At an afternoon game in Amherst, Massachusetts, the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team (5-8) fell short to University of Massachusetts at Amherst (9-4). The 17-8 loss on Saturday, April 20 contributed to Fairfield’s winless Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) record (0-4) and improved UMass’s record to 3-1.
Sean McKee ‘20 started the match in the net but 15 minutes in, his responsibilities were taken over by rookie James Corasaniti ‘22 who allowed 14 goals in 21 shots. Both teams’ offense were fairly even in strength, as UMass outshot Fairfield only 43-42, however Fairfield’s mistakes lied mainly in their goalkeeper weaknesses. On the other end of the field, UMass’ Sean Sconone was a fortress in the cage for the entire hour of play, with a remarkable .724 save percentage, allowing just 8 goals and saving 21.
UMass found themselves unanswered in the first quarter, and on a 7-0 run 25:38 into play. This left the Stags with plenty of ground to make up. Senior Jack Brennan stepped up to minimize the goal deficit and tallied a hat trick in the second quarter, increasing his goal-count to 14 this spring. This was his second hatty of the season, and the fifth of his three-year tenure at Fairfield.
Two of Brennan’s three goals were assisted by Attacker Dylan Beckwith ’20 who registered a total of 5 points in Massachusetts. Beckwith claimed a goal of his own and an additional two assists, making him the seventh player in program history to post a 60-point season for Fairfield. The goal was the junior’s 28th of the season, leading his team this spring and the helpers increased his count to 32 this campaign, which notches him in second place for the Stags.
Cole Barnard ‘21, Brian Crawley ‘21, Travis Ford ‘20 and Matt Sharpe ‘19 all tallied a goal in the effort to take down UMass while their attempts were no match for the dominating competition. The Stags fell 17-8 and look to close out the regular season against the Hofstra University Pride (4-9, 1-4 CAA) at Conway Field on Friday, April 26.
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