No. 13 Fairfield Outruns the Leopards to Start Season 7-0

No. 13 Fairfield remained among the Division I unbeatens on Tuesday with a 15-9 win over Lafayette on Alumni Field. The victory improves the Stags to 7-0 on the year, while the Leopards drop to 2-4.

Ten different Stags scored in the game, led by Eric Warden's second career hat trick. The sophomore netted the first two goals of the game, 11:34 and 9:30, of the first quarter. After a Cory Scheuerle tally at the 5:04 mark Fairfield struck for three straight goals, including a third from Warden, to build a 5-1 edge 5:27 into the second quarter.

Lafayette netted three of the next five goals to climb back within three, 7-4, with 4:37 remaining in the first half. Sam Snow would give the Stags a four-goal halftime edge, 8-4, by netting a Marshall Johnson pass with 97 seconds left before intermission.

Drew Federico scored 2:10 into the second half, and was followed 3:10 later by Tristan Sperry as Fairfield pushed its advantage to 1-6. Doug Prusoff gave Lafayette a reprieve with a score at the 8:32 mark, but again the Stags scored three straight to build a 13-5 edge with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter.

The teams combined for three goals in the final 93 seconds of that period, two from Lafayette, and entered the final stanza with the Stags leading 14-7. The Leopards would score 58 second into the final period, to make it 14-8, but got no closer. Stephen Dodd scored his first collegiate goal for the Stags with 2:44 to play, and Greg Allis rounded out the scoring for Lafayette with 26 seconds to play.

Fairfield finished the game with a 17-9 advantage at the face-off X. After going 7-14 as a team in the first-half, including a 6-12 effort from Michael Roe the Stags were 10-12 at the X in the second-half. Roe was 9-11 in the second half and finished 15-22 for the game. Johnson, who had two assists, went 2-3 at the X. Roe had a game-high eight ground balls to help Fairfield to a 29-17 edge for the game.

Warden led the way with three goals and an assist, while Snellman and Snow each added two goals an assist for the Stags. Federico had a goal and an assist, as did Colin McLinden. Nick Guida joined Dodd with a first career goal in the game.

Charlie Cipriano made 11 saves in the game, five in the fourth quarter, to earn the win for Fairfield. He has now recorded 11 or more saves in five games this season. For the sixth consecutive game the Stags have held their opponent to single-digit goals, with a defensive effort that caused nine turnovers. Geordie Carrick led the effort with three caused turnovers.

Already off to its best start to a season, the Stags have now won a program-record seven consecutive games. The 1997 and 1998 Stags each won six straight during those campaigns.

Lafayette received three goals from Scheuerle and four points, on two assists and two goals, from Colin Serling. Jake Hyatt made four saves, allowing seven goals, in starting and playing 25:38 in net. Andrijko Andrusko stopped nine shots, against eight goals allowed, in his 34:22 of action in the cage.

The Stags were 1-2 in man-up chances on the afternoon, while Lafayette went 0-2. Fairfield cleared 16-19 on the day, with the Leopards at 14-21. The Stags committed one additional turnover on the afternoon, 19-18, and outshot Lafayette 37-29.

Fairfield looks to complete an undefeated non-conference schedule on Saturday when it travels to Colgate.

2012-03-13



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