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Late Goal Lifts Fairfield Past Yale

Milan Tica. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Milan Tica. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Valliant Effort From Bulldogs Falls Short

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Yale head coach Brian Tompkins was interested in how his team would respond Sunday at Fairfield. After all, on Friday the Bulldogs had played 110 grueling minutes on a hot and humid night, including the last 100 a man down, in a scoreless tie with Colgate.

Tompkins was quite pleased with what he saw. Unfortunately, though, Yale's struggles to score continued, and the result was a hard-fought 1-0 loss to the Stags.

"It was a great response from our guys," Tompkins said. "We controlled the rhythm, tempo and flow pretty much from start to finish, but the name of the game is scoring goals, and we couldn't execute around the goal."

Fairfield's George Newton scored the only goal of the game with 18:32 remaining to spoil the spirited effort from the Bulldogs. Newton's goal came when he stole the ball at the 25-yard line, took a few dribbles and fired a shot inside the near post.

Yale (0-3-1) had a couple of opportunities to tie it, including a pair of corner kicks in the last six minutes, but couldn't capitalize.

"We played with a lot of courage and commitment," Tompkins said. "It's frustrating because I thought we played well, but we'll learn from it and continue to work to improve."

The Stags (2-1) hadn't played since a 1-0 loss to Boston College last Monday.

The Bulldogs had a 9-8 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Michael O'Keeffe stopped two shots to post the shutout for Fairfield, the defending MAAC champions.

Bobby Thalman made three saves for Yale.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Friday when they play at Quinnipiac at 4 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity