March 9, 2011

Fairfield Uses Eight-Goal Run to Top SHU

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team scored eight unanswered goal in a 5:11 span in the second-half to pull away for a 19-12 win over visiting Sacred Heart University on Alumni Field on Wednesday. The win improved the Stags' record to 4-1, while the Pioneers fell to 1-3.
Sacred Heart scored back-to-back goals early in the second-half to close within 7-5 with 25:17 to play in regulation, when the Stags offense kicked in. Addie Reilly (Locust Valley, N.Y.) started the Stags run with an unassisted goal at 23:59. Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y.) struck 17 seconds later, which was followed by a pair of Melanie Raso (Farmingdale, N.Y.) goals 50 seconds apart to push the Stags advantage to 11-5 with 21:23 to play. Mangan fed Brittany Bare (Mason, Ohio) at the 20:57 mark and Katie Mackay (Salem, Conn.) put home the eventual game-winner 39 seconds later unassisted.
Raso and Mangan both tallied five points in the game, with Raso touching net four times and Mangan handing out two assists. Mackay also finished with two assists, as well as her game-winning tally. Reilly put home four goals for the Stags, while Jenna Slowey (Moorestown, N.J.) struck twice.
On the defensive end, Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) picked up the win for the Stags, making a pair of saves in her 54:44 of action. Kelley Brady (Olney, Md.) minded the net for the final 5:16 and made three saves, while allowing two goals. The Stags caused 12 turnovers on the day, with three from Renee L'Heureux (Glastonbury, Conn.) and two from Amanda Best (Schenectady, N.Y.)
Katie Kmiotek (Farmingville, N.Y.) led all scorers with six goals, while Kelsey Russo (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) touched net four times. Shelby Vaccaro (Brightwater, N.Y.) handed out two of the Pioneers three assists on the afternoon. Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, N.Y.) had a team-best three ground balls and three draw controls, while Vaccaro has two caused turnovers. Megan Pepe (Westhampton, N.Y.) minded the net for all 60 minutes, making six saves.
Fairfield finished the game with a 17-13 advantage in ground balls, led by three from Mangan. The Stags also had an 18-15 advantage in draw controls with Raso collecting a team-best five. Fairfield cleared the ball successfully 13-16, while Sacred Heart was 8-13.
The Stags are back in action on Saturday when they will host New Hampshire at 1 p.m.

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