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.
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 Sidarasmanned 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.