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Raniolo, #12 Fairffield lose 1st game

Posted Sunday, March 25, 2007 by .
#12 Men's Lacrosse Falls At Penn State 10-7
#12 Men's Lacrosse Falls At Penn State 10-7
Greg Downing scores twice for the Stags

March 24, 2007

Box Score

The #12 Fairfield University men's lacrosse team had its perfect mark blemished on Saturday, falling 10-7 to ECAC Lacrosse League foe Penn State. The Stags fall to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in league play, while the Nittany Lions improve to 2-4 on the year and 1-1 in conference action.

Fairfield struck first, and quickly, as Chris Manley touched net just 79 seconds into the game, for a 1-0 lead. The Nittany Lions tied the game at the 8:34 mark, but Mike Bocklet scored for the Stags, from a Dan Boudreau pass, with 7:00 to play in the first quarter, for the 2-1 advantage. Travis Nelson put the Stags up 3-1 with :03 to play in the first quarter, netting a pass from Brian Stanton.

The second quarter was all Penn State however, as the Stags saw their lead evaporate behind a 6-0 Penn State surge, capped off by a man-down goal from Brian Boyle with one second to play in the period.

Brendan Finnerty struck first in the second half for the Stags, scoring unassisted at 11:06, to cut the deficit to 7-4. Penn State scored just once in the third quarter as well, with 13 seconds to play, to enter the fourth quarter with an 8-4 advantage.

Stanton scored with 11:19 to play, and Greg Downing scored his first of two goals at the 8:01 mark, as the Stags mounted a mini-rally, and cut the deficit to two goals, 8-6. Penn State answered with a pair of goals, man-up at 5:24, and even at 4:25, to push the lead back to four goals, 10-6. Downing ended the scoring, netting a pass from Bocklet, with 1:26 to play in the game.

Mike Kruger minded the net for the entire game for the Stags, making 10 saves, and allowing 10 goals. His Penn State counter part, Drew Adams, made 13 saves and allowed seven goals, in playing all 60 minutes.

Fairfield recorded 37 ground balls in the game, a number that Penn State equaled. The Nittany Lions out shot the Stags 36-27, and won 10 of 19 face-offs. The Stags stuffed the Nittany Lions on nine of 11 man-up chances, while scoring on 3-8 of their own. Fairfield cleared successfully 15 times, in 19 tries, while Penn State was 18-21.

The Stags continue their three game road trip on Saturday, March 31, traveling to ECAC foe Hobart. That game time is now set for 3:30 p.m.

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