February 25, 2011

Stags Head to Bryant on Saturday

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team, which is receiving votes in both the coaches and media poll this week, travel to Bryant University for a non-conference title Saturday afternoon. Both the Stags and Bulldogs won their season openers last week, the Stags 8-4 over Lafayette and the Bulldogs 14-3 over St. Joseph's.

Fans should visit the Bryant athletic website for viewing options that include a web stream of the game.

Fairfield was perfect in both man-up and man-down situations in the season opener at Lafayette. The Stags were 3-3 when playing with an extra man, as John Snellman, Doug Kuring and Matt Plominski all touched net when on the field with an extra-man. On the flip-side, the Stags did not allow Lafayette to score in its three man-up chances. The Stags finished sixth in the nation in 2010 in man-down defense, allowing foes to score just 25 percent (13-52) of the time.

Sam Snow has scored at least one point in each of his 13 career games at Fairfield. That streak, according to a list compiled by Julie Greco at Cornell, is the 25th longest active streak in the nation. Snow has 15 goals and 15 assists in those 13 games.

Snellman has scored a goal in 19 of his 28 career games and has at least one point in 21 of those games. All told the junior has tallied 35 goals and seven assists in his career. His 35 goals are the most among active players, while his 42 career points are second among players on the 2011 roster.

Fairfield and Bryant met for the first time in men's lacrosse February 27, 2010 on Alumni Field. The Stags forced 20 Bulldog turnovers, causing 12 of them, and did not allow a first or fourth quarter goal on the way to a 5-3 victory. Five different players scored for the Stags, with Kuring tallying the game-winning goal on the afternoon. Sean Bannon had three of the team's 12 caused turnovers, while Joseph Marra picked up a team-best four ground balls. Marra made 14 saves in earning the win, as he played all 60 minutes. Fairfield was good on 17-19 clear attempts in the victory, with both teams corralling 28 ground balls.

Bryant opened the season with a 14-3 road win over St. Joseph's on Saturday, allowing just one first-half goal. Peter McMahon tallied a team-high five points, with four assists, while Gary Crowley touched net four times in the win. Ten different Bulldogs scored a goal in the game, with Evan Roberts being the only other player to touch net more than once in the contest. Trevor Sipperly, who scored once, won 11-16 face-offs on the afternoon. Jameson Love started the game in net and played 58 minutes, making nine saves against three goals allowed. Alec Rosenbruch minded the net for the final two minutes and did not face a shot. Bryant was 3-3 in its man-up chances, while not allowing St. Joseph's a goal in its only man-down situation.

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