Fairfield vs. Rutgers
April 1, 2004
The Game Story:
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - In his first collegiate start, junior goalie Corey Gibbons (N. Massapequa, N.Y.) made 21 saves, including six in the three overtime periods, as the Fairfield men^s lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker to No. 14 Rutgers, 7-6 on Thursday evening at Alumni Stadium. The game ended in dramatic fashion as Tim White scored an unassisted goal with 12 seconds to play in the third overtime period to give the Scarlet Knights the victory. The game was the first meeting between the two squads and was also the first triple overtime game in Stag history. With the loss, Fairfield falls to 4-4 on the year while Rutgers improves to 5-3 overall.

After a shaky first half, Fairfield clamped down defensively and dominated the third and fourth quarters offensively, scoring five unanswered goals to tie the game at six apiece and to send the contest into overtime. Freshman Mike Bocklet (Katonah, N.Y.) started the rally, scoring off an assist from senior Matt Baglio (Brightwaters, N.Y.) just over one minute into the third period before senior Rory McCarthy (Camillus, N.Y.) tallied an unassisted goal at the nine minute mark to cut the Rutgers lead to 6-3. The Stags then got back-to-back goals in the final minute of the third as freshman Greg Downing (Auburn, N.Y.) assisted on Bocklet^s second goal of the day before scoring an unassisted goal himself to make the score 6-5.

Fairfield then tied the game at six apiece as senior Garret Bamann (Victor, N.Y.) converted a pass from Downing at the 8:06 mark of the fourth quarter. With less then a minute to play, Rutgers had two legitimate shots on goal, but Gibbons made solid saves to send the game into overtime.

Rutger^s Delby Powless started the scoring in the game midway through the first quarter as he took a feed from Colin Checcio to give the Scarlet Knights a 1-0 lead. Rutgers then extended the lead to 3-0 with 1:02 remaining in the first with tallies from Powless and Sean Battoni.

Baglio got the Stags on the board with the first goal of the second quarter at the 11:27 mark, but Rutgers responded with back-to-back goals from Leif Blomquist and Powless. Rutgers then converted on a man-up opportunity when Powless scored on a feed from White to give the Scarlet Knights the 6-1 lead at the break.

Senior Peter Vlahakis (Shoreham, N.Y.), who currently ranks third in the nation in face-off winning percentage, dominated the category, winning 14-of-18 attempts in what was otherwise a very even contest. Rutgers outshot the Stags, 48-41, while Fairfield held the slight edge in ground balls, 28-27, and saves, 21-20.

Powless was the lead scorer on the day with four goals while Downing registered three points off one goal and two assists and Bocklet tallied two goals for the Stags.

Fairfield opens its conference slate this weekend, hosting Butler University on Sunday, April 4 at 1 p.m.