The Fairfield Stags are the 38th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Stags went 9-8 overall in 2016, and 4-1 in CAA play. Fairfield fell to Towson, 4-2, in the CAA championship game. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The 25th year of Stags lacrosse opens up on the road for the first two games of the regular season. It begins on February 11 against the Richmond Spiders, before taking on Bucknell in Lewisburg on the 18th. Their home opener is February 25 against Rutgers, before going back on the road to take on UMass Lowell on the 28th.
The Stags continue on the road against Stony Brook on March 4, followed by in-state rival Yale on the 11th. Fairfield returns back home to host newcomer Cleveland State on March 15. The team then heads off to State College to take on Jeff Tambroni and Penn State on March 18. After playing six of their first eight games on the road, the Stags play five of their final seven games at Rafferty Stadium. That begins on March 21 against NJIT, before nonconference play wraps up against Villanova March 25. That game will also be a part of Fairfield University’s 75th Anniversary celebration.
Fairfield begins CAApril™ (we have finally trademarked this) at home against Hofstra on April 1. The Stags defeated the Pride in both meetings last season, including an 11-8 win in the CAA semifinals. The team then travels down to Philly to take on Drexel on the 8th, followed by their final road game in Amherst against UMass on the 15th. The regular season wraps up at home for the final two games of the campaign. Fairfield welcomes defending CAA champion Towson on April 22, followed by the regular season finale April 29 against Delaware.
Andy Copelan’s squad loses two key midfielders in Charlie Schnider and TJ Neubauer. Schnider led Fairfield with 32 assists last season. Returning to Connecticut is sophomore Colin Burke, who led the team with 46 goals and 63 points last season. Joining him are juniors Charlie Horning, Joe Rodrigues, and Drew Murray, and seniors Jake Knostman and Nico Panepinto. On defense, last year’s starting defense is still in tact in Matt Borda, Logan Williamson, and La Salle College High School product Andrew Eidenshink, whose great defense makes up for his questionable mustache growing abilities. Goalie Tyler Behring is back in goal after recording a 9.19 goals against average last season, while junior Will Fox returns as the primary face-off option.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.