Women's Lacrosse Defeats Manhattan for Fourth Straight Win

Courtesy: Fairfield University
         
Release: April 05, 2014
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team defeated Manhattan, 12-6, this evening in their third Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) contest at Gaelic Park.

Melanie Raso and Jenna Slowey scored four goals apiece for Fairfield while Julieanne Mascera netted two. The Stags also received goals from Maeve Quinn, and Colleen Reynolds.

Slowey to put the Stags on the board at 22:30, when she scored the first goal of the game off a free position shot. About three minutes later, Slowey found Raso to put Fairfield ahead 2-0. Play continued until Megan Yarusso scored the first goal for Manhattan at 12:08. The Stags answered with a second goal by Slowey, 44 seconds later. The goal was assisted by Mascera.

The score became 4-1 when Raso netted her second goal at 8:12. The Jaspers answered with a goal by Donna Jo DiNorcia, off a free position shot, a little over a minute later. Fairfield went on a 3-0 run with back-to-back goals from Mascera at 3:17 and 2:35. The third came when Riley Hellstein found Slowey to take advantage of a man-up opportunity at 1:48. The Stags took a 7-2 lead into halftime.  

Manhattan battled back in the second half, scoring the first goal at 29:26. Fairfield answered with a goal by Reynolds at 21:31. Another 3-0 run for the Stags expanded their lead to 11-3. The first was scored by Quinn while the following two were netted by Raso, from Slowey and Alex Fehmel, at 3:17 and 2:35.

The Jaspers stepped it up in the last eight minutes of regulation, scoring three more goals. Yarusso netted her second goal at 7:57. About one minute later, Fairfield answered with a fourth and final goal by Slowey. Back-to-back goals by Manhattan’s DiNorcia and Carly Cappello, at 4:26 and 3:24, narrowed the gap but weren’t enough to catch the Stags. Fairfield tallied their fourth straight win over the Jaspers in a 12-6 decision. 

The Stags outshot the Jaspers, 28-23, and had a 21-11 advantage in ground balls. Sophomore Chelsey Sidaras manned the net for Fairfield, tallying 10 saves while Manhattan’s Christin Fiorinelli recorded 11.

For the Jaspers, Yarusso and DiNorcia tallied two goals apiece. Kaitlyn Cunningham and Cappello each added a goal while Stefanie Ranagan tallied an assist and four draw controls.

Fairfield (8-3) will resume MAAC action at home. The Stags will host Siena on April 12 at 1pm before hosting Quinnipiac on April 16 at 3pm.  

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