Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Women's lax knocks off cross-town rival Sacred Heart 16-11

The Stags women's lacrosse team defeated Sacred Heart, 16-11, at Alumni Stadium for their fifth consecutive victory, improving to 6-1 on the season overall. Sophomore Kristen Coleman led the way for Fairfield with five goals on seven shots. Coleman now has 23 goals on the season, one behind team-leader Rebecca White, who scored twice against the Pioneers.

White, a senior captain, has also excelled defensively. She was named MAAC Player of the Week this week after leading the Stags with nine ground balls and three caused turnovers in their two victories over Mount St. Mary's and Lehigh. She had three groundballs against Sacred Heart.

The Stags outscored the Pioneers 12-2 in the first half, but Sacred Heart battled back with a 9-4 second half advantage, but could not get close enough to put enough pressure on Fairfield.

Fairfield has lost only once this season, at home against Yale in a devastating 11-10 overtime loss on Feb. 25. This season is following the same script of the last, when the Stags lost only to Yale before winning 17 consecutive games and then falling to Marist in the MAAC finals, costing the Stags a chance at the NCAA tournament.

Their next game comes on March 24 against Dartmouth as part of a three-game road trip. Fairfield returns home on April 3 for what could be its biggest game of the year against Marist. The Red Foxes are currently 3-1 and were selected second in the MAAC pre-season poll, behind Fairfield.

-Tom Cleary

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