Fairfield University rookie Colin Burke has been named the No.2 freshman in the nation by Inside Lacrosse. Burke was the Colonial Athletic Association co-Player and Rookie of the Year among his many laurels in his freshman campaign with the Stags’ men’s lacrosse program.
A USILA All-America Honorable Mention, the Cold Spring Harbor High School product was the first-ever freshman voted CAA Player of the Year. The seven-time CAA Rookie of the Week during the 2016 season, Burke set Fairfield freshman records and led the CAA with 46 goals and 63 total points.
In the overall Fairfield record book, Burke’s 46 goals slot second in a single season and his 63 points are the sixth-most in program history. Both totals are the highest by a Stag since Steele scored a program-record 48 goals en route to tying the program mark of 75 points in 1999.
The only Stag to record a point in every game this spring, Burke, a native of Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, currently leads the nation in goals by a freshman with 2.71 markers per game (14th overall) and slots second among freshmen (25th overall) with 3.71 points per game.
Also a Second Team All-New England honoree, Burke was Fairfield’s third straight Rookie of the Year at the conference level, joining teammates Dave Fleming (2014 ECAC Rookie of the Year) and Will Fox (2015 CAA Rookie of the Year).
One of two CAA freshmen on the list – Isaac Paparo of Massachusetts slotted at No. 25 – Burke only trailed Loyola attackman Pat Spencer on the national ledger.
Burke and the Stags made their first-ever trip to the CAA Championship Game in 2016m capping their fifth straight winning campaign at 9-8 overall and 4-1 in the CAA. In addition to five consecutive winning seasons, the Stags have never finished below .500 overall or in conference play in eight years under the direction of Head Coach Andy Copelan.