FAIRFIELD, Conn.— The Fairfield University Women’s Lacrosse team defeated the Manhattan’ Jaspers’ by a score of 14-6 on April 20, 2022, to secure a spot in the 2022 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship which begins the weekend of April 29.
In a complete team win, the Stags capitalized on a high-scoring first half in which the Stags exploded for five goals in the second quarter to take an 8-2 into the half, which ultimately proved too much for Manhattan to overcome.
The Stags were propelled by Maggie Fort’24 , who led the team in scoring with a career-high four goals on four shots. She was followed by a group of seven players that also put the ball in the back of the net. Sophomore Elizabeth Talluto had three assists and got in on the scoring action with a hat-trick of her own to lead the team in points. Defensively, Nicollette Lavista ‘22 won a team-high six draw controls out of fourteen total by the team. Co-captain and senior Caroline Mangan vacuumed up a team-best seven ground balls to lead eleven Stags in that category. Both co-captain graduate student Kelly Horning and Julia Rigolizzo ‘25 forced three turnovers each, the most of any player, as Fairfield forced 17 total turnovers by the Jaspers. In the net, Casey Collins ‘24 made six huge saves throughout the game.
“I think we had a really strong defensive day,” said Head Coach Laura Field after the game. “This was probably [the] most comprehensive game we’ve played, from offense to defense, goalkeeping, and draws.”
On Saturday, April 23, in their final home game, the Stags hosted Canisius College. The game was their senior day, and they were able to topple the Golden Griffins by a final score of 21-11. Lavista had a team-high eight draw controls on the game which helped control the momentum from the get go.
The women’s lacrosse team sits in fourth place in the MAAC and will begin their MAAC championship campaign starting April 29.