Fairfield vs. Denver
April 21, 2012
The Game Story:
Sam Snow scored 32 seconds into overtime to give the #17/17 Fairfield University men's lacrosse team a 9-8 overtime win over #10/12 University of Denver Saturday on Lessing Field. The victory improves the Stags to 11-3 on the year, tying a program scored for wins, and 4-1 in ECAC Lacrosse League play. The Pioneers fall to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in league play.

The Stags needed some heroics in the final minute of regulation to get the extra period, as Denver led 8-7 when Brendan McTague was whistled for a hold with 1:02. With the Stags man-down Charlie Cipriano came out of the cage and forced a Denver turnover with 38 seconds to play. After he picked up the ground ball he was drew a push from Eric Adamson with 34 ticks remaining in regulation that resulted in a 27-second extra-man chance for the Stags. Tristan Sperry fed Brent Adams from behind the net for the game-tying score with 15 seconds later.

Michael Roe won the overtime face-off and the Stags called timeout. John Snellman took a shot from the left wing that was blocked by a Denver defender. The carom went towards the net where it bounced into Snow's stick and he put it into the back of the net for the victory.

Snow tied a career-high with five goals to pace the Stags offensive effort. Adams finished with three points on a goal and two assists and Cramer scored twice. Sperry also had two points in the game.

Roe went 14-21 at the face-off X, including 7-9 after halftime. He picked up a game-best eight ground balls in the game, as the Stags finished with a 30-29 in that category.

Cipriano stopped 12 shots in picking up the win for Fairfield. He also had a caused turnover and two ground balls. Geordie Wells and Reed Marko aided the Stags defense with two caused turnovers apiece. Ryan LaPlante made 10 saves, abused two turnovers and had two ground balls for Denver. Drew Babb caused a game-high three turnovers for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers, who outshot Fairfield 33-30, we're led by Berg's hat trick. Matthews struck twice for Denver and Adamson handed out two assists.

Denver scored just five seconds into the game as Chase Carraro won the opening face-off and put it in the back of the net. Mark Matthews scored 2:21 later, unassisted, to give the Pioneers a 2-0 edge. Snow single-handily got Fairfield back into the game, with an unassisted goal at 8:33 and betting a Colin McLinden pass at 4:49. Alex Cramer gave the Stags their first lead of the game with 2:12 to play in the first quarter as he netted a pass from Adams.

Denver answered with three unanswered goals to start the second quarter. Wes Berg scored a man-up goal 5:28 into the period to knot the score, 3-3. Eric Law struck 5:44 before the break and Patrick Rogers made the score 5-3 1:57 later. Sperry scored his first of the game with 2:18 remaining before the break and Cramer's second of the game, 17 seconds later, sent the game to halftime tied 5-5.

The Stags fell behind 8-5 as Denver scored the only two goals of the third quarter and the first of the fourth, on Wes Berg's third of the game at the 9:47 mark. Fairfield cut that deficit quickly, with goals from Snow and Adams with 7:39 and 7:16 to play in regulation. The teams exchanged possessions over the next seven minute, setting up the thrilling conclusion.

The Stags close out the regular season next Saturday when they host ECAC foe Ohio State at 1 p.m.