Fairfield vs. Ohio State
May 2, 2012
|Sam Snow||(3, 0)|
|John Snellman||(3, 0)|
|Colin Mclinden||(0, 3)|
|Drew Federico||(1, 0)|
|Michael Roe||(1, 0)|
|Brent Adams||(0, 1)|
|Charlie Cipriano||14 (0.667)|
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|Jesse King||(2, 1)|
|Adam Trombley||(2, 0)|
|Logan Schuss||(1, 1)|
|David Planning||(2, 0)|
|Dominique Alexander||(0, 1)|
|Nick Liddil||(0, 1)|
|Kevin Mack||(0, 1)|
|Greg Dutton||8 (0.500)|
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|The Game Story:|
|For the second time in as many years the #16 Fairfield University men's lacrosse team earned a one-goal win in the ECAC Lacrosse League Championship semifinal, this time defeating #17 Ohio State University 8-7. The Stags, with a program-record 12-3, advance to face #3 ranked and top-seeded Loyola University Maryland in the title game on Friday at 6 p.m. ET live on ESPNU.|
Charlie Cipriano made 14 saves in the game, with two coming in the final 3:45 of action. He stopped a shot with 3:45 to play that led to the Stags scoring the game-winning goal. After the stop Fairfield cleared the ball and Colin McLinden fed Sam Snow with 2:49 to play in regulation, to put the Stags ahead. Cipriano then preserved the victory with a save on Jesse King with 77 seconds to play in regulation, as Fairfield was able to clear and burn out the clock.
The Stags, seeded third in the tournament, are now 6-0 on the season in one goal games.
Snow and John Snellman each tallied hat tricks for the Stags in the win, while McLinden handed out three assists. Snow now has six hat tricks this season while Snellman has recorded seven. Drew Federico and Michael Roe had the other goals for the Stags, while Brent Adams added an assist.
Along with his 14 saves, five of which came in the second quarter, Cipriano had one of the Stags four caused turnovers and two ground balls. Drew Palmer led the Stags with four ground balls, and Fairfield finished with a 28-23 overall edge in the category.
Ohio State got the scoring started with an unassisted tally 4:19 into the game from King. Roe won the ensuing face-off and drove straight to the crease. He had his first shot blocked, collected the rebound, and put it in the back of the net to tie the score 1-1 nine seconds later. That tally started a 5-0 Fairfield run that lasted the remainder of the period.
Federico put the Stags up 2-1 with an unassisted goal at the 7:18 mark, and Snow netted his first 63 seconds later for a 3-1 advantage. That remained the score for just over four minutes until Snellman netted a pass from Adams, for the 4-1 advantage. Snow gave Fairfield the 5-1 edge with nine ticks remaining, scoring a pass from McLinden.
The Buckeyes did all of the second quarter scoring to close within a pair at the intermission. Jesse King scored a man-up goal at the 8:05 mark and then fed David Planning with 55 seconds left in the half for the Buckeyes third goal. Ohio State continued its run to start the second-half as Adam Trombley scored a goal in transition, putting home a pass from Dominque Alexander to get the Buckeyes within a goal, 5-4.
Snellman ended a 21:48 scoring drought for the Stags, with his second of the game, as he put a shot into the upper corner just under the cross bar to push the lead back to two, 6-4. Snellman converted 3:55 later, to complete the hat trick, and give the Stags a 7-4 edge.
The Buckeyes game on again at the start of the fourth quarter, with Trombley converting a fast break chance 27 seconds into the period. Planning struck for his second with 9:14 to play in regulation to get the Buckeyes back within a tally, 7-6. Schuss evened the score with his first goal of the game, from Nick Liddil, at the 7:50 mark to tie the score 7-7.