The Fairfield girls ice hockey team had a bit of a wakeup call on Monday, falling behind to visiting Staples.

Fortunately for the team, it had a strong rebound.

Fairfield got two goals apiece from Jill Fattibene, Andrea Greenwald and Ashley LaSota as Fairfield bashed Staples-Weston, 7-1 on Monday afternoon at Wonderland of Ice.

"Our team kept battling hard against a team that is similar to ours," Fairfield Head Coach Paul Kelly said. "I think they played hard and they're definitely getting better."

Jamie Mercado added a goal and an assist and Fattibene and LaSota added assists as well as Fairfield got its third win of the season in beating the Wreckers. Staples has yet to win a game.

But the Wreckers got on the board at the 4:21 mark of the first when junior Brittanie Hamlin centered the puck to Jenna Chusid, who beat

Fairfield goaltender Stephanie Gabriel to put Staples ahead, 1-0.

"We were a little nervous when they scored before we did," Greenwald said. "We got back up."

It was Chusid's first goal of the season and the junior was ecstatic that she finally got the opportunity to score.

"I found the puck in front of me and just finished it off," Chusid said. "I play left wing, so I'm usually the one who passes it to the center, and it was cool to finally finish it off."

After that goal it was all Fairfield, as just 1:25 later LaSota scored on a rebound to tie the game at one. Mercado broke the tie at the 8:40 mark when she beat Staples

goalie Gwen Moyer shorthanded to make the game 2-1. Moyer made 34

saves in the game for the Wreckers.

"Ashley [LaSota] is a sophomore and is starting to contribute for us offensively," Kelly said. "Jill [Fattibene] works as hard as she can for us."

Greenwald scored her first goal of the game at 1:25 of the second with a wrap around and just under five minutes later LaSota added her second. Fairfield tallied four goals in the second, including Fattibene's power-play goal at the 12:49 mark that made the game 6-1.

"We were trying to pass hard so they wouldn't intercept it," Greenwald said. "I think everyone has contributed a lot for the team."

Gabriel stopped 10 shots to get the win and Fairfield's reserve goalie Alyssa Dupont stopped three shots in relief in the third period for Fairfield.

Fattibene capped the scoring at the 9:08 mark of the third

with her third point of the game.

The Wreckers played a home game yesterday against Lauralton Hall in a game that was completed too late for press time. Staples-Weston will play again a week from today at Darien at 8:10 p.m.

Fairfield is continuing to grow and trying to improve under Kelly, despite playing short a few bodies. The team dressed just 10 skaters and two goalies due to some injuries of late.

"I give the girls credit, they come hard and they work hard every game," Kelly said. "It isn't easy to be out there every second shift. I admire the girls and the effort we give."

Fairfield played again yesterday in a result that was too late for press time. Fairfield will play again tomorrow against Daniel Hand at 4 p.m.