FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Behind three five-point days and a dominant showing in faceoffs, the Towson University men’s lacrosse team stormed past host Fairfield University 14-7 Saturday afternoon at Rafferty Stadium.
No. 11/No. 11 Towson (7-3, 2-0 CAA) collected its second Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win of the year behind five-point performances from Brendan Sunday (4g, 1a), Luke Fromert (4g, 1a) and Timmy Monahan (2g, 3a). Alex Woodall won 21 of his 25 faceoffs along with 16 ground balls. Tyler Canto stopped 15 shots on goal in his sixth win of the year.
Fairfield (5-6, 0-2 CAA) had three-point efforts from Patrick Drake (1g, 2a) and Dylan Beckwith (2g, 1a). Keeper James Corasniti made 10 saves for the Stags. Fairfield had five players attempt faceoffs, with zero players winning multiple draws.
How it Happened
After a 10-minute drought, the Tigers snapped off five-straight goals to finish the first quarter at a goal-per-minute rate.
Fromert got his first of the day on a dunk feed from Andrew Beachem. Sunday scored his opening goal with 5:04 after Woodall won the draw and fed the left side. McLean scored back-to-back goals for a 4-0 lead before Monahan potted a tally with five seconds to go in the period.
Fairfield got on the board three minutes into the second quarter on Drake’s goal. Towson made it 6-1 after Timmy Monahan shook his defender loose and bounced home his first goal of the day.
The Stags reeled off three-straight tallies to pull within two as Jack Brennan bookended goals around Brendan Quinn.
Towson got the last laugh in the half as Fromert blasted home a strike with 2.5 seconds to play in the second on a feed from Sunday for a 7-4 Towson lead at the break.
The Tigers opened the third period with an extra-man goal from Monahan with Grant Maloof on the backend. Sunday tacked on a third goal less that a minute later on a diving back-handed shot after Fromert slipped a pass over.
Beckwith broke up the Tigers’ scoring run with his first at 3:25 of the third but the Tigers scored two more times in a 30 second span. Woodall won another faceoff and hit Sunday for the pair’s second points of the day. Greg Ey ended the third-quarter scoring as he swept across the top of the box for an 11-5 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Fairfield opened the fourth quarter with a lead-off goal from Beckwith before Fromert scored back-to-back goals followed by McLean’s third of the day. Travis Ford logged the final goal of the game with 5:39 to play in the frame.
Behind the Numbers
Towson’s offense opened up a shooting gallery, uncorking 52 shots, including 28 in the second half. Fairfield got off 30 attempts, putting 22 chances on goal.
Canto made 15 saves, stopping nine in the final 30 minutes to preserve the win. Corasaniti stopped 10 shots in the game, with six coming in the second half.
The Tigers dominated the faceoff X as Woodall won 22 of the 25 chances, grabbing 16 ground balls along the way.
Towson cleaned up its clearing game, gaining the zone on 15 of the 17 chances. The Tigers had 15 turnovers while Fairfield had 13.
The seven-goal differential tied the most in series history with the Tigers’ 18-11 win during the 2016 regular season. Towson improved to 5-1 all-time against the Stags.
Towson remained unbeaten this season when at least one player scores a hat trick.
The Tigers opened the CAA schedule with a 2-0 mark for the first time since while winning the program’s 65th CAA game since joining the league in 2002.
Up Next for Towson
The Tigers return home next weekend for Senior Day as Towson plays host to UMass.
Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium and will be featured as the CAA Game of the Week on Lax Sports Network.