McLinden, Warden Help No. 19 Fairfield Upend No. 11 UMass

FAIRFIELD, Conn. The No. 19 Fairfield University men's lacrosse team won their third-straight game by topping No. 11 University of Massachusetts, 11-5, this afternoon at Alumni Field.

Junior Colin McLinden (Madison, N.J.) tallied three goals, an assist, and three ground balls while senior Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) had three goals. Juniors Tristan Sperry (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Drew Federico (West Islip, N.Y.) chipped in with two goals apiece while rookie Dave Fleming (San Carlos, Calif.) posted a goal and an assist.

Fairfield (5-2) came out strong in the first quarter, as Sperry netted goals at 12:35 and 12:00 for the early 2-0 lead. The Stags held UMass (6-2) scoreless in the first period of play.

The Stags built up a 4-0 lead in the second quarter on strikes by Fleming at 13:03 and Federico at 8:06. The Minutemen did not score until the 4:35 mark in the period as Andrew Sokol found Nick Mariano. McLinden answered a minute later but UMass scored with 7.6 seconds left in the half to pull within 5-2 at the break.

Warden gave the Stags a 6-2 lead just 2:12 into the third quarter. UMass answered at 11:18 with a goal by Mariano but Warden countered with his second goal of the game at 9:44. The Minutemen cut it to three goals, 7-4, at 5:20 on a man-up tally but Federico returned the lead to four, less than a minute later. In the fourth quarter, Connor Mooney pulled UMass within 8-5 on a man-up goal at 9:45. Warden put home a Fleming pass at 7:26 to change momentum while McLinden scored twice in the final 4:35 to secure the win.

Eight of the 13 UMass turnovers on the day were caused by Fairfield. Senior Greg Perraut (Glen Rock, N.J.) was part of a strong defensive effort for the Stags, finishing with two caused turnovers and a ground ball. Junior Max Buchanan (Wyckoff, N.J.) also had two caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Senior Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) made 10 saves in goal for the Stags while UMass' Zach Oliveri made five saves. Murphy added a caused turnover and two ground balls.

The Minutemen's Joe Calvello won 14 of the 19 face-offs he took, scooping up nine ground balls while Louie DiGiacomo (Norwalk, Conn.) had five face-off wins.

Fairfield returns to action on March 22 when it travels to Holy Cross.

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - No. 19 Fairfield gave the No. 11 Minutemen their second loss of the season on Tuesday afternoon, as the Stags took an 11-5 game. Massachusetts' offensive effort, once again led by Connor Mooney and Nick Mariano, was unable to keep up with the Fairfield attack, and the loss dropped the Minutemen to 6-2 on the season while Fairfield advanced to 5-2.

After leading UMass to a victory over No. 5 Penn State on Saturday, March 15, Mooney and Mariano duplicated their performances against the Stags with each netting two goals while Mariano picking up an assist. Jeff George also scored in the contest while Andrew Sokol and Grant Whiteway picked up an assist apiece.

Joe Calvello gave the Minutemen ample opportunities as he won 14 of 19 faceoffs while UMass finished the game flawless in transition, going 14 of 14 on clear attempts.

A pair of hat tricks from Eric Warden and Colin McLinden fueled the Stags' attack. Tristen Sperry kicked off the contest with a pair of goals in the first quarter while Drew Federico scored twice as well. Dave Fleming also tallied a goal with assists for Fairfield were credited to Fleming and McLinden.

Sparking the Stags offense early in competition, Fairfield's leading point scorer Sperry rounded the right side of the net and outpaced the UMass defense to put the Stags on the board with 12 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first quarter. Just 35-seconds later Sperry found a crease in the UMass defense, attacking the right side of the net again for his second and final goal of the contest.

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