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Fairfield men’s lax to open season vs. Delaware; play final year in ECAC

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Home games with in-state rival Yale and 2014 NCAA Tournament participant Ohio State highlight the 2014 Fairfield University men’s lacrosse schedule.  The Stags will play 14 games, with seven home games, four ECAC Lacrosse League games and two matchups with squads that played in the 2013 NCAA Championship quarterfinals.

 

The Stags are playing their final season as a member of the ECAC and will join the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2015 season.  Fairfield will take on Ohio State in the final regular season conference game on April 26 at home.  The other three games; Bellarmine (3/29), Michigan (4/5) and Air Force (4/12), will all be on the road.  The top four regular season teams will play in the ECAC Lacrosse Championship, May 1-3 at Ohio State, with the tournament champion earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.

Fairfield opens the 2014 season on the road, renewing a series with Delaware, on February 15. The two teams last met in 2009, at Fairfield, a game the Stags won 10-9.  The home opener comes a week later, February 22, when the Stags host Manhattan. Fairfield is 6-0 all-time versus the Jaspers, but have not met since the 2001 season. For the third season in a row the Stags will take on Hofstra, February 25, as a non-conference foe, however the two teams will be league rivals beginning in 2015.  The Stags are 1-3 all-time against the Pride, winning 10-9 in triple overtime the last time the teams played in Hempstead (2011).

March begins with a four-game homestand for the Stags, beginning March 4 versus Providence, and includes contests with Yale (3/8), Stony Brook (2/15) and UMass (3/18).  The Stags are 10-3 all-time against the Friars, 0-7 against the Bulldogs, and 1-6 against the Minutemen. The month ends with road games at Holy Cross, March 22, and the ECAC opener, March 29 at Bellarmine.  The Stags have never lost to the Crusaders, 7-0, and are 3-1 against the Knights, but 2-0 in games played in Kentucky in the series.

 

Fairfield hosts non-conference foe Bucknell on April 1 in the final non-conference home games on the season.  The Stags and Bison, head coach Andy Copelan’s alma mater, have split the two meetings, with Fairfield winning at home in 2007 and falling on the road in 2008.  League road games follow the next two weekends, April 5 at Michigan and April 12 at Air Force. It marks the Stags first-ever game in Ann Arbor, and just the second ever meeting between the two squads.  Fairfield is 7-2 all-time against the Falcons, winning four straight as ECAC rivals. The Stags end the three-game road trip up I-95 at Quinnipiac on April 15, before closing out the regular season at home against Ohio State.

William Paxton

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