March 4, 2014

Fairfield Tops Lehigh in Home Opener

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team defeated Lehigh University, 7-5, this afternoon at University Field.  
Senior captain Melanie Raso (Farmingdale, N.Y.) netted four goals for the Stags, who also received goals from Julieanne Mascera (Verona, N.J.), Jamie Leone (Farmingdale, N.Y.), and Riley Hellstein (Feeding Hills, Mass.).

The Stags got off to a slow start, with the first goal coming from Lehigh's Allison LaBeau about 10 minutes into the first half. Fairfield answered with a goal by Raso, off a free position shot, about one minute later. The Mountain Hawks took a 2-1 lead when LaBeau netted her second goal of the game at 17:28. Back-to-back goals by Lehigh's Carli Sukonik at 15:28 and at one second left in the first half, gave Lehigh a 4-1 advantage into halftime.  

Action picked up in the second half when Raso netted her second goal at 24:10. Mascera narrowed the gap to 4-3 when she scored at 21:16. Lehigh answered with a goal from Kendall Garden almost one minute later. A set of consecutive goals by Fairfield tied the game at 5-5. The first goal was scored by Raso at 17:23 while the second was scored by Leone at 13:41.

Fairfield took the lead for the first time when Raso scored her fourth goal at 9:05. About four minutes later, rookie Hellstein netted her first collegiate goal off a free position shot, sealing a 7-5 win for the Stags.

Sophomore Chelsey Sidaras (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) manned the net for Fairfield, tallying one save, while the Mountain Hawks' Alex Fitzpatrick tallied 5.

While the Stags outshot the Mountain Hawks, 16-8, the two teams had an even 14-14 advantage in groundballs. Fairfield had a 9-4 advantage in draw controls. Throughout the entire game, the Stags caused 12 turnovers while the Mountain Hawks only caused nine.

For Lehigh, Sukonik and LaBeau tallied two goals apiece. Fitzpatrick tallied three groundballs while Kelly Scott caused three turnovers.

Fairfield (2-2) continues action at home. The Stags will host Vermont on March 8 where they will "Faceoff For A Cause" as a Proud Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. With a donation of $15, fans will receive a specially designed hat or a t-shirt for the event, while supplies last. Fans can also bid on a variety of silent auction items including: a PS4 gaming system, a GoPro Camera, a Bose SoundDock®, a signed hockey stick by New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, a jersey signed by the USA Women's Lacrosse World Cup Team, tickets for the New York Giants and the New York Yankees, a weekend getaway package to Saratoga Springs, a Vineyard Vines gift basket, and more. All items were donated by family and friends of the lacrosse programs and all funds raised go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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