Fairfield vs. Rutgers
March 10, 2007
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team opened ECAC Lacrosse League play with a 14-10 win over visiting Rutgers University Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. The Stags improve to 3-0 overall, 1-0 in the league, with the win, while the Scarlet Knights are now 1-2 overall and 0-1 in ECAC play.

The Scarlet Knights became the first opponent to tally a goal first at the 6:38 mark of the first quarter, but the Stags quickly responded. Greg Downing, at 1:52, and Mike Bocklet, at :35, gave the Stags a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Scarlet Knights evened the score 4:55 into the second quarter, but again the Stags went on a run, scoring six straight goals, for an 8-2 lead.

Rutgers responded with a similar run in the second half. The teams alternated goals over the first portion of the third quarter, and the Stags led 10-4 with 7:47 left in the period. The Scarlet Knights ended the period with three unanswered goals, and scored first, at 12:11 in the fourth quarter, to cut the Stags lead to 10-8, but they would get no closer. Jake Olson, 9:18, and Bocklet, 8:46, scored to push the lead back to four, 12-8, and the teams traded a pair each over the rest of the contest for the final score.

Bocklet led the Stags with six points, tallying three goals and dishing out three assists. Dan Boudreau led the Stags for the second time, with four goal, while Travis Nelson and Brendan Finnerty each tallied two goals each. Downing had one goal and on assist in the win.

Mike Kruger earned his third win of the year, making 11 saves in 60 minutes of action. Lyle Farrar played the first half in net for Rutgers, allowing eight goals and making six saves. He also minded the net for the final 17 seconds, after his replacement Peter Pantages, who allowed six goals and made two saves, drew a penalty.

Colin Checcio scored three goals and had one assist to lead Rutgers with four points. Jeff Rommel, Justin Pennington and Chris Doctor each had two goals in the game.

Fairfield captured 15 face-offs in the game, while losing only 12. The teams were even in that category through three quarter, before the Stags won five of seven in the final stanza to preserve the win. Fairfield had 29 ground balls as compared to 20 for the Scarlet knights.

The Stags man-down defense was solid again, stopping the Scarlet Knights on three of five chances. Fairfield's man-up offense scored on 1-3 chances in the win.

Fairfield will return to action on Tuesday, March 13, hosting Bucknell at 1 p.m. The Stags have opened 3-0 on two other occasions, 2004 and 1999, but have never won their first four games of a season.