Fairfield vs. Providence
February 24, 2007
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University men's lacrosse opened its 2007 campaign with a 6-5 win over visiting non-conference foe Providence College. The Stags improve to 1-0, while the Friars drop to 0-1.

Fairfield dominated play early, scoring four first half goals, and taking a 5-1 lead into the intermission. The Friars scored the only two goals of the third quarter to make the score 5-3. Dan Boudreau scored his third goal of the game with 12:17 to play in the fourth quarter, which proved to be the game-winner. Providence scored twice more, at 11:54, and 4:54, but the Stags defense did not allow the game-winning goal, including a pair of man-down stops in the final 4:24.

Mike Kruger made 10 saves in the contest to earn the victory. He faced 29 shots, including 21 in the second half alone, with four fourth quarter saves. The Stags put 27 shots on the board in the contest. Peter Litell started for the Friars, and allowed five goals in 19:22 of action, with one save, to take the loss. Robert Bryan minded the net for Providence the final 40:38 of the game, with four saves and one goal.

The Stags man-down defense stopped the Friars in 8 of 10 chances on the day, while the Stags man-up was good 1-3. Fairfield cleared 16-21, while Providence cleared 21-28. The Friars had 23 ground balls to the Stags 22.

Greg Downing netted one goal in the game, the first of the season, on a pass from Mike Bocklet, 83 seconds into the game. Bocklet would finish with a pair of assists, as would Chris Manley, and Chris Campbell. Travis Nelson and Brian Stanton also scored goals in the win.

David McBride scored three goals for the Friars, who received a goal each from Brendan Ryan and Bobby Labadini. Ryan added two assists, for a three-point day.

Fairfield will travel to Dartmouth on March 3 for a non-conference contest.