With what has started as a strong two-win season opening for men’s lacrosse has since turned into a 2-2 record, following losses to Hofstra and Providence.
In a hard-fought game on Alumni Field, Fairfield men’s lacrosse fell 14-11 to the visiting Providence Friars.
From the first quarter, the game was in Providence’s hands as they quickly went up 2-0 over the Stags. Fairfield cut their lead in half with a goal by Tristan Sperry ‘15 with 6:09 to play in the quarter.
Much like the beginning of the game, Providence would score two goals in succession before the Stags would respond with a goal from TJ Neubauer ‘16 with 50 seconds left in the quarter.
In 15 minutes, there were already six goals and the game was just getting started.
The second quarter belonged solely to the Friars as they scored five goals in 13 shots and went into the halftime break with a solid 10-4 lead over the Stags.
In the following half, the Stags would try to gain ground on the Friars. But when the final whistle blew, the Stags could not fight back and finished the game three goals behind.
Neubauer led the Stags with three goals and an assist, which tied his career best. Sperry ended the game with two goals and two assists. Senior Eric Warden, Jake Knostman ‘17 and Dave Fleming ‘17 each added two goals to Fairfield’s effort.
On the defensive end, Jack Murphy ‘15 recorded eight saves, along with three ground balls, and caused two turnovers while tending the net for the Stags.
The Stags are in action again on March 8 when they host Yale at 3 p.m., which is part of a doubleheader with the women’s team. Both teams are raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.