September 9, 2010

Fairfield Men Commence Fall Practice

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn.
- The Fairfield University men's lacrosse team took the field Wednesday morning for its first official practice of the 2011 season. The Stags were on the field at 6:30 a.m. as the returnees and rookies had the first opportunity to play together as a unit.

"We're excited that fall ball has commenced and encouraged by our guys performance during their lifting and conditioning tests," said third-year head coach Andy Copelan. "As one would expect, our first practice was high paced, energetic and competitive. We need to remain hungry and motivated to continue moving this program forward."

Fairfield will be playing one fall date this season, travelling to Ridley High School in Philadelphia, Pa. to take part in Fourth Annual Nick Colleluori Classic to benefit the HEADstrong Foundation Classic. The Stags will play both Lehigh and Detroit Mercy on Saturday, October 9 during the Division I portion of the event.

The event was created in honor of Nick Colleluori, a Ridley graduate who died just over three years ago after a 14-month battle vs. non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma while a student-athlete at Hofstra University. Single-day General Admission tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (12 and under), with those under five being admitted free of charge. A two-day pass is available for $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children. Also scheduled to participate in the event are Hofstra, Cornell, Mount St. Mary's, Presbyterian, St. Joseph's, Towson and Villanova.

The Stags fall practice continues through October 23, when the team will host its annual Alumni Game at 12:30 p.m. That afternoon marks the conclusion of the fall portion of the training regimen and will also serve as the official opening of the newly renovated Stags locker room.

Fairfield posted an 8-6 record during the 2010 season, marking the first back-to-back winning campaigns, both under Copelan, in over a decade. The Stags defeated national runner-up Notre Dame when the Irish were ranked third in the nation in the team's first-ever visit to the State of Texas. In two seasons under Copelan, the Stags are 15-13, with an 8-6 mark in ECAC Lacrosse League play.


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