The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team had an outstanding end to their 2017 season by advancing to their eighth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship title game. The Stags gave it their all in the nail-biting game against No. 1 Canisius College but unfortunately, fell short with a final score of 13-10 to put an end to their season.
Although the Stags were distraught after their tough loss, that did not deter them from feeling ecstatic about their successful season. They finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-6, making 2017 their 9th time in the past 10 years winning double-digit games. Although the season started off a little disheartening with a 0-3 losing streak, their rocky start did not stop the Stags from concluding the regular season with 11 out of 13 wins.
The women’s lacrosse team, along with its fans, are eager to see what the 2018 season has in store. Senior captain Katie Fitzpatrick is hopeful to end her Fairfield lacrosse career on a good note.
Starting off the season, Brenna Connolly ‘18 and Erin Mammele ‘19 were named on the All-MAAC Preseason team for the Stags. To add to the eagerness, the Stags are also picked second in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, so there is clear optimism swirling around this team.
When asked what her hopes for the coming season were, Fitzpatrick replied, “Win the MAAC. That’s one of our team goals every year. I think we had a good fall season and worked extremely hard. We have some new coaches and some talented freshmen to go along with our returning players.”
The senior captain also added, “I think everyone is excited to get going for real, in January, to see just how good we can be. I hope that we have a really good season. I hope we win a lot of games and have a ton of fun in the process.”
With the season just days away from commencing, the team shares the same goal as previous years and that is winning the conference and reaching the MAAC Championship. When asked about her team’s expectations, Brooke Gallagher ‘18 said, “My hopes for this season are to win our regular season conference as well as win the MAAC tournament.” Gallagher also hopes to go undefeated at home and recruit more fans to watch the games.
The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team will open up its regular season Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. as they host Holy Cross in their home opener in the friendly confines of Rafferty Stadium.