Fairfield vs. Notre Dame
March 13, 2010
The Game Story:
Joseph Marra made a career-high 17 saves to lead the Fairfield University men's lacrosse team to a 10-8 upset of #3 Notre Dame in the inaugural 'Beating Cancer With A Stick Classic' Saturday afternoon at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. The Stags improve to 2-2 on the year, while the Fighting Irish fall to 3-2.

Fairfield scored seven of the first eight goals of the game, building a 7-1 edge with 6:33 to play in the second quarter. Notre Dame scored a man-up goal with 5:34 to play in the first-half and the teams went to the break with the Stags ahead 7-2.

Notre Dame struck for the first two tallies of the second-half, closing to 7-4 on a Neal Hicks tally with 2:15 to play in the period. Fairfield however would answer with two goals of its own to end the quarter. Kevin Peters made the score 8-4 with an unassisted goal with 1:35 remaining in the quarter, and Max Trunz tallied the eventual game winner with two seconds left in the third.

The Fighting Irish came on again in the fourth quarter, with David Earl scoring 18 seconds into the quarter to make the margin 9-5. Grant Krebs scored back-to-back man-up goals for the Irish (9:48 & 8:56) to get the Irish back within two goals, 9-7. Neither team could find the back of the net again until Doug Kuring did so, with the Irish keeper out of the net, with 20 seconds to play in the game. Earl wrapped up the scoring with an unassisted tally with seven seconds to play.

Kevin Peters and Brent Adams led the offense for Fairfield, with two goals apiece, as eight different Stags tallied a goal in the win. Matt Plominski also had two points, with a goal and an assist.

Marra was one of four Stags to record four ground balls in the victory. He made 10 of his 17 saves in the final quarter, to hold off the Irish charge. Fairfield was outshot, 42-23, had fewer ground balls, 33-28, and won just 6-20 face-offs on the afternoon. The Irish cleared successfully 21-24, while the Stags were 22-30. The Stags were 0-1 in man-up chances, while the Irish were good on 3-7 of their chances.

The 10 goals scored by Fairfield marks the first time a Notre Dame opponent has scored in double-figures since Syracuse did so in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Tournament (11-9).

Fairfield got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 4-0 first quarter lead. Matt Plominski struck first for the Stags, touching net 78 seconds into the contest. Nick Baglio scored next, also unassisted, with 8:37 to play in the quarter. Brent Adams scored his first of the day, with 2:45 to play in the first period and Kevin Peters wrapped up the first quarter offense, netting a pass from Marshall Johnson with 13 seconds remaining.

Notre Dame broke through just under five minutes into the second-quarter as Neal Hicks put home a pass from Colin Igoe. The Stags wasted little time in getting the goal back as Mike Esposito tallied his first of the game with 9:36 to play in the half. Adams gave the Stags a 6-1 edge 46 seconds later, putting a pass from Plominski in the back of the net. Sam Snow gave the Stags a six-goal edge with an unassisted goal with 6:33 to play in the period. Max Pfeifer scored a man-up goal for the Irish at the 5:34 mark, and the game went to the intermission with the Stags leading 7-2.

The Stags continue their three-game road trip on Saturday, March 20, when they travel to Colgate at 3 p.m.