March 20, 2013

Fairfield Gets Over .500, Beats Lehigh

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Fairfield University won for the third time in four outings, and the second consecutive game, defeating host Lehigh University 9-4 Wednesday afternoon. The victory improves the Stags to 5-4 on the year, while the Mountain Hawks fall to 2-6.

Lehigh scored first, 2:26 into the game when Carli Sukonik scored an unassisted goal. The Stags scored the next five goals, starting when Jenna Slowey netted a pass from Chloe Mangan at the 19:40 mark to tie the score, 1-1. Amanda Best put the Stags head 88 seconds later with an unassisted tally, and Mangan followed with a free position goal at the 17:24 mark to put Fairfield ahead 3-1.

Slowey scored her second of the game, on a free position goal, at the 11:32 mark, for a 4-1 edge, and Courtney Chmil made it 5-1 with an unassisted goal with 5:05 to play before halftime. Julie McBrien ended the run with a tally with 2:37 remaining and Sukonik brought the Mountain Hawks within two, 5-3, with her second with just one second remaining before halftime.

The Stags tagged two early goals in the second-half with consecutive unassisted goals, the first from Chmil at 28:14 and 41 seconds later Kelly Fenton to make the score 7-3. Kendall Garden answered the Fairfield tallies with her first of the contest at the 25:30 mark and the score remained 7-4 in favor of the Stags until Best put a free position shot into the back of the net with 9:15 remaining in the half. Slowey gave the Stags a five-goal advantage with 8:05 to play, completing her hat trick from a Best assist.

Katie Keenan earned the win in net for the Stags making seven saves and recording two ground balls. Alex Fitzpatrick took the loss, stopping 11 shots for Lehigh.

Slowey paced the Stags offense with her three goals, while Best also finished with three points on two goals and an assist. Chmil also had two goals, while Mangan finished with a goal and an assist.

Fairfield finished with a 9-5 edge in draw controls, with Chmil capturing a game-high three. Both teams collected 11 ground balls in the contest, a category Mangan collected a game-best four in. The Stags caused seven of the Mountain Hawks 14 turnovers, with two by Kerry Lowth.

Fairfield returns to action next Wednesday when they host Cal on Alumni Field at 3 p.m.

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