March 11, 2012

Fairfield Wins Program-Record Sixth Straight Game

from press release

The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team completed its four-game road trip with a 14-7 win over the University of Vermont Sunday afternoon at Virtue Field. The victory improves the Stags to 6-0, the best start to a season and the equaling the longest win streak in program history.

The team's traded empty possessions over the first five minutes of the game, until Eric Warden netted the game's first goal with 9:57 to play in the quarter following a failed Vermont clear. Michael Roe won the ensuing face-off which led to a Brent Adams tally 24 seconds, for a 2-0 advantage. Vermont won the next face-off and cut the deficit in half at the 8:09 mark with an A.J. Mason tally.

That would be Vermont's only tally of the quarter, but Fairfield rattled off four unanswered in the final 5:30. John Snellman scored his first, off a pass from Adams at the 5:30 mark and was followed 57 seconds later by a goal from Tristan Sperry for a 4-1 lead. Sperry struck with 60 seconds to play in the quarter and Colin McLinden netted a goal with 12 seconds remaining to give the Stags a 6-1 lead after the first quarter.

Vermont scored 22 seconds into the second quarter as Connor McNamara scored to make it 6-2 Fairfield. Snellman answered that with his second at the 8:33 mark. Roe won the following face-off which led to the first career goal for long-pole Drew Palmer at 7:56 making it 8-2. After Drew Phillie scored for Vermont, the Stags ended the half with goals from Adams (2:05) and Snellman (1:59).

The Stags extended the lead to nine, 12-3, with two goals in the first 45 seconds of the third quarter. McLinden scored first, 38 seconds into the half, and Roe netted his first seven seconds later. Vermont scored at the 9:55 mark as the teams alternated goals through the end of the third quarter to enter the final period with the Stags ahead 14-5. Vermont scored twice in the fourth to provide the final tally.

Snellman and Adams led the Stags with four points apiece in the game. Snellman netted his fourth consecutive hat trick, and fifth of the season, while Adams had two goals and two assists. Warden finished with three points, two goals, Sperry had two goals, and Roe had a goal and an assist.

Roe went 20-23 at the face-off X on the day for the Stags and picked up a career-best 11 ground balls. Marshall Johnson was 2-2 at the X, with five ground balls, as the Stags won 88 percent of the day's face-offs. The duo helped the Stags to a 31-23 advantage in ground balls.

Charlie Cipriano earned the win in net for the Stags. He played 57:56 and made 11 saves while allowing six goals. Conor Fraylick minded the Stags net for the final 2:04, allowing a goal in his collegiate debut. David Barton started in net for Vermont, making four saves and allowing nine goals in 27:55 of action. Alex Plavner played the final 32:05 for the Catamounts, stopping nine shots and giving up five goals.

The victory gives the Stags six consecutive victories, matching the program-long streaks from 1997 and 1998. The four-game road trip is the longest in program history as well, equaling a trip from 1995, and ends with four victories. Fairfield is 6-0 to start a season for the first time in varsity history, surpassing the 5-0 start from 2007.


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