FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team closes out the regular season with Manhattan on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium.
Fairfield (10-5, 6-1 MAAC) vs. Manhattan (5-10, 2-5 MAAC): The Stags and Jaspers will meet on Wednesday for the 23rd time in program history. Last season, Fairfield topped Manhattan in the regular season finale 13-8 on April 27.
Scouting the Jaspers: Manhattan is coming off a 9-7 loss to Monmouth on April 19. Molly Fitzpatrick led the Jaspers with three goals against the Hawks and in cage, Nikki Prestano had 12 saves. Ftizpatrick, the sophomore, leads the squad in goals (34), assists (16), and points (50) this season. Prestano, also a sophomore, has started all 15 games while posting 148 saves and an 11.51 goals against average.
Last Time Out: The Stags suffered their first conference loss on Saturday, falling to Canisius 15-10. Alex Fehmel led the offensive charge for the Stags tallying three goals. Brenna Connolly and Scarlett Sulliman each registered two goals and an assist against the Griffs. Kathleen Hulseman had one goal and one assist, while Riley Hellstein and Taylor Mitchell were held to just one goal apiece. Erin Mammele pulled in four draw controls, and Fehmel led the team with four groundballs and four caused turnovers. Caleigh O'Connor played the full 60 minutes between the pipes, posting five saves against 23 total shots.
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.
Both seniors also rank in the Top 10 in free position goals, Hellstein with 42 and Fehmel with 33.
Hellstein has also racked up 161 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 75 caused turnovers in her career, placing her with the seventh most in program history. The midfielder is also tied with the most game-winning goals (10).
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 51 times on 96 chances (.531) ranking 5th best in the country.
The Stags post the No. 1 scoring defense in the MAAC and tied for 15th best in the country allowing just 9.00 goals per game.
At 3.14 goals per game, Hellstein ranks second in the MAAC and tied for 24th best in the nation. And with 4.21 points per game, is second in the league while ranking tied for 27th best in the country. She also leads the MAAC with 1.21 free position goals per game, a mark that is 4th best in the nation.
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 17th best in the country allowing just 9.18 goals per game.
Sophomore Erin Mammele has collected 74 draw controls to break the program’s single-season record of 55 set last year by Colleen Reynolds. And with an average of 4.93 per game she is fourth best in the MAAC.
Junior Brenna Connolly leads the Stags with 21 assists this season while recording 1.40 per game, which ranks seventh best in the league.
Hellstein and Fehmel rank fourth and fifth in the league with 1.64 and 1.60 caused turnovers per game, respectively.
Looking Ahead: Fairfield will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MAAC Tournament, earning a bye to the semifinal round. The team will await the results of the MAAC First Round on April 29 to see who they will face in the semifinals on May 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.