Stags Stampede Bison

The Fairfield Stags 13-7 victory over the Bucknell Bison on Tuesday was a historic one for the 20th ranked men's lacrosse team program.

In defeating the previously undefeated and 11th ranked Bison, the Stags are off to the program's best start ever at 4-0 and established the highest ranked team the Stags have beaten since becoming a Division 1 program in 1993.

The Fairfield Insider sat down and chatted with the coaches after today's historic game. Here is a synopsis of our conversation:

Fairfield Insider: What do you think were the keys to the Stags victory today?

Coaches: The main key to victory was to not allow the Bucknell high powered offense find their rhythm. It was apparent that they had loads of talent and we just did not let them find their comfort zone against our defense. Offensively the key was handling their pressure defense, not panicking when they slid to our dodgers and finding the open man. We knew that if we remained patient against the pressure defense our opportunities would come.

Fairfield Insider: Who was the Stags offensive MVP and why?

Coaches: Well based on statistics alone Mike Bocklet would have to be the MVP. However many of his goals were the result of the other offensive players working hard and making the right pass to Mike once he was the open man. We like to think that we had more than 1 MVP against Bucknell.

Fairfield Insider: Who was the Stags defensive MVP and why?

Coaches: Once again we feel that the whole defensive unit played a huge role in our victory. But if you had to pick an MVP we would go with Mike Kruger due to the fact that he came up with some big saves and did not allow their very good shooters to score many goals.

Fairfield Insider: Who receives Teddy Points for making the hustle plays that didn't get the headlines, but, made a big difference in the Stags victory and why?

Coaches: Teddy Points would go out to two players that were unsung heroes today. First on Offense it would be Chris Manley who shows up to play game in and game out. His poise lets everyone else around him find their groove. Although he is not always scoring the goals, he handles the ball almost all of the time since everyone is always keying on Greg Downing. On Defense it would go to Matt Scanlon who was amazing today with his play. He disrupted their midfielders all game long. He is relentless on ground balls as well as when he is covering the other team's top midfielder.

Fairfield Insider: What are your thoughts and concerns about your next opponent?

Coaches: Harvard is next and we all know how good of a team they really are. They are loaded with talented players all over the field. They have great players and will give us fits. Every time we play them it's a battle. On top of that they are well coached and play the game very smart. We must continue to approach each game with the same mentality that we have with the others prior to this.

The Stags face the Harvard Crimson at Alumni Stadium in Fairfield, CT on Saturday, March 17th starting at 2:00pm. Be sure to find your way to campus to cheer on the Stags. And if you can't make it to campus, then be sure to follow all the action on GameTracker at www.fairfieldstags.com and WVOF at www.wvof.org.

Stags Scoring: Bocklet (6G, 1A); Nelson (3G, 3A); Boudreau (2G, 1A); Downing (1G); Finnerty (1G); Manley (3A); Fay (1A); Peters (1A)