April 26, 2009

Fairfield Wins MAAC, NCAA Play-In Opportunity

from press release

For the first time since 2001 the Fairfield University women's lacrosse team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) women's lacrosse championship, defeating third-seeded Marist College 19-9 on Mazzella Field in New Rochelle, N.Y.  The win, the Stags' 10th in a row, improves the team's record to 16-2, while the Red Foxes fall to 12-5.

Rebecca White scored six goals, including the game-winner on Sunday and earned the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.  Joining White on the All-Tournament team were Kim Fuchs, Abbey Goodwin, Kylie Martin and Alyssa Vecchione.

The Stags built an 11-5 halftime lead and out scored Marist 8-4 in the second half to earn the victory.  Lauren Chatnik made 13 saves in the victory, with 10 stops in the second-half of play.  Fairfield finished the game with an 18-11 advantage in draw controls, with a 12-5 edge in the first-half.  Fairfield out shot Marist 49-28 for the game and committed fewer turnovers, 18-10 in the game.

The Stags scored the first seven goals of the game and never looked back.  Kristen Coleman struck for the first tally just 51 seconds into the game, with unassisted goal.  She made the score 2-0 73 seconds later as she put home a pass from Martin.  Coleman tallied a free position goal 10:17 into the game to make the score 3-0.  White pushed the lead to 4-0 with a free position goal at the 16:01 mark of the first-half.

The Stags won the ensuing draw control and Goodwin netted her first goal of the game 13 seconds later.  White struck for back-to-back goals 30 seconds apart, giving the Stags a 7-0 lead with 14:51 to play in the first-half.

Marist broke through at the 14:34 mark as #31 scored an unassisted goal.  Goodwin got the goal back eight seconds later with an unassisted tally.  Marist made the score 8-3 with consecutive goals, but Goodwin got the Stags offense going once again with an unassisted tally with 9:25 to play in the first-half.  After a Marist tally made it 9-4, White scored her fourth of the game, on a free position shot, with 7:57 to play in the period, for a 10-4 advantage.  Erin Rigby's first goal of the game, a free position tally, made the score 11-4 with 7:24 remaining in the first-half.  

White got the Stags offense going again in the second half, scoring a free position goal at 24:59.  Rigby gave the Stags their largest lead of the game 37 seconds later with an unassisted tally.  Kim Fuchs pushed the lead to nine, putting home a pass from Coleman with 21:57 to play for a 14-5 lead. 

After a Marist tally with 21:56 to play Goodwin pushed the lead back to nine with a free position tally, 38 seconds later.  White scored her sixth with 20:46 to play, making the lead 16-6.  Brittany Bare had her first goal of the game nine minutes later, to answer a Marist goal at 14:13, to push the lead back to 10, 17-7.

Coleman finished the game with three goals and four assists, as well as four draw controls.  Rigby netted two goals and had one assist, while Goodwin touched net four times.  Martin had a goal and an assist, while Fuchs, Bare and Anne Fiotti each scored once in the contest.

The Stags advance to host the NCAA Play-in game on Saturday, May 2nd against the winner of the Northeast Conference Championship being played Sunday afternoon between Sacred Heart University and Quinnipiac University.  The game time will be announced on Monday.

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