Fairfield Stops Statesmen in ECAC Opener
from press release
For the seventh time in as many seasons the Fairfield University men's lacrosse team earned a win in its ECAC Lacrosse League opener, defeating Hobart College 17-12 Saturday afternoon on Alumni Field. The Stags improve to 8-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, while the Statesmen fall to 2-5 on the year and 0-1 in ECAC action.
In a game of runs the Stags jumped out to a 3-0 lead as John Snellman (13:24), Colin McLinden (9:17) and Sam Snow (6:01) tallied goals. Hobart answered with consecutive goals and Brent Adams rounded out the scoring for the first quarter, to give the Stags a 4-2 edge. The teams traded goals within a 35-second span early in the second quarter as Adams scored his second man-down goal of the year to give Fairfield a 5-2 edge with 10:13 to play before intermission.
The Statesmen mounted their first rally of the game following that tally scoring three goals over a 5:35 stretch. Alex Love struck for the final two goals, tying the game at 5-5 at the 6:59 mark and netting a pass from Cam Stone 3:01 before the break to give Hobart a one-goal lead, 6-5. That lead was short lived as Adams scored an unassisted goal 90 seconds later to tie the game 6-6. Snellman put Fairfield back ahead 52 seconds later, and Snow scored a man-up goal with 12 seconds left before the intermission to give the Stags an 8-6 lead at the break.
Fairfield scored the first three goals of the second period, with Snow striking twice in 24 seconds. He scored at 13:47, unassisted and then 24 seconds later put home a pass from Bryan Barry for a 10-6 advantage. Nick Tandoi scored at the 11:50 mark and Snellman put home a man-up score at 9:30 to run the Stags streak to seven unanswered and give Fairfield a 12-6 lead with 9:30 to play in the third quarter.
Sam Miller scored consecutive goals for Hobart, at 8:12 and 5:54 of the third quarter, to pull end the Stags run and get the Statesmen back to 12-8. Eric Warden tallied the final score of the third, an extra man tally, to push the lead back to five, 13-8. It started a three goal run for Fairfield, with Snellman scoring 1:59 into the final stanza and followed by Jordan Greenfield at the 12:29 mark, to give the Stags a 15-8 advantage. Hobart scored four straight goals, three coming in 80 seconds, to cut that deficit to 15-12, but Drew Federico (5:01) and Adams (3:43) for a 15-8 lead.
Adams, Snellman and Snow tallied four goals apiece for the Stags, marking the second time this season that the trio had recorded hat tricks in the same game. Snow added two assists to lead all scorers with six points. Snellman had on assist for five points and McLinden had a goal and two assists. Federico had a goal and an assist to round out the multi-point scorers for Fairfield.
Michael Roe was 15-28 at the face-off X and picked up a game-high six ground balls. Marshall Johnson won a face-off and picked up four ground balls, as the both teams picked up 16 ground balls in the period. Each team also had six caused turnovers, with six different players causing one for Fairfield and Sean Regan causing a game-best two for Hobart.
The Statesmen received hat tricks from Love and Miller, with Love adding two assists for five points. Ca Stone also had five points, handing out a team-best four assists. Gryphin Kelly was 14-27 at the face-off X for the Statesmen.
Charlie Cipriano made eight saves in net for the Stags to earn the victory. Peter Zonino made 17 saves in a losing effort for Hobart.
The 17 goals for the Stags equal the most in a game under fourth-year head coach Andy Copelan. Fairfield defeated St. John's 17-5 in the finale
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