Fairfield Lacrosse Announces 2015 Schedule and Pre-Season All-Americans

Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2015 Schedule

Stags to Play Inaugural Campaign in Newly-Constructed Rafferty Stadium, Join Colonial Athletic Association

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The upcoming 2015 season offers a great deal of excitement for Fairfield University men’s lacrosse as Head Coach Andy Copelan will lead the Stags into an historic year for the program. Fairfield will host its six home games at newly-constructed Rafferty Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility on the University’s main campus, and will begin its inaugural season as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

“The 2015 season will be a memorable one for our program,” said Copelan. “Playing our home games in a facility like Rafferty Stadium will help to elevate the profile of our program on the national level. In addition, we will also play our first season in one of the best lacrosse conferences in the nation. Our annual goal is to put together a schedule that will challenge our student-athletes, and I believe this year’s schedule accomplishes that goal.”

The construction of Rafferty Stadium was made possible through the generosity of Fairfield alumni, parents and friends. The stadium is named in recognition of the principal leadership gift from Larry Rafferty ’64 and his family, and the field is named in recognition of a gift from Tim Conway ’76 and family. Several other locations around the stadium are named to recognize major supporters and contributors to the project, who will all be recognized along with additional donors on a plaque located inside the stadium.

Rafferty Stadium will seat 3,500 fans in grandstands spanning both sidelines. The FieldTurf playing surface is complemented by state-of-the-art lighting, which provides optimal light levels for both competition and practice, and a Daktronics high-definition video scoreboard. In addition, the stadium includes a terrace level with a fully-enclosed press box that includes a large media suite, two VIP suites, and production suite to support the video capabilities of the scoreboard, television broadcasts, and web streaming. On the ground level are two team rooms, food/beverage and apparel concessions, restrooms, a box office, and entry plaza.

Fairfield opens the 2015 campaign at home on February 14, hosting Holy Cross in the program’s inaugural game at Rafferty Stadium. The schedule then sends the Stags on the road for five consecutive outings: Providence on February 17, Manhattan on February 21, Stony Brook on February 28, Yale on March 7 and Bucknell on March 10.

The team returns to its new home turf for two of its next three games beginning with a March 14 date against Colgate. After playing at UMass-Lowell on March 17, Fairfield will welcome Villanova on March 21. The month ends with the Stags’ first-ever CAA contest on March 28 at Drexel.

Fairfield wraps up the road portion of the schedule on April 4 with a trip to CAA opponent UMass. The Stags then entertain Towson on April 11 to start a season-ending, three-game homestand against conference foes. The stretch at Rafferty Stadium also includes an April 18 meeting with Delaware and a visit from Hofstra under the lights on Friday, April 24 to close out the slate.

The top four teams in the CAA will advance to the conference championship tournament. The two high seeds will each host a semifinal on April 29 with the winners convening on the home field of the highest remaining seed for the 2015 CAA Championship Game on May 2.

Fairfield completed the 2014 season – its sixth with Copelan at the helm – with a record of 12-4. The Stags rose as high as No. 11 in the national rankings, winning the ECAC Lacrosse League Regular Season Title for the first time in program history and reaching the ECAC Tournament Championship Game for the third time in the last four campaigns.

Fairfield lacrosse season ticket packages are available now at FairfieldStags.com/tix. Season tickets are $75 each and include entry into all men’s and women’s home games this spring. Fairfield alumni from the graduating classes of 2005-2014 can purchase discounted Young Alumni season tickets for $50 each. For more information on season tickets and for group rates, please contact the athletics ticket office at StagsTickets@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4136 or visit FairfieldStags.com/tix.

All Fairfield men’s and women’s lacrosse home games in 2015 are scheduled to be broadcast live on FairfieldStags.TV. Year-long, monthly and single-game viewing packages are available for purchase.

2015 Fairfield University Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

February 14   Holy Cross                                        12:00 pm

February 17   at Providence                                    3:00 pm

February 21   at Manhattan                                    1:00 pm

February 28   at Stony Brook                                12:00 pm

March 7          at Yale                                                   1:00 pm

March 10        at Bucknell                                          3:00 pm

March 14        Colgate                                                1:00 pm

March 17        at Massachusetts-Lowell              4:00 pm

March 21        Villanova                                             5:30 pm

March 28        at Drexel*                                           3:00 pm

April 4              at Massachusetts*                          1:00 pm

April 11           Towson*                                             2:00 pm

April 18           Delaware*                                          1:00 pm

April 24           Hofstra*                                              7:00 pm

April 29            CAA Championship Semifinals

May 2              CAA Championship Game

 

* Colonial Athletic Association game
Home games (in bold) played at Rafferty Stadium
Subject to change

 

McLinden, Neubauer Named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mentions

McLinden led the Stags with 51 points, Neubauer shared the team high with 33 goals last spring

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Senior Colin McLinden (Madison, N.J./Madison) and junior TJ Neubauer (Glen Arm, Md./Loyola Blakefield) of the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team have been named Inside Lacrosse Preseason Honorable Mention All-Americans. The national media outlet unveiled its complete list of preseason laurels earlier today.

“Colin and TJ have both started since they were freshmen,” said seventh-year head coach Andy Copelan.  “Colin enters his senior year as a returning All-American and our team’s leading scorer, and TJ was our clear choice for MVP last season. This recognition is reflective of their hard work and commitment to our program.”

McLinden adds Preseason All-America recognition to his résumé after collecting a USILA All-America Honorable Mention at the conclusion of the 2014 campaign. McLinden was also a Second Team All-NEILA and First Team All-ECAC honoree last spring following a season in which he tallied 22 goals and 29 assists to complete the first 50-point season for a Stag since 1999. He ranked 14th in the nation in assists per game (1.93) and 32nd in points per game (3.40) in 2014 and will enter his final season at Fairfield ranked third all-time in program history with 67 career assists.

Neubauer earns a Preseason All-America Honorable Mention from Inside Lacrosse following a 2014 campaign that included First Team All-NEILA and All-ECAC honors. He shared the team high of 33 goals last season, adding five assists for a total of 38 points, and ranked 13th in the nation with a .458 shooting percentage. Fairfield’s team MVP in 2014, Neubauer also ranked third on the club with 45 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers.

This duo represents two of the 25 returners from last year’s squad that finished with a record of 12-4. The Stags rose as high as No. 11 in the national rankings last spring, winning the ECAC Lacrosse League Regular Season Title for the first time in program history and reaching the ECAC Tournament Championship Game for the third time in the last four campaigns.

Fairfield will join the Colonial Athletic Association this season as one of the six teams that will vie for the 2015 CAA Championship. The Stags will also unveil a new home venue this spring with the opening of Rafferty Stadium.