- 19 Macy Cutshaw C Senior
- 12 Tiffany Lawson OF Senior
- 6 Emily Orr P Senior
- 13 Rae Ball P/UTJunior
- 4 Rachel Beaudoin OF Junior
- 2 Kristen Filicia 2B Junior
- 17 Kimi Kurata OF Junior
- 9 Lauren Liseth C/SS Junior
- 10 Nikki Osofsky 1B Junior
- 8 Mikayla Shumate OF Junior
- 18 Becca Trott P Junior
- 20 Sam Frungillo 1B Sophomore
- 5 Brianna Levick SS Sophomore
- 1 Sammy Ruffolo OF Sophomore
- 21 Taylor August IF Freshman
- 16 Kelsey Brennan IF Freshman
- 14 Shelby Butwell C Freshman
- 7 Nicole Capra IF Freshman
- 22 Lauren Falkanger P Freshman
- 3 Lauren Filicia IF Freshman
Will 2013 be the year that the Fairfield Stags finally get over the hump and win it all? They've been very close to claiming the MAAC title in recent seasons...in 2009 they cruised through the regular season, only to lose twice in extra innings at the tournament. The past two seasons saw them get through to Championship Saturday in the driver's seat. One win in four chances would have earned them a title; but they went 0-4. Fairfield's nemesis, Iona, has seen their championship roster depleted. The Stags however have retained most of the 2012 team shown in the photo above, and have added some talented freshmen. This could be their year.
The speedy Tiffany Lawson will likely be the only every day player amongst the senior class this season. Tiffany has averaged in double figures for stolen bases during her career. The Stags love to run; so look for Tiffany to be the starter in left field. Fellow seniors Macy Cutshaw and Emily Orr have seen spot duty during their careers. Emily may see more time as a relief pitcher in 2013 than she has in the past.
The nucleus of the Stags is of course their juniors, a group that has excelled since first stepping on the field in 2011. Fairfield looks to enter the 2013 season with solid pitching courtesy of a pair of juniors. Becca Trott (pictured left) emerged from the shadow of Sarah Minice to become one of the top pitchers in the conference last year. Becca was very stingy in MAAC games, ranking third in the conference with a 1.50 ERA. Rae Ball matured in the circle during last season, posting a 1.90 ERA in conference games. Fairfield will likely have the best 1-2 circle punch in the MAAC, and a repeat performance from these two will keep the Stags at the top of the standings once more.
Fairfield will have six freshmen on their roster this season. Perhaps the most interesting player is Lauren Filicia, Kristen's younger sister, who is also a base stealer of note. Also joining the team will be Taylor August, Kelsey Brennan, Shelby Butwell, Nicole Capra and Lauren Falkanger.
On paper, one would have to favor Fairfield to win the MAAC in 2013. The core of the squad has been together for two years, and played in two MAAC Championship finals. The problem for the Stags is that they ran into a barrier the past two seasons, losing a chance at the title after twice emerging from the winner's bracket. They should have no problem qualifying for the tournament; but once in will have to overcome a mental wall.
Next up: Canisius College
|Fairfield's All-MAAC battery; Becca Trott and Lauren Liseth|