Mangan Sets Fairfield Draw Control Record in Win over Iona

Fairfield won its third consecutive game with a 15-8 victory over visiting MAAC foe Iona on Lessing Field Wednesday afternoon. The victory improves the Stags to 8-6 overall and 3-1 in league play, while the Gaels fall to 3-10 on the season and 1-2 in MAAC action.

Chloe Mangan (Sayville, N.Y.), who led all scorers with four goals, became the Stags all-time leader in draw controls with her second of the game that came with 3:00 to play in the first-half. It gives her 131 over the course of her Stag career, passing Sarah Masterson (2004-07).

That draw control came in the midst of three unanswered Iona goals, which cut a five-goal Fairfield lead to 7-5 at halftime. The Stags wasted little time in taking control of the game back, as Amanda Best (Schenectady, N.Y.) netted a free position goal 41 seconds into the second-half. That started a five goal run for the Stags, four in the first 10:00 of the half, as they built a 12-5 lead. Iona scored its first goal of the second half with 10:26 to play and the Stags answered with three more of their own, building a 15-6 advantage with 2:56 to play. Iona tacked on a pair of goals in the next 51 seconds, but would get no closer.

Mangan was one of nine Stags to score a goal, with Best touching net three times and Jamie Leone (Massapequa, N.Y.) striking twice. Courtney Chmil (Garden City, N.Y.) and Maeve Quinn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) both had a goal and an assist in the game to also score multiple points for the Stags.

Iona opened the scoring two minutes into the game when Casey Palmer put home a pass from Nina Veneziale. Best tallied her first, from Chmil, at the 23:05 mark and Leone's free position shot put the Stags in front 2-1 with 22:12 to play in the first-half, and Mangan netted her first 2:12 later for the 3-1 lead. Brittney Mabus ended the Fairfield run at 18:50, making it 3-2, but Mangan (15:29 & 7:53), Leone (13:41), and Best (9:48) scored four unanswered to build the 7-2 advantage.

Both squads finished with 12 draw controls, with Stag Jenna Fuchs (Garden City, N.Y.) recording a game-high five, to go along with a goal. The Stags had a 19-14 edge in ground balls, behind four from Best, and had just six turnovers, three of which were caused by Angela Grous. Grous had four draw controls and four ground balls to lead Iona in those categories. Three Gaels recorded three point efforts on the day, with Veneziale touching net twice to lead the team in goals.

Fairfield caused five of the Gaels 11 turnovers, with five different players recording one apiece. The Stags defense held Iona to only 18 shots on the game, with Katie Keenan (Wantagh, N.Y.), six saves, and Chelsey Sidaras (Mastic Beach, N.Y.), two saves, allowing just eight goals. Keenan played 49 minutes and had a ground ball, while Sidaras minded the net for the final 11 minutes. Blaire Nathanson played the entire game in net for Iona and stopped 16 shots.

The Stags will host Canisius at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday on Lessing Field as the first game of a double-header which also features Fairfield .

2013-04-10



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