FAIRFIELD, Conn.– The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team opens 2017 MAAC play at Siena College on Saturday. The opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Loudonville, N.Y.
Fairfield (3-4) vs. Siena (1-6): The Stags and Saints will meet on Saturday for the 23rd time in program history. Last season, the Stags topped Siena 10-9 on April 9 for their 3rd straight victory over the Saints.
Scouting the Saints: Siena has dropped three in a row after topping Vermont 12-10 in their home opener on March 1. Senior attacker Michelle Schwartz leads the team in points (21), goals (13), and assists (8). Behind her, freshman midfielder Julia Sardella has 13 points off 11 goals and two assists. Between the pipes, Sammy Horton has logged every minute for the Saints posting a 15.15 goals against average and 76 saves.
Last Time Out: The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team stormed past cross-town rival Sacred Heart, 13-4. The home side led 9-0 at the half behind seven points from senior Riley Hellstein in the first 30 minutes. The attacker finished the game tying her career-high with nine points which included a career-high five assists to go along with four goals. Eight other Stags got on the board including two scores from Lily Crager and one tally each from seven other players. Caleigh O'Connor earned her third win of the season while recording six saves. Erin Mammele hauled in a game-high seven draw controls, just one shy of her own program record.
Career Milestones: Senior Riley Hellstein tallied her 100th career goal against Hofstra, making her just the 11th player in program history to hit that mark. The attacker has also racked up 149 draw controls in her career thus far ranking second all-time at Fairfield. The program record belongs to Melanie Raso ’14, who hauled in 153 draw controls in her career. Classmate Alex Fehmel has racked up 93 goals throughout her career, sitting just seven shy of that 100 goal mark.
National Notice: Fairfield as a team ranks among the best in the nation at converting their free position shots. For the season, they have scored 19 times on 37 chances (.514) which ranks tied for 12th best in the country.
Looking Ahead: The Stags close out non-conference play when they head to New Britain to face Central Connecticut State on Wednesday, March 29.