Fairfield vs. Ohio State
March 23, 2010
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University menís lacrosse team won its third consecutive game, defeating The Ohio State University 10-8 Tuesday night at Alumni Stadium in the ECAC Lacrosse League opener for both squads. With the win the Stags improve to 4-2 on the year, 1-0 in league play, while the Buckeyes fall to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in conference action.

Eight different Stags touched net on the night with Matt Plominski (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Kevin Peters (Darien, Conn.) both scored twice on the night, while Sam Snow (Bainbridge, Wash.) tallied a goal and two assists for three points. Joseph Marra (Smithtown, N.Y.) made 10 saves, his third consecutive game with double-digit saves, to earn the win in net for the Stags.

Fairfield held a 4-3 halftime advantage and extended the advantage to 5-3, 1:53 into the second-half when Ryan Mulford (Crownsville, Md.) put home a pass from Doug Kuring (New Milford, Conn.). Logan Schuss (Delta, British Columbia) got the tally back for the Buckeyes with his second goal of the evening at the 11:23 mark of the quarter. The Stags would net the next two goals with Plominski scoring a Snow pass at 8:19 and Snow scoring unassisted at the 7:17 mark.

The Stags 7-4 advantage lasted just under four minutes until Schuss touched net for the third time, unassisted, with 3:21 to play in the third quarter. He got the Buckeyes within a goal 49 seconds later when he fed Mario Ventiquattro (Carthage, N.Y.) for a man-up goal, making the score 7-6. The Stags put the lead back to two,8-6, when Peters scored an unassisted goal with four seconds remaining in the perior.

Plominski scored the eventual game-winning goal 5:45 into the fourth quarter, putting home a pass from Brent Adams (Norwalk, Conn.), for a 9-6 advantage. The Buckeyes came on once again, this time with a goal and an assist from Dominique Alexander (Baldwin, N.Y.). He scored his only goal of the game, unassisted, at the 7:34 mark and then fed James Green (Doylestown, Pa.) 90 seconds later to get Ohio State to within a goal, 9-8. Marshall Johnson (Canandaigua, N.Y.) gave Fairfield an insurance goal, on a pass from Nick Baglio (Brightwaters, N.Y.) with 3:49 to play.

Five Stags had two points in the game, with Kuring, Baglio and Adams, each tallying a goal and an assist in the game. John Smellman (Norwalk, Conn.) also had an assist for Fairfield, which had six assists on its 10 goals.

Schuss led all scorers in the game with four points, while Green finished with two goals and an assist for the Buckeyes. Brandon Freeman (Salem, N.H.) started and made 14 saves in net for the Buckeys, allowing nine goals in his 50:45 of action. Ryan Brant (Silver Spring, Md.) played the final 9:15 in goal for Ohio State, allowing one goal.

The game marked the beginning of the Stags fifth season in the ECAC Lacrosse League and the first time that Fairfield did not open play against Rutgers. The Stags are now 5-0 in the season opening conference game since joining the ECAC for the 2006 season.

The Stags outshot the Buckeyes, 37-29, with a 12-4 edge in the third quarter of play. The Stags also finished with a ground ball advantage, 30-26, and won 16-22 face-offs in the contest. Steve Golmont (Martinsville, N.J.) won 15 of those face-offs for the Stags. Both teams cleared the ball well, Fairfield 16-18 and Ohio State, 11-12, while taking care of the ball, with the Stags committing 15 turnovers and the Buckeyes just 13.

Fairfield is back in action on Saturday, March 27, when it hosts Hobart College in a game to be played at 1 p.m. The contest is the ECAC Lacrosse League TV Game of the Week and will be available in over 23 million homes across the country. Check your local listings.