September 30, 2010

Stags Reach Out to Community Via Clinics

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - For the third consecutive year the Fairfield University men's lacrosse team is taking part in spreading its sport to Bridgeport youth. The Stags are taking part in an eight-week clinic with Bridgeport Youth Lacrosse on Saturday mornings for approximately 30 local youth.

Six Stag student-athletes – Brent Adams (Norwalk, Conn.), Charlie Cipriano (Williston Park, N.Y.), Sully Smith (Duxbury, Mass.), Nick Tandoi (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), Clay Wells (Doylestown, Pa.) and Tommy Whitlock (Rockville, Md.) – participated in the first clinic on September 25. Throughout the season every member of the Stags lacrosse team will attend one of the clinics and teach the sport of lacrosse.

"When I found out that our team was going to be helping out the Bridgeport Youth Lacrosse program again I was very excited," said Adams, a junior midfielder. "I grew up just a couple of exits away from Bridgeport and I know how important it is to give back to the community anyway possible. When I went to the clinic this past weekend all of the kids and volunteers alike were very enthusiastic and motivated to play lacrosse. I enjoy working with the Rusty Red Foundation and I hope that we continue to volunteer with this program."

Each of the eight clinics is two-hours in length and are being held at the Cardinal Sheehan Center. The Stags work with the kids on a variety of lacrosse skills, introducing them to the basics of the sport.

Fairfield is a member of the ECAC Lacrosse League and have posted a 15-13 mark in the past two seasons under the direction of head coach Andy Copelan. It marked the first consecutive winning seasons for the Stags in over a decade. Fairfield posted back-to-back 4-3 ECAC marks in the two seasons, finishing in third place each year.

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