FAIRFIELD, Conn – The Fairfield University Women’s Soccer team has announced their five-game spring schedule, which will begin on March 24. The slate features exhibition matches against Southern Connecticut State, American International College, Pace, Yale, and Rhode Island before concluding the spring portion with the annual Alumni Game.
“This Spring we will play a full slate of competitive games in order to give our returning student-athletes maximum on field minutes,” Head Coach Jim O'Briensaid. “We will face two familiar Division I opponents in Yale and Rhode Island with both games being a good test for us versus high level teams. We will also play three programs from the Northeast-10 conference, which is arguably one of the top Division II conferences in the country. Our student athletes look forward to getting competitive games under our belt after weeks of intensive training over the winter.”
The first game of the slate pits the Stags against the program that O’Brien helped create in the Southern Connecticut State Owls on March 24 at 5pm. The Owls ended the 2016 season with a 9-7-3 record and a first round exit from the Northeast-10 tournament with a loss to Pace. The Owls saw five student-athletes named to an All-Conference team, with freshman Karoline Petersen the only non-senior. The rookie defender picked up First Team All-Northeast 10 honors and Second Team All-New England in her first collegiate season.
The Stags will close out the month of March with a road contest against American International College on March 31 at 6:30pm. The Yellow Jackets also picked up a winning 2016 campaign, finishing with a 12-8-1 record and advanced to the East Region Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Bridgeport. Federica Frew was one of five players named to the All-New England team, picking up Second Team laurels in her sophomore season.
Fairfield will then make the short trip to Purchase, N.Y., to take on a Pace squad that advanced to the Northeast-10 title game last season before falling to Stonehill. The Setters are led by junior Drew Ribadeneyra who was named to the ECAC All-Star First Team and NSCAA All-Region First Team after helping the squad to nine shutouts during their campaign. The two teams will meet on April 7 at 7pm.
The Stags will then turn their attention to Division I opponents, taking on Yale on April 18 at 7pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 6-7-3 record in 2016, which was highlighted by a 1-1 draw against nationally ranked Princeton. The squad features the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in Aeriel Chavarin who also picked up All-Regional honors after leading the team with nine goals, five assists, and 23 points.
The final game on the docket for the Stags comes on April 28 when the team travels to the University of Rhode Island for a 6pm match. The Rams made it to the Atlantic-10 Quarterfinals before dropping a heartbreaking double overtime decision to top-seeded Saint Joseph’s. Allyson Reynolds became the first Rams’ freshman to make an All-Conference team in three years after earning a spot on the All-Rookie team. The freshman led the team with 11 points, five goals, 35 shots, and 16 shots on goal.
The Stags will welcome back former players in their annual Alumni Game on April 30 at 1pm. The annual event gives the opportunity for the alumni of the program to compete against the current players.