Snow Nets Four, as No. 16 Fairfield Wins Shootout vs. Hobart

The Stags continue ECAC Lacrosse League play on March 31 when they travel to Bellarmine University.

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FAIRFIELD, Conn.-Hobart's attack was unfazed against the ECAC Lacrosse League's top goalie this afternoon, but the Statesmen couldn't slow down No. 16 Fairfield's attack. The nation's No. 18 offense bested Hobart by five, opening conference play with a 17-12 victory.

Statesmen sophomore goalie Peter Zonino was under heavy pressure all day and matched his career-high with 17 saves. Sophomore attackmen Alex Love and Cam Stone each logged five points. Stone handed out a game-high four assists while Love and senior attackman Sam Miller each recorded hat tricks. Senior midfielder Chris Pedersen scored a pair of goals to become just the eighth Division I Statesman to reach the 100-point plateau (53-48-101).

Junior attackman Sam Snow paced the Stags with four goals and two assists, senior attackman John Snellman logged four goals and an assist and senior midfielder Brent Adams added four goals. Senior goalie Charlie Cipriano, who came into the game as the ECAC leader in save percentage (.561), stopped just eight shots.

The game was supposed to feature at battle at the X between the nation's No. 1 faceoff man, Hobart senior Bobby Dattilo, and the No. 2, Fairfield sophomore Michael Roe, but Dattilo took just five restarts before an injury knocked him out of the game. First-year Gryphin Kelly filled in in impressive fashion, finishing with 14-13 record against the Stags, who were second in the nation in faceoff percentage. At the end of the day, faceoffs were even at 16 apiece.

Fairfield outshot Hobart 48-31 and had a 24-20 edge in ground balls. Hobart's junior long-stick midfielder Ethan O'Connor and Roe shared game-high honors with six ground balls each.

The Stags (8-1, 1-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead before senior midfielder Matt Campbell and Stone scored 23 seconds apart to make in a 3-2 game. Adams scored in the final minute of the opening quarter to give Fairfield a two-goal lead.

Hobart (2-5, 0-1) scored four of the first five goals of the second quarter to take its only lead of contest, 6-5 with 3:01 remaining in the half. First-year midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek opened the second quarter scoring followed by a man-down goal by Adams. Pedersen notched his 100th career point on a goal at the 8:36 mark, followed by back-to-back tallies by Love. The Stags carried an 8-6 lead into halftime thanks to a three-goal surge in the final 91 seconds of the half.

In the third quarter, Fairfield maintained its momentum, scoring the first four goals of the frame. Miller stopped the run with consecutive strikes to make it a 12-8 game with 5:54 left. The Stags netted their third extra-man goal of the game with 4:11 remaining to take a 13-8 lead into the final 15 minutes.

Fairfield stretched its advantage to 15-8, with two more goals early in the fourth, but Hobart refused to go down without a fight. Miller, Love, O'Connor and Pedersen scored in succession in a span of just 2:56, to make it a three-goal game with 7:57 to go, but the Stags scored the final two goals to hold off the upset-minded Statesmen.

Hobart will be back in action on Saturday, March 31, when the Statesmen continue conference play at No. 8 Denver. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. ET).

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