Stags Find More OT Magic in Win over Hofstra
from press release
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Brent Adams (Norwalk, Conn.) tallied his second goal of the game 113 seconds into the third overtime to give the Fairfield University men's lacrosse team a 10-9 win over host Hofstra University. The second consecutive multi-overtime win keeps the Stags unbeaten, 3-0, while the Pride falls to 1-2.
Adams took the ball out of the time out and drove the right alley and when the slide didn't come on his pass fake, put the ball into the back of the net from 10-yards out.
Fairfield took a 6-3 lead when Sam Snow (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) scored 1:41 into the second quarter. Hofstra scored the final two goals of the second quarter and the first three of the third to take an 8-6 lead. The Stags scoring drought spanned 26:12 when Eric Warden (Glen Mills, Pa.) scored an unassisted goal to get the Stags back within a goal, 8-7.
That was the score 48 seconds into the fourth quarter when Adams netted his first goal of the game to draw Fairfield into the games second tie. Lance Yoper put Hofstra back in front with 8:00 to play in regulation with an unassisted goal, but John Snellman (Norwalk, Conn.) answered with his fourth tally of the game at the 4:23 mark, to force overtime, and set up the Adams game-winner.
The Stags defense held Hofstra scoreless for the final 8:00 of regulation and then all 9:53 of the overtime periods. Charlie Cipriano (Williston Park, N.Y.) made three of his season-best 16 saves during the overtime periods, with six coming in the second quarter.
Adams and Snellman each had four points to lead the Stags, with Snellman touching net four times and Adams scoring twice to go along with two assists. Snow scored twice for the Stags, while Tristan Sperry (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Warden each had a goal on the night. Dylan McGoldrick (Point Lookout, N.Y.) and Marshall Johnson(Canandaigua, N.Y.) each had an assist for Fairfield.
It marks the first time in varsity program history that the Stags have played consecutive multi-overtime games. Tonight's game was the second longest in program history, with the longest being a 7-6 loss to Rutgers in 2004 that lasted 71:48. It is the second time in varsity history that Fairfield has played two overtime games in a season, going 1-1 in 2005, but the Stags have never played three overtime games in a single-season.
Fairfield outshot Hofstra 40-38 for the game and had three fewer ground balls, 33-30. Johnson picked up seven of the Stags ground balls and went 9-15 at the face-off X, helping the Stags win 12-25. Fairfield cleared the ball at 85 percent, 17-20, while holding Hofstra to 76 percent, 13-17. Hofstra scored the only man-up goal of the night, 1-2, with the Stags going 0-3.
Andrew Gvozden took the loss in net for Hofstra despite making 17 saves. Adrian Sorichetti had a hat trick for Hofstra, while Ian Braddish had a goal and two assists. John Antoniades was 13-22 at the face-off X in the game with four ground balls, while Korey Hendrickson picked up a team-high five.
Snow got the scoring going with a tally 67 seconds into the contest as he netted a pass from Adams. Less than a minute later Tristan Sperry made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal. Adams picked up his second assist of the game just 4:25 into the period as he fed Snellman for a 3-0 goal. It would be the first of three consecutive goals that Snellman scored as he completed his second hat trick of the year in the first quarter alone
Hofstra got on the board just under eight minutes into the game when Sorichetti scored unassisted. Snellman answered at the 4:20 mark, putting home his second on a pass from Marshall Johnson. Torin Varn scored an Ian Braddish pass 52 seconds later to make the score 4-2 Stags, and Snellman wrapped up the first quarter scoring with 2:20 to play in the period with an unassisted goal.
Snow started the scoring in the second-half as well, as he scored his second, unassisted, at the 13:19 mark of the period for a 6-3 edge. It would be the Stags final goal of the half. Braddish struck with 8:06 and 1:36 to play in the period to send the teams to the locker room with Fairfield leading 6-5.
The Stags continue their four-game road trip on Saturday when they travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on UMBC.