Fairfield Tops Vermont for Second Straight Win
from press release
The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team won back-to-back games for the first time this season defeating the University of Vermont 9-6 on Monday afternoon at Alumni Field. The Stags improve to 4-2 on the season, while the Catamounts fall to 3-3.
Geoff Worley started the scoring for Vermont just 35 seconds into the game but the Stags would respond quickly. John Snellman (Norwalk, Conn.) put home a pass from Max Trunz (Upper Brookville, N.Y.) 46 seconds later to tie the score. It would be the first of four consecutive goals to end the first quarter with Doug Kuring (New Milford, Conn,) scoring at the 10:55 mark, Ryan Mulford (Crownsville, Md.) at 5:05 and Snellman again at 1:49 to give the Stags a 4-1 advantage.
Vermont struck first in the second quarter as well, with A.J. Masson scoring 62 seconds into the quarter, but Marshall Johnson (Canandaigua, N.Y.) got the tally back, scoring a pass from Mulford at the 9:40 mark. Drew Philie scored his first of three goals with 5:07 to play before intermission but again the Stags responded, this time Jordan Greenfield (Dover, Mass.) to take a 6-3 lead into the intermission.
Fairfield scored the only two goals of the third period as Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) tallied what would prove to be the game-winner at the 8:19 mark. Sam Snow (Bainbridge, Wash.) scored an unassisted goal with 23 seconds to play in the period to give the Stags an 8-3 lead.
Kuring scored the Stags final goal of the game with 8:00 to play, depositing a pass from Snellman for a 9-3 lead. The Catamounts would score three times in the final 6:17, two from Philie, to provide the final margin, 9-6.
Charlie Cipriano (Williston Park, N.Y.), who was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week while the game was in progress, earned the win in goal for Fairfield. He posted 10 saves in the contest, while holding an opponent to six of fewer goals for the fifth time this season. He also had two ground balls. David Barton took the loss in net for the Catamounts, stopping eight shots on the afternoon.
Fairfield was once again perfect in man-down situations, not allowing Vermont to score on any of its three chances in the game. The Stags man-up unit on the flip-side was an impressive 4-7 on the afternoon. The Stags cleared the ball well once again, 16-18, while Vermont was equally strong, 19-21. The Catamounts finished with a 12-7 edge in face-offs and a 32-31 advantage in ground balls. The Stags outshot Vermont 40-30 for the game.
Johnson was 7-11 at the face-off X for the Stags and picked up a career-best 10 ground balls on the day. The Stags caused 11 of the Catamounts 20 turnovers on the day, with Drew Palmer (Webster, N.Y.) leading the way with four. Fairfield committed only 12 turnovers in the game.
Kuring and Snellman both finished the game with two goals and an assist as seven different players touched net on the afternoon. Fairfield handed out seven assists on its nine goals.
The Stags conclude a five-game homestand on Saturday when they host Colgate University at 1 p.m. on Alumni Field.