FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Alex Fehmel scored the 100th goal of her career to highlight a 13-5 win for the Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team over visiting Monmouth on Wednesday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. Riley Hellstein paced the attack with four goals with an assist as the Stags ran off their fifth consecutive victory and remained unbeaten in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Fehmel totaled two goals on the day to run her career mark to 101 career goals at Fairfield (7-4, 3-0 MAAC). Hellstein, who joined the 100-goal club earlier this spring, leads the Stags with 38 goals and 52 total points after her five-point day. Taylor Mitchell added a hat trick to the scoring effort and Lily Crager netted two goals. Scarlett Sulliman and Kathleen Hulseman rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece.
Brenna Connolly was Fairfield’s top facilitator, doling out three assists on the day to improve her team-leading total to 17. Hulseman also distributed an assist this afternoon.
Reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Week Caleigh O'Connor was solid once again in the cage, making four saves and ceding just four goals over her 54 minutes of work. O’Connor added three ground balls and two caused turnovers to her statline. Amy White completed the effort in goal, while the defense in front of the Fairfield netminders pressured the Hawks into 26 turnovers.
Fairfield’s defensive performance included keeping the Hawks off the board for a span of 28:47, taking a 6-1 advantage into the locker room and never looking back en route to the victory. Monmouth entered the contest ranked third in the MAAC in scoring at 11.27 goals per game before being limited to a season-low offensive output this afternoon. It was also the lowest scoring total for the Hawks in a MAAC regular season contest since a 5-4 loss to the Stags in 2014.
In today’s game, Caroline Corbliss led Monmouth’s (4-8, 2-1 MAAC) offense with two goals, and Claudia LaMarca and Nicole Ceraso each posted a goal and an assist. Riley Brager made 13 saves while going the distance in the cage for the Hawks.
The Stags are on their bye in the MAAC schedule this weekend, returning to action next Wednesday, April 12 against Quinnipiac. The game will be contested at Yale’s Reese Stadium in New Haven at 8 p.m. After traveling to Marist next Saturday, April 15, the Stags are back on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Wednesday, April 19 to begin a three-game homestand against MAAC foe Iona at 3 p.m. live on FairfieldStags.TV.