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FAIRFIELD, Conn.– The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team heads to Poughkeepsie, New York for a clash against the Marist Red Foxes on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Fairfield (8-4, 4-0 MAAC) vs. Marist (6-7, 2-2 MAAC): The Stags and Red Foxes will meet on Saturday for the 28th time in program history. Last season, Marist got the 12-8 win on April 2.
Scouting the Red Foxes: Marist is coming off an 18-6 loss to Canisius on April 12. Samantha Mehalick led the Red Foxes with three goals while Lauren Mazza recorded two. Abigail Witczak made 13 saves in cage, playing the full 60 minutes. For the season, Olivia Pitonzo is the team leader with 50 points off a team-high 27 assists. Mehalick leads her squad with 31 goals and is second with 32 points. Witczak has played every minute between the pipes, recording 147 saves in 13 starts while posting an 11.92 goals against average.
Last Time Out: The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team improved their win streak to six straight and racked up their fourth league win in as many tries with a 17-5 win over Quinnipiac. Erin Mammeleset the tone of the game controlling the contest from the circle, tying a career-high and program single-game record with eight draw controls while also breaking the Fairfield single-season draw control record. On the offensive side of the ball, the senior captains combined to tally 17 points between the three of them. Alex Fehmel led all scorers with six goals, followed by Riley Hellstein who tallied six points off five goals and an assist, andScarlett Sullimanhad five points off two goals and three assists.Brenna ConnollyandTaylor Mitchelleach had a trio of points, Connolly posted three assists while Mitchell fired home three scores. And rounding out the attack,Kathleen Hulsemanregistered a goal and an assist.
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 160 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 69 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 37 times on 70 chances (.529) ranking 6th best in the country.
The Stags post the No. 1 scoring defense in the MAAC and are tied for 10th best in the country allowing just 8.50 goals per game.
At 3.58 goals per game, Hellstein ranks second in the MAAC and tied for 7th best in the nation. And with 4.83 points per game, is second in the league while ranking 12th 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 11th best in the country allowing just 8.70 goals per game.
Sophomore Erin Mammele has collected 58 draw controls to break the program’s single-season record of 55 set last year by Colleen Reynolds. And with an average of 4.83 per game she is fourth best in the MAAC.
Junior Brenna Connolly leads the Stags with 20 assists this season while recording 1.67 per game, which ranks sixth best in the league.
Hellstein and Fehmel rank fourth and fifth in the league with 1.75 and 1.50 caused turnovers per game.
Looking Ahead: The Stags end their season with a three-game home stand beginning with Iona on Wednesday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium.