FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Erin Mammele broke a program record on the draw and three players posted hat tricks to lead the Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team to a 13-9 win over Iona on Wednesday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. The Stags remain unbeaten in MAAC play with their eighth consecutive win overall.
With the victory coupled with other results around the conference, Fairfield (10-4, 6-0 MAAC) has clinched a bye to the Semifinal Round of the MAAC Championship. The winner of the Stags’ Saturday clash with Canisius (11-4, 6-0 MAAC) at Rafferty Stadium will be the top seed and host for the upcoming postseason tournament.
In today’s action, Erin Mammele set a new Fairfield single-game record with 10 draw controls. The sophomore was already one of three Stags to hold the previous record of eight draw controls, which she most recently accomplished in last Wednesday’s win at Quinnipiac. After hauling in 10 draws against Iona this afternoon, Mammele extends her single-season program record to 70.
Caleigh O'Connor earned the win in goal with 10 saves and three ground balls. In front of the cage, Erin Bauman tallied three caused turnovers while Katie FitzPatrick caused a pair of turnovers and scooped up two ground balls.
Iona (4-11, 1-5 MAAC) was led on the attack by four goals from Pamela Giordano. Shannon McCaffrey made eight saves in the cage for the Gaels.
Fairfield and Iona traded markers to start the game, with Fehmel and Sullivan notching the Stags’ markers in an early 2-2 stalemate. Fairfield went on the game’s first run, sparked by two more Fehmel goals during a 4-1 stretch that staked the Stags to a 6-3 advantage with 7:43 to go in the opening half. After Katelyn Noschese scored for Iona to stop the run, Mitchell answered for the Stags to send the hosts into the locker room maintaining a 7-4 advantage.
The Stags carried their momentum through the intermission, running off the first three markers of the period (Sulliman, Mitchell, Mitchell) to open up a 10-4 lead. O’Connor made seven of her 10 saves in the second half, while Sulliman added another goal and Hulseman netted two down the stretch to cap the final margin at 13-9.
Fairfield’s pivotal meeting with Canisius on Saturday is slated for a noon opening draw on Conway Field. The contest is the first half of the Stags’ annual Military Appreciation Day doubleheader that will also feature Fairfield Men’s Lacrosse hosting Towson in CAA action at 3 p.m.
Admission is free for all Fairfield Women’s Lacrosse regular season home games this season. However, fans who wish to stay for the 3 p.m. men’s game will be required to purchase a ticket online or at the Rafferty Stadium ticket office on gameday. Fans who exit Rafferty Stadium after 1 p.m. will need to present a ticket for re-entry.