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Fairfield defeats Dartmouth, Raniolo

Posted Sunday, March 04, 2007 by .

The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team earned a victory in its first road game of the year, defeating host Dartmouth College, 11-8 this afternoon in Hanover, N.H. The Stags are 2-0 on the year while the Big Green fall to 0-3, having lost to Duke and North Carolina last weekend.

The Stags last opened a season 2-0 in 2005 defeating Holy Cross and St. John's, on its way to an 11-5 record.

Fairfield got its offense moving quickly once again, scoring the first four goals of the game, and taking a 5-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The Big Green tallied a 2-1 second quarter advantage, giving the Stags a 6-3 halftime lead.

Dartmouth continued its run in the third quarter, again out scoring the Stags, this time 3-2, to make the Stags lead just 8-6. Fairfield reversed the scoring in the fourth quarter to finish out the 11-8 win.

Mike Bocklet, Greg Downing, Jake Olson and Brian Stanton each tallied two goals in the Stags win. Dan Boudreau, Travis Nelson and Chris Ajemian each scored once in the Stags win. Chris Manley dished out two assists, while Bocklet, Boudreau, Downing, Brendan Finnerty and Chris Campbell each had one apiece.

Mike Kruger minded the net for the entire 60 minutes, making a season-high 12 saves in the win, while allowing eight goals.

Fairfield's man-down defense was once again strong, allowing the Big Green goals on just 3-6 chances, and have now stopped opponents man-up offenses 11 of 16 times in two games. The Stags man-up offense was 1-3, scoring on its first chance in the first quarter.

Fairfield was again outshot, 29-26, and recorded 10 less ground balls, 34-24 in the victory. The Stags won nine face-offs in the game, with Charlie Keinath winning five and Andrew Urquhart four.

The Stags will return to action with the first of a three-game homestand, Saturday, March 10 versus Rutgers

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