April 8, 2011

Fairfield Wins 21st Straight MAAC Game

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team defeated visiting Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League foe Niagara University 21-5 Friday afternoon on Lessing Field. The Stags have now won four straight games and are 9-5 on the season and 3-0 in the league, while the Purple Eagles fall to 2-8-1 on the year and 1-2 in league action.

Fairfield built an early 2-0 lead which Niagara erased in a 54 second span, tying the game 2-2 9:23 into the game. The Stags would score the next six goals of the game, from six different players to build an 8-2 advantage with 4:57 to play before the intermission. Niagara scored the last goal of the first half, with 53 seconds left in the period to close to within five, 8-3, and then netted the first goal of the second-half to get back within four goals, 8-4 with 27:25 to play. The Stags took control of the game at that point scoring nine consecutive goals over a nearly 12 minute stretch to open a 17-4 edge. Niagara tallied its final goal of the game with 9:26 to play and Fairfield scored the final four goals for the final margin of victory.

The victory is the Stags 21st consecutive regular season MAAC win, one shy of tying the school and conference record. Fairfield won 22 consecutive MAAC regular season games from April 15, 2000 through April 4, 2004.

Fairfield rookies Addie Reilly (Locust Valley, N.Y.) and Melanie Raso (Rocky Point, N.Y.) led the way with five points apiece. Reilly, who also caused a turnover, had five goals in the game, going 1-2 in free position chances. Raso, who scored the game-winning goal on a free position shot with 11:10 to play in the first-half, had four caused turnovers and two draw controls in the game.

Eight other Fairfield players scored a goal in the game, with Katie Mackay (Salem, Conn.), Katie Phillips (Longmeadow, Mass.), Danielle Russo (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Jenna Slowey (Moorestown, N.J) each scoring twice. Slowey finished the game with four points, having also recorded two assists in the game.

Fairfield outshot Niagara 47-11 on the game while also picking up a 31-14 advantage in ground balls on the afternoon. Lauren Lavin (Medford, N.J.) picked up a game-best four ground balls, while causing two turnovers. The Purple Eagles won 18-27 draw controls in the game, but committed 26 turnovers, 13 of which were caused by Fairfield.

The Purple Eagles received a 17-save effort from rookie keeper Patricia McTiernan, who played the entire game in net. She also picked up three ground balls. Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) earned the win for Fairfield, allowing five goals in her 51:00 of action. Kelley Brady (Olney, Md.) minded the net for the final 9:00 and stopped the only shot she faced.

Fairfield returns to action on Sunday at noon when it hosts Canisius College on Lessing Field.

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