Fairfield vs. Bucknell
March 13, 2007
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team, ranked 20th in the USILA poll, defeated #11 ranked Bucknell University, 13-7, this afternoon, in a battle of two of the six Division I unbeatens in the nation. The Stags improve to 4-0 with the win, while the Bison fall to 5-1.

Fairfield scored five unanswered goals in a 3:46 span during the final 5:47 of play to secure the best start in program history. Ahead 8-7, Mike Bocklet tallied back-to-back goals, at 5:47 and 4:46 to push the lead to 10-7. Travis Nelson netted a goal at 3:59 and Bocklet 69 seconds later to make the score 12-7. Dan Boudreau rounded out the scoring at the 2:01 mark, from a Chris Manley pass.

The Stags defense was again solid, led by the goalkeeping of Mike Kruger, who finished with nine saves. Fairfield was perfect in man-down situations, denying Bucknell on all five of its extra man opportunities. The Stags scored twice on their man-up chances (2-4) both coming in the five-goal run in the fourth quarter.

Bocklet led the Stags offense with six goals and an assist, but received plenty of support. Travis Nelson finished with six points, on three goals and three assists. Boudreau had two goals, and his third game-winning goal of the year, while Greg Downing and Brendan Finnerty both scored a goal each. Chris Manley had three assists, while Boudreau, Sean Fay and Kevin Peters all added one assist.

Bucknell's Joe Mele scored with 10:54 to play in the game to even the score at 6-6 but Travis Nelson (9:43) and Dan Boudreau (7:36) scored the next two goals to put Fairfield back ahead 8-6. Mele would cut the lead to just one, 8-7, 17 seconds later, but that would be the last Bison tally of the game.

Mele led the Bison with four goals, while three other players scored one goal apiece. Tim Brandau had two assists, along with a goal, while Austin Winter had a goal and an assist. Nick Sciubba played the entire 60 minutes in net, making 14 saves, allowing 13 goals, in the loss.

Fairfield out shot Bucknell 36-25 in the contest, and had more ground balls, 26-17. Bucknell captured 13 of the 24 face-offs, but committed more turnovers, 18-11. Fairfield cleared 18-23, while Bucknell cleared 14-21.

The Stags are back in action to round out a three-game Spring Break homestand, on Saturday, when they host Harvard at 2 p.m.