March 13, 2012
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -
Lafayette dropped a 15-9 non-conference decision to No. 13 Fairfield on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field. Offensively, Lafayette was paced by freshman Cory Scheuerle's three goals.
Fairfield (7-0) sprinted out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by Eric Warden, the second coming 5:30 into the game. With 5:04 to play in the opening quarter, Lafayette (2-4) put its first goal past Fairfield goalie Charlie Cipriano when Colin Serling threw a pass left and found a cutting Scheuerle for a left-handed overhand rip into the upper right corner.
A Lafayette turnover with a minute to play in the first led to Fairfield's third tally of the quarter as Brent Adams beat Leopards' goalkeeper Jake Hyatt from straightaway with 16 seconds remaining.
The Stags extended their lead to 4-1 a minute into the second quarter on Warden's third marker of the half. At 9:33, Warden set up Colin McLinden to push the Fairfield advantage to 5-1. Sixty-four seconds later, Alex Floeck scored his first goal of the season for Lafayette to make it a 5-2 game. Floeck took possession in the Lafayette end and brought the ball up the middle of the field himself to pull Lafayette within three.
Fairfield quickly responded with two straight goals in a two-minute stretch to go ahead 7-2 and force Lafayette to call timeout. The Maroon and White came out of the stoppage and immediately scored twice to draw within three. Serling netted the first at 5:40 and Scheuerle added his second, assisted by Greg Allis, 1:03 later.
Following a tripping penalty on Scheurle, Fairfield capitalized on the man-up situation when Sam Snow scored his second goal of the quarter with 1:37 to play before halftime. The Stags carried an 8-4 lead into the break.
The Leopards opened the third quarter with a man-advantage for the first 43 seconds of the half. Fairfield killed the penalty and then scored twice on the other end on Andrijko Andrusko, who replaced Hyatt late in the second quarter.
Doug Prusoff's spin and overhand rip at 8:32 found the back of the net, making it a 10-5 game. The Stags then ripped off three more goals before Brian Bock assisted Serling's 10th goal of the season. Fairfield added another score and Serling found Scheuerle wide open in front of the Fairfield goal with nine seconds to play as Lafayette trailed 14-7 at the end of three.
Allis' unassisted goal between Cipriano's legs made it 14-8 less than a minute into the fourth quarter. A late Fairfield goal and another from Allis ran the final score to 15-9. The senior's score was his ninth of the year.
Fairfield outshot Lafayette 37-29 and collected 29 ground balls, compared to 17 for the Leopards. The Stags also controlled 17 of the 26 faceoffs.
Lafayette returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on defending Patriot League Champion Bucknell at 3 p.m.