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Previewing Fairfield’s 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule

Fairfield’s nonconference schedule is revamped as the Andrew Baxter era gets underway.

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The Fairfield Stags are the 33rd team in our 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the fourth team from the CAA. Fairfield finished 5-9 overall in 2019 and 0-5 in CAA play. The Stags failed to qualify for the CAA Tournament for the third straight season, but hired former Yale Bulldogs assistant Andrew Baxter to be their next head coach this past summer.

Here’s their entire 2020 schedule:

Fairfield’s 2020 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
2/1 Hartford Fairfield Scrimmage
2/8 Fairfield Yale Scrimmage
2/15 Stony Brook Fairfield First meeting since 2018
2/18 Merrimack Fairfield First ever meeting
2/22 Fairfield Georgetown
2/29 Quinnipiac Fairfield First meeting since 2018
3/3 LIU Fairfield First ever meeting
3/7 Fairfield Harvard First meeting since 2008
3/10 Fairfield Siena
3/17 Providence Fairfield First meeting since 2015
3/21 Fairfield Villanova
3/28 Fairfield Delaware CAA
4/4 Fairfield Towson CAA
4/11 Drexel Fairfield CAA
4/18 UMass Fairfield CAA
4/25 Fairfield Hofstra CAA

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Fairfield’s Opponents 2019 Average Win Percentage & RPI

Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
.578 .582 .569 31.92 38.57 26.6
*Avg win pct. includes Division II records, Avg. RPI only includes Division I teams

Circle These Dates

  • 2/15 vs. Stony Brook: The Andrew Baxter era at Fairfield gets underway at home, and coincides with another head coaching debut. Anthony Gilardi’s Seawolves come to town in a battle of new head coaches looking to get off to a good start. Stony Brook won the America East regular season title last year, only to fall to UMBC in the conference semifinals.
  • 2/18 vs. Merrimack: Three days after their season-opener, the Stags welcome back-to-back Division II champion Merrimack to Rafferty Stadium. Baxter is familiar with Mike Morgan and the Warriors as an assistant with Yale thanks to a few scrimmages.
  • 3/7 at Harvard: Speaking of familiarity, Fairfield will travel to Cambridge to take on Harvard. It’s their only regular season matchup against an Ivy League opponent, which is another team with a new head coach in Gerry Byrne. The players are more than likely the same for the Crimson, but the schemes and plays will probably be different. This will also be their first meeting with Harvard since 2008.
  • 4/11 vs. Drexel: The CAA will yet again be a very competitive conference. Expect Delaware, Towson, and UMass to be in the conference tournament come May, but the fourth seed could be up for grabs. Drexel seems to be the early favorite for that spot, but the Stags could play spoiler in those plans. Fairfield went winless in conference play for the first time ever since they were in a conference (dating back to 1996).
  • 4/25 at Hofstra: Hofstra was Fairfield’s closest conference game last season as they dropped a two-goal decision in the regular season finale. The Stags took the lead back with 5:29 left in the fourth quarter on a Brendan Dwyer goal, but the Pride scored three times in a span of under two minutes to take the win.