February 18, 2012

Fairfield Opens with Win Over Monmouth

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team opened the 2012 season with a 13-6 win over Monmouth University.  It marks the fourth consecutive season opening win over the Hawks for the Stags.

Chloe Mangan and Addie Reilly each scored four goals, and had an assist, to pace the Stags offense.  Mangan scored the first goal of the season 8:05 into the game, and Reilly followed 33 seconds later for a 2-0 lead.  After a Monmouth tally at the 16:58 mark, Jamie Leone, Jenna Slowey and Melanie Raso touched net in a 3:23 span to push the lead to 5-1. The Hawks would get one of those back 5:36 before the intermission to make the score 5-2.

Monmouth struck first in the second-half on a Danielle Rakowitz goal 5:56 into the period, to get within two goals, but Fairfield would answer.  The Stags scored the next four goals, and six of seven, to build an 11-4 advantage with 13:08 remaining.  Both teams scored twice in the final 12:32 to keep the final margin at seven, 13-6.

Katie Keenan picked up the win for Fairfield with a nine save effort. She also had three ground balls and a caused turnover.  Katie Donohoe stopped nine shots in net for Monmouth, while picking up two ground balls and causing one turnover.

Fairfield finished with a 13-7 advantage in draw controls, including a 9-3 edge during the second-half.  Rookie Courtney Chmil had a game-high four draw controls.  The Stags also had a ground ball advantage, 25-18, with Chmil picking up five.  She also caused two of the Stags 12 caused turnover, a category Raso led, with five.

Fairfield returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Hofstra at 3 p.m. on Alumni Field.

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