Fairfield Drops Their Opener

Fairfield drops their opener, 18-17. A score fest in Rhode Island as The Providence Friars (2-2) welcomed the Fairfield Stags (0-1) to Providence Stadium. Each time one squad started to gather momentum, they would be stopped.

The Stags scored the first two and 3 of the first four thanks to Matt Chiastawa (2g,1) and Travis Ford (2g,1) putting it at 2 zip. Two and a half minutes later, Tim Hinrichs set up Brendan Driscoll (2g,1) before Fairfield countered off a Taylor Strough (3g,1) goal that pushed it back to a two-goal edge. Ryan Nawrocki (2g,1a) followed by Dan Axelson (2g,2a) would get things knotted up. Kyle Borda (1g,1a) took all of forty-three ticks to put Fairfield back up before Mike O’Grady (1g) stepped up and once again, tie the game.

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Do we see a trend being set here? Strough and Nawrocki exchanged markers to keep it tied. The Nawrocki goal came with just :35 remaining so it appeared the quarter would end at 5-5. Save your breath as the Nawrocki goal ignited a Providence run. Axelson closed the quarter with :03 to play and the Friars boasting a 6-5 advantage.

The second quarter was pretty much all Providence with run reaching five total goals. Tim Hinrichs (4g,1a) was the star of the stanza. He notched two in a row followed by a man up goal from Ryan Zimmerman (4g,2a). Tyler Wuchte (1g) stemmed the Friars tide but Hinrichs added his third of the quarter to give Providence a seemingly comfortable four goal edge at 10-6.

Fairfield opened the third by cutting the lead to two thanks to Dylan Beckwith (2g, 3a) at 12:37 and Strough just twenty-two seconds later. Providence roared back and said, “hold my beer.” Matt Grillo (2g), Zimmerman, and Grillo pushed it to 13-8. Fairfield not only held the Providence beer but drank it.

Chiastawa, Beckwith, Shane Osborn (1g) and twelve seconds later, Patrick Drake. Hinrichs ended the onslaught before Drake hit a pair to close the third with, you guessed it, a tie, 14-14. Chris Cusolito (1g,1a) and Zimmerman gave Providence a 16-14 advantage.

You can hazard a guess as to what would happen next. Travis Ford (1g) and Trent Moran (1g) once again evened it up. Brendan Driscoll at 2:21 and with :53 to go, Zimmerman seemed to end it but, Fairfield had no quit with Dean Ford (1g) making it 18-17 with :36 remaining.

The Stags couldn’t find the equalizer and the curtain came down on an absolute classic, 18-17. Fairfield drops their opener, 18-17.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.