Fairfield Prep Lacrosse Players Make College Choices

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Fairfield Prep lacrosse players (front, left to right) James Marusi, Andrew Hatton, Kevin Brown and Strecker Backe recently made their college choices. They are show with (back, from left) Rev. John Hanwell, coach Chris Smalkais and AD Steve Donahue.
Fairfield Prep lacrosse players (front, left to right) James Marusi, Andrew Hatton, Kevin Brown and Strecker Backe recently made their college choices. They are show with (back, from left) Rev. John Hanwell, coach Chris Smalkais and AD Steve Donahue. Photo Credit: Contributed by Colleen Adams

FAIRFIELD PREP, Conn. – Four players who helped Fairfield Prep win the Class LL state lacrosse championship last spring will continue their careers in college.

James Marusi, Andrew Hatton, Strecker Backe and Kevin Brown recently signed or made commitments to Division I colleges. They were key players last year for Prep, which defeated Ridgefield, 8-6, for the state championship.

Marusi signed the University of Massachusetts, Hatton with the University of Michigan, and Backe with Colgate. Brown committed to the University of Pennsylvania.

Marusi, who also plays football, participates in Prep’s  Urban Plunge and Giant Steps, a program that assists children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 

Hatton, from Westport, also plays hockey. He participates in Urban Plunge and with the Storm hockey program, which instructs  special needs children in skating, indicates a significant investment in support of the local community as well. 

Brown, of Fairfield,  has played on Prep’s state championship teams in lacrosse and hockey. He also volunteers at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club.

Backe, also a football player, has had a distinguished academic and athletic career. He is a four-year varsity team member for the Jesuits.

Prep has won five boys state lacrosse championships, and has played in the finals each of the last seven years with five championships. Prep defeated Ridgefield in last year’s championship, 8-6. Brown scored two goals in the title game win.

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