Fairfield Outguns Sacred Heart for Victory

Melanie Raso (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and Addie Reilly (Locast Valley, N.Y.) each had hat tricks as Fairfield University defeated Sacred Heart University 16-12 on the road this afternoon. With the victory the Stags improve to 3-1, while the Pioneers drop to 1-3.

The Stags scored the first three goals of the game, all coming in a span of 96 seconds. Raso started the scoring 5:11 into the game, and was followed by Jamie Leone (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) 35 seconds later and Reilly 61 seconds after that. The Pioneers tallied a pair of goals 53 seconds apart to climb back within a goal, 3-2, at the 21:05 mark, but Fairfield would score 11 of the next 13 goals in the half.

Jenna Slowey (Moorestown, N.J.) scored at 20:17 for the 4-2 edge, and Raso made it 5-2 at the 14:57 mark. After a Sacred Heart tally at 12:44, the Stags scored five straight, over 7:14, to build an 11-3 advantage. Kaitlin Rochler ended the Stags run for the Pioneers at 4:04, but the Stags would net three goals in the final 3:44 of the half to take a 14-4 lead into the locker room.

Reilly would start the scoring in the second half, 1:40 into the period to give the Stags their largest lead of the game, 15-4. Sacred Heart tallied the next five goals and eight of the last night for the final margin, 16-12.

Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.) started in net for the Stags and earned the win with a seven save effort in the first-half. She allowed four goals. Kelley Brady (Olney, Md.) stopped five shots in playing the second-half in cage for the Stags. Kelly Keenan made 12 saves in net for Sacred Heart.

Raso finished with a team-high five points, and added four draw controls. Reilly had three points while Courtney Chmil (Garden City, N.Y.) had two goals and an assist. Emily Pepe led all scorers netting three goals and handing out four assists for Sacred Heart.

The Stags finished the game with an edge in ground balls, 18-14, draw controls, 17-13, and shots, 34-29. Both teams committed 13 turnovers in the contest, with the Stags being whistled for 25 fouls and Sacred Heart for 16.

Fairfield returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Storrs, Conn. to take on the University of Connecticut at 1:00 p.m.


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