October 7, 2010

Fairfield Men Announce 2011 Co-Captains

from press release

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Fairfield University head men's lacrosse coach Andy Copelan today announced the selection of Sean Bannon (Greenwich, Conn.) and Brendan McTague (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) as captains for the 2011 season. The announcement comes as the Stags prepare for their lone fall ball event, travelling to Philadelphia, Pa. this Saturday.

"Sean and Brendan embody what we expect a Fairfield lacrosse player to be," said Copelan. "They are great students, great athletes, great workers and most importantly great people. I'm pleased with our team's selections and confident in our ability to lean on these two individuals for steady leadership throughout the year."

Bannon, a graduate of Greenwich High School, enters his final year of eligibility as one of the top long-stick midfielders in the ECAC Lacrosse League and the region. He was named to the All-NEILA First Team and the All-ECAC Second Team following a junior campaign in which he finished third on the team with 12 caused turnovers and fourth with 32 ground balls.

McTague, an academic senior, is a defender that has two years of eligibility remaining to play for the Stags. The Chaminade High School alumni was a Second Team All-ECAC pick last spring after finishing the year second on the squad in both ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (13).

Fairfield heads to Ridley High School on Saturday to take on Lehigh and Detriot Mercy as part of the Fourth Annual Nick Colleluori Classic, benefitting the HEADstrong Foundation. The event was created in honor of Nick Colleluori, a Ridley graduate who died just over three years ago after a 14-month battle vs. non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma while a student-athlete at Hofstra University. Single-day General Admission tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (12 and under), with those under five being admitted free of charge. A two-day pass is available for $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children. Also scheduled to participate in the event are Hofstra, Cornell, Mount St. Mary's, Presbyterian, St. Joseph's, Towson and Villanova.

"We're excited to head to Philadelphia on Saturday and compete for a very noteworthy cause," Copelan said. "It will be a good opportunity for us to get our freshmen real game experience, to search for the right combinations and to gauge the progress that we have made during the fall."

The Stags fall practice continues through October 23, when the team will host its annual Alumni Game at 12:30 p.m. That afternoon marks the conclusion of the fall portion of the training regimen and will also serve as the official opening of the newly renovated Stags locker room.

Fairfield posted an 8-6 record during the 2010 season, marking the first back-to-back winning campaigns, both under Copelan, in over a decade. The Stags defeated national runner-up Notre Dame when the Irish were ranked third in the nation in the team's first-ever visit to the State of Texas. In two seasons under Copelan, the Stags are 15-13, with an 8-6 mark in ECAC Lacrosse League play.

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