February 16, 2013

Reilly Has Nine Points in Return from ACL Injury

from press release

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - For the fifth time in as many seasons the Fairfield University women's lacrosse team opened the season with a win over Monmouth University. The Stags defeated the Hawks 14-7 in a non-conference game in West Long Branch, N.J.

Addie Reilly, in her first action in nearly a year after an ACL injury, led the Stags with nine points on five goals and four assists. Melanie Raso had a hat trick and two assists as six Stags tallied goals in the victory.

Katie Keenan backstopped a strong Fairfield defensive effort, making five saves in her 53:42 of action.  Chelsey Sidaras made her collegiate debut, minding the net for the final 6:18 and made a save against two goals allowed.

Melanie Raso scored the Stags first goal of the year 3:48 into the game as she netted a pass from Chloe Mangan. Jamie Leone (22:50) and Reilly (22:04) scored unassisted goals to push the advantage to 3-0, before Emily Barbieri found the back of the net for Monmouth with 19:24 to play before intermission.

Raso answered with her second 5:33 later to start another Stags 3-0 run, all assisted by Reilly.  Reilly fed Caitlin Townsend with 6:25 to play before the half and then setup Leone at the 4:42 mark for a 6-1 Fairfield advantage. Barbieri scored her second of the game with 26 ticks before the intermission to end the run, but Reilly netted a pass from Raso with seven seconds left to give Fairfield a 7-2 halftime edge.

Reilly ran her personal scoring three to three with the first two goals of the second-half scoring at 22:28 and 21:53 to give Fairfield a 9-2 advantage.  Raso followed at the 18:50 mark and Reilly struck again with 14:58 to play to make the score 11-2.  Amanda Best gave the Stags a 10-goal edge, 12-2, with her first tally of the year at the 14:27 mark.

Monmouth scored the next three goals of the game in a stretch from 13:19 through 8:43 to get the score to 12-5. Townsend ended the run with her second of the afternoon at the 6:18 mark, which was answered by Cassie Campasano with 4:56 to play in regulation to make the score 13-6. Reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year Courtney Chmil netted her first with 95 seconds to play in the game for a 14-6 Stag advantage.

Mangan finished with two assists, while Leone touched net twice, as did Townsend. Chmil had a goal and an assist in the game, as did Best.

Chmil and Raso both caused three turnovers in the game for Fairfield, which finished with nine as a team. Fairfield finished with a 19-16 edge in ground balls and was a perfect 16-16 in clearing the ball.  Monmouth had a 13-10 edge in draw controls and was 12-13 clearing the ball.

Barbieri and Campasano each had two goals to pace Monmouth. Katie Donohoe made nine saves in goal for the Hawks as she played the entire game.

The Stags return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Hofstra for a 2 p.m. game in Hempstead, N.Y.

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