No. 19 Fairfield Dominates in Victory Over Manhattan

FAIRFIELD, Conn. No. 19 Fairfield unleashed its offense once again, pounding Manhattan, 18-4, this afternoon in front of a capacity crowd on University Field. Freshman Jake Knostman (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), senior Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) and sophomore Conor Dalton (Ellicott City, Md.) each recorded hat tricks for the Stags who improved to 2-0 on the season.

In all, ten different Stags got in the point column. Junior Tristan Sperry (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) had two goals and three assists for five points. Junior Drew Federico (West Islip, N.Y.) had a pair of goals while Mikey Gulassey (Medina, Ohio) had two goals and an assist. Rookie Nico Panepinto (Needham, Mass.) had two assists while junior Nick Guida (Chatham, N.J.) had a goal and an assist. Sophomore TJ Neubauer (Glen Arm, Md.) and freshman Dave Fleming (San Carlos, Calif.) added one goal apiece.

Warden got the scoring started just 52 seconds into the game, ripping a shot past Rich Akapnitis. Manhattan evened it at 10:25 on a Nick Stutler goal. At the 7:11 mark, Sperry found Fleming to put the Stags ahead. It was the first of seven unanswered goals for Fairfield over the next quarter and a half.

Manhattan stopped the scoring drought at 4:13, but Knostman delivered a man-up strike in the final seconds of the second quarter to send Fairfield into the break with a 9-2 lead. Fairfield picked up where it left on in the third quarter, scoring five goals while holding the Jaspers without a tally. The Stags added four more goals in the fourth period before Manhattan would find the net again.

Senior Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) got the win after making 10 saves while allowing just two goals. Freshman Tyler Behring (Little Silver, N.J.) played the final 11:36 of the game with a save and two goals allowed. Akapnitis took the loss, allowing 14 goals while stopping six shots.

Fairfield took advantage of their extra man opportunities, scoring six goals while a man-up. The Stags found themselves a man-down twice, but did not allow a goal.

Face-off wins were even at 13 apiece. Junior Louis DiGiacomo (Norwalk, Conn.) went 6 for 12 at the X while corralling four ground balls. Freshman Jake Kaiser (Ridgefield, Conn.) was 4 for 6 with two ground balls. Freshman Jay Walsh (Duxbury, Mass.) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Fairfield returns to action on February 25 when the Stags travel to Hofstra.


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