April 24, 2009

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Fairfield Sweeps MAAC Women's Awards

from press release

New Rochelle, N.Y. - Senior Lauren Chatnik (Schenectady, N.Y.) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Year as voted by the league's head coaches.  Sophomore Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md.) earned the league's Offensive Player of the Year, while Mike Waldvogel was named the Anaconda Sports Coach of the Year.

Fairfield, the MAAC Regular Season champion, had seven players earn All-MAAC First Team honors and one named to the All-MAAC Second Team.  Chatnik and Coleman were joined on the first team by Kelly Barnes (Jenkintown, Pa.), Brittany Bare (Mason, Ohio), Amy Kelleher (Glastonbury, Conn.), Rebecca White (Spring Lake, N.J.) and Kylee Martin (Wyckoff, N.J.).  Junior Erin Rigby (Fair Haven, N.J.) was selected to the Second Team.

Fairfield also had 10 players named to the MAAC All-Academic Team.  To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.  Barnes, Coleman, Kelleher, Renee L'Heureux (Glastonbury, Conn.), Brigid McEntee (Wallingford, Pa.), Martin, Kate Reardon (Needham, Mass.), Rigby, Alyssa Vecchione (Sudbury, Mass.) and White, earned the prestigious academic accolade. 

Chatnik becomes the fourth player in program history to earn the top defensive player award, and the Stags capture the award for the third consecutive season.  She finished the regular season ranked 14th in the nation with an 8.93 goals-against average.  Chatnik won 14 games in net for the Stags and made 124 saves, with a .475 save percentage, the 30th best number in the country.  Her First Team selection is the second of her career, being voted to the team as a sophomore.  Last season she was selected All-MAAC Second Team.

Coleman earns the nod as the MAAC's top offensive threat for the second time in as many years.  The midfielder tied for the league lead with 65 points, good for 16th in the country through games of April 19.  Coleman touched net 48 times while dishing out a team-best 17 assists.  She enters the league's tournament fourth in program history with 155 points and 116 goals.  Coleman was named the 2008 MAAC Rookie of the Year and was voted to the All-MAAC First Team.

Bare, a sophomore, started all 16 games for the Stags in the midfield and finished with 24 points.  She struck for 17 goals and had seven assists.  She finished the year second on the team with 33 assists and caused a team-best 19 turnovers.

Barnes, a junior, started all 16 games as a member of the defensive unit that ended the regular season ranked 25th in the nation in scoring defense.  She caused 17 turnovers on the year and had 19 ground balls.  Barnes led the Stags with 35 draw controls, the fifth most in a single-season in program history.

Kelleher, a junior, stepped into a starting role in the back this season for the Stags, and helped to hold opponents to just 9.7 goals per game.  She started all 16 games and picked up 15 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers.  She also recorded four draw controls and netted her lone free-position shot of the season.

Martin, a senior, earns her first honor from the league's coaches, after starting every game in the midfield.  She finished the season fourth on the team with 29 points, including 22 goals, three of them game-winning tallies.  She finished the year second on the team with 30 draw controls and is third all-time in that category with 113.  Martin also picked up 20 ground balls and had 12 caused turnovers this season.

White, a senior, earns First Team honors after being selected to the Second Team a year ago.  The midfield tallied 54 goals, the second most in a single-season in program history.  She finished the season with 62 points, and enters the tournament third in program history with 156 career points.  White led the team with 41 ground balls and four game-winning tallies.  She won 29 draws this season and had 16 caused turnovers.  White ranks among the program's top-10 in goals, assists, draw controls, game-winning tallies and caused turnovers.

Rigby, a junior, finished third on the team with 48 points and earns her first postseason award.  She tallied 34 goals, with one game winner, while finishing second with 14 assists.  An attack, Rigby picked up 20 ground balls and had 22 draw controls to her credit.  She enters the tournament seventh all-time with 104 goals.

Waldvogel is the third Fairfield women's lacrosse coach to earn Coach of the Year and the first since 2001.  In his first season as the Stags head coach he led the program to its second consecutive regular season crown and the second most wins in program history, 14.

Fairfield is the top-seed at the MAAC Championship which begins on Friday, April 24 at Iona College.  The Stags will take on #4 Manhattan College in the noon semifinal, while #2 Canisius College and #3 Marist College will play in the second semifinal, with the winners meeting on Sunday, April 26 at noon with an NCAA berth on the line.
 


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