Fairfield vs. Loyola
April 7, 2012
The Game Story:
The #14 Fairfield University men's lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 8-6 decision to #4 Loyola University Maryland Saturday on Lessing Field. The loss drops the Stags to 9-2 on the year and 2-1 in ECAC action, while the Greyhounds remain undefeated at 10-0 and 4-0 in conference play.

The Stags scored five straight goals after falling behind 4-1 with 2:52 to play in the second-quarter, to take a 6-4 lead with 11:59 to play in the game. That would be the last goal that the Stags scored as Loyola answered eight seconds later to begin a 4-0 run to retake the lead and earn the victory.

Charlie Cipriano finished with 13 saves in net for the Stags, to go along with a ground ball, in the loss for Fairfield. Jack Runkel made a dozen saves for Loyola, picking up a ground ball as well, to earn the win.

Chris Layne started the scoring, 2:06 into the game, as he put Loyola ahead 1-0 with an unassisted goal. Justin Ward followed with his first of the game, more than 9:00 later to give the Greyhounds a 2-0 edge through the first quarter. Davis Butts pushed the advantage to 3-0 with his first of the game, 3:29 into the second-quarter, before the Stags got on the board. Eric Warden gave the Stags their first goal of the game with 6:01 to play before intermission, and was answered by Mike Sawyer at the 2:52 mark. Sam Snow cut one of the deficit 26 seconds later to send the game to the intermission with Loyola leading 4-2.

Brent Adams fed Shawn Honovich at the restraining line as the Stags cleared the ball and Honovich fired the ball home 5:23 into the second-half to get Fairfield back within a goal, 4-3. Warden's second tally of the game came 72 seconds later to knot the score 4-4 and that is how the final stanza would begin. Colin McLinden gave Fairfield its first lead of the game, 5-4, 39 seconds into the fourth quarter. John Snellman made that lead a pair, 6-4, as he put home an Adams pass at 11:59 to extend his scoring streak to 21 consecutive games. J.P. Dalton started the Loyola rally eight seconds later and Ward tied the score 6-6 at the 7:19 mark. Sawyer's second of the day with 5:24 to play proved to be the game-winner, and Sean O'Sullivan sealed the win with a tally at the 2:47 mark.

Warden, two goals, and Adams, two assists, led the Stags offense, which was outshot 37-34 for the game. Ward had two goals and an assist for three points, while Sawyer tallied twice to lead Loyola.

Fairfield dominated the face-off X, wining 14-18, all from Michael Roe. Marshall Johnson came away with a game-high six ground balls as a result, but the Greyhounds led that category as a team as well, 27-24. Brendan McTague had two of the Stags eight caused turnover, while Sean Ratliff caused four of the Greyhounds seven.

The Stags return to action on Saturday, April 14 when they travel to Colorado Springs, Colo. for an ECAC contest at Air Force.