March 11, 2011

Fairfield Closes Out Air Force in ECAC Opener

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team scored the final four goals of the game to defeat visiting ECAC Lacrosse League foe Air Force on Friday night at Alumni Field.  The victory gives the Stags their sixth consecutive ECAC season opening win, in as many seasons, as they improve to 3-2 overall, while the Falcons fall to 1-4 on the season and 0-1 in league play.

Air Force took a 2-1 lead into the intermission which lasted nearly five minutes into the second-half until John Snellman (Norwalk, Conn.) deposited a Max Trunz (Upper Brookville, Conn.) into the back of the net to tie the score, 2-2.  The game remained tied for less than two minutes until Vinny Sandtorv gave the Falcons the lead back with an unassisted goal.  Mike Crampton gave Air Force a two-goal lead 72 seconds later with an unassisted tally and a 4-2 edge with 7:27 to play in the third quarter.

Nick Baglio (Brightwaters, N.Y.) started the Stags comeback with 5:36 remaining in the third quarter as he put home a pass from Trunz to make the score 4-3 Air Force.  Doug Kuring (New Milford, Conn.) took control of the Stags offense in the fourth quarter, tying the game 4-4, 1:47 into the fourth with an unassisted goal.  Then just over seven minutes later he would put home what would prove to be the game-winning tally, as Trunz recorded his third assist of the night.  Shawn Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) would wrap-up the scoring on a goal with 1:39 remaining, as he ran his defender behind the cage from the far side line and put home his lone goal of the game.

Charlie Cipriano (Williston Park, N.Y.) earned the win in net for the Stags, making nine saves on the night.  He made three saves in each of the first three quarters of the game, but did not face a shot on net in the final period, as Fairfield allowed Air Force only three shots in the final stanza.  Brian Wilson took the loss in net for Air Force as he made eight saves in the game.

Both teams won seven face-offs on the night, with the Stags controlling 6-9 in the second-half, including 3-4 in the final quarter.   The squads both also cleared well, with the Stags going 18-20 and the Falcons going 17-20.

Trunz had a game-high three points, all assists, while both Kuring and Snellman touched net twice on the evening.

For the fourth time this season Fairfield did not allow a man-down goal, holding Air Force scoreless on three chances, 2:30.  The Stags scored on 1-5 in their own man-up chances on the evening.  The Falcons finished the game with 25 turnovers, 12 of which were caused by the Stags, with Clay Wells (Doylestown, Pa.) leading the way with four.  The Stags committed 17 turnovers, eight of which were caused, with half coming from Matt Puleo.  The Stags had less ground balls, 32-25, in the game, but had a 10-5 edge in the category in the fourth quarter.

Fairfield returns to action on Monday afternoon when it hosts Vermont at 3 p.m. on Alumni Field.


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