October 3, 2006

No. 17 Fairfield Visits Reese Stadium Wednesday

Oct. 3, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs take a break from Ivy League play on Wednesday night, hosting 17th-ranked Fairfield at 7:30 p.m. at Reese Stadium. The game follows the Yale-Fairfield women's game, which starts at 5 p.m.

After opening the season with four straight home games, the Bulldogs (4-5-1) have played five of their last six on the road. The only game at Reese Stadium during that stretch was a 3-2 win over Princeton on Sept. 23.

Alex Munns was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. He scored Yale's second goal against Harvard on Saturday to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Munns is third on the team in scoring with nine points (3 goals, 3 assists). Gage Hills, who missed Saturday's game with an injury, has 11 points (5 goals, 1 assist), followed by James Stewart with 10 (3 goals, 4 assists). Stewart has at least one point in each of the last three games.

The Stags (6-2-1) are unbeaten in their last five games and have moved into the national rankings for the first time this season. During the streak, Fairfield has outscored its opponents 10-4.

Juniors Sam Bailey and Jon Paul Francini received weekly honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on Monday after helping the Stags post three victories last week. Francini earned the Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, while Bailey picked up the Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in 2006.

Alex Cunliffe leads Fairfield in goals (5) and points (10). Bailey has three goals and two assists. Francini has started all nine games in goal and has a 0.88 goals against average.

Yale has won two of the last three games with Fairfield and leads the all-time series (12-3-2). The two teams played a 1-1 tie last year in Fairfield.

"Our games with Fairfield are always close and competitive, and I expect Wednesday's game to be no different," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Fairfield has speed, size and skill and will arrive with a lot of confidence following their recent run of success."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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