New Conference Foes Highlight Fairfield Schedule
from Press Release
Seven home games and a pair of new Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) league foes highlight the Fairfield University women's lacrosse 2014 schedule. The Stags have 16 games, seven at home, on the slate, with eight conference opponents on the slate.
The campaign begins on Valentine's Day with a trip across town to Sacred Heart, a series the Stags lead 8-0 all-time, including a win at home last spring. The 2014 home opener comes on February 18 versus Hofstra at 3 p.m. The last time the two teams met at Fairfield, 2012, the Stags earned their first-ever win in the series. Two non-conference road games close out the month of February for the Stags as they travel to Rutgers on February 22 and Holy Cross on February 26. It will be the third meeting with the Scarlet Knights as the Stags look for their first win in the series, having lost by a combined three goals. It is the Stags first trip to Holy Cross since a 14-12 overtime loss in 2010, and is now 5-8 in the series all-time, after wins in 2011 and 2013.
The Stags open March with consecutive home games, welcoming Lehigh on March 3 and Vermont on March 8. Fairfield has won three straight meetings with the Mountain Hawks and is 5-6 all-time, and are 5-1 all-time versus the Catamounts, a team that they haven't played since 2002. Fairfield closes out non-conference play on the road, visiting New Hampshire on March 14 and UConn on March 22. The Stags have won back-to-back meetings with the Wildcats and are 2-4 in the series, while they are 4-7 versus the Huskies, having dropped consecutive meetings the past two seasons.
Fairfield begins MAAC play at home on March 29 versus Niagara, the first of a newly-expanded eight game conference slate. The Stags are 16-0 all-time versus the Purple Eagles, including an 18-7 road win last spring. The Stags first league road game is April 2 at Iona, a team that Fairfield is 11-0 against all-time. Three days later Fairfield is at Manhattan, looking for a seventh straight series win after improving to 14-5 all-time following a 16-4 home win last spring.
The Stags return home in mid-April for three consecutive games, the final home games of the season. Fairfield welcomes Siena on April 12, a first-ever league meeting with Quinnipiac on April 16 and close out the home schedule on April 16 versus Marist. Fairfield fell 8-5 at Siena last season, snapping a nine-game series win streak. The Stags are 17-2 all-time versus Siena. Fairfield and Quinnipiac have met four times, with the Stags winning each meeting, but are conference foes for the first time this spring. The Stags and Red Foxes have played 24 times, including twice last season, and Fairfield leads the series 16-8.
Fairfield's other new league rival is Monmouth, a foe the Stags have opened the season with the past five seasons. The Stags, who have won six straight in the series, lead the series 6-5, with the first league matchup coming April 23 in West Long Branch, N.J. The regular season finale for Fairfield comes April 26 at Canisius, a series that the Stags lead 12-6. Canisius defeated Fairfield 13-6 last season, the first regular season loss in the series for Fairfield since 2006.
The 2014 MAAC Championship will be played at Canisius, in Buffalo, N.Y., May 2-4. The top-four squads from the regular season qualify for the tournament, with the tournament champion earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.