Fairfield vs. Providence
February 21, 2004
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - After sitting out most of last season with a knee injury, senior captain Tom Werney (Granite Springs, N.Y.) returned to the Fairfield University men^s lacrosse team with a bang, scoring the game-winner, off a pass from sophomore Josh Thornton (St. Charles, Mo.), in the second overtime period to give the Stags the 8-7 victory over Providence on Saturday afternoon. The game was the season-opener for both squads.

Fairfield was led by freshman Mike Bocklet (Katonah, N.Y.) who tallied three goals in his first collegiate game and senior Troy Bamann (Victor, N.Y.) who registered three assists.

The Stags jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as senior Rory McCarthy (Camillus, N.Y.) and freshman Greg Downing (Auburn, N.Y.) both scored off passes from Troy Bamann. The Friars fought back, evening the score at two apiece before Bocklet scored off a pass from Werney. Providence tied the game again but Bocklet answered, making it 4-3 off a pass from McCarthy. Downing registered his second goal of the game off a pass from senior Garrett Bamann (Victor, N.Y.) to make it 5-3 going into intermission.

The Friars registered the only two goals of the third period, tying the score at five apiece, as Mark Seyer tallied his second goal at the 8:12 mark and Sean Kirwan scored the second of his team-leading three goals with 4:30 remaining.

Once again, Bocklet regained the lead for the Stags, scoring his final goal four minutes into fourth period off a pass from Troy Bamann. The lead was short-lived, however, as Kirwan scored his final goal of the day 34 seconds later to tie the contest at 6-6. Providence^s Dan Giuntini gave his team its first lead of the day with 6:44 remaining.

Trailing 7-6 as time wound down, Garrett Bamann scored an unassisted, man-up goal with six seconds remaining in the game to send the contest into it^s first of the two overtime periods.

The Stags are back in action on Sat., Feb. 28 as they travel to Worcester, Mass., to face Holy Cross at 3 p.m.