While Long Island and Baltimore have long been known as the hotbeds of lacrosse, a new lacrosse hub is forming in Fairfield, Connecticut.
It sounds like ambitious thinking, but recent events from the success of the program, future NCAA championships, and the move of a professional team are pushing Fairfield to the forefront of the lacrosse world.
“The support I’ve felt since I got here has been tremendous,” Fairfield University men’s lacrosse head coach Andrew Baxter said. “Everyone from our friends and family, donors, to President [Mark] Nemec, to athletic director Paul Schlickmann, everyone has been super supportive to grow Fairfield as a hub for lacrosse nationally.”
From 2017 through 2019, Fairfield struggled in the win column, not winning more than five games in a season and going through three losing seasons. A coaching change was made after the 2019 season; long-time head coach Andy Copelan, the winningest coach in program history, was out and Baxter, who was serving as an assistant coach at Yale, was in.