Junior Cassidy Boegel had an impressive last season, leading her team with nine goals, and taking 50 shots during the duration of her season. She was named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, the MAAC All-First team and then went on to be named the MAAC Player of the Week for her outstanding performance in October. She took 29 shots on goal, posting a .580 shot percentage, the highest of any athlete on the team. In her junior season, Boegel, along with the other members of her team, will be expected to step up her game to replace the roles of the 11 seniors who graduated in 2015.
Last season, Hadley Orr ’16 was one of the leaders of her team with 245 kills, averaging 2.69 kills per game. Over 24 sets, she appeared in 91 matches and started in 23 sets. Her impressive play earned her the honor of a position on the second team All-MAAC and the MAAC All-Academic team, in addition to being named a MAAC Offensive Player of the Week. She had 42 blocks, 23 service aces and 13 assists, making her one of the most accomplished athletes on her team. Orr will be responsible for leading her team and the nine new freshman who have just signed to the women’s volleyball team.
Rising junior Ann Burgoyne had a huge sophomore season, dominating with a total of 19 goals. She earned multiple honors including Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Star Team Honors, America East Weekly Honors and America East Co-Player of the Week on multiple occasions. In Burgoyne’s game against University of Massachusetts Lowell, she broke the program record for single season points racking in a grand total of 39. She started in 18 of 19 games, had 40 shots on goal and had a .800 shots on goal percentage. As only a junior, she is expected to be a leader of the women’s field hockey team especially after graduating team leader Felicitas Heinen ‘15.
Not only is he one of the best goalies that Fairfield has ever seen, last season Matt Turner ‘16 was one of the best goalkeepers in the country. He had 13 shutouts and led the nation with a save percentage of 89 percent. In 72 percent of the games he played in he did not allow a single goal, making him number one in the nation for shutouts. He earned the MAAC Player of the Week on two occasions and then played on the MAAC All-Tournament Team. He helped his team make a miracle run to the championship round of the MAAC Tournament and this year, Turner will be expected to get his team the crown.
Pacing the Stags in seven of their eight competitive races, rising junior Sam Daly has made a huge impact on the team. In the 8K Monmouth Invitational, Daly placed fourth of 156 runners and then went on to lead his team at the New England Invitational, clocking in with a personal best time of 25:37.2. He was named the MAAC Cross Country Runner of the Week during September. At the conclusion of his sophomore athletic career at the University Division of the IC4A Championship 8K, he placed eighth. Look for Daly come the fall to continue his success with the cross country team.
In her freshman year, Charlotte Molloy emerged as one of the top runners of her team, earning several accolades for her times. During one of her first competitive races, Molloy’s times earned her the honor of the MAAC Cross Country Runner of the Week. In the Monmouth Invitational, she was Fairfield’s top finisher, posting a personal best in the 5K with a time of 19:02.4 and placing 14th in the race. In the New England Championships, Molloy was also Fairfield’s top finisher and clocked in a personal best time of 18:52.10 in the 5K. As only a sophomore, Molloy has the potential to become a top runner in the MAAC league.