Courtesy: Fairfield University

2016 Stags Field Hockey By The Numbers

Courtesy: Fairfield University
November 15, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University field hockey team made their second straight appearance in the MAAC Championship Game in 2016, dropping a 3-2 double overtime thriller to Monmouth. Although the season ended in heartbreaking in fashion, the Stags can hold their head high knowing what they achieved over the course of 21 games. Let’s take a look at the Stags’ season by the numbers.

8: Fairfield registered eight wins this season, which is just one shy of their nine victories last season. The team also had four wins in MAAC play, which is the most conference wins since the 2006-07 campaign when the Stags played in the NEC. And their five wins at home were the most wins at University Field in three seasons.

Eight was also the number of student-athletes the Stags had voted to the First and Second All-MAAC Teams, the most in the league. Ann Burgoyne, Julie de Paeuw, Erin Buckley, Maclaine Matties, and Caitlin Bennett were selected as All-MAAC First Team players. Hannah Pike, Jaclyn Gallagher, and Corrine Baliga all found themselves on the All-MAAC Second Team.

6: The Stags had six players who scored double figure points, and 15 total players who registered at least a point during the season. The top three leading point scorers were Burgoyne (35), Emma Clark (26), and de Paeuw (25).

14: The Cardinal Red ranked 14th nationally with 2.57 assists per game as a team and racked up 54 helpers on the year. Their 54 assists were easily the most for the team in a single season in over 10 years. Fairfield also had five players with at least five assists on the season. Leading the way was de Paeuw who tied the single-season program record with 11. She was followed by Burgoyne (9), Gallagher (8), Matties (7), and Pike (6).

32: Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Bennett finished her career with 32 wins, the second most by any Fairfield keeper. The netminder also ranks among the best in program history with 71 games played, a .451 winning percentage, 377 saves, a 2.47 goals against average, and five shutouts.

126: Senior forward Ann Burgoyne will graduate as the program's leading scorer with 126 career points. She is also the Fairfield leader with 56 goals and tied for the most with nine game-winning goals. Joining her as an all-time great scorer is senior midfielder Julie de Paeuw who ranks 8th all-time with 70 career points, tied for 7th with 26 goals, and tied for 5th with 18 career assists. Both Burgoyne and de Paeuw were also named NFHCA Division I Senior All-Stars. 

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