FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Head Coach Andy Copelan has announced the 2016 schedule for the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team. The Stags’ slate includes eight games to be played on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium highlighted by a March 12 meeting with in-state rival Yale that will air live to a national audience on ESPN3 and SportsNet New York (SNY).
“This is a very competitive schedule, and I think our team is excited about the challenge that it presents,” said Copelan – the 2015 CAA Coach of the Year. “We had a productive fall and we feel good about the guys in our locker room; we’re all looking forward to the 2016 season.”
The 2016 season begins at Rafferty Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13 with a visit from Richmond. The following Saturday, Coach Copelan’s alma mater will take to the Conway Field turf as the Stags challenge Bucknell on Feb. 20.
The first road trip of the campaign is a trek to Piscataway, N.J. to meet Rutgers on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Stags then turn the calendar to March at home with two rematches from 2015 as Massachusetts-Lowell (Tuesday, March 1) and Stony Brook (Saturday, March 5) come to Fairfield.
After a trip to Georgetown on Tuesday, March 8, Fairfield hits the national stage at Rafferty Stadium when Yale makes the short trip down I-95 for a Saturday, March 12 showdown on ESPN3 and SNY. The Stags and Bulldogs have split a pair of overtime showdowns in each of the last two seasons, with the home team coming away with the victory in each contest.
The non-conference slate wraps up with three games in eight days as Fairfield heads to Colgate (Saturday, March 19), returns home to meet in-state foe Quinnipiac (Tuesday, March 22) and hits the road once again for a clash at Villanova (Saturday, March 26).
The month of April is reserved for the Colonial Athletic Association schedule as the Stags look to defend their CAA regular season title in their second campaign as members of the conference. After opening the slate on Saturday, April 2 at Hofstra, Fairfield plays back-to-back CAA home games at Rafferty Stadium against Drexel (Saturday, April 9) and Massachusetts (Saturday, April 16).
The regular season concludes with two of the longer road trips of the season. Fairfield visits Towson on Saturday, April 23 to meet the defending CAA champs and challenges host Delaware under the lights in Newark, Del. on Friday, April 29.
The top four teams in the regular season will qualify for the CAA Championship. The May 5 semifinals and May 7 championship game will all be held on the home field of the top seed. The Stags hosted the 2015 CAA Championship at Rafferty Stadium
All non-televised home games are slated to be broadcast live on FairfieldStags.TV.