FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield University overcame a one-goal deficit to hand the Monmouth University men a 2-1 loss in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game Wednesday night.
The hosts equalized in the 82nd minute and scored with 1:13 left in the second extratime.
In the 82nd minute, Fairfield (9-4-2, 5-1-2) sent a dangerous shot towards net. Bobby Edwards got a piece of it, but the rebound fell in front of him and the Stags tapped it in for the equalizer.
Fairfield’s Austin Capasso crossed a ball that made its way through multiple defenders and found the foot of Ryan Ruff, who scored the game-winner in the 109th minute.
The Hawks dropped to 2-5-1 in the conference and will need two wins against Quinnipiac and Niagara to have a chance at a tournament berth. The Hawks are 4-1-1 at home this season. The team also needs an Iona loss in its last regular season game as well as Marist not winning more than one of its last two games. Siena currently holds the tiebreaker over Monmouth, and with seven points each, the Saints will have to lose one of their last two contests.
Colin Stripling gave the Hawks the 1-0 lead in the 68th minute. After Jake Areman sent in a cross, the ball hit off two Fairfield players and popped up in the air, where the redshirt senior headed it home.
Monmouth will return home for the final two regular season games, with the first coming against Quinnipiac Saturday (ESPN3).