Raso’s Hat Trick Leads Stags to 5-4 Win Over Monmouth

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Release: April 23, 2014
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Fairfield University women's lacrosse team edged Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponent Monmouth University, 5-4, this afternoon on Kessler Field. The Stags are now 6-1 in conference play.

Senior Melanie Raso netted three goals for the Stags while rookie Riley Hellstein scored two. Senior Jenna Slowey and Raso picked up assists for Fairfield.

The first half remained scoreless until Danielle Rakowitz gave Monmouth a 1-0 lead at 21:39. The Stags tied the game at 1-1, on a goal by Hellstein off a free position shot, less than a minute later. At 19:06, the Hawks answered when Cassie Campasano found Claudia LaMarca to restore the lead to Monmouth.

The score became 3-1, after the Hawks’ Stephanie Anderson scored off a free position shot at 3:12. With only 45 seconds left in the half, Monmouth netted another goal to give the Hawks a 4-1 advantage into halftime.

The Stags came out strong in the second half, both on offense and defense. Fairfield scored the first goal at 21:18. The goal was netted by Hellstein, off a pass from Raso, making the score 4-2. The Stags then went on a 3-0 run, with consecutive goals by Raso.

The first was scored off a free position shot at 10:11. Raso tied the game at 4-4, when she scored at 8:31. Lastly, Slowey found Raso to score the game-winning goal at 7:52. Fairfield never allowed Monmouth to score in the second half, sealing a 5-4 win for the Stags.

Sophomore Chelsey Sidaras manned the net for Fairfield, making three saves, while Monmouth’s Katie Donohoe tallied five.  

The Stags outshot the Hawks, 13-8, and had an 8-4 advantage in draw controls. Hellstein and Raso had a team-high five shots apiece for Fairfield.

For Monmouth (7-9; 4-3 MAAC), Anderson had one goal and one ground ball for a one-point game. Allison Stathius tallied three ground balls and three draw controls for the Hawks.

Fairfield (11-4) continues action on the road. The Stags will travel to Canisius on April 26 before returning to Buffalo, N.Y. for the 2014 MAAC Tournament semifinal game on May 2. 

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