Fairfield Outlasts Bryant in Double Overtime
from press release
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Rookie Colin McLinden
(Madison, N.J.) fed Sam Snow (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) 2:22 into
the second overtime for the game-winning tally as the Fairfield
University men’s lacrosse team defeated visiting Bryant
University 9-8 on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the
Stags record to 2-0, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-2.
After falling behind 1-0 16 seconds into the game, the Stags scored goals at the 11:15 and 7:01 marks of the first quarter to take a 2-1 lead. It would be the Stags only lead until midway in the fourth quarter as Bryant scored consecutive goals to take a 3-2 lead with 3:33 to play in the first. Brent Adams (Norwalk, Conn.) equaled the score with 27 second left in the quarter, but Bryant started the second quarter with three goals to take a 6-3 lead. Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) snapped the Bulldogs run with 31 seconds left before halftime, netting a pass from Adams, to send the Stags to the locker room down 6-4.
The teams traded goals to start the second half as Fairfield found itself trailing 7-5 midway through the period. Warden started the Stags run with his third goal of the game, again from Brent Adams, with 3:09 to play in the quarter. Snow struck for his first tally of the afternoon, from McLinden, at the 12:20 mark of the fourth quarter to tie the score and John Snellman (Norwalk, Conn.) put Fairfield in front, 8-7, with his first of the day at the 7:34 mark. Cody Isdaner netted his third tally of the game for Bryant with 5:31 to play in regulation to knot the score once again, 8-8.
Bryant had a chance to win the game in regulation when Snellman was whistled for a penalty with 16 seconds to play, but the Fairfield defense didn’t allow a shot. The Bulldogs started the first overtime period with a man advantage but the Stags forced a turnover and turned them away. Both teams traded offensive chances in the first overtime, and Bryant won the opening face of the second overtime, resulting in a wide shot, which Fairfield turned into the winning possession.
Charlie Cipriano (Williston Park, N.Y.) stopped 11 shots in the game for Fairfield, to earn the win. Fairfield out shot Bryant 6-2 in the overtime periods, with Jameson Love making five saves. He finished the game with 19 stops in a losing effort.
Warden led the Stags effort with three goals, his first collegiate hat trick, and an assist. Adams had an assist and two goals, while Snow and Drew Federico (West Islip, N.Y.) each scored twice.
Isdaner finished with three goals to lead the Bulldogs, who had a goal apiece from five other players. Peter McMahon and Mason Poli both had two points in the game.
The double-overtime is the Stags first multiple overtime game since a program-long three overtime loss to Rutgers (7-6) in 2004. It is the third multi-overtime game in program history and the first win. The Stags have played an overtime game in each of the last five seasons, and are 2-2 under Andy Copelan in games that need extra time.
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