Fairfield Tops Iona to 26th Straight MAAC Game

Fairfield won its 26th consecutive MAAC regular season game, defeating Iona 12-7 this afternoon on Mazzella Field. The win improves the Stags to 7-3 on the year and 2-0 in the MAAC, while the Gaels fall to 6-5 overall and 0-1 in league play.

Iona jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 4:20 of play, as three different Gaels touched net. The margin remained at three for the next eight minutes until Amanda Best put home the Stags first tally with 17:36 to play before intermission, to begin the Stags comeback. Jamie Leone scored her first of the game at the 15:36 mark to draw the Stags within one, 3-2, and Chloe Mangan knotted the score3-3 with 13:14 to play in the first-half.

Leone would score at the 9:20 mark to put Fairfield in front for the first time, 4-3, and the Stags would not relinquish the lead. Mangan netted her second at 4:15 and 29 seconds later, Kate McKinley completed the Stags 6-0 run. Iona snapped its scoring drought, which reached nearly 24 minutes, with Emily Taddei's second of the game with 1:58 to play before the break. Katie Keenan stopped an Iona shot with three seconds to play in the half to take Fairfield to the break with a 6-4 edge.

McKinley started the second-half scoring at 28:07, but was answered by Brenna Lade 1:59 later to draw Iona back within two, 7-5. Fairfield took control of the game at that point as it tallied four consecutive goals. Courtney Chmil started the run with her first of the game at the 23:45 mark and Mangan followed with her third with 20:40 to play in regulation to make the score 9-5. Best struck for her second at the 16:35 mark and Melanie Raso put home her first of the day with 15:42 to play for an 11-5 Stags advantage.

Kylie Gregory got Iona back in the scoring column at 14:48, to make the score 11-6, and the score remained there for over 10 minutes. Jenna Slowey broke the scoring drought with a goal at the 3:50 mark, making it 12-6, and Meghan Testoni rounded out the scoring at the 2:31 mark for Iona.

Mangan scored a game-high three goals and was one of five Stags that had three points in the game. Leone and Best both scored twice and added an assist, while Raso and Slowey had a goal and two assists apiece. McKinley scored twice, to go along with three ground balls, while Chmil had two draw controls and a ground ball to go with her goal.

Keenan made eight saves and a ground ball to earn the victory in net. Maria Ortiz stopped 10 shots in playing the entire game in net for Iona.

The Gaels received two goals apiece from Taddei, Gregory and Testoni. Casey Scully led all players with four draw controls as well as adding an assist.

Fairfield finished with a 31-16 edge in shots and a 17-10 ground ball edge, while Iona had a 12-9 advantage in draw controls. The Stags were a perfect 13-13 in clearing the ball, while the Gaels were 13-15. Fairfield committed just eight turnovers on the afternoon, with Iona having 10 miscues.

The Stags continue their road trip on Saturday when they play 2011 MAAC Tournament Champion Canisius at 11:00 a.m. in Buffalo, N.Y.

2012-04-04



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