The Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team (11-3, 6-0) managed to edge out Siena College (9-6, 5-2) on Saturday, April 13 and keep their undefeated record in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. Four of these six conference wins were decided by a one-point margin. Fairfield’s forceful possession for the remainder of the match froze scoring at 12-11 in their favor.
Senior Taylor Mitchell was credited the game-winning goal with just 2:16 left on the clock. The senior’s netted shot boosted her season total to 32 points, leading the Stags. Graduate student Brooke Gallagher dished out the pivotal assist to Mitchell and took sole credit for a goal earlier in the game.
The afternoon matchup in Loudonville, New York tested the Stags’ determination to remain on top. In the entire 60 minutes of play, the largest goal differential of 3 points was only reached once. The back-and-forth game forced Fairfield to step up and uphold their MAAC hot-streak.
Hat tricks tallied by attacker Kathleen Hulseman ‘19 and midfielder Kelly Horning ‘21 were hugely instrumental in Saturday’s success. Hulseman tacked on an assist to her stellar performance, which contributed to her ninth multi-goal game this season. Horning’s three-goal effort was her third-straight hatty. The sophomore’s strength was palpable across the board, with three caused turnovers and scooping a career-best seven ground balls.
Midfielder Diana DeVita ‘21 lengthened her nine-game scoring streak, serving a nasty assist to Horning, 16:42 into the first half.
Rookie goalkeeper Olivia Conquest ‘22 notched her 11th career win in the cage for the entirety of the match. Conquest racked up nine saves but let 11 shots go past her while Siena’s Sammy Horton, who faced more pushback offensively, allowed 12 goals and made 15 saves.
The victory ensured the Stags at least a second place finish in the MAAC. They have already clinched a bye into the semifinal round. They must win one of the two remaining regular season matches or Manhattan College needs to lose one game to secure the top seed in the MAAC Championship.
The Stags hit the field next at home against the Iona College Gaels on Wednesday, April 17. The faceoff is at 3 p.m. on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium, and they hope to continue their 7-game winning streak.