March 26, 2011

Stags Stop Nation's No. 1 Offense, Top Aggies

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team returned home on Saturday and snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating visiting UC Davis 13-5. The victory improves the Stags overall mark to 6-4 while the Aggies fall to 8-2.

Fairfield held UC Davis, the top-ranked scoring offense in the nation entering the week, to just one first-half goal and never trailed. Amanda Best (Schenectady, N.Y.) started the scoring with an unassisted goal 7:49 into the contest. The Aggies answered quickly as Gina Hoffmire fed Hannah Mirza 83 seconds later, tying the score 1-1. Katie Mackay (Salem, Conn.) netted a free position goal 37 seconds after that, her first of four goals on the day, to put the Stags ahead for good.

Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) made five first-half saves as the Stags defense did not allow another Aggie goal in the first-half. Fairfield's offense netted four additional goals, including Mackay's second  -which would prove to be the game-winning tally - with 20 seconds to play before intermission, to take a 6-1 lead into the locker room.

The Stags defensive effort continued in the second-half, as Melanie Raso (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and Mackay scored in the opening minutes for an 8-1 Stags advantage. The Aggies scoring drought ended 8:07 into the second-half, spanning nearly 30 minutes of game action, when Christina Corsa netted a free position shot. The Stags expand the lead to as many as nine goals on two separate occasions, 11-2, with 11:09 to play, and 12-3 with 7:09 remaining.

Keenan finished the game with nine saves, while the Stags allowed five goals in a game for the second time this season. Ten different Fairfield players recorded at least one caused turnover in the game, as the Stags totaled 13 as a team. The Stags finished the contest with just 13 turnovers, while UC Davis committed 19 miscues. The Aggies cleared 19-21 on the afternoon, while Fairfield was 17-18.

Mackay led the Stags offense with her four goals and an assist, going 2-3 in free position shots on the afternoon. Best finished four points, two goals and two assists, as did Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y.), who had a hat trick. Raso touched net twice, as did Addie Reilly (Locust Valley, N.Y.).

Hoffmire was the only Aggie to record multiple points in the game, finishing with two goals and an assist. Corsa, Mirza and Laura Martin scored the team's other goals.

Fairfield returns to the action on Wednesday, March 30 when it travels to Loudonville, N.Y. to take on Siena College in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League season opener.

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