FAIRFIELD, Conn.– The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team hosts Canisius in a battle for the MAAC Regular Season Championship on Saturday at noon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. The winner of the Saturday’s clash will have hosting rights for the 2017 MAAC Semifinal and Championship rounds.
Senior Day: Beginning approximately 15 minutes before the opening draw, the women’s lacrosse team will honor their 10-member senior class with a pre-game senior day ceremony.
Fairfield (10-4, 6-0 MAAC) vs. Canisius (11-4, 6-0 MAAC): The Stags and Golden Griffs will meet on Saturday for the 25th time in program history. Last season, Canisius was 2-0 against Fairfield with a 12-6 victory in the regular season and a 10-7 victory in the MAAC Tournament Semifinals.
Scouting the Golden Griffs: Canisius is tied with Fairfield atop the MAAC standings at 6-0. The Griffs are coming off a 22-4 victory over Quinnipiac on April 15. The Griffs post the top scoring offense in the league at 15.53 goals per game. Junior Erica Evans leads the conference with 57 goals, 76 points, and 53 groundballs this season. While junior goalkeeper Rebecca VanLaeken ranks second in goals against average (10.00) and save percentage (.496).
Last Time Out:Erin Mammelebroke a program record on the draw and three players posted hat tricks to lead the Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team to a 13-9 win over Iona on Wednesday afternoon on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. The Stags rattled off their eighth consecutive win overall and remained unbeaten in the MAAC. Mammele set a new Fairfield single-game record with 10 draw controls. The sophomore was already one of three Stags to hold the previous record of eight draw controls. On the offensive end of the field,Alex Fehmel,Scarlett SullimanandTaylor Mitchelleach registered hat tricks. Fehmel amassed a five-point performance in total, and Sulliman also dished out an assist to tally four points.Kathleen Hulsemannetted two goals, whileLily CragerandBrooke Gallaghereach recorded a goal and an assist to round out the scoring.Caleigh O'Connorearned the win in goal with 10 saves and three ground balls. In front of the cage,Erin Baumantallied three caused turnovers whileKatie FitzPatrickcaused a pair of turnovers and scooped up two ground balls.
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 71 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 47 times on 87 chances (.540) ranking 5th best in the country.
The Stags post the No. 1 scoring defense in the MAAC and 11th best in the country allowing just 8.57 goals per game.
At 3.31 goals per game, Hellstein ranks second in the MAAC and tied for 15th best in the nation. And with 4.46 points per game, is second in the league while ranking 23rd 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 13th best in the country allowing just 8.72 goals per game.
Sophomore Erin Mammele has collected 70 draw controls to break the program’s single-season record of 55 set last year by Colleen Reynolds. And with an average of 5.00 per game she is tied for third best in the MAAC.
Junior Brenna Connolly leads the Stags with 20 assists this season while recording 1.43 per game, which ranks sixth best in the league.
Hellstein and Fehmel rank fourth and sixth in the league with 1.69 and 1.43 caused turnovers per game, respectively.
Looking Ahead: The Stags end the regular season with Manhattan on Wednesday, April 26. Action is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium.