Fairfield vs. Dartmouth
March 4, 2006
The Game Story:
Fairfield, Conn. - The 20th ranked Fairfield University men's lacrosse team let a late lead slip away, and fell 14-12 to visiting #18 Dartmouth College. The Stags fall to 1-1 on the year, while Dartmouth improves to 3-0, having played each game on the road. Tim Daniels circled across the top of the box, drove to the crease, and deposited the game-winning goal with 1:24 to play in the game. Dartmouth added an insurance goal with one tick left, to earn the victory.

The Stags trailed 7-5 after Daniels netted the first goal of the second half with 11:57 to play in the third quarter. The Stags went on a tear from there, scoring five straight goals, to take a 10-7 edge. Travis Nelson scored twice and added an assist during the 8:36 stretch. Greg Dowing, Jeff Cilente and Josh Thorton also scored during the run. Dartmouth responded with the last two goals of the third quarter, to close to within one, 12-11, entering the final period.

Dartmouth knotted the score, 12-12, 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, on a Jamie Coffin goal, but the Stags seemed to take control of the game in the next minutes, Downing gave Fairfield a 13-12 lead, with 13:31 to play. Nelson scored his team-best fourth goal 58 seconds later, for the 14-12 lead. The game remained at that point for over eight minutes, until Greg Ryan gave Dartmouth life with a goal with 4:11 to play. Brian Koch knotted the game with 3:24 to play and set up the game-winner.

Downing finished the game with two goals and two assists, while Mike Bocklet and Thornton each finished with two goals. Chris Manley and Cilente both added goals as well. Thornton added an assist for his three-point day, as did Bocklet. Nelson finished with five points and Manley two points.

Mike Kruger suffered the loss in net for the Stags, allowing 14 goals and making 13 saves, including eight saves in the second quarter. His Dartmouth counterpart, Pat Marshall made 10 saves, five in the fourth quarter, and allowed 12 goals.

Coffin led the Green with four goals and two assists, while Nick Bonacci had four points on three goals and an assist. Koch added two goals and Daniels had two as well.

Fairfield was out shot on the day 40-36, but recorded two more groundballs then the visitor, 34-32. The Stags went 16-19 on clear attempts, failing on each of the last three attempts in the fourth quarter. Fairfield scored on 1-3 man-up situations. Dartmouth was 4-6 in extra man situations, and 15-26 on clear attempts.

The Stags are back in action on Friday, March 10, when they play their ECAC Lacrosse League debut at Rutgers at 7 p.m.