Three seniors, one junior selected to lead Stags for inaugural season in Colonial Athletic Association
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Head Coach Andy Copelan has announced the four student-athletes who will serve as captains of the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team for the upcoming 2015 season. Seniors Max Buchanan, Drew Federico and Tristan Sperry and junior TJ Neubauer will lead the Stags in their first campaign in the Colonial Athletic Association.
“These four student-athletes are excellent representatives of our team both on and off the field,” said Copelan. “Their leadership will be instrumental to our success this season”.
A fixture for the Stags’ defensive unit, Buchanan started all 16 games last spring. He collected 24 ground balls with nine caused turnovers in 2014. Buchanan is a Fairfield University Dean’s List student and a two-time ECAC All-Academic Team honoree.
Federico racked up 15 points in 12 games played last year. His game-winner as a part of a two-goal showing in the victory at Michigan highlighted his dozen goals and three assists in 2014. Federico, who was also an ECAC All-Academic Team selection, picked up 15 ground balls with three caused turnovers. He was previously recognized in 2012 with an All-ECAC Rookie Team nod.
A 2014 First Team All-ECAC selection, Sperry ranked second on the Stags with 45 total points last season. He netted 24 goals with 21 assists, sparked by nine multi-goal games. Sperry was also selected to the ECAC Championship All-Tournament Team after totaling two goals, four assists and three ground balls in Fairfield’s run to the finals. He is a two-time ECAC All-Academic Team honoree and was tabbed for the All-ECAC Rookie Team as a freshman in 2012.
Neubauer, who is a 2015 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention, accepts his captaincy as a junior following a 2014 campaign that included First Team All-NEILA and All-ECAC honors. He scored 33 goals last season, adding five assists for a total of 38 points, and ranked 13th in the nation with a .458 shooting percentage. Neubauer also ranked third on the team with 45 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers. In 2013, he was an All-ECAC Rookie Team selection.
The quartet of team captains represents four 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.