Fairfield Announces Nine Lacrosse NLI Signees

"We initially recruited Pierce as an athletic face-off guy," Copelan said, "but we have been really pleased with his offensive development over the past 18 months. He has turned himself into a real two-way midfielder who, in my opinion, has All League potential."

Lauer is a 5-foot-11, 185 pound senior at The Bishops School that has played for RC Starz, West Coast Starz and San Diego Tropics club teams. He is a two-time First-Team All-Coastal League selection and was named a San Diego Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete last season. Lauer begins his final campaign with 130 career ground balls and eight points.

"Trent is very vanilla in a real positive way," Copelan said of Lauer, who is slated as a defender for the Stags. "He is a low risk, high reward signing because he has great footwork, plays very sound and plays well within a system."

Neubauer is a 5-foot-10, 185 pound senior at Loyola Blakefield High School and a member of the Laxworld Lacrosse Club. A 2011 Baltimore Under Armour Team selection, he begins his senior campaign with 33 career goals and 20 assists.

"TJ is a tough, two-way, old school midfielder who can do it all," said Copelan. "We feel strongly that TJ has the tools and the ability to be special."

Petzold is a 6-foot-3, 180 pound defender who currently attends Don Bosco Preparatory High School and has played for the Gamerz and Tri-State All-Stars club programs. He has collected 84 ground balls in his three seasons at Don Bosco and was selected as a Maverik Showtime All-Star as a rising junior.

"John is long, rangy, intelligent and has a great handle," said Copelan. "We need to make sure he continues to put some pounds on, but believe his ceiling his quite high."

Seale is a 5-foot-9, 160 senior at The Woodlands High School and has played club lacrosse for Dallas Select and Texas United. He is a two-time First-Team All-State selection and was named an Honorable Mention All-America following his junior campaign. Seale has scored 86 times in his career and is The Woodlands all-time leader with 90 assists.

"Ian plays with an edge and never backs away from a challenge," Copelan said. "He is fast, scrappy and possesses a high lacrosse IQ being the son of a coach."

Fairfield is a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League, and advanced to the championship game of the league's inaugural championship in 2011. The Stags have won at least seven games in each of Copelan's seasons at the helm, going 8-8 (3-3 ECAC) last spring, and have never finished below .500 under his tutelage.

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2011-12-06



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