Fairfield vs. Ohio State
May 1, 2004
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield University men^s lacrosse team dropped a disappointing 10-7 decision to No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon on Lessing Field.

The Buckeyes jumped out to the early 2-0 lead as Kyle Olson and Anthony Gilardi scored at the 13:51 and 8:38 mark, respectively before freshman standout Greg Downing (Auburn, N.Y.) tallied back-to-back goals and classmate Brian Gorman (Lutherville, Md.) put the Stags up 3-2. Downing^s first goal came off a pass from freshman Mike Bocklet (Katonah, N.Y.) with one second remaining in a man-up opportunity while his second goal was unassisted as he drove down the right side of the field and ripped a shot from 15-yards out. Bocklet was also credited the assist on Gorman^s goal.

Ohio State (12-2, 5-0) tied the game and went up 4-3 on goals from Ben Wolff and Gilardi but the Stags closed out the half with two goals in the final 17 seconds of play to take the 5-4 advantage into the break. Sophomore Kyle Herman (Northport, N.Y.), coming off an outstanding five-goal performance on Wednesday evening, took a pass from senior Tom Werney (Granite Springs, N.Y.) and found the back of the net for his lone goal of the day. Six seconds later, the Stags struck again as senior Peter Vlahakis (Shoreham, N.Y.) won the ensuing face-off and hit classmate Garret Bamann (Victor, N.Y.) in front of the cage.

The Buckeyes tallied three unanswered goals to begin the third quarter to go up 7-5 with just over 20 minutes to play but Fairfield cut the lead to one as Bocklet scored on one of the most exciting plays of the game. Down a man, senior Troy Bamann (Victor, N.Y.) drove right side and passed back across the crease where Bocklet dove and one-touched the ball past Ohio State goalie Tony Russo to make it 7-6 with 2:40 left in the quarter. Another goal by Olson put the Buckeyes up 8-6 but the Stags got back within one as Troy Bamann registered his second assist, setting up a goal by senior Rory McCarthy (Camillus, N.Y.). Ohio State closed out the game with two goals in the fourth period to escape with the 10-7 victory.

Fairfield held the edge in ground balls, 40 to 36, while the Buckeyes held the advantage in shots, 41-36. Vlahakis dominated in face-offs, winning 12-of-17 attempts while senior Nate Bauers (Oakton, Va.) had an outstanding day on defense, leading both teams in ground balls with 10.

Freshman goalie Michael Kruger (Ellicott City, Md.) tallied 18 saves while Russo stopped 12 for the Buckeyes.

The Stags finish the regular season with a 5-9 overall record and 1-4 conference mark.