Fairfield Lacrosse Announces Schedule for the 2013 Season

Fifth-year head coach Andy Copelan today announced the complete 2013 Fairfield University men's lacrosse schedule. The Stags will play a 15-game regular season slate that includes eight home contests. Other highlights of the schedule include:

Seven games versus teams that ranked in the top-25 in the NCAA RPI in 2012 and six opponents that ranked in the final 2012 Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll

Five games versus teams that qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including the defending national champion

Eight games versus ECAC Lacrosse League foes, including a first-ever meeting with Michigan

A first-ever meeting with Navy, at home on February 19

The Stags open the 2013 campaign with consecutive road games, beginning February 9 at Stony Brook. The Seawolves are the defending America East Conference champions, earning an NCAA tournament bid after going 6-1 in league play. The Stags lead the series 2-1 after defeating Stony Brook 13-10 in the 2012 home opener.

Fairfield travels to Bryant University on February 16 in search of consecutive wins in the series, after earning a 9-8 double overtime win at Alumni Field in 2012. The Bulldogs posted a 14-4 record last season, winning the Northeast Conference and finishing the year 25th in the NCAA RPI.

The 2013 home opener will be Tuesday, February 19 when the Stags host the Naval Academy in the first-ever men's lacrosse contest between the two programs. Navy, a member of the Patriot League, posted a 6-6 record last season and ranked 24th in the final NCAA RPI.

Fairfield head back to the road following the contest with the Midshipmen, traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C. to meet the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina. It will be the sixth meeting betweent he two programs, with the Stags looking for their first win of the series. UNC was 11-6 last season, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament out of the ACC and finished 13th in the RPI rankings.

Fairfield closes out the month of February by hosting Hofstra on the 26th; the first of five consecutive home games. The Stags and Pride played an epic triple-overtime game on Long Island last season, with Fairfield prevailing 10-9 for their first-ever win over Hofstra. A member of the CAA, Hofstra posted a 6-8 mark last season, but still finished 27th in the RPI.

Next is UMBC, which is making its first visit to Fairfield, on March 2nd. The Stags defeated the Retrievers, who finished third in the America East last spring, 10-9, in overtime when they met last year. A week later the Stags will welcome their first of two in-state rivals, when the series with Yale University resumes. Fairfield is 0-5 versus the Bulldogs, who went to the NCAA Tournament last year out of the Ivy League, but the two squads have not met since 2009.

The Stags then turn their attention to ECAC Lacrosse League play, taking on newcomer Michigan on March 14. The Wolverines, in just their second season as a Division I program, are making their first-ever visit to campus. The homestand concludes on March 19 when Quinnipiac visits for a Tuesday contest. Fairfield leads the all-time series with the Bobcats 3-1, including a 9-6 road win in 2012.

Fairfield will play four of its final six games on the road, beginning March 23rd at Hobart. The Stags dropped their ECAC rival 17-12 last season to take a 5-3 all-time lead in the series. The following week, March 30, the Stags come home to host Bellarmine, another ECAC foe, before heading to Baltimore, Md. on April 6 for an ECAC Championship Game rematch with Loyola. The Stags dropped a pair of games to the Greyhounds last season as Loyola marched to an 18-1 record and a national championship.

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