March 17, 2009

Fairfield Wins Fifth Straight

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team defeated visiting Sacred Heart University 16-11 at Alumni Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The victory is the fifth straight for the Stags and they improve to 6-1, while the Pioneers fall to 1-5.

Erin Rigby scored 2:15 into the game and again 5:13 later as the Stags tallied the first six goals, in 11:24, to take control of the contest. Sacred Heart answered with back-to-back goals, 36 seconds apart, to make it 6-2 with 12:44 remaining. Amy Kelleher (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored a free position attempt with 12:05 left in the first-half, and then Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md.) added three straight, as the Stags ended the first-half with a 6-0 run, to take a 12-2 halftime lead.

The Stags scored the first two of the second-half as well, building their largest lead of the game, 14-2, with 25:46 to play. Sacred Heart would out score the Stags 9-2 over the final 21:18 of the game, getting only as close as five goals, 16-11, of the final tally.

Coleman led all scorers with five tallies, while Rebecca White (Spring Lake, N.J.) and Rigby both had a pair of goals for the Stags. Abbey Goodwin (Columbus, Ohio) had two points with a goal and an assist, while Anne Fiotti (Hingham, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal.

Lauren Chatnik (Schenectady, N.Y.) made nine saves in 56:18 to earn the win for the Stags. Kelley Brady (Olney, Md.) minded the net for the final 3:42 making a save on the only shot she faced. Chelsea Wagner (Aurora, Colo.) took the loss, allowing 12 goals and making six saves in 50:33 of action for Sacred Heart. Laurine Stafin (Spring Lake, N.J.) made a save and allowed four goals in 9:27.

Mary Montesarchio (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) led Sacred Heart with six points, netting two goals and dishing out a game-high four assists. Amanda Williams (Monroe, Conn.) and Carissa Hauser (East Northport, N.Y.) each had three goals and an assist in the game.

The Stags are off for a week, until traveling to Dartmouth, currently ranked 18th in the IWLCA poll, for a March 24 contest.

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