July 29, 2018
Fairfield Grifters edge the defending Champs in an OT Thriller!
This was one of the best games, if not the best game, ever hosted at a ULAX Cup Tournament. The ULAX Select team entered the game undefeated in tournament play (5-0), while the Grifters (4-1) only loss came at the hands of the Select team the day before. Jim Bauer, the Fairfield Grifters head coach, was focused throughout the tournament and made some slight adjustments for the championship game. The Grifters started out hot and seemed to hold a 2-3 goal advantage throughout the first half, but it was in the second half that the ULAX Select team began to wake up. They scored five unanswered goals to tie it up at nine a piece and just when you didn't think the game could get any better it went to Overtime. The Fairfield team won the opening possession and didn't look back. The game winner by Liam McNamara stunned the crowd and the ULAX Select team, which looked unbeatable the day before. The Grifters popped a few cold one's on their way to their first Liberty Cup title and this game certainly raised the bar in terms of overall talent and excitement at a ULAX tourney. Eric Luhrmann provided strong goaltending for Fairfield as well and the top player nod for Select goes to Tyler DeVito, who scored 3 Goals.