The women’s lacrosse team has picked up where they left off last year in the conference by sweeping Niagara and Canisius in its first two MAAC games of the year.
The Stags have now won ten straight conference games after finishing with a perfect 8-0 league record and a MAAC Tournament Championship last year.
After edging Niagara in double overtime for last year’s conference title, the Stags routed the Purple Eagles 17-5 on Saturday.
“We didn’t really know what to expect from them,” said head coach Laura Brand. “We knew we were confident and that we could play at that level, but we didn’t know what we were going to get from them since they took us to double overtime last year.”
Fairfield’s more balanced and potent offensive attack this year incited the Stags to the one-sided romp. “We thought they were going to be tougher than they were,” said junior midfielder Megan Main.
After starting the season with six out of eight games at home, Fairfield will play its next six games away including this weekend when the team travels to Vermont and conference foe Le Moyne.
“Our toughest games have been at home. I think the team is prepared and ready to come out and fight no matter where we play,” Brand said. “Both Vermont and Le Moyne are doing better than they have in the past. Le Moyne looks like it’s going to be our best competition in the MAAC.”
“Le Moyne has gotten a lot better,” Main said. “We are going to have to play tough like we did against the big teams we played-like Yale and Boston College.”
The Stags have dominated conference opponents in the past and remain confident on their chances against MAAC teams the rest of this season. “I don’t think we should lose any MAAC games this year,” said senior defender Calista Corley.
The Stags continued their dominant play on Sunday with an 18-3 thrashing of Canisius. Fairfield was led by senior midfielder Lauren Uhr, who scored ten goals in the two games last weekend.
Uhr was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week while freshman goalie Monica Janowitz was selected as the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week after making 11 saves and posting a 2.00 GAA to pick up her first two collegiate wins.
The Stags have now improved to 3-5 overall after a slow start against their non-conference opponents that were amongst the better teams in the region, including one-goal losses to Holy Cross and Boston College.
“We’ve faced some tough competition. We played some well respected teams and we were able to compete with them,” Brand said.