Senior Mackenzie Boyle earned the Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Week award after helping the Fairfield University field hockey team post a 2-0 record against conference opponents last week.
Boyle anchored a defense which posted back-to-back-shutouts against teams that entered their respective games with the Stags with unbeaten NEC records. She marked several of the opponents top scorers and kept them under wraps throughout both games. Boyle’s overall play solidified the back line which disrupted the two offenses and kept the Stags out of dangerous situations inside the circle.
Last Friday, Fairfield posted a 2-0 decision over Rider University with Boyle and her fellow defenders allowed only three of those attempts to reach the goalkeeper. Two days later, Fairfield’s defense did not allow any shots on goal and just three overall attempts in a 3-0 victory over Sacred Heart University. With the shutout, the Stags’ defense recorded its fifth clean sheet of the year and extended their scoreless minute streak to 131 minutes of play.
This season, Boyle has played in all 13 games as a defender for a unit that allows just over two goals per game with 5.1 saves per game. The Fairfield University field hockey team, under Head Coach Jackie Kane, owns a 7-6 overall record with a 3-0 NEC slate and sits atop the conference standings. The Stags will return to action this weekend with a road trip to Wagner College on Friday before returning home for a non-conference match with Hofstra University on Sunday.