Hobart vs. Fairfield
April 2, 2005
The Game Story:
GENEVA, N.Y. - Nine different players scored at least one goal as the Fairfield University men's lacrosse team got its fourth-straight win, upsetting No. 10/12 Hobart College on Saturday afternoon, 11-8 on Boswell Field in Geneva, N.Y. With the win, the Stags are off to their best start in school history, improving to 6-2 overall while the nationally ranked Statesmen fall to 5-3 on the season.

"This is a huge win for our program," said Head Coach Ted Spencer. "To come up here and beat a very good Hobart team is a big win for our guys, especially because it was such a team effort."

Hobart started the game with back-to-back goals from Chris Scanlon and Nate Hill to gain a 2-0 advantage with 8:03 remaining in the first period before freshman Matt Castele (Medina, Ohio) took a pass from classmate Chris Atwell (Farmington, Conn.) and found the back of the net. Four minutes later, Castele would strike again, this time off a pass from Michael Bocklet (Katonah, N.Y.) to tie the game at two apiece. While the game would be tied once more at four apiece, the Statesmen would not regain the lead during the contest.

Fairfield junior Kyle Herman (Northport, N.Y.) tallied the final score of the first period with 2:25 remaining and Bocklet would begin the scoring in the second period with an unassisted goal just two minutes in to make the Stags' lead 4-2.

Hobart's Mike Conklin would have an unassisted goal and Daryl Veltman scored off a pass from Hill to knot the score at four apiece but Fairfield would go on a 5-1 scoring run over the next 15 minutes to build a 9-5 advantage with 7:58 remaining in the third. During the run, the Stags would receive goals from freshman Travis Nelson (Oswego, N.Y.), freshman Dan Boudreau (Canton, Mass.), freshman Casey Martin (Manlius, N.Y.), sophomore Greg Downing (Auburn, N.Y.) and junior Chris Manley (Keuka Park, N.Y.).

The two teams traded goals over the final 22 minutes of the game beginning with Andrew Narog who cut the Stags' lead to three with 7:57 left in the third. Junior Josh Thornton (St. Charles, Mo.) hit the back of the net as the time wound down in the period to put the Stags back up 10-6.

The Statesmen would unleash 14 shots during the fourth period but sophomore goalie Michael Kruger (Ellicott City, Md.) came up huge for the Stags, making six saves in the period and allowing only two goals. Hill tallied a goal with 13:44 remaining in the game but Thornton answered just over one minute later to give Fairfield the 11-7 lead. Hobart would get one final goal from Hill with just over three minutes to play but Fairfield escaped with the 11-8 victory.

Hill led all scorers with three goals while Fairfield was led by Castele and Thornton who tallied two goals apiece.

The Stags held the edge in shots, 31-26 and face-offs, winning 11 of 21 attempts, while Hobart held the advantage in ground balls, 47-34.

Between the pipes, Kruger made nine saves while Dan Valente stopped three.

Fairfield is back in action on Wed., April 6 as they host Providence at 7 p.m.