Fairfield Earns Share of MAAC Championship
from press release
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Fairfield University
women's lacrosse team clinched the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference (MAAC) Regular Season Co-Champion title with an 11-9
victory over Canisius this afternoon at the Demske Sports Complex.
The Stags, and co-champion Marist Red Foxes, are now 7-1 in
conference play. The victory earned Fairfield the No. 2 seed
heading into the MAAC Tournament next weekend.
Senior Jenna Slowey netted four goals while rookie Riley Hellstein scored three. Sophomore Julieanne Mascera scored two for the Stags who also received goals from Melanie Raso and Alex Fehmel.
Scoring started early as Ashley Bull gave the Golden Griffins a 1-0 lead at 27:12. Slowey answered by netting back-to-back goals at 25:47 and 23:47. Mascera gave the Stags a 3-1 lead when she scored, off a pass from Slowey, at 20:36. Canisius answered with their own set of consecutive goals, at 16:44 and 11:36, tying the game at 3-3.
A pair of goals by Hellstein put Fairfield ahead 5-3 at 7:23. The second goal was assisted by Fehmel. The Griffs tied the game at 5-5, after goals from Tori Quinn and Tori Greco at 6:16 and 3:53. In the remaining 3:53, Canisius’ Bull scored once more giving the Griffs a 6-5 advantage into halftime.
The Stags came out strong in the second half, with a 6-0 run. Fehmel scored the first goal at 27:46 to tie the game at 6-6. A second set of consecutive goals by Slowey, at 26:21 and 22:25, put Fairfield ahead 8-6. The first goal was assisted by Colleen Reynolds while the second was assisted by Raso.
The Stags expanded the lead to 10-6 with unassisted goals from Hellstein and Mascera at 21:07 and 17:03. Fairfield’s final goal of the game came when Slowey found Raso at 14:56. In the remaining 14:56, Canisius was able to score three more goals. The first was from Maria Kotas at 11:17 while the last two were from Greco at 8:43 and 2:37. However, the Griffs were unable to catch the Stags, sealing an 11-9 win for Fairfield.
Sophomore Chelsey Sidaras manned the net for Fairfield, making 10 saves, while Canisius’ Kayla Scully tallied nine.
Despite being outshot, 31-22, the Stags had a 19-14 advantage in ground balls. Slowey had a team-high seven shots for Fairfield.
For Canisius (10-6; 6-2 MAAC), Greco had three goals while Kotas tallied two goals, three ground balls, and four draw controls. Bull added two goals, five draw controls, and one ground ball for the Griffs.
Fairfield (12-4) will return to action at their ninth consecutive MAAC Tournament appearance. The Stags will return to Buffalo, N.Y. to face third-seeded Canisius in the MAAC semifinal on Friday, May 2 at 8pm. Top-seeded Marist (13-2; 7-0 MAAC) will face fourth-seeded Monmouth (7-9; 4-3 MAAC) in the first semifinal on Friday, May 2 at 5pm. The winners will compete on Sunday, May 4 for the MAAC Championship title.
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