Fairfield 4th Quarter Rally Falls Short vs. Providence

FAIRFIELD, Conn. Fairfield rallied in the fourth quarter, but the comeback bid fell short as they fell to Providence, 14-11, this afternoon at Alumni Field.

Sophomore TJ Neubauer (Glen Arm, Md.) tallied three goals and an assist for four points on the day, which tied a career-best, along with three groundballs. Junior Tristan Sperry (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) registered two goals and two assists while Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) had two goals and an assist. Rookies Jake Knostman (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Dave Fleming (San Carlos, Calif.) added two goals apiece.

Providence (3-1) took an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Neubauer put home a Sperry pass at 6:09 to make it a one-goal game. After a pair of Friars goals, Knostman made it 4-2 at the 1:44 mark. The Providence offense took over in the second quarter, netting five goals on 13 shots as the Friars took a 10-4 lead into halftime.

The Friars' Alex Corboy scored at 12:34 in the third quarter to make it 11-4 but Warden and Fleming responded with goals of their own. The Friars got both goals back but Neubauer touched net with 50 seconds left in the period to give the Stags some momentum.

Fairfield (2-2) got its offense going in the fourth quarter. Sperry started the scoring at 12:21 with an unassisted tally. Neubauer followed at 11:35 while Knostman pulled the Stags within 13-10 with a goal at the 9:32 mark. A goal by Corboy at 4:26 returned the lead to four goals for Providence. Despite a goal by Warden late, the Friars were able to hold off the Stags.

Fairfield had 14 turnovers while Providence had 12 turnovers, eight of which were caused by the Stags. Fairfield was 16 for 19 in clears while Providence was 11 for 16. Faceoffs were even at 14 for 28. Junior Louie DiGiacomo (Norwalk, Conn.) won seven of the eight faceoffs he took, scooping up a career-best five groundballs.

Goalie Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) recorded eight saves along with three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Tyler Himes made six saves for Providence.

Fairfield returns to action on Saturday, March 8 when Yale University visits at 3:00 pm. The game is part of a doubleheader with the women's team. It is also the Fairfield's Faceoff for a Cause game as both teams will be raising funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. For a donation of $15, fans will receive a specially designed t-shirt or hat. In addition, a silent auction will be held at the game with all funds going to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. Providence posted a 14-11 win over Fairfield on Tuesday, March 4 at Alumni Field. With the win, the Friars improve to 3-1 on the season with each of their victories coming on the road. Fairfield falls to 2-2 on the year.

Senior midfielder Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) and freshman attack Alex Corboy (College Park, Md.) tallied five points apiece to pace the Friar offense.

Providence opened the first quarter with back-to-back snipes. Sophomore Nolan Fillet (Rockville, Md.) opened the afternoon contest with a goal at the 12:20 mark on a feed from Barton and freshman Joseph Fitzpatrick (Rockville, Md.) found the back of the cage with 7:10 remaining on the game clock.

Fairfield answered with its first goal of the game at the 6:09 mark (2-1).Barton and fellow senior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) added a goal apiece to give the Friars a 4-1 advantage with 3:15 left to play. The Stags closed the quarter with a goal from Jake Knotsman and Providence carried a 4-2 lead into the second quarter.

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