No. 13 Fairfield Beats Bucknell for Sixth Straight Victory

FAIRFIELD, Conn. No. 13 Fairfield won their sixth straight contest by topping Bucknell, 10-6, this afternoon on Alumni Field. Sophomore TJ Neubauer (Glen Arm, Md.) had four goals, while rookie Dave Fleming (San Carlos, Calif.) added two goals for the Stags.

Junior Colin McLinden (Madison, N.J.) added a goal and three assists while Drew Federico (West Islip, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist.

Bucknell (5-6) was first on the board when Sean Doyle scored at 12:37 in the first quarter. Fairfield answered with consecutive goals by McLinden and Jake Knostman (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) at 8:48 and 7:21, giving the Stags their first lead of the game. About a minute and a half later, another goal by Doyle, tied the game at 2-2.

The Bison broke the stalemate at the 13:27 mark in the second quarter on a goal by Brock Ghelfi. A minute later, Fairfield evened the score, 3-3, off a goal by Neubauer. Bucknell made it 4-3 about one minute later on a goal by Peter Burke. The Stags answered with 1:15 left in the half when McLinden found Neubauer to bring the score to 4-4 into the break.

Fairfield (8-2) struck first at 12:21 in the third quarter as Fleming tallied his 14th goal of the year. Bucknell answered six and a half minutes later but Tristan Sperry (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) found Federico with just 35 seconds left in the period, to give the Stags a 6-5 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Senior Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) expanded the lead for Fairfield at 12:18 in the final period while Neubauer followed with back-to-back goals at the 10:58 and 8:33 marks. After a second goal by Fleming at 4:58, the score became 10-5, in favor of Fairfield. The Bison battled back, scoring their final goal with just 20 seconds left in regulation, but were unable to catch the Stags. Fairfield defeated Bucknell in a final 10-6 decision.

Senior Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) made 11 saves for the Stags.

Fairfield is back in action on April 5 when the Stags hit the road to face Michigan at 4:30 pm.


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