NEWARK, Del. – Colin Burke continued his scoring wizardry with four goals to lead the Fairfield University men’s lacrosse team to a 10-5 win at Delaware, as the Stags clinched a share of its second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association regular season title on Friday night (April 29).
Burke, a six-time CAA Rookie of the Week, established two program records in what has been an awesome rookie campaign.
Fairfield (8-7, 4-1 CAA) will share the CAA regular season crown with the winner of today’s (Saturday, April 30) matchup between No. 12 Towson and host Hofstra on Long Island. If the Pride wins, Fairfield will host the CAA Championship next weekend on Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium. If the Tigers win, the tournament will be held at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
If you include the ECAC Lacrosse League regular season title in 2014, the Stags have won their third straight regular season championship under head coach Andy Copelan.
The CAA Championship Semifinals are set to be played on Thursday, May 5 with the CAA Championship Game slated for Saturday, May 7.
FairfieldStags.com<http://fairfieldstags.com> will have updated information regarding the postseason as details are finalized and announced by the CAA.
With his four goals Friday night, Burke vaulted himself to the top of a two of all-time lists in program history. His 41 goals this season surpass the Fairfield freshman record of 38 established by Spencer Steele ’00. The Long Island native’s 55 points this spring eclipse the freshman record of 53 set by J.T. Groarke ’99. Steele and Groarke are both members of the Fairfield Athletics Hall of Fame.
In the overall Fairfield record book, Burke has tallied the first 40-goal season and the first 55-point season by a Stag since Steele set his program records of 48 goals and 75 points in 1999.
Nico Panepinto also racked up four points with two goals and two assists. Charlie Schnider and Joe Rodrigues each added a goal and an assist, and Conor Dalton handed out two helpers.
Rounding out the scoring Friday night were TJ Neubauer and Jake Knostman with one goal apiece and Charlie Horning with one assist. Neubauer’s goal marked the 106th of his career, tying Groarke for third on Fairfield’s all-time scoring list.
Defensively, Tyler Behring made 12 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter as the Stags pulled away to a victory. In unit in front of Behring was led by four ground balls and three caused turnovers by Matt Borda.
Delaware sees its 2016 season come to an end at 5-10 overall and 2-3 in the CAA.