Fairfield vs. Air Force
March 23, 2005
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Freshman Travis Nelson (Oswego, N.Y.) converted a man-up
opportunity off a pass from sophomore Michael Bocklet (Katonah, N.Y.) with
just over one minute to play to give the Fairfield University men~Rs
lacrosse team a 10-9 victory in their conference opener against Air Force on
Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Stags improve to 4-2 overall and 1-0
in the Great Western Lacrosse League while the Falcons fall to 2-3 overall
and 0-1 in the league.

Nelson also opened the game by scoring off a pass from junior Kyle Herman
(Northport, N.Y.) but Air Force responded with back-to-back goals to take
the early 2-1 lead with 7:58 to play in the first period. Fairfield
dominated the next 13 minutes of the game, racking up five unanswered goals,
four of which came from Herman, to give the Stags a commanding 6-2 lead with
8:44 to go before half time.

The Falcons responded with a 5-1 scoring run of their own, with Fairfield~Rs
lone goal coming from Matt Castele, to even the game at seven apiece with
3:40 to play in the third period. Junior Josh Thornton (St. Charles, Mo.)
broke the tie with an unassisted goal at 1:51 and the Stags took the slight
8-7 advantage into the fourth period.

Fairfield struck first in the fourth stanza as Castele took a pass from
Bocklet and put the Stags up 9-7. The Falcons answered with two goals to
knot the game at 9-9 with 3:02 to play but a thirty-second penalty on Air
Force with 1:29 remaining set up Nelson~Rs game-winner at the 1:05 mark.

Herman led Fairfield with four goals and one assist while Nelson tallied
three goals on the day. Kevin Crumrine and Conrad Lochocki who scored three
goals apiece led the Falcons. In goal, Michael Kruger (Ellicott City, Md.)
made 10 saves while Justin Pavoni stopped seven.

Fairfield held the advantage in shots, 40-31, and ground balls 34-21. The
Stags also dominated face-offs as sophomore Charles Keinath (Melville, N.Y.)
won 17 of 22 attempts.

The Stags are back in action on Sat., March 26 as they travel to University
Park, Pa., to take on Penn State on Jeffrey Field at 1 p.m.