Marist vs. Fairfield
March 17, 2009
The Game Story:
The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team, behind a four-goal effort from John Snellman (Norwalk, Conn.) earned a non-conference road win, 8-6, over Marist College on Tuesday afternoon. The Stags improve to 3-2 with the win, while the Red Foxes drop to 1-3 on the year.

The game marked the return of Fairfield head coach Andy Copelan to Marist, where he got his coaching start, and posted 18 wins in two seasons at the helm of the Red Foxes.

Snellman wasted no time in getting the Stags offense going, netting a pass from Chris Creighton (West Chester, Pa.) 1:59 into the game. The rookie made the score 2-0 at the 11:16 mark, this time putting home a pass from Max Trunz (Upper Brookville, N.Y.). The Red Foxes got on the board with 6:32 remaining the first quarter, but Logan Rausse (Arnold, Md.) gave the Stags the two-goal advantage back, scoring a pass from Brent Adams (Norwalk, Conn.) with 81 seconds left in the period.

Marist would strike first in the second quarter, 2:02, making the score 3-2 Fairfield, but Nick Baglio (Brightwaters, N.Y.) answered with an unassisted goal with 9:30 remaining. Snellman touched net for the third time in the game, netting a Doug Kuring (New Milford, Conn.) pass with 1:26 left before halftime. Marist would get that goal back with 38 seconds to play in the second quarter and the Stags went to the locker room with a 5-3 advantage.

Marist would tie the score in the third quarter, scoring the first two goals of the second half. Matt Teichmann made it 5-4 94 seconds into the half, and Corey Zindel would score a man-up goal with 7:33 to play in the third, to knot the score 5-5. Snellman scored his fourth of the game 64 seconds later, to put the Stags back on top, 6-5.

Snellman recorded his fifth point of the afternoon, feeding Chris Trombino (Huntington, N.Y.) 11 seconds into the fourth quarter and giving the Stags a 7-5 advantage. Sean Bannon (Greenwich, Conn.) scored an unassisted goal with 8:50 to play for the largest lead of the game, 8-5. Marist scored its second man-up goal of the game with 2:44 to play, for the final tally of the game.

Stags goal keeper Charlie Cipriano (Williston Park, N.Y.) made 10 saves to earn the win, his third double-digit save effort in five collegiate games. Ryan Penner made 10 saves in a losing effort for the Red Foxes.

Rob Simeti (Saint James, N.Y.) led the team with five ground balls, while also winning eight face-offs in the game. Billy Honovich (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Clay Wells (Doylestown, Pa.) each had two caused turnovers; a category the Stags led 6-4 in for the game. Fairfield also had a 35-26 advantage in ground balls, with both teams committing 17 turnovers.

The Stags return to ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday, travelling to Penn State for a 1 p.m. contest.