Baglio's Overtime Goal Gives Fairfield 5-4 Win At Penn State
Fairfield Sports Information
Sophomore Nick Baglio scored an unassisted goal with 80 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Fairfield University men's lacrosse team a 5-4 win over ECAC Lacrosse League foe Penn State on Saturday. The road win gives improves the Stags overall record to 4-2 and 2-0 in ECAC play, while the Nittany Lions fall to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.
The two teams played a tough defensive battle with the first goal not coming until just eight seconds remained in the first quarter. Brent Adams put home an unassisted goal for the Stags at the point for the 1-0 advantage. Penn State would score the only goal of the second quarter, and the two teams went into the intermission knotted 1-1.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter, with Penn State taking a 2-1 lead on a Chris Hogan goal with 5:47 to play in the period. Adams netted his second of the game, equaling the score 2-2 with 2:54 to play in the period.
Logan Rausse scored a man-up goal 4:55 into the fourth quarter, netting a pass from Max Trunz 4:55 into the period, for a 3-2 Fairfield advantage. The Nittany Lions would score back-to-back goals at the 8:31 and 5:08 marks to go ahead 4-3. Trunz had his second assist of the game, this one with 4:44 to play in regulation, as he fed John Snellman for the tying goal.
Charlie Cipriano had his third consecutive double-digit save game in net for the Stags, being credited with 12 stops in the contest. The freshman made four stops in blanking Penn State in the first quarter, and four more in the fourth quarter to preserve the tie. Penn State out shot the Stags 38-28 for the game, including 22 second-half shots, but were only able to touch net three times. Drew Adams made 13 saves in playing the entire game in net for Penn State.
The host Nittany Lions held a statistical advantage in nearly every category, winning 8-13 face-offs, holding a 33-27 advantage in ground balls and clearing 25-26, while the Stags were 18-25 in clears. Fairfield was 1-3 in man-up situations, while denying the Nittany Lions in their only man-up chance of the contest.
The win marks the first for the Stags against Penn State as ECAC rivals and snapped a three-game series losing streak. Fairfield's last win was also on the road, in overtime, 11-10 during the 2005 campaign.
The Stags continue a three-game road trip on Saturday, March 28, travelling to ECAC foe Hobart for a noon contest.