No. 17 Fairfield Knocks off No. 10 Denver in Overtime

"It's always tough to lose in overtime, especially when leading the whole game," said head coach Bill Tierney. "Fairfield played well when it counted and took advantage of its opportunities. You never know why so many one-goal games go against you, but as in the earlier situations, we will work hard this week to try to improve. We look forward to the challenge that a great Duke team presents us next weekend."

Freshman Wes Berg (Coquitlam, British Columbia) led the Pioneers with three goals, while senior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) finished with two goals. Also scoring for Denver was senior Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.) and juniors Chase Carraro (Louisville, Ky.) and Eric Law (Centennial, Colo.) with one goal each.

Carraro finished 7 of 21 from the face-off x for the day, while freshman Ryan LaPlante (Fort Collins, Colo.) finished with 10 saves, his fourth double-digit save of the season, third straight.

Sam Snow led the scoring efforts for the Stags as he finished with five goals, including the game winner just 22 seconds into overtime.

The Pioneers jumped on the board first as Carraro scored five seconds into the game after winning the opening face-off. Matthews put the Pioneers up 2-0 with his 31st goal of the season just minutes later.

The Stags scored the next three goals as Snow netted two, followed by one from Alex Cramer, to give Fairfield a 3-2 lead heading into the second quarter. Berg answered with a man-up goal with 9:32 to play in the second quarter to tie the game. Law and Rogers also chipped in with goals to give the Pioneers a 5-3 lead with 3:47 left to play.

However, the Stags used goals from Tristan Sperry and Cramer to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the half.

Denver scored the only two goals in the third quarter as Berg and Matthews netted their second each of the game.

Berg scored his third of the game, 18th of the season with 9:47 left to play in the fourth quarter to put the Pioneers up 8-5. However, the Stags answered with three straight to tie the game with 19 seconds left to force overtime.

The Pioneers return home to take part in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic, hosted by Inside Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field, on Friday, April 27. Denver will take on Duke at 8:00 p.m. in the second game of the night's double-header. Virginia and Penn will play at 5:30 p.m. MT. DU's game will be broadcast live on ESPNU, while the Virginia-Penn match-up will be on ESPN3.com.

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