No. 14 Fairfield Drops Regular Season Finale to Ohio State

No. 14 Fairfield dropped its regular season finale to ECAC Lacrosse League foe Ohio State, 8-3, on Lessing Field. The loss drops the Stags to 11-3 on the year and 4-2 in league play, while the Buckeyes improve to 8-6 overall and 5-1 in conference action.

The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in the ECAC Semifinals, with the Buckeyes as the number-two seed and the Stags as the third-seed. That game is scheduled for Peter Barton Stadium on the campus of the University of Denver and is set to face-off at 10 p.m. eastern. The game can be watched via Pioneer Vision on the Denver athletics web site.

Fairfield started quickly as freshman Colin McLinden scored an unassisted goal at the 11:11 mark of the first quarter. Senior John Snellman gave the Stags a 2-0 lead midway through the quarter, netting a pass from classmate Brent Adams. That would be the Stags final tally of the game until senior Sully Smith scored with three seconds to play in the fourth quarter.

Ohio State go on the board with a Dominique Alexander tally with 5:30 to play in the first quarter. Tyler Frederick scored 63 seconds later to tie the score 2-2, and was followed by Brock Sorensen 59 seconds later to put the Buckeyes up 3-2. A man-up goal 42 seconds into the second quarter from Reegan Comeault would prove to be the eventual game-winner as Ohio State took a 4-2 lead. Turner Evans (7:39) and Adam Trombley (2:23) scored before the break to send the Buckeyes to the locker room ahead 6-2. Ohio State scored twice in the first 2:08 of the second half, with goals from Joe Meurer and Jesse King to wrap up its scoring for the day.

Charlie Cipriano took the loss in goal for the Stags despite turning away 13 shots. He finished the contest with a game-best four ground balls and had one caused turnover. Greg Dutton earned the victory in net for the Buckeyes, stopping 11 shots and also picking up four ground balls.

The Stags had four players with a point in the game as McLinden, Snellman and Smith each scored and Adams tallied an assist. Michael Roe was 4-11 at the face-off X, while Marshall Johnson went 2-4. Fairfield caused nine turnovers on the afternoon, with two apiece from Reed Marko, Brendan McTague, and Drew Palmer.

Ohio State had five players finish with two points apiece, with two assist from Logan Schuss. King, Alexander, Frederick and Comeault each had a goal and an assist. Shawn Kaplan went 8-11 at the face-off X for the Buckeyes, picking up a game-best five ground balls. Ohio State had five different players cause a turnover on the afternoon.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State closed out the regular season with an 8-3 road win over No. 13/14 Fairfield Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, Conn. The win, the Buckeyes' fourth in a row, moves Ohio State to 8-6 on the year and the team finishes second in the ECAC with a 5-1 ledger.

Ohio State and Fairfield (11-3, 4-2/3rd ECAC) will meet again at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday when they face off in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament in Denver. No. 1 seed Loyola will take on host and No. 4 seed Denver in the other semifinal. The championship game is set for 6:00 p.m. ET Friday and will be televised live on ESPNU.

Against Fairfield, Ohio State trailed 2-0 in the first quarter but reeled off eight-consecutive goals en route to victory. The Buckeyes shut out the Stags for a 52:35 stretch, from 7:38 of the first quarter until just three seconds remained in the game.

Ohio State scored three goals in a 2:02 span to tie the game and take the lead in the first quarter. The squad added three tallies in the second quarter for a 6-2 halftime lead and extended the advantage to 8-2 early in the third quarter. The Buckeyes limited the Stags to 24 shots (six in the first half) and sophomore goalie Greg Dutton made 11 saves.

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2012-04-28



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