LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Five-time defending MAAC Regular Season Champion Fairfield came to Loudonville Saturday riding a 30-game conference regular season winning streak. When they left, they took with them their first league loss in six years as Siena Women's Lacrosse pulled off the 8-5 upset.
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Saints (2-8, 1-0) against Fairfield (5-6, 0-1) and was just the program's second-ever win over their MAAC rivals in 19 tries. Meanwhile Fairfield dropped its first MAAC regular season game since Apr. 22, 2007 at LeMoyne as it also saw its 15-game conference road winning streak snapped.
A pair of freshman headlined the upset for Siena in Ashley Holdridge and Sarah Croutier. Holdridge made a career-high 11 saves in goal to earn her first collegiate win and Croutier netted a hat trick including the game-winning tally.
Siena controlled tempo throughout, but Fairfield struck first taking a 3-0 lead 14 minutes in. The Saints chipped away and pulled to within 4-3 at the half.
Siena scored the final two goals of the first half and ultimately scored five consecutive goals to take a 6-4 lead midway through the second half. The Saints forced the normally sure handed Stags into 16 turnovers and held them scoreless for over 28 minutes.
Katie Maguire and Alyssa Treanor added two goals apiece for the Saints which also snapped a seven-game losing streak. Maguire added three groundballs and caused three turnovers in a solid all-around performance.
Chloe Mangan led Fairfield with three points and Amanda Best added two goals.
The Saints return to action Saturday when they host Marist at 1 p.m.