No. 14 Fairfield Tops Ohio State for Share of ECAC Title

FAIRFIELD, Conn. The No. 14 Fairfield lacrosse team knocked off the Ohio State, 7-5, this afternoon to clinch a share of the 2014 ECAC Lacrosse League regular season championship. The Stags (11-3; 3-1 ECAC) share their first-ever league regular season title with Ohio State and Air Force.

Sophomore TJ Neubauer (Glen Arm, Md.) tallied two goals while junior Colin McLinden (Madison, N.J.) had a goal and two assists. Rookie Dave Fleming (San Carlos, Calif.) added a goal and an assist. Michael Roe (Lutherville, Md.) was crucial at the faceoff X for the Stags, winning nine of the 14 he took with six ground balls.

Ohio State (6-7; 3-1 ECAC) struck first as Jesse King put one home at the 12:37 mark. Senior Alex Cramer (Annapolis, Md.) tied it up at 9:56 tucking in a pass from rookie Jake Knostman (Bainbridge Island, Wash.). Just 31 seconds later, Neubauer would put the Stags ahead with his 30th goal of the year for a lead which would not be relinquished.

Neubauer scored his second goal of the day at the 12:06 mark of the second quarter off a pass from McLinden. Two minutes later, Fleming connected with McLinden to put the Stags on top, 4-1. The Buckeyes ended their scoring drought at 6:46 on a goal by Chris Mahoney to make the score 4-2. The score would remain that way at the break. Ohio State's Ryan Hunter made it a one goal game at 13:12 in the third quarter, but that Stags countered at 9:46 as McLinden found junior Nick Guida (Chatham, N.J.) to make it 5-3. John Kelly pulled the Buckeyes within 5-4 with 3:17 left in the period.

Momentum swung less than a minute into the fourth quarter as senior Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) ripped a shot past Scott Spencer to make it 6-4. Fleming scored a minute later to make it a three-goal game. The Buckeyes' Carter Brown made it 7-5 with 4:45 left in the game, but the Stags defense clamped down for the win.

Senior Jack Murphy (Cohasset, Mass.) had another strong outing in goal for the Stags. He stopped eight shots, caused two turnovers, and scooped up seven ground balls. Spencer made nine saves for the Buckeyes.

Senior Greg Perraut (Bethesda, Md.) appeared in his program record-setting 61st career game, finishing with three ground balls and a caused turnover. Sophomore Conor Barr (Wilton, Conn.) added caused two turnovers and had three ground balls. Senior Shawn Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) had two ground balls.

Fairfield will head to the 2014 ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament, May 1-3, in Columbus, Ohio. The final seeding the tournament will be announced by the conference on Monday. The field is comprised of Fairfield, host Ohio State, Air Force, and Michigan, which will be the fourth seed. The games will air live on Fox College Sports.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State ended the regular season with a 7-5 loss on the road at No. 14 Fairfield Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes, with a 3-1 record in ECAC Lacrosse League play, end conference play as tri-champions with Air Force and Fairfield. It is the first conference title for the Buckeyes in the ECAC and the program's first share of a crown since 2008 when the team competed in the Great Western Lacrosse League.

Ohio State (6-7, 3-1 ECAC), which had its four-game winning streak ended, returns home to host the ECAC Tournament this week. The semifinals will be at 5 and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, with the final at 5:00 p.m. Saturday. The Buckeyes will be joined in the tournament by Air Force (3-1 ECAC), Fairfield (3-1 ECAC) and Michigan (1-3 ECAC), with the top three seeds announced Monday. UM will be the No. 4 seed, with the others based on tiebreakers. The winner receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

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