February 27, 2010

Stags Defeat Bryant 5-3 For First Win

Courtesy of Fairfield Athletics

The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team earned its first win of the year, defeating visiting Bryant University 5-3 at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The Stags improve to 1-1 on the year, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-2.  The game was the first-ever meeting between the two school's lacrosse programs.

The Stags got on the board first when Kevin Peters scored an unassisted goal with 5:14 to play in the second quarter.  Just over two minutes later Ryan Mulford netted a pass from Matt Plominski for a man-up goal and a 2-0 lead.  The Bulldogs got on the board with 40 seconds to play in the first-half on a goal from Travis Harrington.

The Bulldogs knotted the score early in the second-half as Peter McMahan struck 2:42 into the period.  Fairfield rookie Sam Snow broke the tie with 9:43 to play as he scored unassisted.  Max Trunz gave the Stags the eventual game-winning tally with 4:57 to play in the third quarter as he scored unassisted.  Bryant got back within a goal on a Max Weisenberg goal with 2:51 to play in the third quarter.  Plominski wrapped up the scoring as Trunz fed him the ball for a 5-3 lead with 12:44 remaining in the game.

Joseph Marra took care of the rest in goal for the Stags, earning his first win of the season, making 14 saves in the contest.  He also picked up a team-high four ground balls.  Jameson Love took the loss for Bryant, making nine saves, against five goals, in playing the entire game.

Fairfield committed fewer turnovers, 20-18, than the Bulldogs and were 1-4 in man-up chances, while holding Bryant to 0-2 in extra-man situations.  The Stags were outshot 27-21 on the day and both teams recorded 28 ground balls.  Fairfield cleared 21-25, including 10-11 in the second-half, while Bryant was equally impressive on the clear, 17-19.

Sean Bannon led the Stags defensive effort with three caused turnovers, while Reed Marko and Steve Golmont each had two of the Stags 12 caused turnovers.

The Stags will play their first road game of the 2010 season next Saturday when they travel to Villanova for a 4 p.m. contest.