FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Jordan Greenfield recorded an assist to break a tie and then scored what proved to be the game-winner as Fairfield earned an 11-10 victory against Quinnipiac on Tuesday at Alumni Field.
The Bobcats (3-3) used a 6-2 run from late in the third quarter through the middle of the fourth to complete a comeback from a five-goal deficit and knot the score at 9 with 8:56 to play in regulation. Chris Messina was whistled for a cross check with 4:04 remaining to put the Stags (5-3) a man-up for the only time in the game. Fairfield worked the ball around the perimeter until Alex Cramer took a pass from Greenfield and put it into the back of the net with 3:33 to play.
Greenfield gave the Stags an 11-9 lead with 61 seconds left, scoring on a pass from Colin McLinden. Basil Kostaras scored with 26 ticks remaining to get the Bobcats within a goal 11-10, and Jack Murphy grabbed a nearly full field shot as time expired to preserve the win.
Greenfield scored a game-high five goals on the afternoon, while handing out his assist for six points. He scored the first goal of the game, unassisted, at the 9:01 mark of the first quarter, as the Stags jumped out to a 3-0 lead. After a Pat Corcoran goal with 1:32 left in the first, Greenfield (:36) and McLinden (:07) scored to push the Stags’ advantage to 5-1. Eric Warden score the first tally of the second quarter to give Fairfield its largest lead, 6-1. The Bobcats scored the final two goals of the second quarter to close the halftime deficit to 6-3.
TJ Neubauer scored the first tally of the third quarter to give the Stags a 7-3 edge, but the Bobcats scored the final three goals of that period and the first of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7 just 1:26 into the final period. Greenfield broke the tie with his fourth tally at the 11:35 mark and was followed by McLinden at 9:52 for the 9-7 edge. Michael Sagl (8:59) and Kostaras (8:49) scored seven seconds apart to tie the score and set up the final offensive flurry.
Murphy finished with seven saves, five coming in the second half and three in the final quarter. He had a game-high-equaling four ground balls and a caused turnover, as well. Gill Conners made 12 saves in net for Quinnipiac to go along with four ground balls and a caused turnover.
Bryan Barry caused a game-high three turnovers for the Stags, who had 11 in the game. He also had three ground balls as Fairfield finished with a 30-22 edge. Fairfield caused 11 of the Bobcats’ 16 turnovers, while committing just 12 miscues (eight being caused).
McLinden finished with two goals and an assist, while Tristan Sperry added a goal and an assist. Six other Stags had a goal or an assist in the game. Sagl led Quinnipiac with a goal and three assists, while Corcoran had three goals and one assist.
Quinnipiac won 13 of 24 at the faceoff X with a 10 of 19 performance from Dylan Webster, who also had a goal and an assist. Michael Roe won 10 face-offs, with three ground balls, for the Stags.