December 21, 2011

Waldvogel Announces Fairfield's 2012 Schedule

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fourth-year Fairfield University head women's lacrosse coach Mike Waldvogel announced the 2012 Stags schedule Wednesday. The 16-game regular season slate features eight home games and the six-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League schedule.

The Stags open the 2012 campaign with consecutive home games, hosting Monmouth on February 18. It marks the fourth consecutive season that the Stags have opened the season with the Hawks, and Fairfield has won each of those three contests. The Stags are 4-5 all-time against the Hawks, with four straight victories in the series. The Stags welcome Hofstra to campus on February 22, marking the eighth all-time meeting, and the first since 2003.

The first road game of the year will be at Jesuit rival Holy Cross on February 29, who the Stags defeated 14-5 last season and are 4-8 all-time against. The leap day game is the second in Fairfield history, having defeated Sacred Heart 13-12, also on the road, in 2008.

Fairfield returns home on March 4 to face James Madison. The Dukes won the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament and had a late rally fall just short of in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Stags and Dukes are meeting for the third consecutive season, with James Madison winning the first two meetings by a combined four goals.

The Stags then embark on a three-game road trip that begins across town at Sacred Heart on March 7. Fairfield has won all six meetings with the Pioneers, including a 19-12 decision last season at home. The middle game of the swing finds the Stags in Storrs, Conn. to take on Connecticut for the first time since consecutive wins in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. All-time Fairfield is 4-5 against the Huskies. The season-long trip ends on March 18 at New Hampshire, who is 4-0 all-time against Fairfield.

Three home games, including the MAAC opener, in 10 days is next on the slate for the Stags, beginning versus Lehigh on March 21. Fairfield and the Mountain Hawks have exchanged wins on the opponents home field the last two seasons, both by a goal, with Fairfield rallying from a five-goal second-half deficit in Bethlehem last season, to win 13-12. March 24 will be the first-ever meeting between Fairfield and Big East Conference member Rutgers in women's lacrosse. The Stags are only the third MAAC opponent in Scarlet Knight program history.

The home stand ends on the final day of March when MAAC foe Niagara visits for the league opener. The Stags have won all 14 meetings between the two teams with a 21-5 home victory last season. The 2012 meeting will be a home game due to a change in the MAAC scheduling policy, shifting to a Wednesday-Saturday schedule of games, instead of weekend only contests.

The next two outings for the Stags are road conference games, traveling to New Rochelle on April 4 to take on Iona. It will be the third consecutive game between the two programs played at Mazzella Field, as the Stags defeated Iona 12-6 in the regular season finale and 10-8 in the semifinal of the MAAC Championship.

A rematch of the 2011 MAAC Championship Game with Canisius is set for April 7 in Buffalo, N.Y. The Stags dropped the Griffs 12-8 in the regular season, but had a five-game series win streak snapped 13-8 in the MAAC title game. Fairfield is 11-4 all-time versus Canisius.

The Stags second to last home game is versus MAAC foe Manhattan, on April 11. Fairfield is 12-5 all-time against the Lady Jaspers and has won five consecutive meetings in the series. The non-conference finale comes four days later at Quinnipiac, with the Stags 2-0 in the series.

Fairfield closes out the road portion of its schedule at Marist on April 18. The Stags are 14-7 all-time versus Marist, after a 12-9 win at home last season. The Stags close out the year at home versus Siena on April 21. Fairfield has won seven straight contests with the Saints and is 15-1 all-time in the series.

The 2012 MAAC Championship will be played April 27-29 at Canisius College. The top-four teams in the regular season standings qualify for the tournament, with the winner advancing to play the champion of the Atlantic 10 Conference in an NCAA Tournament play-in game the following weekend.

The Stags posted a 13-5 record last season, including a 6-0 mark in MAAC play to win their fourth consecutive regular season crown. Fairfield has won a league-record 24 consecutive regular season conference games and has played in the league championship game in each of those four seasons.

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