The veteran players of Holy Cross proved to be too much for the younger Stags as Fairfield lost 4-1 this past Sunday.

The loss dropped Fairfield’s record to 2-7 placing them 6th in the Northeast Conference.

“They capitalized on our mistakes, and we did not capitalize on theirs,” said head coach Jackie Kane of Sundays game.

Fairfield failed to have the shot accuracy of Holy Cross, who had only one shot off target whereas Fairfield had four shots that missed the goal. However, the Stags did play a very aggressive game.

“We never gave up,” said Amanda Love ’09. “We have been working on a new formation that is more offensively concentrated.”

Despite Holy Cross having a higher percentage of shots on goal and took more corner penalty shots, this new formation seemed to work as Fairfield was not far behind in either category. Holy Cross started out the game with two uncontested goals in the first ten minutes of play. But midway through the first half, Amanda Love ’09 changed that trend by picking up the rebound off of a deflected shot from Emily Janis ’09 which put the Stags on the board. Despite Fairfield’s best efforts, this proved to be their lone goal of the game.

Fairfield utilized both of their goalies in the game with Elizabeth Thomas ’08 playing the first half and Lauren Callahan ’08 taking her place for the second half of the game. Both goalies played well against a very skilled Holy Cross offense as Thomas made four saves in the first half, and Callahan stopping three shots in the second.

Even with the rocky start to their season, Kane remains optimistic.

“We are improving with each game, and this was great preparation for our first conference game on Friday,” said Kane.

On Friday Fairfield plays Rider, the number one seed from last years NEC tournament and whom Fairfield nearly upset before falling 3-2. “Beating Rider would be a huge confidence boost for us” says Love.

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