February 16, 2011

Fairfield Women Tabbed MAAC Favorite

from press release

The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team, winners of three consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League regular season crowns has been tabbed to win it again this season. The league's seven head coaches tabbed the Stags as the team to beat, with Fairfield receiving three first-place votes.

"We are honored to be chosen as the team to beat this year," said third-year head coach Mike Waldvogel. "We recognized that there are a number of teams in the league that are talented enough to win the conference title this year and we look forward to the opportunity to defend our regular season crown."

Fairfield had four players named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team, the most of any of the league's seven schools. Leading the selections is Stags all-time leading scorer Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md.) who was voted the league's Preseason Player of the Year. Coleman, a two-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, will miss the entire 2011 season after injuring her leg in preseason practice, and will have one-year of eligibility remaining.

Graduate student Renee L'Heureux (Glastonbury, Conn.) returns to the Stags defensive unit for her fifth season, having sat out her first-year with the team due to a knee injury. She was named First-Team All-MAAC last season after starting 17 of 18 games, causing 25 turnovers and corralling 20 draw controls.

Senior captain Brittany Bare (Mason, Ohio) is a two-time First-Team All-MAAC selection and is coming off a season in which she contributed on both sides of the field. She picked up a team-best 46 ground balls on the year as well as causing 30 turnovers, second on the team. On the offensive end she scored 25 points, with 22 goals to her credit.

The 2010 MAAC Rookie of the Year, Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y.), was also voted to the squad by the conference's head coaches. Mangan touched net 26 times during her rookie campaign on her way to First-Team All-MAAC accolades, after winning the league's Rookie of the Week award four times. She had 38 draw controls and 18 ground balls on the year for the Stags.

The Stags earned 44 points in the poll of the league's seven-head coaches, followed by Marist College with 40 points. Canisius College was tabbed for third place with 34 points, followed by Siena College in fourth place with 27 points. Iona College was picked fifth, receiving 23 points, while Manhattan College, 15 points, and Niagara University, 13 points, rounded out the poll.

Fairfield has posted three consecutive winning seasons the last three years, without a loss to a MAAC team during the regular season. The Stags 18-game conference regular season win streak is the second longest in program, and conference history, trailing only the 22 straight wins the Stags posted from April 12, 2000 through April 4. 2004.

The Stags open the 2011 campaign on Saturday, February 19 when they travel to Monmouth for a noon contest. Fairfield's home opener comes on February 25 when it hosts Quinnipiac at 3 p.m. on Alumni Field.

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