Fairfield vs. Harvard
March 18, 2007
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team remained among the ranks of the undefeated this afternoon with an 18-11 win over non-conference visitor Harvard University. The win moves the Stags, ranked 20th in the nation, to 5-0, while the Crimson fall to 0-4.

The Stags took over the game late in the second quarter, with the scored tied 7-7, the sixth tie of the first half. Fairfield's Brian Stanton netted a man-up goal, from a Travis Nelson pass, at 4:17, to start a 3-0 run to end the half. With the 10-7 lead, the Stags struck first in the third quarter as well, when Greg Downing scored unassisted at 8:30. The Fairfield run got to 5-0 at the 5:54 mark of the third on a Dan Boudreau goal made it 12-7. Greg Cohen stopped the run, scoring for Harvard at 2:30, however the Stags again unleashed a quarter ending run, to enter the fourth quarter ahead 14-8.

Travis Nelson scored at 13:12 for the 15-8 lead, before Travis Burr scored man up for the Crimson at 11:27. Nelson answered with a man-down goal for the Stag at 9:08 for the 16-9 edge. The teams traded goals over the next six minutes, with Nelson answering both of the Harvard tallies.

Nelson and Mike Bocklet again paced the Stags offense, combining for nine goals and seven assists in the win. Bocklet had five goals and three assists, while Nelson recorded four goals and four assists. Boudreau scored twice for the Stags, including his fourth game-winning goal of the season. Downing notched three goals in the Stags win, as did Stanton.

Mike Kruger earned the win in net for Fairfield, with five saves in 58:56 of action, allowing all 11 Harvard goals. Piet Dudley played the final 64 seconds for the Stags, making two saves. Joe Pike took the loss for Harvard, allowing 18 goals and making eight saves in 58:56 of play. Evan O'Donnell minded the net for the final 64 seconds and made one save.

Greg Cohen had four points for the Crimson, with two goals and two assists. Max Motschwiller and Carle Stenmark each had two goals each as well.

Fairfield out shot Harvard 43-31 in the game, and had a 30-22 advantage in ground balls. Harvard captured 19 of 31 face-offs in the game. The Stags cleared the ball 17-19 times as compared to the 13-17 rate for Harvard. The Stags man-down defense was again solid, stopping Harvard 6-9 times.

The Stags 18 goals is their most in a game this season and stretches the team's streak of scoring 11 or more to four games.

The Stags will begin a three-game road trip, all against ECAC opponents, beginning March 24 at Penn State.