March 16, 2011

Raso Reels Off Six; Fairfield Rallies

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Melanie Raso (Farmingdale, N.Y.) scored six goals, three during a 7-0 second-half run, to pace the Fairfield University women's lacrosse team to a 13-12 road win over Lehigh University on Wednesday afternoon. The win improves the Stags record to 5-2 on the year, while the Mountain Hawks fall to 3-4.

The Stags fell behind 11-6 on a Chelsea Retaleato goal with 24:05 to play in the game, when the rally began. Katie Mackay (Salem, Conn.) netted her second goal of the game with 22:52 to play to begin a 7-0 run, that encompassed nearly 22 minutes of the second-half. Raso scored at 18:14, followed by a Jenna Slowey (Moorestown, N.J.) tally with 15:21 to play to get Fairfield back within two goals, 11-9.

Mackay fed Raso 54 seconds later to make it 11-10 and Raso scored against, from Addie Reilly (Locust Valley, N.Y.), at 12:47 to tie the score, 11-11. Mackay put Fairfield ahead for the first time in the game, scoring a free position goal at the 8:54 mark and Reilly put home a pass from Caitlin Townsend (Silver Spring, Md.) with 70 seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) earned the win in net for the Stags, making eight saves in her time in the crease. She also had two ground balls on the day. Alex Fitzpatrick made eight saves in goal for Lehigh.

Raso led the Stags with six goals on the afternoon, while Mackay touched net three times and handed out two assists. Reilly finished with four points, two goals and two assists, while Slowey and Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y.) both scored once in the game.

Olivia Ziegler (West Hartford, Conn.) caused a team-best turnovers on the day, as the Stags finished with seven for the game. Four Stags had two ground balls a piece.

Fairfield was outshot in the game, 28-25, and collected one less ground ball, 12-11, than Lehigh. Fairfield was 2-4 in free position chances while committing two fewer fouls, 23-21. Both teams committed 14 turnovers in the game and the Mountain Hawks had a 16-11 edge in draw controls.

Lehigh received a seven point effort from Lauren Dykstra, who scored six goals. Allison Thomas struck for three goals, while Megan Kelly handed out three assists. The Mountain Hawks were 5-11 on their free position chances in the game.

The Stags continue their road trip on Saturday at Hofstra.

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