Fairfield Falls 7-6 in Overtime to Marist in MAAC Semifinal

Despite a late second-half rally Fairfield dropped its MAAC semifinal to third-seed and host Marist, 7-6, in overtime. The Stags finish the season at 10-8, while the Red Foxes improve to 9-9.

After playing to a 3-3 halftime tie, Marist opened the second-half with three unanswered goals to build a 6-3 lead with 18:13 to play in regulation. That was the lead when Jenna Slowey struck with 12:44 on a free position shot to begin the Stags comeback. Chloe Mangan scored an unassisted goal with 8:51 to play to get Fairfield within a goal, and Slowey scored again 84 seconds later to knot the score 6-6. The Stags had possession of the ball in the final minute of play but could not put the go-ahead goal into the net.

With one second remaining before the midway switch of overtime Jamie Romano netted a pass from Amanda Tuck to put the Red Foxes ahead 7-6. Marist won the draw control and Fairfield was unable to regain possession of the ball. The two teams ended 8-8 in draw controls on the day with Melanie Raso earning a game-best four.

Slowey finished with two points and Jenna Fuchs had a goal and an assist in the effort. Mangan, Courtney Chmil and Amanda Best all scored in the contest as well. Fairfield outshot Marist 30-16 in the game, and 2-1 in overtime. Fairfield caused seven of the Red Foxes 12 turnovers with Raso notching a game-high three. The Stags had only seven turnovers of their own and had 10 less fouls, 38-28.

Marist scored first when Tuck touched net 68 seconds into the game. The Stags answered with 20:09 to play before the half, when Chmil netted a free position goal. Fuchs gave the Stags their only lead of the game at the 18:22 mark with an unassisted goal. Marist scored at the 15:36 mark to tie the score, but Best put the Stags ahead 3-2 with her goal, from Fuchs, with 11:54 to play in the period. Ashley Miller tied the score for Marist with 6:02 to play in the first-half.

Katie Keenan finished with six saves and a ground ball for Fairfield. Ashley Casiano made 12 saves and had four ground balls in the win for Marist.

Miller led all scorers with two goals and an assist, while Kirsten Viscount also had two goals for the Red Foxes.


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