Fairfield vs. Marist
April 9, 2005
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - With 1:47 remaining to play and the score knotted at nine apiece, junior Kyle Herman's (Northport, N.Y.) pass to sophomore Michael Bocklet (Katonah, N.Y.) was deflected by a Marist defender into the goal, giving the 20th-ranked Fairfield University men's lacrosse team its sixth-straight win. The Stags ran their overall record to 8-2 on the season by defeating the Red Foxes, 10-9 on Saturday afternoon at Lessing Field.

Marist (2-5) jumped out to the early lead, getting back-to-back goals in the first four minutes of play from Patrick Van Horne and Mike McGuire but the Stags tied it up off unassisted goals by junior Josh Thornton (St. Charles, Mo.) and freshman Matt Castele (Medina, Ohio). Thornton's goal came with 10:30 remaining in the first period as he drove down the right side, faked out his defender and then ripped a shot over the left shoulder of Red Fox net minder, Stephan Gravino. Just two minutes later, Fairfield found themselves in a man-up situation and Castele wasted no time in capitalizing, scoring just four seconds into the penalty to knot the score at two apiece.

After another Marist goal, the Stags would begin the second period down, 3-2 but Bocklet would score all of his team-leading three goals during a five-minute span in the frame to build a 5-3 Fairfield advantage. Bocklet's first goal would come with 4:48 to play before the half, as he would drive to the net and score the unassisted goal while being pushed to the ground. Less than two minutes later and with the ball in Marist's defensive half of the field, the Stags would force a twenty-second violation and gain possession. Freshman Travis Nelson (Oswego, N.Y.) was awarded the ball and sent a quick pass to Bocklet who converted to give Fairfield its first lead of the game. Bocklet's final score would come with 1:26 to go in the second as he took a pass from freshman Dan Boudreau (Canton, Mass.) and bounced a shot past Gravino.

The Red Foxes climbed back into the contest scoring twice in the first five minutes of the third quarter to even the score at five apiece with 10:15 to play but on the ensuing face-off, freshman Sean Fay (Bethesda, Md.) won the ball, drove the length of the field and tallied his lone goal of the day, giving Fairfield back the lead, 6-5. Herman would then make it a 7-5 game as he sent a shot into the high, left hand corner of the net. Marist's McGuire would close out the scoring in the third stanza, and Van Horne would open the scoring in the fourth to deadlock the game again, 7-7.

Fairfield got goals from Castele and sophomore Greg Downing (Auburn, N.Y.) to build a 9-7 advantage but the Red Foxes answered with two of their own to knot the game for the final time at nine apiece with 3:24 to play.

Following Herman's goal in the final minutes, Marist had one final opportunity to tie the game as Andrew Walsh gained possession and drove into the offensive end but his shot was blocked by a Fairfield defender moments before the clock ran out.

The Stags held the advantage in shots, 48-34 and ground balls, 46-30 while Marist held the slight edge in face-offs, winning 11 of 21 attempts. Sophomore Charles Keinath ( Melville, N.Y.) won 8 of 14 face off attempts for Fairfield.

In goal, sophomore Tim Gazzini (Fayetteville, N.Y.) got his first start of the season and recorded the win, making four saves in just over 40 minutes of play before classmate Michael Kruger (Ellicott City, Md.) came on in relief, making three saves in the finale 19:51 of the game. For the Red Foxes, Gravino put in an outstanding performance, stopping 17 shots.

Fairfield is back in action on Sun., April 17 as they return to Great Western Lacrosse League action, hosting No. 9/11 Nortre Dame on Lessing Field at 1 p.m.