held Yale scoreless in 3-4 chances in the team's last outing. The Stags opened the season allowing just two goals in the first 12 man-down situations they found themselves, which included killing all four chances that Carolina had. Last season Fairfield stopped 71.2 percent of opponent man-up chances, good for 17th in the nation.