Fairfield Upsets Number One Ranked Denver 10-9
For the second time in as many seasons, Fairfield standout Sam Snow scored the game winner in overtime to lead Fairfield to a 10-9 upset of the Denver Pioneers. The goal almost mirrored last year when Snow scored the game winning goal against Denver but this time it was on Pioneers home field and with Denver as the newly crowned number one team in the country. The goal came 56 seconds into extra time and was the second goal of the game for the senior. The win was also the first time Fairfield has beaten a number one ranked team in the programs history and also secures a spot for the Stags in the ECAC playoffs. Denver, falls to 10-3 on the season, and 5-1 in conference play. The Pioneers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the Stags and would eventually lead 5-2 with just over eight minutes to play in the first half. However, Eric Warden would start a four goal run for the Stags, who would use that run to take a 6-5 lead into the half. Warden led all players with four goals in the contest. Denver would even the score back up at the beginning of the third and would go up 9-7 with just over eleven minutes to play. Fairfield would once again rally, with Warden scoring twice in the last ten minutes to tie the game up. That would once again set the stage for Snow and his late game heroics. Denver had three players who each scored twice, including standouts Wes Berg and Eric Law. Denver, whose number one ranking is now in jeopardy, will end the season next week when it hosts Michigan. Fairfield will end the season when it travels to play Ohio State.
Maryland Survives Upset Bid by Yale
Led by a career-high 24 saves by stat goalie Niko Amato and a game winner with just 13 seconds left to play by senior stand out Mike Chanenchuk, the Maryland Terps defeated the Yale Bulldogs 8-7. The win moves Maryland to 9-2 on the season while the loss snaps Yales five game winning streak and drops the Bulldogs to 8-4 on the year. The game saw back and forth action throughout all four quarters. Yale would look to be in prime position for the win when Brandon Mangan put the Bulldogs up 7-6 with just over 12 minutes to play in the game. However, the Terps would tie the game up with just under five to play on a goal by Jay Carlson. Then with overtime just 13 seconds away, Chanenchuk scored with a shot just to the right of the goal with Maryland having the man-up opportunity. Chanenchuk and Owen Blye led all players with three goals a piece. Mangan and Colin Flaherty each scored twice for Yale. The Terps will wrap up regular season play next week when it hosts Colgate while ends its season on the road when it faces off against Ivy League foe Harvard.
Georgetown Comes Up Short Against Syracuse
In a game featuring two longtime Big East rivals, the Syracuse Orange hung on to defeat the Georgetown Hoyas 9-8 on Senior Day at the Multi-Sport Field in Washington D.C. The win moves the Orange to 10-3 on the season (4-1 in conference) and drops the Hoyas to 5-8 on the year (2-3 in conference). Georgetown must win next week when it plays Rutgers to secure a spot in the Big East lacrosse tournament. The Hoyas jumped out to an early 3-1 lead over the Orange and even trailed 5-4 heading into halftime. However, the third quarter would be all Orange as they would take the lead and hold it for good. The Hoyas would however make it interesting at the end of the game, scoring twice in the final two minutes to cut the lead to one but could not score the equalizer. Syracuse was lead in scoring by Derek Maltz and Luke Cometti with two. Travis Comeau and Dan McKinney also scored twice for the Hoyas. Syracuse will wrap up the season with a huge game next week against Notre Dame.
Lax.com Player(s) of the Week: Lyle Thompson and Ty Thompson of Albany. The brothers each went off in the Great Danes win over UMBC. Ty scored eight goals while Lyle added four of his own and seven assists for a game high eleven points.
Lax.com Clutch Performer of the Week: Sam Snow, Fairfield University. For the second straight year, Snow scored the game winning goal in overtime for the Stags in an upset win over Denver.
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