FAIRFIELD, Conn.– The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team dropped their first MAAC game of the season to Canisius on Saturday afternoon, 15-10, on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. The loss also snapped an eight game winning streak that dated back to March 22 when they beat Sacred Heart.
Fairfield is now locked in as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MAAC Championship Tournament, which Canisius will now host at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, New York. Semifinal action is set to begin on Friday, May 5th with the Championship game to be played on Sunday, May 7th.
Erin Mammele pulled in four draw controls, and Fehmel led the team with four groundballs and four caused turnovers. Caleigh O'Connor played the full 60 minutes between the pipes, posting five saves against 23 total shots.
For the first 45 minutes of action, the two sides were nearly neck and neck before Canisius took control to score the final six goals to earn the win. But the game had nine lead changes in total, proving why each side was unbeaten in the league.
Canisius made the first strike, but Fehmel answered for the Stags to knot the game at 1-1. After the Grifss took another one goal lead, Connolly and Hulseman went back-to-back to give Fairfield the lead. After Sulliman's goal to put the home side up 4-3, the Griffs tallied the next three to take a two goal advantage. But Hellstein and Fehmel would put two more up on the board to make it 6-6 heading into the break.
In the second stanza, Sulliman put the Stags up 7-6 right out of the gate. A combination of goals from Mitchell, Fehmel, and Connolly would put the Stags in the driver seat with 17:09 remaining and a 10-9 lead. Unfortunately, for Fairfield, that would be their last highlight of the game. Canisius rattled off the next six scores for the 15-10 win.
The Stags will close out the regular season at home on Wednesday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m. against Manhattan.