FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Lacrosse players from Fairfield County will be part of history Wednesday when Marist College hosts an NCAA Tournament game against Bryant College of Rhode Island.
The preliminary round game begins at 7 p.m. at the Marist campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Red Foxes are 13-3 overall and won their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 10 years with a 16-14 win over Quinnipiac. It is the first time Marist has hosted an NCAA game in any sport.
Bryant (8-9) earned its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 10-6 win over top-seeded St. Joseph’s in the Northeast Conference championship game. Bryant also beat second-seeded Hobart en route to the title. The wins over Hobart and St. Joseph avenged regular-season losses for the Bulldogs.
Marist’s team features Redding’s Patrick Eaker, a senior who played at Joel Barlow and Brewster. Eaker earned the MAAC Midfielder of the Year award for the second straight year. He was also named to the MAAC’s All-Conference team for the second straight year.
Bryant’s team includes Drew D’Antonio, a graduate of Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk; Wilton’s Brendan Devane; Ridgefield’s Brett Baker; Robert Cordisco of Weston; Darien’s Kyle Cornell; Stamford’s Jack Clippinger; Easton’s Kevin Maiorano, who played at Fairfield Prep; New Canaan’s William Gould; and Joe Marx and Anthony Johnson of Fairfield.
Baker has played in 15 games, starting two, and has two goals and three assists.
Wednesday’s winner advances to a first-round game Saturday at Syracuse.
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