Stag Party

Stag Party

Stag Party

Stag Party

Both squads took a little while to get up to speed in the first quarter -- passes were errant and wheels were rusty. Vermont actually had its best showing right from the get-go with a controlled perimeter offense; something that would have been a good precursor to picking their spots, except that it seemed to be all that Vermont was capable of (excepting Kip Edwards). Vermont got into a pattern of passing the ball around the outside, with no real threat of burning someone in a one on one matchup, until the ball landed at someone's feet after an attempted overhand pass. Midway through the first, Fairfield's Spencer Steele started things off by taking advantage of Vermont's unusually small defense, bulling his way around the right side of the goal for a score. He followed that up by bulling around the left side and dumping it off for a score after he forced Vermont to double team. UVM wisely put (6'4" or so) Ian Hopper on Steele after that, and succeeded in quieting him for the remainder of the game.

That never mattered in the end because attackman Rob Cipioni started becoming unconscious at that point. He dropped 7 and 3 for the day, and they were all of the patient, heady, opportunistic variety. He never rushed or forced his shot, changed up his pace constantly, and was immaculate as a finisher. Between the quick feet and smart ball movement of Cipioni, Mark Beckwith, and Keith Urgo, Vermont's D looked disoriented. Of course, it helped that the Stags as a whole were just flat-out better athletes -- Vermont was more timid on ground balls, didn't clear the crease as well, and were at a disadvantage on nearly every one on one matchup. Vermont did have bright spots in goalie Brendan Hall, who saved everything he should of (plus a couple dazzlers), and middie Kip Edwards, who showed good vision and quarterbacking (and served as UVM's only realistic dodging threat).

The tight score against Carolina apparently wasn't a fluke; the Stags have got the skills to do some top 20 damage, and next week's game up at Cornell will prove a good measuring stick of how far Fairfield has come.

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Fairfield's the real deal
    by (#605) on 2/27/00 @11:14PM
I saw them play against Yale in a late scrimmage and they looked really good. Steele can control the game and their defense is awesome. Look for them to do some damage this year
 
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fairfield
    by (#643) on 2/28/00 @1:33PM
fairfield doesnt amount to anything if it wasnt for their one dominating attackmen, steele. they rely on him too much, and the team would be in trouble if anything happened to him
 
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fairfield
    by (#643) on 2/28/00 @1:34PM
fairfield doesnt amount to anything if it wasnt for their one dominating attackmen, steele. they rely on him too much, and the team would be in trouble if anything happened to him
 
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fairfield
    by (#44) on 2/28/00 @2:14PM
I disagree the stags have other firepower than steele, shanley is pretty good but, I have to give propers to Spencer Steele, HE IS THE REAL DEAL...His brother corby was better though...
 
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not a one man team
    by (#288) on 2/28/00 @4:43PM
I don't think steel's all they've got. He didn't do much against Vermont, but Scipioni and Beckwith had 12 combined goals
 
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There's more to the offense
    by (#785) on 3/02/00 @8:54PM
They do rely on Steele, but the fact the he didn't do a whole lot against UVM doesn't mean much anyway. They fact is that others can, and will, step up and stick a few. This draws the attention off their #1 guy to give them a more balanced offense, so it's not as simple as shutting off one guy.
 
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Farirfield is the best
    by (#1000) on 3/08/00 @7:50PM
Fairfield is the best team in the country by far. Better than Cuse and UVA. its the truth
 
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fairfield the best?
    by (#1040) on 3/10/00 @12:18AM
what happened at cornell? pretty bold statement early in the season.
 
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Relax
    by (#25) on 2/29/00 @12:13AM
Come on guys, they beat UVM. That does not mean anything so don't start with these pipe dreams of having a good team.
 
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vermont
    by (#2813) on 5/05/00 @7:17PM
vermont would spank fairfeild if played again.
2-8 is horriable, vermont was 5-8 not better but better then 2-8
 
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Name misspelled
    by (#1034) on 3/09/00 @7:26PM
Please correct the spelling of Fairfield's player to Rob Scipioni not cipioni. thank you.
 
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