Fairfield’s 2016 slate includes 10 teams represented on the national ledger
PERRY, N.Y. – The Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team is receiving votes in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Stags enter the upcoming 2016 campaign as the defending regular season champions of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
Fairfield posted a 9-6 record last spring with a 4-1 conference mark en route to the CAA regular season crown. Head Coach Andy Copelan was tabbed as the CAA Coach of the Year in the Stags’ first season as a member of the nationally-prominent conference, and faceoff specialist Will Fox was named CAA Rookie of the Year to headline a rundown of 11 Stags to earn All-CAA laurels.
The Stags climbed as high as No. 19 in the USILA poll last spring (and No. 18 in the Lacrosse Magazine Weekly Rankings) and have been a part of the national ledger in each of the last four seasons. Fairfield also defeated a nationally-ranked opponent – then-No. 20 Villanova – for the seventh consecutive campaign.
Fairfield’s 2016 schedule includes five ranked teams (No. 9 Yale, No. 13 Georgetown, No. 16 Towson, No. 19 Villanova and No. 20 Stony Brook) as well as five clubs that join the Stags in the “also receiving votes” category (Colgate, Hofstra, Bucknell, Richmond, Massachusetts).
In other preseason projections, the Stags have been selected to finish second in the CAA in the Inside Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll and by Sean Burns of Lacrosse Magazine. Additionally, Inside Lacrosse tabbed senior co-captain TJ Neubauer as a Preseason All-America Honorable Mention.
The Stags open the 2016 campaign on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13 with the first-ever meeting with Richmond. The noon contest is the front-end of a doubleheader that will also feature reigning MAAC Champion Fairfield women’s lacrosse beginning its 2016 season against LIU Brooklyn.