Fairfield Lady Stags Take #5 Syracuse to the Wire.

In a battle to the bitter end, the (13-7) Fairfield Lady Stags to the 5th Ranked Syracuse Orange (14-5) to the very end before falling short, 12-11.

Kevin M. Neibauer.

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An instant classic took place at Sherrard Field in Princeton, NJ with Fairfield having upset on their mind against the favored, Lady Syracuse Orange I’m the Opening Round of the Women:s DI NCAA Championships.

To the Battle:

A battle it was indeed. Freshman, Olivia Adamson (5g,1a) took a step to the spotlight with her 23rd of the season with just :48 played. Adamson stayed busy with a helper on the 26th from Sam Stewart (1g). The markers caught the attention of the Stags who stormed back off tallies from, Libby Rowe (4g), Maggie Fort (2g) followed by the 33rd from Rowe.

End of One, 3-2 Fairfield.

Second Quarter:

The Orange would respond with a six goal quarter.

Meghan Tyrell (3g,1a) notched her 63rd at 12:52 followed by Adamson potting her 24th off a Megan Carney (1a) feed just :42 later. Amanda Kozak (2g) hit net on the advantage. Emily Hawryschuck (2g) and Tyrell countered for Syracuse. Ellie Grefenstette (1g,2apples) put home her 27th but, Syracuse would add a pair of goals in the final :29 started by Hawryschuck hitting for her 62nd at the :29 mark and Adamson with just :03 remaining.

At the Half, Syracuse up, 8-5.

Third Stanza:

Syracuse wanted to put this away with a big third quarter. Jenny Markey (1g) padded the lead but Fairfax would have none of that. Rowe nailed her 34th but, the Orange just yawned and collected goals from Adamson at 2:46 and an apparent back-breaker with just six seconds on the clock.

End of Three with a Five Goal Differential.

Is This One Over?

Not quite, Fort at 13:56 followed by Elizabeth Talluto a minute and thirteen later gave the Stags hope. Tyrell put number 60 I’m the back of the Fairfield net and things looked bleak on any comeback hopes. That is until Rowe at 5:29 followed by an advantage marker from Olivia Doody (1g,1a) with 3:36 got the Stags bench hootin’ and hollerin. Amanda Kozak had the ball with ten seconds to go, but, her shot was off target and Syracuse escaped the scare, 12-11.


• The Orange had the edge with a 41-27 shot advantage while also having a 24-18 edge in shots on goal.

• Turnovers were nearly even with Fairfield having 12 to the Orange 11. Fairfield also won the ground ball battle, 18-15.

• The Orange had an edge in Draw Controls,17-10 with the Stags Kelly Horning and the Orange, Sarah Cooper each nestling 7.

Syracuse Survives Scare


Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.