April 10, 2011

Fairfield Ties Own Record with 22nd Straight MAAC Victory

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team rallied to earn a 12-8 win over visiting Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League for Canisius College Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Lessing Field. The fifth consecutive win for the Stags improved the squads overall record to 10-4 and the league mark to 4-0, while the loss snaps an eight-game win streak for the Griffs, who fall to 9-4 on the season and 3-1 in MAAC action.

The victory is the Stags 22nd consecutive MAAC regular season victory, tying the school and conference record. Fairfield won 22 straight regular season games from April 15, 2000 through April 4, 2004. Canisius was the Stags opponent in the record-setting victory seven years ago as well as today.

After Fairfield built a 3-1 lead nine minutes into the game, Canisius scored three of the final four goals of the first-half, including a Megan Oosting tally with four ticks remaining, to tie the game 4-4 at the intermission. Canisius then tallied the first three goals of the second half, two from Taylor Gray, to build a 7-4 advantage just over four minutes into the final half.

The Stags snapped a nearly 10:00 scoring drought at the 21:24 mark when Brittany Bare (Mason, Ohio) netted a pass from senior classmate Katie Mackay (Salem, Conn.). That tally was the first of seven consecutive goals that propelled Fairfield into the lead. Amanda Best (Schenectady, N.Y.) netted consecutive goals at 20:58 and 18:35 to tie the score 7-7, which was followed by back-to-back goals from Melanie Raso (Farmingdale, N.Y.) at 18:05 and 14:00, which would prove to be the game-winning tally. Mackay and Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y.) scored at 13:35 and 12:17 to complete the run and give Fairfield the largest lead of the game 11-7. Oosting ended Fairfield's run with a tally at 7:46 and Mangan wrapped up the scoring 83 seconds later.

Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) earned the win in net by making eight saves, with five coming in the first-half of action. Allison Daley made 10 saves in net for Canisius, stopping six in the first period.

Best and Raso both tallied three goals on the day for Fairfield, while Mackay finished with two goals and two assists. The Stags had 14 ground balls, 14 draw controls and seven caused turnovers in the victory.

Canisius was led by three goals from Oosting and a one-goal, three-assist effort from Carly Quinn.  The Griffs has 12 ground balls, six draw controls and three caused turnovers.

The Stags are back in action on Friday, April 15 when they travel to Riverdale, N.Y. to take on Manhattan. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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