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April 13, 2002

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fairfield’s Tom Werney scored with 3:18 left in the second overtime to give the Stags an 8-7 victory over the No. 13 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team Saturday in Fairfield, Conn. The game marked the third consecutive one-goal game between the teams and Fairfield’s first win in the three-game all-time series.

Ohio State drops to 6-4 overall and is 0-1 in the Great Western Lacrosse League. The Stags improve to 5-1 on the season, including a mark of 3-1 in the GWLL. The loss was Ohio State’s second double-overtime loss and marked its fourth one-goal game of the year.

The game was low scoring, as only five goals were scored in the first half. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, on goals by Anthony Gilardi (So., Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) at 10:22, Curtis Smith (Jr., Victoria, British Columbia/Oak Bay) with 8:10 on the clock and Pat Donohue (Jr., West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) with 38 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Fairfield scored the only two goals of the second, with Marc Torrey tallying at 14:46 and Werney scoring with 2:03 left in the half.

The Stags tied the game at three just over a minute into the third quarter on a goal by Rob Scipioni and took their first lead of the game when Werney scored at 8:21. The Buckeyes scored the next three goals to go up, 6-4. Pat Myers (Jr., Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) scored the last goal of the third quarter, tallying an extra-man goal with 5:34 remaining off an assist from Tom Randisi (Fr., Towson, Md./Calvert Hall).

Gilardi scored back-to-back goals just 20 seconds apart (at 14:40 and 14:20) to give OSU a two-goal lead, 6-4, just under two minutes into the fourth quarter. Fairfield responded with goals by Keith Urgo and Werney to tie the game with 6:54 left. The score remained tied until there was 2:22 remaining in regulation, when Smith scored for the Buckeyes, assisted by Gilardi.

Fairfield tied the game with just 17 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Buckeyes had possession and were running out the clock when the Stags’ Brian Whalen forced a turnover. Fairfield goalkeeper C.J. Kemp scooped up the groundball and fed Kevin Finnerty, who sprinted down the field. Finnerty passed to Torrey, who faked a shot and fed the ball to Garrett Bamann, who finished the fast break to tie the game and send it to overtime.

The first overtime period was scoreless, as each team traded cautious possessions. The Stags won the opening draw of the second overtime, preventing Ohio State from getting the ball. Following a Fairfield timeout, the Stags eventually got the ball to Werney at the top of the 30-yard line. The shot was saved initially, but trickled through the legs of OSU goalie Tony Russo (Jr., Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) and over the goal line to give Fairfield the win.

Russo was outstanding in goal, as he made 14 saves. Kemp stopped 12 shots for Fairfield. The Buckeyes were 1-for-4 on extra-man offense and held Fairfield scoreless on its four chances.

Ohio State returns home next weekend for two games. The Buckeyes will face Denver at 7 p.m. Friday and Air Force at noon Sunday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Fairfield 8, No. 13 Ohio State 7 2OT University Field, Fairfield, Conn. April 13, 2002

Scoring 1 2 3 4 O.T. O.T. Total Ohio State 3 0 1 3 0 0 7 Fairfield 0 2 2 3 0 1 8

Individual Scoring: Goals – F: Tom Werney (4), Marc Torrey (1), Rob Scipioni (1), Keith Urgo (1),
Garrett Bamann (1),
O: Anthony Gilardi (3), Curtis Smith (2), Patrick Donohue (1), Pat Myers (1). Assists – F: Marc Torrey (2), Steve DeVoe (1), Rory McCarthy (1),
O: Ryan Laffey (1),Pat Myers (1), Mike Norton (1), Tom Randisi (1),
Curtis Smith (1), Josh Lesko (1), Anthony Gilardi (1).

Shots on Goal 1 2 3 4 OT Total Ohio State 12 6 8 4 3 33 Fairfield 7 14 14 10 1 46

Ground Balls 1 2 3 4 OT Total Ohio State 8 5 3 8 2 26 Fairfield 6 6 9 9 5 35

Face-offs Won 1 2 3 4 OT Total Ohio State 2 0 1 3 1 7 Fairfield 3 2 2 3 1 11

Goalkeeper Summary Min. Saves Goals Ohio State (Russo) 64:22 14 8 Fairfield (Kemp) 64:22 12 7

Penalties 1 2 3 4 OT Total Ohio State 0 3-2:00 1-1:00 0 0 4-3:00 Fairfield 1-1:00 1-1:00 3-2:30 0 0 5-4:30

Good/Failed Clears 1 2 3 4 OT Total Ohio State 4/1 5/5 3/1 2/3 1/0 15/10 Fairfield 4/1 6/1 4/1 3/0 1/1 18/4

Good/Failed EMO 1 2 3 4 OT Total Ohio State 0/1 0/1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1/4 Fairfield 0/0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0/4

Attendance: 887

Scoring Summary Qtr. Team Time FU-OSU Goal Assist 1 O 10:22 0-1 Gilardi Laffey 1 O 8:10 0-2 Smith Myers 1 O :38 0-3 Donohue Norton 2 F 14:46 1-3 Torrey DeVoe 2 F 2:03 2-3 Werney — 3 F 13:51 3-3 Scipioni — 3 F 8:21 4-3 Werney Torrey 3 O 5:34 4-4 Myers (EMO) Randisi 4 O 14:40 4-5 Gilardi Smith 4 O 14:20 4-6 Gilardi Lesko 4 F 10:30 5-6 Urgo — 4 F 6:54 6-6 Werney McCarthy 4 O 2:22 6-7 Smith Gilardi 4 F :17 7-7 Bamann Torrey 2OT F 3:18 8-7 Werney —