Fairfield vs. Butler
March 24, 2002
The Game Story:
Fairfield, CT: The Fairfield University Men^s Lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 first quarter lead and held off a second half comeback attempt to defeat the Bulldogs of Butler 11-7 today in Great Western Lacrosse League (GWLL) action. The win improves the Stags to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the GWLL, while dropping the Bulldogs to 2-4 and 0-1.

Matt Buecker and Rory McCarthy would each record three goals and an assist for Fairfield, while Adam Cichostepski and Scott Walker would each net two and add an assist for the Bulldogs. Buecker has now scored at least two goals in each of Fairfield^s six games, and has netted three or more four times thus far. He has 21 goals in six games and is averaging 3.5 goals per game.

Buecker would set off the Stags early run with the opening goal at 9:12 of the first quarter. Justin Geluso doubled the margin at 7:11 with an assist to Troy Bamann, then Buecker, Scipioni, and Kusak would each record unassisted tallies to put Fairfield ahead by five.

Ryan Ward put Butler on the board at 13:41 of the second, but the Stags answered with three straight to finish the half ahead 8-1. McCarthy, Geluso, and Buecker would register the goals.

The Bulldogs showed some bite however, as they scored three unanswered third quarter tallies to come within four. Cichostepski would score two and Walker would add the second.

McCarthy began the fourth quarter with a goal for the Stags at 13:44, but Butler^s Kyle Tietjen Matt Eizenberg answered with back to back goals at 11:45 and 10:57 to make it 9-6. It was as close as the Bulldogs would come however as McCarthy would score his third and Scipioni his second to ice the game. Walker would round out the scoring with 1:16 left for Butler.

The Stags controlled ball possession throughout, won the ground-ball game 40-27, and held a 33-28 shot on goal advantage. Fairfield cashed in on one of two extra man opportunities, while Butler converted one of four EMO chances.

Fairfield is off for nearly two weeks when they travel west to face Denver on April 5th at 7:30, then Air Force on April 7th at noon. Both contests will be Great Western Lacrosse League games.