Oct. 3, 2004
Chelsea Hicks first career goal was the game-winner in Fairfield's 3-1 NEC field hockey win over Siena in Connecticut Sunday afternoon. Fairfield improved to 3-2 in conference play with the win, and remains among the top four teams in the standings. The Stags improved to 4-9 overall, while Siena fell to 1-8 and 1-2 in NEC action.
Freshman Sam Heule tallied her first career goal 20 minutes into the contest, converting passes from Kelly Rath and Rebecca Odenwaelder off a penalty corner. Heule released a shot at the top of the circle, which found the lower left side of the net.
Hicks pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 60th minute, as the Stags took advantage of another penalty corner. After the ball was sent to the top of the circle, Rath ended up with the ball at the left of the circle. She quickly sent the ball to the middle, where Hicks dove and extended her stick to deflect the cross into the goal.
The lead reached 3-0 in the second half when Fairfield's senior combination of Lauren Pizzi and Andrea Caputa combined for a goal. Pizzi started the play, and passed the ball to Caputa, who promptly placed the ball past Siena goalkeeper Kristen Heyde at 65:26. Heyde was strong in the cage for Siena, making seven saves on the afternoon.
The Saints avoided the shutout with 16 seconds remaining when Kaitlin Auciello deflected a ball past Fairfield goalkeeper Lauren Callahan. Callahan entered the game at the start of the second half, after Liz Thomas made one save in the first half.
Siena's returns to action on Friday at home against St. Francis (Pa.).