March 6, 2013

Raso's Sixer Helps Fairfield Break Sacred Heart

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Melanie Raso (Farmingdale, N.Y.) had a game-high six points to lead the Fairfield University women's lacrosse to an 18-3 win over visiting Sacred Heart University on Alumni Field Wednesday afternoon. The victory improves the Stags to 3-3 while the Pioneers fall to 0-3.

Fairfield never trailed in the game as Jenna Slowey (Moorestown, N.J.) netted the opening goal of the game 49 seconds into the contest. The Stags would score the first five in 5:33 to build a 5-0 lead. Jacqueline Zlevor put the Pioneers on the board at the 17:50 mark of the first period, but the Stags answered with four goals in the final 14:33 of the period to build a 9-1 halftime lead.

Amanda Best (Schenectady, N.Y.) scored 1:41 into the second half to make the score 10-1, and after a goal from Taylor Babin at the 25:17 mark, Bet scored again at 21:56. That started a 4-0 Fairfield run the pushed the Stags advantage to 14-2. Emily Pepe scored at 14:55 for the Pioneers and the Stags tacked on four goals to end the game.

Raso scored a game-high four goals in the contest to go along with two assists and seven draw controls. Best and Jenna Fuchs (Garden City, N.Y.) both recorded hat tricks for the Stags, while Slowey had two goals and two assists. Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y.) scored twice, with an assist, including the game-winner. Courtney Chmil (Garden City, N.Y.) had a goal and an assist, while Lauren Engelke (Garden City, N.Y.) and Kelly Fenton (Bridgewater, N.J.) each scored once.

Chelsey Sidaras (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) earned her first collegiate win in net for the Stags as she stopped seven shots in the game. She also had three ground balls and a caused turnover. Megan Pepe took the loss in net, also making seven saves to go along with three ground balls.

Fairfield finished with a 15-7 edge in draw controls and a 16-14 advantage in ground balls. The Stags outshot Sacred Heart 33-16 for the game and committed fewer turnovers, 15-13. Fairfield cleared 11-14, while Sacred Heart was 10-13.

The Stags continue a three-game homestand on Saturday when they host Connecticut at noon on Alumni Field.

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