February 22, 2012

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Stags Defeat Hofstra For First-Ever Series Win

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team scored the final nine goals of the game to defeat visiting Hofstra University 12-8 this afternoon on Alumni Field. The Stags improve to 2-0 for the third consecutive season, while the Pride fell to 1-1 on the year.

Addie Reilly (Locust Valley, N.Y.) led the way with a game-high five goals as the Stags scored the final nine goals of the game. Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y.) and Courtney Chmil (Garden City, N.Y.) each struck twice, while Melanie Raso (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Kate McKinley (Brookfield, Conn.) and Amanda Best (Schenectady, N.Y.) each had a goal and an assist for the Stags.

Hofstra scored 96 seconds into the game and netted the first five goals to build a 5-0 lead 11:05 into the game. Following a Fairfield time out the Stags finally broke through when Mangan netted a free position shot. The Pride scored next, a minute later to make it 6-1, which was answered by consecutive goals from Reilly. Her goals made the score 6-3 with 13:55 to play before the intermission. Hofstra would score the next two goals of the game to get the lead back to five, 8-3, just 3:40 to play in the first.

That would be the final goal that the Stags allowed in the game, and Reilly's third goal began the comeback 2:00 later. Chmil wrapped up the first-half scoring with an unassisted goal just 18 seconds before the break, sending the Stags into the lockerroom down two, 8-6.

Offensively the Stags wasted little time in the second-half as Raso netted a goal 55 seconds into the period. Chmil (20:39) and Mangan (20:04) scored within 35 seconds of each other to tie the score 8-8. Best would put the Stags ahead for the first-time with an unassisted goal with 18:05 to play in regulation. Reilly netted a free position shot at the 14:37 mark to push the lead to two, 10-8, and McKinley's goal at the 5:58 mark made the lead three, 11-8. Reilly rounded out the victory with her career-high setting fifth goal on a free position shot at the end of the half.

The Stags defense was near perfect in the second-half, causing four turnovers and not allowing a goal Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) stopped all five shots that Hofstra put on net in the second-half and finished the game with nine total saves. The Stags had five caused turnovers in the game, and had a 16-14 edge in ground balls

It is the Stags first-ever win over Hofstra which had won all previous eight meetings between the two squads.


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