Fairfield vs. Lafayette
February 20, 2010
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University menís lacrosse team dropped its season opener to visiting Lafayette College, 15-10, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. The Stags are 0-1, while the Leopards improve to 1-0.

The Stags trailed 7-6 at the intermission but scored two quick goals in the second-half to take an 8-7 advantage, their only lead of the game. John Snellman, who finished with three goals, scored first in the second-half, putting home a pass from Matt Plominski with 12:20 to play in the third quarter. The Stags took the lead 44 seconds later as rookie Marshall Johnson netted a pass from classmate Sam Snow, for the 9-8 advantage.

Lafayette responded with three straight goals, tying the game with 9:57 to play in the third quarter on a goal by Steve Serling. Colin Serling put the Leopards ahead for good 4:27 later with a goal assisted by his brother. Matt Mersky opened the fourth quarter scoring with a man-up goal, converting a pass from Stefan Bauer, 56 seconds into the period. Doug Kuring scooped up a loose ball in front of the net and scored it with 10:14 to play, making it 10-9, but the Leopards responded with three straight tallies, all in a 3:20 span to push the lead to 13-9.

Snellman led the Stags offensive effort with three goals, while rookies Johnson and Snow each touched net once and handed out a pair of assists each. Kuring and Logan Rausse finished with two goals each and Max Trunz had two assists for Fairfield.

Steve Serling led the way for Lafayette with an eight point afternoon, touching net five times and handing out three assists. Tom Perini touched net three times in the contest and Colin Serling had a goal and an assist on the day.

Vinny DePasquale earned the win in net for Lafayette making 14 saves, including seven in the third quarter. Joe Marra took the loss for the Stags making 11 saves.

Fairfield out shot Lafayette 49-36 for the game and picked up more ground balls, 33-31. The Leopards were 3-9 on extra-man chances, while the Stags tallied goals on all put one of their man-up opportunities. Both teams committed 12 turnovers in the game, with Lafayette clearing 14-16 and the Stags clearing 12-16.

Fairfield is back in action at home on Saturday, February 27 when it hosts Bryant University at noon.