April 12, 2011

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Snellman's Goal with One Second Left Gives Fairfield Win Over Marist

from press release

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - John Snellman tallied his second goal of the game with just one tick left on the clock to cap a wild final 110 seconds to give the Fairfield University men's lacrosse team a 10-9 victory over the University of Hartford. The victory improves the Stags record to 6-5, while the Hawks fall to 7-4.

Hartford took its final lead of the game, 8-7, on an Aiden Genik goal with 46 seconds to play in the third quarter.   Neither team was able to tally a goal over the first 13 minutes of the final stanza until Doug Kuring fed Sam Snow for the game-tying goal with 1:50 to play. Rookie Jordan Greenfield put Fairfield ahead 9-8 with 55 seconds remaining as he scored his fourth goal of the game.

The Hawks tied the game with 19 seconds remaining on a goal from Ryan Compitello, 9-9. Hartford won the ensuing face-off and Conor Flynn launched a shot that was blocked with eight seconds remaining. Brendan McTague scooped the ground ball to Brent Adams who passed it along to Sean Bannon at midfield. Bannon fired the ball to the stick of Snellman who beat the keeper and the clock for the win.

Charlie Cipriano earned the win in net for the Stags making 12 saves, for his fourth consecutive double-digit effort. It also marks the ninth time this season he has held an opponent to less than 10 goals in a game. Scott Bement took the loss for Hartford, allowing all 10 goals and making 10 saves.

Max Trunz tallied a team-best five points in the game with a pair of goals and three assists. Greenfield led the Stags with four goals, while Snellman touched net twice. Fairfield out shot Hartford 41-34 for the game that included a 15-5 edge in the final quarter.

Hartford received a five-goal, one-assist effort from Carter Bender, while Compitello had a goal and two assists. Conner Yatauro was the only other Hawk to score multiple goals with two tallies. Tim Fallon went 16-23 at the face-off X for the Hawks, picking up a game-high 12 ground balls. The Hawks finished the game with a 31-18 advantage in face-offs.

Fairfield's defense was perfect in its man-down efforts once again, not allowing Hartford a goal in its two chances. It is the second game in a row that the Stags have not allowed an opponent to score a man-up goal.

The Stags will return to action on Saturday, April 16 when they host #8 Hofstra at 1 p.m. The contest, scheduled to be played on Lessing Field, will be preceded by a ceremony honoring the Fairfield senior class.


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