April 19, 2009

Stags Stomp Niagara, 18-9

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Ten different Stags scored as the Fairfield University women's lacrosse topped Niagara University, 18-9, in the regular season finale at Lessing Field. Fittingly on Senior Day, senior Rebecca White (Spring Lake, N.J.) led the Stags' with three goals and an assist.

With the score tied 1-1, White scored her first goal of the game to give the Stags the lead and spark a string of eight unanswered Fairfield goals over the next 20 minutes of play. The Purple Eagles' Courtney Formato stopped the streak with an unassisted tally at the two-minute mark but freshman Katie Phillips (Longmeadow, Mass.) and senior Abbey Goodwin (Columbus, Ohio) both scored in the final 1:38 of the half to give the Stags an 11-2 advantage heading into the break.

In the second half, White started the scoring once again at 28:33 but Niagara's Alison Valerio countered with a free position goal less than two minutes later to make the score 12-3. After White notched a free position goal at the 24:11 mark, junior Erin Rigby (Fair Haven, N.J.) posted back-to-back tallies to put the Stags ahead 15-3. Junior Kate Reardon (Needham, Mass.) made the score 16-3 with a goal at 13:21.

After three straight goals by the Purple Eagles, Phillips scored her second of the day on a free position shot with 3:14 remaining. Niagara added two more goals before Kate McKinley (Brookfield, Conn.) scored with 56 seconds remaining to extend the lead to 18-8. Formato scored the final goal of the game on a free position shot with 24 seconds left.

Fairfield out-shot Niagara, 54-16, and held a 31-16 advantage in groundballs. In the cage, senior Lauren Chatnik (Schenectady, N.Y.) made three saves in 53:40 while freshman Kelley Brady (Olney, Md.) stopped one shot in 6:20 of play. Niagara's Whitney Gill made 21 saves on the day.

Rigby posted with three goals and three groundballs. Senior Kylee Martin (Wyckoff, N.J.), sophomore Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md.), Phillips, and Reardon finished with two goals apiece. Goodwin and junior Renee L'Heureux (Glastonbury, Conn.) each had four groundballs.

Fairfield is the top seed at the upcoming 2009 MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship which will be hosted by Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. The Stags will play in the first semifinal game on Friday, April 24 at noon with the opponent to be determined.

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