April 6, 2013

Fairfield Routs Niagara to Go Over .500

from press release

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team had eight different players score in the first-half and never trailed on its way to an 18-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) host Niagara University Saturday afternoon in Niagara Falls, N.Y.  The Stags improve to 7-6 on the year and 2-1 in league play, while the Purple Eagles fall to 4-9 overall and 0-3 in the MAAC.

Courtney Chmil, who finished with a hat trick, wasted little time getting the Stags on the board after Chloe Mangan won the opening draw.  Jenna Fuchs fed Chmil 44 seconds into the game for the 1-0 lead.  Chmil collected the ensuing draw leading to an Amanda Best goal 52 seconds later for the 2-0 lead. Chmil answered a Niagara tally at the 27:48 mark with her second off the game 41 ticks later to give Fairfield a 3-1 lead.

That Chmil tally was the first of a 4-0 Fairfield run that saw goals from Caitlin Townsend (24:13), Fuchs (22:07) and Jamie Leone (20:33) to build a 6-1 advantage. Niagara momentarily stymied the run with a Carrie-Jo Farrugia goal at the 17:45 mark, but Maeve Quinn answered for the Stags with an unassisted goal with 16:23 to play in the first-half, pushing the lead to 7-2. Mangan found the back of the net for the first time with 10:49 remaining in the first and was followed 9:31 later by Lauren Engelke to give the Stags a 9-2 lead.   Katherine Pille scored with 14 seconds left for Niagara and the Purple Eagles won the ensuing draw but Katie Keenan stopped a last second shot to take the Stags to the break leading 9-3.

Niagara scored two of the first three goals of the second-half, with Jenna Slowey splitting them for the Stags, to pull within five, 10-5. It was as close as Fairfield would allow, scoring three unanswered goals, in a 4:29 span, and seven of the next eight to build a 17-6 lead with 9:04 to play.  Niagara scored its final goal with 30 seconds left and Quinn completed her second hat trick of the year with two seconds left to complete the scoring.

Leone and Quinn both finished with four points, Quinn with a hat trick and an assist and Leone with two goals and two assists.  Chmil and Engelke also had hat tricks in the game, while Slowey added two goals and an assist.

The Stags finished with a 16-10 advantage in draw controls in the game with Mangan and Fuchs both collecting five in the victory.  Eleven different Stags had at least one of the team's 14 ground balls, with three players recording two each, while the Purple Eagles had 13 ground balls.  The Stags also committed fewer turnovers, 11, and caused six of the Purple Eagles 13 turnovers.

Katie Keenan earned the win for Fairfield, making five saves, a ground ball and allowing three goals in minding the net for the first half. Chelsey Sidaras made five stops in her 30 minutes of action in goal, against four goals allowed, and had a caused turnover and ground ball for the Stags.

Farrugia scored three times and added an assist for Niagara, while Pille had a goal and an assist.  Danielle Maio led the team with four ground balls and three draw controls.  Paige Sasser stopped 12 shots in net for the Purple Eagles, while also picking up a ground ball.

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