May 1, 2014
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium)
Event: ECAC Tournament (First Round)
Score: #15 Fairfield 12, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (5-11), Fairfield (11-3)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- Freshman Robbie Zonino (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) made nine saves in the first half of action and classmate Ian King (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) scored a pair of goals, as the University of Michigan men's lacrosse team, which trailed 5-3 after the third quarter, but was outscored, 7-2 in the fourth period and fell 12-5, to No. 15 Fairfield in the first round of the ECAC Tournament Thursday (May 1) at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Michigan opened up its first-ever postseason contest with a scoreless first quarter, the first time this season U-M has played in a quarter where no goal was scored by either side. On the heels of the scoreless first quarter, Jake Knotsman put Fairfield on the board at the 9:39 mark of the second on a feed from Tristan Sperry.
King gave U-M its first score of the contest with his ninth extra-man goal of the season and his 31st overall on a crank shot from the left wing, knotting the game at 1-1.
Fairfield then hit a top-shelf score from Colin McLinden 18 seconds before the half to carry a 2-1 lead into halftime. Zonino stopped nine shots for U-M, while Stag goalkeeper Jack Murphy made 12 saves as both sides were even on shots at 19-19.
After Fairfield rattled off two-straight to start the second half and earn a 4-1 lead, King netted his second of the day in transition off a failed Stag clear. The running bounce shot from 10-yards out cut the lead in half at 4-2 with 9:31 left in the third.
The two sides then traded goals, with sophomore Riley Kennedy (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) bringing U-M within two at 5-3 with 45 seconds left as he beat his man off a face dodge and finished in close.
After Fairfield rattled off two straight to stretch the advantage to 7-3, sophomore/freshman Brendan Gaughan (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) brought Michigan within three at 7-4, beating Murphy top left after a ground ball pickup in the U-M attacking zone.
The Stags then went on a three-goal run from the 9:40 mark of the fourth to the 3:54 mark, a run that was ended by an in-close finish by junior David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) to bring the score to 10-5.
The Stags then closed with two straight goals against U-M's shutoff defense to bring the tally to the final scoreline of 12-5.
Zonino tied a career high with 15 saves with six in the second half, while sophomore faceoff specialist Brad Lott (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) went 7-of-20 at the dot in the defeat. Fairfield's McLinden had four goals, while Sperry had three assists. Murphy made 15 stops in net to equal Zonino's effort.
U-M wraps up the season with a program-record five wins and made its first-ever postseason appearance. The squad also bids farewell to seven seniors, two of which -- Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and J.D. Johnson (Malibu, Calif./Loyola) -- were part of U-M's final MCLA national championship squad in 2010. King set the school record in goals in a single season with 32, while Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy) was the first player in U-M history to earn first team All-ECAC accolades.
N O T E S
• The 0-0 first quarter marked the first time U-M has played in a contest when no goals (combined) were scored in a quarter.
• Michigan had zero assists, marking the first time this season that has occurred.
• U-M was 16-of-18 on clears, marking the third straight game that Michigan has had less than two failed clears.
• Thomas Paras ends his career with 45 goals, the most in U-M history for a career.