Top-Seeded Fairfield Swats Siena in MAAC Semifinals

The top-seeded Fairfield University women's lacrosse team won its seventh straight game, defeating number-four Siena College, 20-4, in the opening semifinal of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Lacrosse League Championship at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field on Friday afternoon. The Stags improve to 13-4 and advance to their third consecutive conference title game. The Saints end the year at 7-9.

Fairfield will play the winner of the second semifinal, between #2 Canisius College and #3 Marist College in the final on Sunday. That game is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Cassie Penta tallied what would turn out to be the decisive goal of the game, before Siena got on the board. Amanda Best fed Penta for her tally 14:25 into the game, giving the Stags a 5-0 advantage. The goal capped a quick start from the Stags offense that began 42 seconds into the game on an Erin Rigby goal. Katie MacKay (25:14), Kate Reardon (23:29) and Rigby (19:29) again built the Stags a 4-0 lead.

Rigby finished the game with four goals, while MacKay and Brittany Bare both collected hat tricks on the day. Kristen Coleman had two goals and an assist, while Best had two assists. Ten different Stags scored a goal in the contest.

The Fairfield defense was equally as impressive, allowing just four goals. It marks the fewest goals that the Stags have allowed in a game since holding Canisius to that number on April 13, 2008, in a 12-4 victory. Katie Keenan earned the win in net for Fairfield, making eight saves, against four goals, in playing 54:55. Kelley Brady made a save in her 5:05 of action, while not allowing a goal.

Fairfield caused 13 Saint turnovers in the game, with MacKay, Renee L'Heureux, Bare, Caitlin Young and Penta each causing two. Young also had three ground balls, as did Bare, while netting two goals and an assist.

Siena finally got on the scoreboard at the 15:12 mark, with a free position goal by Michelle Andreo. Caitlin Mikel scored the Saints second consecutive goal at 13:22, but Kristen Coleman snapped the run, netting a pass from Caitlin Young, for a 6-2 lead with 12:43 to play in the half. Rigby completed the first-half hat trick 22 seconds later, with an unassisted goal, and a 7-2 Stags advantage.

Brittany Bare extended the Stags run to three, putting home a pass from MacKay, with 9:28 to play in the first-half. Bare made it back-to-back goals, this one from an Amanda Best pass, at the 7:58 mark, for a 9-2 lead. Caitlin Young struck for consecutive free position goals (5:57 & 4:32) to give the Stags an 11-2 lead. Rigby scored her fourth of the afternoon on a free position shot with 93 seconds to play in the half, giving the Stags a double-digit lead for the first time, 12-2, which was the halftime margin.

The Stags offense got off to another quick start in the second-half, with Coleman scoring 24 seconds into the period and MacKay just over four minutes later, for a 14-2 lead. Mikel ended a 24 minute Siena scoring drought with an unassisted goal with 18:59 to play in regulation, but Coleman answered with her second of the day at the 14:10 mark. Chloe Mangan put home her only goal of the game; from a Rigby pass to give the Stags a 16-3 lead with 10:15 to play. Siena tallied its final goal of the game with 10:15 remaining, before the Stags struck four times in the final 8:37 for the final margin of victory.

Mikel led the Saints with two goals, while Andreo and Kain each scored once. Kristin Concordia made seven saves in net for Siena, playing the entire contest. Mikel had a game-high four ground balls; while Kain recorded a game-high four draw controls.

Fairfield out shot Siena 32-25 on the game, and had a 20-13 advantage in ground balls. The Stags also had an edge in draw controls, 14-12, and committed fewer turnovers, 21-13. Fairfield was 3-5 in free position chances and cleared successfully 13-14. Siena was 1-7 on its free position opportunities and cleared 12-17.

Fairfield is now 5-6 all-time in MAAC semifinal action and are 2-2 in title games.

2010-04-30



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