FAIRFIELD, Conn. — No. 13 Fairfield remained unbeaten with a 15-9 win against Lafayette on Tuesday. The victory improved the Stags to 7-0 on the year, while the Leopards dropped to 2-4.
The Stags had 10 players score in the game, led by Eric Warden’s second-career hat trick. He netted the first two goals of the game at 11:34 and 9:30 in the first quarter. After a Cory Scheuerle goal at the 5:04 mark, Fairfield scoredfor three consecutive goals, including a third from Warden, to build a 5-1 edge 5:27 into the second quarter.
Lafayette would net three of the next five goals to climb to within three, 7-4 with 4:37 remaining in the first half. Snow would give the Stags a four-goal halftime lead 8-4, by netting a Marshall Johnson pass with 97 seconds left before intermission.
Drew Federico scored 2:10 into the second half, and was followed 3:10 later by Tristan Sperry as Fairfield pushed its advantage to 6-1.
Doug Prusoff scored for Lafayette 8:32 mark, but again the Stags scored three consecutive goals to build a 13-5 edge with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter.
The teams combined for three goals in the final 93 seconds of that period, two from Lafayette, and entered the final stanza with the Stags leading 14-7. The Leopards would score 58 second into the final period, to make it 14-8, but got no closer. Stephen Dodd scored his first collegiate goal for the Stags with 2:44 to play, and Greg Allis rounded out the scoring for Lafayette with 26 seconds to play.
Fairfield finished the game with a 17-9 advantage at the face-off circles. After going 7-14 as a team in the first-half, including a 6-12 effort from Michael Roe the Stags were 10-12 at the circle in the second-half. Roe was 9-11 in the second half and finished 15-22 for the game. Johnson, who had two assists, went 2-3 at the circle. Roe had a game-high eight ground balls to help Fairfield to a 29-17 edge for the game.
Warden led the way with three goals and an assist, while Snellman and Snow each added two goals and an assist for the Stags. Federico had a goal and an assist as did Colin McLinden. Nick Guida joined Dodd both scoring their first-career goals
Charlie Cipriano made 11 saves in the game, five in the fourth quarter. For the sixth consecutive game the Stags have held their opponent to single-digit goals, with a defensive effort that caused nine turnovers. Geordie Carrick led the effort with three caused turnovers.
Scheuerle scored three goals from and four points, on two assists and two goals, from Colin Serling. Jake Hyatt made four saves, allowing seven goals, during 25:38 in the net. Andrijko Andrusko stopped nine shots against eight goals allowed in his 34:22 of action in the cage.
The Stags were 1-2 in man-up chances on the afternoon, while Lafayette went 0-2. Fairfield cleared 16-19 on the day, with the Leopards at 14-21. The Stags committed one lost the turnover battle, 19-18 and outshot Lafayette 37-29.