Fairfield Falls to Visiting California

FAIRFIELD, Conn. Fairfield University was edged by California, 12-9, this afternoon in a non-league tilt at Alumni Field.

Seven different Stags scored, including Courtney Chmil, who had two goals and an assist, and Caitlin Townsend, who posted two goals. Chmil also has six draw controls and two groundballs.

Fairfield (5-5) and Cal (5-3) went goal for goal in the first half. The Golden Bears struck first at 26:51 on a goal by Amelia Burke. Jenna Slowey answered at 23:58 by sticking in a pass from Amanda Best. The two teams would trade goals the rest of the half and go into the break tied at 6-6 after a tally by Best at the 2:03 mark.

Out of the break, Cal struck twice at 28:50 and 23:37 to take an 8-6 lead. Townsend took advantage of a free position attempt to pull the Stags within 8-7 at 21:27. The Bears answered with back-to-back goals from Melissa Humphrey at 18:15 and Paige Gasparino at 16:02.

Chmil would make it a two-goal game, 10-8, at 14:23 but Burke put Cal back up by three with a goal at 8:07. A minute and a half later, Chmil slashed in front of the net and whipped a shot past goalie Megan McGinnis to pull the Stags within 11-9. Cal, however, was able to stave off the Stags attack the rest of the way and added a goal with 34.5 seconds left to come away with the win.

McGinnis made two saves on the day while Katie Keenan made six stops. For Cal, Gasparino and Megan Takacs had three-goals apiece.

Cal out-shot Fairfield, 24-16, and held a slight 16-13 advantage in groundballs. The Stags had 12 draw controls and was 8 for 11 on clears while Cal had 11 draw controls and was 13 for 15 on clear attempts.

Fairfield, the five-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Regular Season champions, is back in action on March 30 when it travels to Siena College to open league play.


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