On September 9, the Fairfield University Women’s Field Hockey team took on the University of Vermont Catamounts at Moulton Winder Field, looking to win their third game in a row. With a win, the Stags would move to 5-1 on the season.

Vermont started out the scoring early on in the first half with Landon Warren ‘19, which was her first goal of the contest and third of the season. Quickly down 1-0, Fairfield answered with a score of their own.

Still in the first half, Stag Emma Matlach ‘20 drilled in her first goal of the game to even the score at 1-1. However, neither Matlach nor Fairfield was not finished scoring.

In the second half, Fairfield took the lead on a successful strike by Sam Giordano ‘19, who had three points in the game, which is the highest since her contest against Villanova University on August 26, to make it a 2-1 Stag lead.

Matlach would notch her second goal of the game, and third of the year, later in the second half, giving Fairfield enough cushion for a key 3-1 win. Matlach contributed four points last Sunday, which was the highest point total this season from the Hannover, Germany native.

Impressively, the Stags only had four shots but three of them were on goal, in which all of them scored. Vermont had 13 shots but only five were on goal so Fairfield had a more precise gameplan.

Stag goalkeeper Zoe Rosen ‘21 registered four saves in a winning effort to keep the Catamounts only at a single goal. Also, for Vermont, Sierra Espeland ‘21 did not record a save, going against Rosen.

Because of this offensive showing by Matlach, she garnered Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors by scoring three goals during the week, with two coming against Vermont.

This win pushes the Stags’ win streak to three games as they look to win four straight next time they take the field against Hofstra University on Wednesday, September 12 at 3 p.m in Hempstead, N.Y.

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