Fairfield vs. Ohio State
April 13, 2002
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, Conn - Sophomore Tom Werney scored four goals on the day, including the game winner with 3:18 left in double overtime to upset the 13th ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State (6-4, 0-1 GWLL) today 8-7 in Great Western Lacrosse League action on University Field.

The Buckeyes had all but claimed the win as they attempted to run out the clock after Curtis Smith's goal to take the lead 7-6 with 2:22 left in regulation, but Brian Whalen forced a turnover and C.J. Kemp alertly jumped out of his crease to claim the ground ball and feed a breaking Kevin Finnerty who sprinted the field. Finnerty then fed Marc Torrey who faked the shot and dished to Garrett Bamann who finished the fast break by picking the nearside top corner to tie the game at eight apiece with 17 seconds left and force overtime.

The two teams traded cautious possessions through the first overtime, but Peter Vlahakis won the opening draw of the second OT and prevented Ohio State from gaining the ball again. The Stags called timeout, worked the perimeter then got it to Werney at the top of the 30 yard line. He faked to his left, moved to his right and ripped a shot that was initially saved, but trickled through the legs of the Ohio State goalkeeper and over the goal line.

Ohio State jumped out to a quick 3-0 first quarter lead on goals by Anthony Gilardi, Curtis Smith, and Patrick Donahue. Fairfield tied the game with three unanswered tallies of their own, two in the second and one in the third. Torrey would get the first, Werney the second and Rob Scipioni the third.

Werney put Fairfield ahead at 8:21 of the third with a goal on an assist by Torrey, but Pat Myers answered for the Buckeyes at 5:34 knotting the game at four.

Gilardi then put Ohio State ahead by two with back-to-back goals at 14:40 and 14:20 of the fourth quarter, but the Stags stayed poised and chipped away with goals by Keith Urgo and Werney, setting up the final sequence.

C.J. Kemp was stellar in goal, and kept his team in the game early with five saves in the first quarter. He finished the day with 12 total saves, and collects his fifth win of the season. Tony Russo was also sharp making 14 for the Buckeyes.

The win improves the Stags to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the Great Western Lacrosse League. It sets up next weekend's matchup with Notre Dame as the potential deciding game for the GWLL title and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth. Fairfield is back in action Wednesday at 4 pm when they host Stony Brook for a non-conference game.