Fairfield Survives Siena to Finish Unbeaten in MAAC

The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team held on to defeat Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League visitor Siena College, 10-9, on Sunday at Alumni Stadium. The victory gives the Stags their third consecutive 6-0 MAAC regular season campaign, and improves the teams overall record to 12-4. The Saints end the regular season at 7-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

Fairfield scored two of the first three goals of the second-half to extend a 6-2 halftime lead to 8-3 with 21:36 to play. It was from that point that Siena mounted its rally, scoring four consecutive goals. Michelle Andreo ended the run with an unassisted goal with 11:39 to play in the game, making the score 8-7 Fairfield.

Kristen Coleman answered with an unassisted goal of her own just over two minutes later to extend the lead back to two goals, 9-7. Brittany Bare tallied the Stags final goal, on a feed from Coleman, with 8:42 to play, for the 10-7 advantage. Siena struck at the 4:21 mark, on a Deirdre McQuillan goal, and Kristin McMillan scored with 42 seconds to play to get the Saints back within a tally, 10-9. Erin Rigby captured the ensuing draw control, enabling the Stags to run out the clock for the victory.

Coleman led all players with six points, netting three goals and handing out three assists. She also won three of the Stags nine draw controls in the game. Katie MacKay also recorded a hat trick, while Amanda Best struck twice and Bare had a goal and an assist. Chloe Mangan also scored for Fairfield.

Katie Keenan earned the win in net for Fairfield as she made 11 stops in the game. She also picked p one of the Stags 11 ground balls. Amy Kelleher led Fairfield in that category with four, while Bare caused five turnovers.

Siena was led by the four points if Caitlin Mikel, who touched net twice and had two assists. Erin Hepper also scored twice for the Saints, who had seven different players tally a goal in the contest. Siena won 12-21 draw controls in the game, including 7-12 in the second-half, and netted the only free position goal of the game (1-6).

Kristen Concordia made 12 saves in net for the Saints, as she played the entire contest. She also had two of the team's 11 ground balls. Five other Siena players recorded two ground balls in the game. Amanda Corso led Siena with four caused turnovers, as well as two draw controls.

The win marked the Stags 18th consecutive MAAC regular season win, the second longest streak in conference history. Fairfield won 22 games from 2000-04.

Fairfield out shot Siena 31-29 on the afternoon, with a 22-20 advantage in shots on goal, while committing three fewer turnovers (15-12) than the Saints. The Stags cleared perfectly on the afternoon, 20-20, while Siena was good on 15-18 of its clear attempts.

The Stags are the top-seed at the April 30-May 2 MAAC Championship in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and will take on the Saints in the first semifinal, Friday at 4:00 p.m. Second-seeded Canisius will play host Marist, the three-seed, in the second semifinal, with the winners advancing to the championship game, which will be played Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

2010-04-25



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