Making strides: The men’s and women’s cross country teams continued a strong start to the season in the Fr. Victor J. Leeber, S.J. Invitational at home in the 33rd running of the race. The women finished in second place, with the men taking home a third place finish.
Junior Benjamin Heslin for the men and freshman Kerry Hamilton for the women were the top two finishers, both placing in seventh.
Hamilton was one of five Stags to place in the top-15 in the 5K with a time of 19:39. Sophomore Kristen Golen finished one place back (19:50) and freshman Nikki Livesey finished in 10th place (19:54).
On the men’s side, Heslin finished with a time of 25:49 in the 8K race, with Jon Juleus ’12 placing in 10th (25:24) and Steve Flanagan 11th (25:56).
Gearing up: With a 2-1 win over Brown, the women’s field hockey team finished its early season non-conference schedule as the Stags prepare for their second season in the America East Conference.
Brown was out shot 15-3 in the first half, but scored the lone goal as Fairfield was held scoreless. But in the second half, junior Melanie Leo set up two goals to lead the Stags to the comeback victory. Just two minutes into the second half, Leo made a pass to senior Molly Byrnes, who finally connected on the goal. Leo then sent a pass to senior Jill Piacquadio and she scored the game-winning goal.
Stags goalkeeper Megan Ambrose entered the game in the second half and stopped all six shots she faced. Caitlin O’Donnell played the first half, stopping two shots and allowing the lone Brown goal.
Fairfield starts the America East portion of the schedule with a road game against the University of Albany on Saturday, Oct. 3.