Fairfield vs. Umass
April 24, 2007
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-7 decision to visiting ECAC Lacrosse League foe University of Massachusetts on Lessing Field this afternoon. The Stags fall to 5-6 on the year and 1-5 in league play, while the Minutemen improve to 6-6 on the year and 4-2 in conference action.

Greg Downing scored the first goal of the game just 27 seconds into the contest, but the Stags would not lead again. UMass netted goals at 12:40 and 8:41, for the 2-1 advantage, which Gary Raniolo evened with an unassisted goal with one second in the first quarter.

Fairfield was called for an illegal stick to start the second quarter, giving UMass a man advantage, which they converted on at 13:29. Dan Boudreau scored a man-down goal 41 seconds later, for a 3-3 tie, the last of the game. UMass scored the next two goals, for a 5-3 edge, and three of the last four of the half, taking a 6-4 lead to intermission.

Downing started the scoring in the second half as well, at the 13:49 mark, but back-to-back goals from the Minutemen pushed the lead to 8-5. Mike Bocklet scored twice in the early minutes of the fourth quarter, to again get the Stags within a goal, 8-7, but the Minutemen would not give up the equalizer, and scored two insurance goals for the final margin.

Michael Kruger minded the net for the Stags, making 14 saves in the game, playing the entire 60 minutes. His counterpart for UMass, Doc Schneider, stopped 14 shots as well in the contest, playing the entire game.

Downing and Bocklet had two goals apiece for the Stags. Boudreau had a goal and an assist as well, while Chris Manley notched a pair of assists.

UMass was led by the three goal efforts of Jim Connolly and Andrew Recchione. Brian Jacovina had a goal and two assists, and Evan Blum notched two assists.

The Stags were out shot 41-28 and recorded fewer ground balls, 23-20. The Minutemen won 14 of 19 face-offs in the game and committed more turnovers, 21-19.

Fairfield will host St. John's at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, in the regular season finale. Prior to the game the Stags will honor the senior class.