Usually when a team starts a season 0-3, questions about whether that team will turn things around arise. For the Fairfield University Women’s Lacrosse team, they have turned things around very quickly after a slow start.
With a 13-5 win over Monmouth on Wednesday at Conway Field, the Stags won their fifth straight game and seventh out of their last eight played.
It was a special day for Alex Fehmel ’17 as she scored two goals, her first of the day being the 100th for her career.
“It is awesome. I never thought that I would get this far. I’m really excited about it,” said the senior captain.
Fehmel echoed how it was nice to accomplish 100 goals in the same season as her teammate Riley Hellstein ’17. “Since our freshman year, we have been like partners in crime. We have always done everything together. We always look for each other on the field so it does mean a lot that we did this the same year.”
Joining Fehmel in the goal department were six more stags. Hellstein lead the team with four goals while Taylor Mitchell ’19 had a hat trick and Lily Crager ’19 scored two. Scarlett Sulliman ‘17 and Kathleen Hulseman ‘19 added one goal apiece to round out the stat sheet. The Stags seemed to dominate every aspect of the game, never letting the Hawks come close to the lead.
Head coach Laura Field credited her team’s victory and winning streak to all the hard work and focus that has been put in by her players. “Our practices have gotten better. Our focus in general in games and practice has just been one notch up from where it was to start the season. The team never gave up and when you open 0-3 it’s tough.”
Fairfield is unmistakably starting to click offensively and defensively at the right time. The Stags have five games remaining, all of which are conference games.
While Coach Field has loved her team’s play as of late, she said there is always room for improvement. “We still need to improve on the details and our discipline. We have a game plan coming in and we want to hold to that a little longer than we have. Some of the unforced turnovers we want to clean up also.”
No matter what way you look at it, the Women’s Lacrosse team is rolling and they have all the confidence that they can make a run at a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title. The Stags will try to stay unbeaten, currently 3-0, in MAAC play this Wednesday, April 12 when they head 30 minutes down the road to take on Quinnipiac University at 8 p.m.