April 20, 2013

Fairfield Finishes Regular Season with win over UNH

from press release

Fairfield, Conn. -- The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team concluded its regular season with a 16-9 non-conference win over the University of New Hampshire on Lessing Field Saturday afternoon. The Stags improve to 10-7 on the year, their sixth consecutive double-digit win season, while the Wildcats fall to 5-10.

Katie Keenan became the program's all-time win leader, making seven saves to pick up her 47th career victory. The senior also had a game-high four ground balls, as the Stags held a 16-11 advantage in ground balls for the game.

After the team's traded goals in the opening 6:10 of play, Chloe Mangan put the Stags head with her first of six at the 21:32 mark. She scored again 1:58 later as the Stags scored four consecutive goals to build a 5-1 edge with 11:12 to play in the first half. New Hampshire ended the run with a goal at the 10:10 mark, but Jenna Slowey answered at 6:48, with her third to push the lead back to four, 6-2. Rachel Nock scored 1:07 later for the Wildcats, before Amanda Best (5:00) and Jenna Fuchs (4:37) wrapped up the first-half scoring and sent the team's to the break with the Stags ahead 8-3.

New Hampshire opened the second-half with four of the first five goals, cutting the Stags lead to 9-7 when Amber Casiano scored 9:28 into the half. Mangan scored the lone Stag goal in that run, and then answered the Wildcats on her own. She notched a free position goal at 19P09 to make it 10-7 and then scored unassisted with 12:59 to play for the 11-7 lead. Mangan completed the personal 3-0 run with another free position goal with 11:31 remaining to make the Stags lead 12-7. Jenny Simpson scored with 10:40 to play to cut the lead to four, but Best notched her second with 7:42 to play for the Stags for a 13-8 advantage. Laura Puccia scored with 6:55 remaining to get the Wildcats back within four, but the Stags tallied the final three goals of the game.

Fairfield seniors accounted for nine of the team's 16 goals in their final home game as Stags. Mangan scored a game-high six goals, the third time this season she has reached that total. Best had a pair of goals and Caitlin Townsend added one tally. Kelly Fenton had a goal and two assists, while Slowey had three goals and Fuchs had a goal and an assist.

The Stags had a 15-12 advantage in draw controls, with Mangan earning a game-high five, and three apiece from Fuchs and Courtney Chmil. The Stags committed just nine turnovers in the contest, and force nine of the 13 New Hampshire turnovers. Mangan had three caused turnovers, also a game-high, with two each from Olivia Ziegler and Best.

New Hampshire was led by three goals apiece from Puccia and Simpson, while Laura McHoul and Kayleigh Hinkle both added three assists. Puccia had a team-best four draw controls while Kathleen O'Keefe led the team with three ground balls. O'Keefe made six saves in net for the Wildcats.

Fairfield is next in action in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament semifinal on May 3 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Stags will play the loser of next Saturday's contest between Canisius and Marist in Buffalo, N.Y. The semifinal game times, 4:30 and 7:00 p.m., will be determined by the outcome of the Canisius and Marist game as well.

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