Following a disappointing 14-12 loss for the Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium against Boston University, the Stags took to Durham, NH on Sunday, March 1. There they conquered the University of New Hampshire Wildcats, 15-9.
The change of scenery was just what the Stags needed to add another tally to their win column, improving their overall record to 2-1. New Hampshire capitalized on a turnover 3:36 in which led to them putting two goals on the board to kick off scoring that afternoon. In the first 30 minutes of play, graduate student Monika Sivilli and Diana DeVita ‘21 were unstoppable forces. Sivilli contributed a hat-trick and an assist, while DeVita added a pair of goals plus a helper. This achievement would mark Sivilli’s first career four-point day. When the clock ran out at halftime, the Stags had more than doubled their opponents, at a 7-3 advantage. Things picked up in the final period of play, where an array of Stags were credited for sending balls to the back of the net, strengthening the offense. Fairfield outscored New Hampshire in the second half, 8-6, leaving the home team in the dust.
Praise went to Maggie Fort ‘23, Kelly Horning ‘21, Cameryn Dera ‘22 and Elizabeth Talluto ‘23 for posting two goals and an assist a piece, exactly like DeVita had earlier in the game. Jillian Winwood ‘21 and Ellie Grefenstette ‘22 earned a goal each, as well as Elizabeth Rowe ‘23. Fort led the back row with a career-best five draw controls and Maggie Reynolds ‘21 had four. Reynolds continued her success with a career-best of six ground balls. Kennedy Slater ‘21 was close by, holding things down with four ground balls. In the cage, goaltender Olivia Conquest ‘22 made 12 saves and scooped up four ground balls.
Fairfield is slated to take on the University of Denver Pioneers (4-1) on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. in Denver, Colo. The Pioneers recently fell in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association coaches poll rankings from no. 10 to no. 14 after a tough loss against Vanderbilt University, but are undefeated on home turf (3-0). After that, Fairfield will make a brief stop across town at Sacred Heart University (0-3) on Wednesday, March 18 for a 3 p.m. matinee before returning home.
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