Made in Manhattan: Fairfield Clinches MAAC Berth
from press release
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team secured a berth in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship with a 16-4 win over Manhattan College Wednesday night in Riverdale, N.Y. The Stags improve to 9-7 overall and 4-2 in league play while the Jaspers fall to 4-11 on the season and 1-4 in MAAC action.
Katie Keenan started in net for the Stags and made three saves, against one goal allowed, in playing the first-half to earn the victory. It was her eighth of the year and the 46th of her career, moving her into a tie for first place on the all-time goalkeeper victory list in Fairfield history.
Chloe Mangan wasted little time in getting the Stags on the board, winning the opening draw and taking it to the cage for an unassisted tally 17 seconds into the contest. Manhattan would answer that goal 120 seconds later when Stefanie Ranagan put home a free position goal and the score remained tied, 1-1, for just over five more minutes when the Stags would take control of the game for good.
Jenna Slowey scored with 22:39 to play in the first half, unassisted to put Fairfield ahead 2-1 and the Stags did not look back. Courtney Chmil, who finished with a game-high four goals, single-handily extended the Stags advantage to four, with three consecutive goals. She scored unassisted at 21:02, notched a free position shot at 17:04 and netted an Amanda Best pass at 15:28 for the 5-1 lead. Jenna Fuchs followed at 14:06 and Best scored at 12:48 to extend the run to six straight. Fairfield would net five more goals in the first-half to take an 11-1 lead at the break.
The run continued with the first two goals of the second-half as Fuchs and Slowey scored to push the advantage to 14-1, and the run to 13-0, 8:26 into the half. Neither team scored for more than 12 minutes until Claire Roediger ended a nearly 49 minute scoring drought for Manhattan. The Jaspers scored three consecutive goals to close to 14-4 with 4:04 to play, but Samantha Mazzeo and Julieanne Mascera scored in the final 102 seconds to give the Stags their final margin.
Chelsey Sidaras minded the net for the final 30 minutes for the Stags and stopped six shots while allowing three goals. She had three ground balls, while Keenan had two in her time in net. Christin Fiorinelli played the entire game in goal for Manhattan and made five saves.The Stags had seven players score in the game, with five starts netting multiple goals in the game. Slowey and Fuchs both scored three times, with Slowey adding an assist for four points. Best and Mangan and Best both scored twice in the win, with Best adding an assist.
Chmil and Mangan both recorded three draw controls in the victory, half of the Stags 12 in the contest. Fairfield collected 17 total ground balls, with the Sidaras three being the game high, and Keenan and Best being the only other Stags to record two ground balls in the contest. Fairfield committed just 10 turnovers, six of which were caused, while the Stags caused four of the 14 Manhattan turnovers.
Manhattan was led by the two goals of Roediger, with Ranagan and Kaitlin Cunningham scoring the other goals. The Jaspers had 10 draw controls and nine ground balls in the contest.
Fairfield, which closes out the regular season on Saturday when it hosts New Hampshire at 1 p.m., will be either the #2 or #3 seed at the MAAC Championship. The conference tournament will be played May 3-5 at Marist College.
The Stags will honor their seven member senior class at 12:45 on Saturday, preceding the home finale.