Fairfield Defeats Iona for 15th MAAC Win in a Row

The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team defeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League foe Iona College 18-11 Friday afternoon on Lessing Field. With the win the Stags improve to 9-4 overall and 3-0 in league play, while the Gaels fall to 4-9 on the year and 1-2 in conference action.

Katie MacKay and Kristen Coleman both tallied five points, scoring three times and handing out two assists, to pace the Stags offense. Kate Reardon scored a game-high four goals, including the game-winning tally, with 15:48 to play in the second-half.

The Stags scored the first three goals of the game, as Reardon put two in the net and Coleman the third. Emily Taddei scored the Gaels first goal, 10:05 into the half, temporarily putting a stop to the Stags run. Katie MacKay netted her first goal of the game 51 seconds later, starting a 5-0 Fairfield run, which gave the Stags a 8-1 lead with 5:55 remaining in the half.

Iona scored the final two goals of the first-half, to make the score 8-3 at the intermission. The Gaels would then net the first two tallies of the second period, to climb within two goals, 8-5, with 27:22 to play. Amanda Best, who scored twice on the afternoon, snapped the Gaels run with a free position goal at 25:25. It would be the first of a 7-2 Fairfield run, which was capped off by another Best goal with 11:46 to play, and the Stags leading 15-7.

Katie Keenan earned the win in net for the Stags, making seven saves in her 56:14 of action, allowing 10 goals. Kelley Brady minded the net for the final 3:46 of the game, making a save and allowing one goal. Carlee Street played the entire game in net for Iona, making nine saves in taking the loss.

Casey Scully led the Iona offensive attack with four points, with two goals and two assists. Amber Zimmerlink, Elizabeth Coholan and Kylie Gregory all scored twice in the game for Iona.

Fairfield finished the game with 16 caused turnovers, led by the five of Brittany Bare. Bare, who also had five ground balls, touched net twice in the contest. Nine different Stags contributed at least one caused turnover in the contest. The Stags had a 39-22 advantage in shots, as well as a 20-12 edge in ground balls. The Gaels won 17-30 draw controls in the game.

The Stags, who have now won 15 consecutive MAAC regular season contests, will host Manhattan College on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.


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