FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team got first-half goals from Katie Harrington and Helene Caniglia, but Fairfield scored three times after the break and pulled away for a 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon in Connecticut.
With the loss, Penn fell to 7-7 overall. The host Stags improved to 10-8.
Penn outshot Fairfield in the first half, 10-3, but it wasn't until just about 10 minutes were left in the first half that the Quakers finally got on the board. An initial shot by Sarah Hasson was deflected to Caniglia near the left side of the goal, and she put it away to give Penn its first lead.
Fairfield answered less than nine minutes later off a penalty corner, as a shot deflected to Lindsey Hatch and she scored. However, Penn regained the lead with just 22 seconds left before halftime as a pass from Amelia Cohen outside the circle landed at Harrington and she finished things off.
Fairfield made it 2-2 about 11 minutes into the second half on a goal from Christy Starsinic, and then exactly three minutes later the Stags got a lead they would not relinquish off another penalty corner. This time Felicitas Heinen was the goal scorer, with Nikki McLucas and Val Buurma assisting.
Penn outshot Fairfield in the second half, 9-7, but the Stags added an insurance tally with just over five minutes left when Molly Caffrey scored with assists going to Felicitas Heinen and Kaitlyn Taddeo.
Penn returns to action Wednesday night, traveling to the Main Line to face Villanova in its final non-conference game of 2012. The Quakers and Wildcats will face off at 7 p.m.