FAIRFIELD, Conn.– The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team travels to New Haven on Wednesday night to face the Quinnipiac Bobcats at Reese Stadium at 8:00 p.m.
Fairfield (7-4, 3-0 MAAC) vs. Quinnipiac (3-9, 2-2 MAAC): The Stags and Bobcats will meet on Wednesday for the 8th time in program history. Last season, Fairfield came out on top with a 17-3 victory on April 20.
Scouting the Bobcats: Quinnipiac had won two straight league games before falling to Marist 10-4 on April 8. The Bobcats had four different scorers on the day in Brianna Fitzgerald, Julia Corrice, Allison Kuhn, and Ellie Swanson. Goalkeeper Kyle Larkin made 20 saves in the losing effort. Kuhn on the season leads the squad with 25 total points off 18 goals and seven assists. Larkin has made all 12 starts for the Bobcats between the pipes, racking up 136 saves while posting a 12.00 goals against average.
Last Time Out: The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team won their fifth game in a row and moved to 3-0 in MAAC play with a 13-5 win over Monmouth on April 5. Riley Hellsteinpaced the attack with four goals and an assist while classmate Alex Fehmel totaled two goals on the day. Taylor Mitchelladded a hat trick to the scoring effort andLily Cragernetted two goals.Scarlett SullimanandKathleen Hulsemanrounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the WeekCaleigh O'Connorwas solid once again in the cage, making four saves and ceding just four goals over her 54 minutes of work. O’Connor added three ground balls and two caused turnovers to her statline.
Career Milestones: Seniors Riley Hellstein and Alex Fehmel have now both tallied over 100 goals in their Fairfield careers, making them just the 11th and 12th players in program history to hit that mark.
Hellstein has also racked up 159 draw controls in her career to become the program’s all-time leader in that category.
Fehmel has jumped into the Top 10 this season with 66 caused turnovers in her career, placing her with the seventh most in program history.
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 31 times on 60 chances (.517) ranking 9th best in the country.
The Stags post the No. 1 scoring defense in the MAAC and are tied for 14th best in the country allowing just 8.82 goals per game.
At 3.45 goals per game, Hellstein ranks second in the MAAC and 9th best in the nation. And with 4.73 points per game, is second in the league while ranking 14th best in the country.
Leaders in the MAAC: Besides Hellstein on the offensive end, the Stags’ senior goalkeeper Caleigh O'Connor has the best goals against average in the conference and 19th best in the country allowing just 9.10 goals per game.
Sophomore Erin Mammele has collected 50 draw controls through eleven games and is just five shy of Colleen Reynolds’ ’16 single-season record of 55 that she set last season. And with an average of 4.55 per game she is fourth best in the MAAC.
Junior Brenna Connolly leads the Stags with 17 assists this season while recording 1.55 per game, which ranks fifth best in the league.
Looking Ahead: The Stags head to Poughkeepsie for a Saturday showdown against Marist at 1:00 p.m.