FAIRFIELD, Conn.– The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team earned their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 19-14 victory over Hofstra on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium behind record setting days from Riley Hellstein and Erin Mammele. The 19 goals scored also marked the team’s highest offensive output since scoring that many against Niagara on March 29, 2014 in a 19-7 victory.
Hellstein, the senior, recorded the 100th goal of career on her seventh and final score of the day. She also added an assist to total eight points, third most in a single-game in program history and just one shy of her career-high. The midfielder wasn’t done there as she collected seven draw controls, again just one shy of her career-high and the Fairfield single-game record.
Mammele tied that program record with eight draw controls on the day in what was just her fourth career start for the Stags. The sophomore now leads the team with 17 total this season.
Caleigh O'Connor earned the start for the fourth straight game, making six saves between the pipes while playing the full 60 minutes.
Much of the first half was a back and forth affair between the two sides after Hofstra scored the first two goals in the eighth minute. Hellstein was the sparkplug on offense for the Stags as she scored the team’s first four goals. The home side built themselves a 7-5 lead with a five goal run over a seven minute span. But Hofstra would respond before the break closing the gap to 9-8 at halftime.
In the second stanza, the Pride would never take back the lead from the Stags. The game was tied at the 22:36 mark at 10-10 and then again at 11-11 two minutes later. Hofstra continued to keep the score close for the entirety, but were never able break through. Fairfield continued to attack the cage as Connolly paced the offense with five second half points including the final goal of the game with just over a minute to play to secure the victory.
The Stags return to the field when they host New Hampshire on Sunday, March 5 for a noon face off on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium.