Stags Set to Tip-Off 2016-17 Season
The Fairfield University men’s and women’s basketball teams will tip-off the 2016-17 season next Friday, Nov. 11 with a doubleheader at Webster Bank Arena against crosstown foe Sacred Heart. The women’s team hosts the Pioneers at 5 p.m. in Bridgeport followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m. Last season, the Stags completed a clean sweep of Sacred Heart to open both their respective campaigns at 1-0.
Tickets for next Friday’s doubleheader are on sale now at FairfieldStags.com/TIX. Season tickets and mini-plans are also available for both the men’s and women’s teams. For more information, contact the Fairfield Athletics Ticket Office at 203-254-4136 or StagsTickets@fairfield.edu.
All current Fairfield students, faculty and staff receive free admission to all Fairfield athletics regular season home games (including games at Webster Bank Arena) by presenting their StagCard.
In addition to next Friday’s regular season opener, Fairfield men’s basketball will play an exhibition on Nov. 4 on campus at Alumni Hall against visiting Bridgeport. The preseason contest from George Bisacca Court tips off at 7 p.m.
Entering their sixth season under the direction of Head Coach Sydney Johnson, the Stags underwent one of the biggest turnarounds in all of Division I last year. Fairfield wrapped up the campaign at 19-14 (12-8 MAAC) with a trip to MAAC Championship Semifinals and an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). With Preseason All-MAAC Second Team honoree Tyler Nelson ’18 leading the way, the Stags were selected for a fifth-place finish in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
Fairfield women’s basketball is preparing for its 10th season with Head Coach Joe Frager at the helm. The Stags went 16-15 (11-9 MAAC) last winter, competing on the postseason stage in both the MAAC Championship Quarterfinals and the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). Led by Preseason All-MAAC Second Team pick Casey Smith ’17 and Preseason All-MAAC Third Team selection Kelsey Carey ’17, Fairfield has been tabbed to finish fourth in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.