The Fairfield University Stags (4-6, 2-3-2) started off their week with a 3-0 loss on the road to the Manhattan University Jaspers (5-8, 4-3) on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Fairfield and Manhattan spent the entire first half and the majority of the second half of the game locked in a defensive battle, as neither side allowed a goal over the first 80 minutes of the game.
Fairfield goalkeeper Gordon Botterill ‘21 did a nice job stopping six of the nine Jasper shots on net. Manhattan broke the scoreless tie in minute 82 when Brandon Joseph Baudi blasted one by Botterill. Manhattan then took advantage of an aggressive Fairfield team, putting two goals in the net in the eighty-ninth minute.
Offensively, Fairfield had their chances, putting twelve shots up, but only put one of those shots on net. Manhattan dominated play in the second half, putting up 14 shots to Fairfield’s five. Defenseman Daniel Ramiondo ‘23 got Fairfield’s only shot on net.
Fairfield then returned home on Saturday, Oct. 26 and got a 3-0 victory over the Siena University Saints (5-10, 2-5) during a 7:00 p.m. night game at Lessing Field. Fairfield and Siena spent most of the first half tied at zero before a shot from defenseman Marcus Norgaard ‘20 gave Fairfield the lead that they would never relinquish.
Forward Matt McGlinchey ‘21 widened the Stags lead to 2-0 when he buried a penalty kick into the net in the first minute of the second half.
In minute 72 of the game, Johnathan Filipe ‘22 put the game fully out of reach when he scored off of an assist from Santiago Gonzalez ‘22.
Fairfield coach Carl Rees talked about the pressure that the Stags are facing on their road to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, saying, “We have spent our time in the sunshine and now we have to cope with having our backs against the wall, We find ourselves in a position we are not familiar and now we have to overcome this type of challenge.”
After a 1-1 week, Fairfield will look to pick up another win at home over the Canisius Golden Golden Griffiths (2-12, 1-6) on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The Stags will finish out the week when they go on the road to face in-state rival Quinnipiac Bobcats (6-5-3, 4-2-1) on Saturday, Nov. 2.
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