Greenfield Scores Five as Fairfield Edges Quinnipiac

Fairfield earned an 11-10 win over visiting Quinnipiac on Alumni Field Tuesday afternoon. The victory improved the Stags to 5-3 on the year, while the Bobcats fell to 3-3.

The Bobcats used a 6-2 run from late in the third quarter through the middle of the fourth quarter to complete a comeback from a five-goal deficit and knot the score 9-9 with 8:56 to play in regulation. Chris Messina was whistled for a cross check with 4:04 remaining to put the Stags man-up for the only time on the afternoon. Fairfield worked the ball around the perimeter until Alex Cramer (Annapolis, Md.) took a pass from Jordan Greenfield (Dover, Mass.) and put it into the back of the net with 3:33 to play.

Greenfield gave the Stags what would prove to be the game-winning tally with 61 seconds left, scoring a pass from Colin McLinden (Madison, N.J.) for an 11-9 lead. Basil Kostaras scored with 26 ticks remaining to get the Bobcats within a goal, 11-10, and Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) grabbed a nearly full field shot as time expired to preserve the win.

Greenfield scored a game and career-high five goals on the afternoon, while handing out his assist for six points. He scored the first goal of the game, unassisted, at the 9:01 mark of the first quarter, as the Stags jumped out to a 3-0 lead. After a Pat Corcoran goal with 1:32 left in the first, Greenfield (:36) and McLinden (:07) scored to push the Stags advantage to 5-1. Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) score the first tally of the second quarter to give Fairfield its largest lead, 6-1. The Bobcats scored the final two goals of the second quarter to close the halftime deficit to 6-3.

TJ Neubauer (Glen Arm, Md.) scored the first tally of the third quarter to give the Stags a 7-3 edge, but the Bobcats would tally the final three goals of that period and the first of the fourth quarter to tie the score 7-7 1:26 into the final period. Greenfield broke the tie with his fourth tally at the 11:35 mark and was followed by McLinden at 9:52, for the 9-7 edge. Michael Sagl (8:59) and Basil Kostaras (8:49) scored seven seconds apart to tie the score and set up the final offensive flurry.

Murphy finished with seven saves, five coming in the second half and three in the final quarter. He had a game-high equaling four ground balls and a caused turnover as well. Gill Conners made 12 saves in net for Quinnipiac to go along with four ground balls and a caused turnover as well.

Bryan Barry (Duxbury, Mass.) caused a game-high three turnovers for the Stags, who had 11 on the afternoon. He also had three ground balls as Fairfield finished with a 30-22 edge in the category. Fairfield caused 11 fo the Bobcats 16 turnovers on the afternoon, while committing just 12 miscues of their own with eight being caused.

McLinden finished with two goals and an assist, while Tristan Sperry (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist. Six other Stags had a goal or an assist in the game. Sagl led Quinnipiac with a goal and three assists, while Pat Corcoran had three goals and one assist.

Quinnipiac won 13-24 at the face-off X with a 10-19 performance from Dylan Webster, who also had a goal and an assist. Michael Roe (Lutherville, Md.) won 10 face-offs, with three ground balls, for the Stags.

Fairfield returns to action on Saturday when it travels to ECAC Lacrosse League foe Hobart for a 1:00 p.m. contest.

2013-03-19



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